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Historic Rome, pretty Sorrento, and the spectacular Amalfi Coast

10 days From £1,599 per person

2022 Tour code: 22RSS

About the tour

Step back in time as you wander the ancient streets of Rome before heading south through the stunning Italian countryside for five nights in sunny Sorrento, the gateway to ancient Pompeii and the sparkling Amalfi Coast.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Chambéry

You meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Paris. Here, you change trains and continue to the city of Chambéry, where you stay overnight at a local hotel.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Rome

Continue your journey today, travelling to Milan and then continuing to the beautiful city of Rome. A truly classic Italian city, Rome is bursting with history, art, fascinating architecture and vibrant culture. On arrival, check in to your hotel for two nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Discover Rome

Enjoy a day's sightseeing in the 'Eternal City' of Rome. Start with an insightful guided tour that takes you to some of the Italian capital's fantastic sights and monuments. See spectacles including the iconic Roman Forum, the majesty of the Colosseum, the remarkable Pantheon, and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Your afternoon is free to continue exploring, and there's plenty to keep you occupied here Perhaps walk up the Spanish Steps and visit the John Keats Museum, marvel at art by the likes of Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael and Michelangelo, or visit Vatican City - home to St Peter's Basilica and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Sorrento

Take the train to Naples and continue to Sorrento. Nestled on a striking stretch of coastline within the Bay of Naples, and fringed by golden sandy beaches, Sorrento is a small yet glamorous resort town with a colourful harbour, usually filled with fishing boats bobbing in the breeze. Lemon orchards cover the hillsides and farmland around Sorrento and the town is famous for its citrus products, such as Limoncello - a digestive made with lemon rind. Check into your hotel for the next five nights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Amalfi Coast

Today's excursion takes you by boat along the stunning Amalfi Coast - one of the world's most picturesque coastlines, lined with exquisite hillside villages, twisting umbrella pines and scented lemon trees. Your first port of call is the small town of Amalfi, one of the many desirable destinations along this stretch of rugged shoreline, where you have free time to look around. Visit the Sant'Andrea Cathedral, with its Byzantine façade, or make your way to the medieval shipyard. Positano is your next stop. One of the most photographed spots on the Amalfi Coast, the town retains a delightfully old-fashioned appeal, with pastel-hued houses rising from a turquoise sea, and you have some free time to immerse yourself in its delights.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Sorrento

Today is free for you to discover the joys of Sorrento, where cobbled streets are filled with historic buildings, and in the surrounding hillsides, lemon orchards produce the fruit for one of the region's famous tipples, Limoncello. You may want to amble down to one of the rocky beaches, where sun loungers are available to hire for a small fee. Alternatively, explore the historic centre, with its appealing streets lined with gelato and traditional Limoncello shops. One good way to see the highlights of this relaxed, Italian town is to board the tourist train in Piazza Tasso for a short tour of the sights and some fantastic sea views.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Pompeii

Take the local Circumvesuviana train to the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Regarded as the best-preserved Roman city in the world, Pompeii was a once a prosperous city sat in the shadow of looming Mount Vesuvius. In AD 79, an enormous eruption took place, burying the entire city in volcanic ash. This ash preserved the site, freezing it in time. Visiting the site today is fascinating, and as you walk through the preserved ruins, you can imagine exactly what the different restaurants, shops, homes, and public spaces would have been like nearly 2000 years ago.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Sorrento

You're free to explore at your own pace today. You could spend a relaxed day in Sorrento, perhaps finding a quaint pavement café to while away a few hours in, accompanied by some delicious local cuisine. Or, you may prefer to explore a little further afield. One option is to catch a ferry or hydrofoil from the marina in Sorrento to the glamourous island of Capri, a place famed for its stunning views, rocky seashores, and scenic charm.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Turin

Bidding farewell to Sorrento today, you take the train to the city of Turin. You check into your hotel here where you spend tonight.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - London

Continue your journey, travelling by rail to Paris. Here, change trains and join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.

Departure times

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Majestic, Sorrento

Hotel Majestic, Sorrento

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The Cross Hotel, Rome

The Cross Hotel, Rome

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Trains

Circumvesuviana train
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Reviews

3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 17 reviews

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Ms Maloney

4 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

The tour was good but included 4 full days travelling. The food in the hotel in Sorrento was not very good although the location was lovely.

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H Arnold

4 stars

Submitted 11/Jun

Overall this was a very good holiday. The train journeys were fast and scenic but on some of the French trains the seat allocation was for a double-deck train when only a single deck was provided. Some customers had no seats and some customers were split from their companions. The Hotel Cross in Rome was sparse in facilities (including hot water (due to a breakdown) and I felt the hotel did not meet the required standard for a capital city. The receptionist didn’t even seem to know we were coming today! In Sorrento the Hotel Majestic Palce was a beautiful building with good rooms and a fabulous pool terrace and rooftop bar. But the hotel didn’t excel because they didn’t serve ice creams on the terrace and the food in the evenings was very poor. I could get a better meal outside or at Zizzi back home. Again the staff seemed less than fully competent. Amanda the tour director was excellent and arranged for us to have a lunch in Paris and a sightseeing tour around Paris which was very much appreciated.

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BARBARA CLARK

2 stars

Submitted 7/Jun

Hard work not a holiday. If you like getting up at 6am, or earlier to catch a train, this holiday is for you. You are living out of a suitcase. Rail Discoveries need to have an in depth look at the rail timings. Food in hotel in Sorrento was awful. Never again.

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Steve Y

4 stars

Submitted 28/May

Great places to visit , would recommend this trip to others.

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Vee

5 stars

Submitted 25/May

An absolutely stunning area with wonderful weather. The scenery and the history of this region make it an amazing and absolutely fascinating area to visit. We were fortunate In having a marvellous tour manager in Kay Burtenshaw, who throughout the holiday smoothed out any problems with a mixture of professionalism, courtesy, charm and humour. The only disappointment was the quality of food served up for the evening meal by the Majestic Hotel in Sorrento, which failed to make use of the abundant fresh local produce, an otherwise lovely venue.

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D Liles

5 stars

Submitted 24/May

Guide was very good, and reacted very well to some unplanned incidents.

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