Amalfi and Sorrento with Thursday Travel on Newstalk

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Panoramic view of famous Amalfi Coast with beautiful Gulf of Salerno, Campania, Italy

There are few coastlines that spark the imagination quite like the Amalfi Coast. On today’s show I’m chatting about what there is to see in this beautiful corner of the Mediterranean without breaking the bank. I’ve chosen a tour with The Travel Department as a guided tour is the best way to see as much as possible, especially in the summer months when it is so busy.

Listen in to my chat about this fabulous tour on The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk 

Cost for this trip starts at €699 for a stay during July and August up to October and the good news is that there is still availability. https://www.traveldepartment.ie/sorrento-coast

Savings you make on a tour include – transfers, half board options, guided tours of local area, a guide with thorough knowledge, visits from tour reps.

And if you run into trouble with delays and cancellations, as happens too frequently, you are protected when travelling with a fully bonded tour operator.

The Amalfi coastline features in all the best and most scenic routes of the world it is also very dangerous, taking a tour takes a lot of the stress out of your holiday and especially when it comes to car hire, car parking and additional costs such as using the beach which you may not find in other European towns and resorts.

Some things that you may want to try, include Limoncello – the liquor that is taken as a digestif and real flavour of Italy. Of course Italian food is loved in every corner of the world but summer is the best time to taste the tomatoes and there is always a good reason to enjoy the Gelato. Fish is fresh and cooked with a variety of local sauces typical to Sorrento and the region.

The itinerary I followed is broken up with a day of leisure between each tour day giving holidaymakers a chance to really enjoy the area at their own pace or simply laze by the pool.

The real highlight for me on this holiday was the visit to Pompeii and Capri 

Close by are the city of Naples and Calabria is down the coast but one week is the perfect length to get to know Amalfi and return someday.

Trip Itinerary – Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Italy

 Afternoon

Welcome Drink & Leisure Time

Enjoy a welcome drink on arrival at your hotel. This is a great opportunity to get to know other members of your group and to pick up plenty of tips and information from your local guide.

Day 2 – Capri

 Full Day

Capri

Named by the Greeks and meaning Wild Boar, the island of Capri has conjured up romantic images for travellers yearning to explore La Dolce Vita. Travel by hydrofoil to the enchanted island of Capri from Sorrento, renowned for its beauty and the clear blue sea that surrounds it. Stroll through Capri town, visit the famous Augustus Gardens and admire the incredible views. There is plenty of free time to enjoy a leisurely lunch, a swim in the sea or a visit to the famous Blue Grotto, before returning to your hotel. Take time to visit Anacapri and take a tour on the chair lift to the peak of the island for the most unusual and spectacular view of the Amalfi Coast and Bay of Naples.

Day 3 – Sorrento & Pompeii

 Morning

Guided Tour of Sorrento Town

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Sorrento Town, followed by free time to explore at your own pace.

 Afternoon

Guided Tour of the Pompeii Excavations

In the afternoon, you will visit the excavations of the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. There will be a guided tour of the excavations, explaining how time was frozen in the year 79AD for the 25,000 residents of Pompeii, when the great Mount Vesuvius erupted. Now a UNESCO world heritage site it welcomes 2.5 million visitors each year. It has been a tourist destination for 250 years and has on display the remains of the Roman populations last moments before death, giving great insight into the golden age of the Roman Empire. On display are petrified bread, walnuts and olives with perfectly preserved chalices and glass. This fascinating site offers new attractions each year as more and more of the city is preserved to its original state – Frescos in the Venus house are just one of the new additions since my last visit five years ago.

Day 4 – At Leisure

Day 5 – Amalfi Coast

 Full Day

Amalfi Coast

On this magical guided excursion, you will travel along the Amalfi Coast, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and pastel coloured villages, perched over the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. After a stop at picture-perfect Positano to drink in the view, you’ll continue to the lovely maritime town of Amalfi, and on to the hilltop village of Ravello. Visits to the Cloister of Paradise in Amalfi and Villa Rufolo in Ravello are included. See the statue of Flavio Gioia who is credited with developing the mariners compass and hails from the town in the 14th century and the town made popular by the British aristocracy during the 1920s and 30s.

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