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See the ancient city of Pompeii, marvel at the mighty Mount Vesuvius, take in spectacular views on the Amalfi Coast and enjoy an evening at the theatre in stunning Sorrento.
Fly from Dublin to Naples where you will be met by Topflight's Resort Manager and you will be transferred by luxury air conditioned coach to your hotel. Your base for your stay will be the wonderful Hotel Astoria, a homely and comfortable hotel with friendly and attentive staff. It is in a perfect base from which to explore your surroundings and has a top notch restaurant on site. The hotel also provides its guests with use of a wellness area consisting of an indoor pool, a deep-diving pool, a steam sauna and an infrared cabin, providing the perfect way to relax and restore weary muscles after a day of hiking, cycling or simply just to ensure that your holiday leaves you as relaxed as possible.
Today you are invited to join your Resort Manager and the rest of your group, for an entertaining and informative welcome meeting and tour around Sorrento’s stunning town centre. En route, your fantastically knowledgeable guide will point out buildings and monuments of note, regaling you with fascinating stories and anecdotes.
A refreshment stop at a much-loved gelateria to meet the charming owner and sample some mouthwatering ice-cream will be your next port of call, after which you'll visit a cameo shop, to see firsthand how this popular jewellery is crafted. A trip to see where Limoncello is made is also on the cards, as is the opportunity to sample a drop or two of this mouthwatering lemon liqueur.
After, you’ll head to a local restaurant where you can enjoy a drink on the terrace and soak up the stunning views across the bay.
In the morning, you will be collected and taken on an unforgettable road trip along the Amalfi Coast. A local guide will accompany you to make sure you take in all that the Amalfi Coast's history and scenery have to offer.
An air-conditioned mini-bus will take you on a 20-minute drive along the Amalfi Coast road to your first stop, Positano. Here, you will have the chance to visit this wonderful town at your own pace. This town is like no other, built vertically on the coastline - it is one of the most remarkable gems of the Amalfi Coast. The picturesque narrow streets characterise this town. Stroll along and make your way up to the secret hamlet of Nocelle to discover the Panorama of the Gods.
The tour proceeds along the scenic road towards Amalfi, passing high above the beautiful villages of Praiano and Conca dei Marini and the stunning hidden beach of Furore.
Once in the town of Amalfi, why not take the opportunity to enjoy some lunch with a view? This town is Italy's oldest maritime republic, the symbol of the Amalfi Coast. It is a steeped in history and its Ancient Roman origins are still evident from a number of ruins that remain.
You will have plenty of time to visit all the landmarks, such as the cathedral and the ancient mills, or simply get lost in this mesmerising scenery while sipping from a glass of Limoncello. After drinking in the atmosphere, make your way to the port, where you will board the local ferry. Set sail along the coast and take in its incredible beauty from another vantage point, on the sparkling Tyrrhenian Sea. The ferry will bring you to the town of Salerno where you will have free time to take a walk along the promenade or wander down the characteristic alleys and narrow streets of medieval origin.You will be met by your coach once again and returned to your hotel in time for your evening meal.
Today, explore the beautiful town of Sorrento at your own leisure. Set on a spectacular headland, Sorrento is located on one of the most magnificent coastlines in Italy, with breathtaking views sweeping across the Bay of Naples.
A sun-soaked idyll celebrated by poets, artists and musicians for centuries, you'll be struck by the beauty of its winding, cobblestoned streets and pretty piazzas. Little pavement cafés dotted throughout the town invite you to sit awhile, sip a coffee, and enjoy a taste of la dolce vita, Sorrento style.
Quaint boutiques and dinky souvenir shops make it the perfect town to potter around in, and you could easily spend hours doing so! In the evenings, life tends to centre round the main square, Piazza Tasso, where good value, high quality restaurants and cosy bars abound.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to your first natural wonder of the day, Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano in mainland Europe. Located on Italy's west coast, it overlooks the bay and the city of Naples and is most famous for the 79 AD eruption which buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The coach will take you up 1000 meters and from there you can take a footpath to the top (approx. 25 min) and admire the splendid views across the bay. Look deep into the blackened crater as the smoke rises from the fertile ground.
Next stop? Pompeii, where you will have an opportunity to have some lunch before your tour of Pompeii commences. Following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii lay buried for over a thousand years. The town is now one of the most visited sites in the world, and today your local guide will take you back in time with a tour along its original Roman streets. Explore its ancient shops, bars and gyms. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes and mosaics and visit the main square where the former City Hall's ruins lie. This is an archaeological adventure which will not fail to impress, so make sure you pack your camera! After, hop back on your coach and head back to the hotel.
Still thirsty for activities? No problem! Your local Topflight representative will be more than happy to arrange great extra excursions or activities for you or even recommend fantastic local restaurants and bars so you can sample the local lifestyle.
Perhaps you'd like to book a Capri Boat Tour, where you can cruise along the coastline of this magical island, and take in its beautiful sights, which include the lighthouse of Punta Carena and the famous Faraglioni Rocks. You will also have some free time to explore the island and stroll through its famous main square or admire the Augustus Gardens.
After having free time to do as you please today, this evening will see you take a stroll to the theatre, the Teatro Armida, just off the main square, to enjoy an unforgettable show at the Sorrento Musical Night, with professional dancers, singers and musicians galore! Performed in 19th century costume, this musical tells the story about the daily life of the Southern Italians in three different scenes. This wonderful 75 minute performance incorporates Italian classics such as “Torna a Surriento” and “O Sole Mio”, and the famous traditional dance , The Tarantella. Hugely popular amongst Topflight guests, this is one show not to be missed!
Transfer to Naples Airport for your return flight to Dublin. Alternatively, you may extend your stay for an extra week, in Sorrento, Maoiri, or Amalfi.
This property is offered on a Bed & Breakfast basis. Half Board is available at a supplement. Buffet breakfast is included.
One of the best things about Hotel Astoria is its central location in Sorrento! You'll be in the heart of the action beside the busy, winding streets where the cultural and worldly life of the town takes place.
As one of Topflight’s longest-serving resort managers, Lindsey has lived in Sorrento for 38 years and knows the surrounding region like the back of her hand. Speaking of Sorrento she says "the whole area has so much culture, history, beauty, friendly locals and of course 9 months of sunshine, so what’s not to love!" Lindsey's not to miss are the Amalfi coast drive & Capri for the sheer beauty and a taste of la Dolce Vita.
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