Historic Rome, pretty Sorrento, and the spectacular Amalfi Coast
Explore the ancient city of Rome before heading south for five nights to the breathtaking Bay of Naples, located in one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe.
Meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras before boarding the Eurostar for the journey to Paris. On arrival, change trains and travel to Chambery where you will spend tonight.
Continue your journey by train into Italy today, travelling to Milan, then continuing on to Rome for three nights at the 3* Smooth Hotel Termini.
Please note: Departures 20RSS02, 20RSS03, 20RSS05, & 20RSS06 will stay at Hotel Madison in Rome.
Enjoy a half-day's sightseeing in the Eternal City today, starting with a guided tour which takes you to some of the many fantastic sights and monuments of this remarkable capital. See the iconic Roman Forum and the remarkable Pantheon and make a wish by throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring.
With all of today at leisure for you to absorb the history and culture of this vibrant city, there are a number of attractions you won't want to miss. Take a walk up the Spanish Steps, see the sight of many infamous gladiatorial battles at the mighty Colosseum, take in some of the most revered artworks in the world by the likes of Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and Michelangelo as you tour world famous galleries and museums, or explore the country within a country with a visit to Vatican City - home to St Peter's Basilica. Alternatively, you might like to relax in one of the many pavement cafés or gelaterias and watch the comings and goings of modern-day Romans as they go about their daily lives.
Say goodbye to Rome today as you transfer to the railway station and board the high-speed service to Naples. Here a private coach will connect you to the seaside town of Sorrento which sits within its own 'mini bay' in the vast Bay of Naples. Check into your hotel for the next five nights, the 4* Majestic Palace Hotel.
Today's excursion takes you by boat along the stunning Amalfi Coast - famous as one of the world's most picturesque coastlines. Our port of call is the small, but perfectly formed, town of Amalfi - one of the many desirable destinations along this stretch of rugged shoreline. Italy's Amalfi Coast and its islands make up one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe, where roads twist and turn along the cliff tops and through exquisite villages on the hillsides. There is time at leisure to explore the town. Amalfi is a graceful place: its cluster of white buildings gleam like pearls in the strand of towns strung along the coastline.
Today you are free to discover the joys of Sorrento. You may want to head down the beach and relax as you listen to the waves break against the rocks, or explore the historic centre, with its narrow streets lined with interesting shops selling the local products such as Limoncello, the famous drink made from lemons. One good way to see the highlights of this relaxed, Italian town is to take a ride on the City Train, a little train that travels from Piazza Tasso to various attractions throughout the city.
This morning take the local Circumvesuviana train service to the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Regarded as the best-preserved Roman city in the world having spent the best part of two millennia buried by volcanic ash. Pompeii was one of many prosperous cities situated in the 'red zone' surrounding Mount Vesuvius, when in AD79 an enormous eruption took place, killing all the inhabitants almost immediately. It is now thought that hot surges (of at least 250 degrees Celsius) were responsible for the decimation of the city and its inhabitants, rather than the volcanic ash that buried them. This ash however did preserve the site, freezing it in time so that visitors can experience what life was like for the people of Pompeii before one of the most catastrophic and infamous eruptions in European history.
Take a tour of the restaurants, shops and villas that made up this fascinating city, as well as the large Amphitheatre, Grand Theatre and other public spaces that give us a glimpse into life here nearly 2000 years ago. You are free to relax on Day 9 or you might like to explore a little further afield. Perhaps head down to the marina to catch the ferry or hydrofoil to the Island of Capri, a beautiful island famed for its stunning views, rocky seashores and scenic charm.
Bid a fond farewell to Sorrento as you journey to Turin, where you stay overnight. Turin has the flavour of both Paris' boulevards and Vienna's cafés, and the central square is lined with museums, theatres, and al fresco eateries. The city also boasts several architectural marvels in part-Italian/part-Baroque style.
Return to the station for the final leg of your journey home today. Travelling on the TGV, disembark in Paris. Here there will be a coach to transport you across the French capital, to the Gare du Nord, where you board the Eurostar service for London St Pancras International. On arrival in the UK, your tour comes to an end.
Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
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The travel arrangements were fine and the organised tours (plus the extra one organised at the time by our tour guide) were excellent. Hotel accommodation was excellent though the meals were uninspired with little choice for Coeliac or vegetarian.. We ate out several times.
Organisation was very good. Courier great. Food in Sorrento hotel very poor
Lovely holiday food in hotels very poor
Excellent tour manager - enthusiastic, caring and knowledgeable. Good hotels. Excellent itinerary.
All very organised with an excellent tour manager who was always on hand to help. All hotels good value and great locations particularly one near Sorrento.
Whole experience enjoyable, although a little hectic at times. This was our first rail experience. Will more than likely do it again.
Found the journey home too long in two days. Even Tour manager was getting stressed
Very well organised. Excellent tour manager. Nice hotels. Meals a bit disappointing.
Wonderful place to visit and going by rail, takes the strain out of traveling- and you see so much more. Great Tour Manager - Rob. A superstar
Well organised. Excellent courier. Good choice of hotels and their location.
Historic Rome, pretty Sorrento, and the spectacular Amalfi Coast