Naples (Pompeii), Italy
Best of the Bay of Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento & Capri
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Set out from Naples on a 30-minute motorcoach ride to the ruins of Pompeii. En route, you will stop at a cameo factory, where artisans apply skills handed down for generations, intricately carving seashells or coral into beautiful jewelry -- true works of art and beautiful keepsake souvenirs.
Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you'll discover the archeological excavations of a lost city buried deep beneath the ash when Mt Vesuvius violently erupted in AD 79. It was a monumental natural disaster that killed thousands and entombed the city under ash. Explore the grounds on a 90-minute guided walk through the excavated city. Your guide talks about the remarkably-preserved remains that hint at daily life of the Ancient Romans -- their buildings and cuisine, and how they entertained, decorated and lived. Pompeii was a resort town with a forum, amphitheater, gymnasium, shops and an aqueduct that delivered water for irrigation, fountains and private baths. Elaborately-detailed mosaics and colorful frescoes decorate the interiors of wealthy homeowners' villas.
Next, a 75-minute coach ride brings you to the charming village of Sorrento, overlooking the Bay of Naples and offering breathtaking views. In Sorrento, you'll enjoy an authentic lunch of seasonal ingredients from the Campania region. Free time afterwards allows you to stroll down to the Sorrento Pier and take photos. The Corso Italia is Sorrento's flower-lined main boulevard with you'll find local shops, designer boutiques and cafés.
Step aboard a hydrofoil or jet-boat for the 30-minute ride to the stunningly beautiful isle of Capri. Take the cable car up to world-famous Capri town and, if you wish, shop in the exclusive boutiques that cater to the rich and famous. Less therapeutic, but more affordable, is a visit to the Gardens of Augustus set atop a sheer cliff and offering striking vantage point over the turquoise sea below. Look for the Faraglioni stacks -- three rocky pinnacles formed over time by erosion from the wind and sea.
Your tour concludes with a 55-minute cruise back to Naples via hydrofoil or jet-boat. Stunning views of the coastline are yours to enjoy as you sit back, relax and enjoy the breeze.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.