This is for sure the best recommended and the most popular tour one can do from either ports of Naples, Salerno, as it will be a combination of art history, geography, archaeology, nature, food, traditions and more. The 9hrs tour we do provide is always totally flexible and tailored with guests once they meet English speaking professional and licensed drivers at dock. 8.00 is the suggested start of this type of tour as it will permit you to try to beat some of the crowds to the different places visited. From dock you will be following the Autostrada del Sole south direction to reach Pompeii first. The most famous and the most visited archaeological site in Italy, but also the best preserved for the way it was buried in ash and pumice after a tremendous eruption of mount Vesuvius in 79 a.d. The city stayed buried for about 18 centuries and then it was rediscovered together with the other smaller city of Herculaneum. Still nowadays some of it is waiting to be excavated. In Pompeii you may spend a couple of hours in order to see the best of highlights like the Forum, which is the main square of the ancient city and its political, religious, commercial heart. Around the Forum are the most important civic buildings of Pompeii and also the best preserved public Baths, Terme del Foro, where you can appreciate not only the good state of preservation of some vaulted roofs, but also the best of stuccoed relief, and original mosaic floors, together with a very sophisticated example of central heating system. Some houses are opened to the public in order to show you the way this middle class of rich merchant had organized the various spaces in their private domus, and the way they entertained. Some of the best street fountains, markets, shops, like bakeries and fast food but also some of the very moving plaster casts of human beings and the famous chained dog too. The tour will proceed along the twisty bendy Sorrentina state road, which will lead you onto Sorrento, the pearl of the whole coast. You will agree with driver some free time to explore at your pace some its historical centre with the tiny colourful lanes full of the traditional shops selling souvenirs, among them the famous inlaid wood work and agree free time for lunch if you wish. After the Sorrento break you will be heading towards the most dramatic scenery of the gorgeous Amalfi coast with its rocky, lime stone cliffs, sloping down to the most amazing emerald blue colours of Tyrrhenian Sea. Your private driver will approach the closest point to the historical centre, where big vehicles are not permitted, and give you time to explore the whole of the village, where to be fully immersed in a most unreal atmosphere which is what one can fully breath through the tiny little streets and flight of steps, leading down to the big sandy Marina beach, and close to the parish local church of Annunziata, with its majolica dome towering the whole village. After a full immersion into the perfumes, traditions, history of this most wonderful part of the world it will be time to return back to ship (around 17.00).
From Naples - Salerno - Sorrento - Amalfi port
- Two hours in Pompeii
- Stop in Sorrento free time
- Visit the historical centre of Sorrento
- Lunch in a typical Italian restaurant
- Spectacular view of the two bays Naples / Salerno from top Sorrentine hills
- Photo stop at the “Madonnina” for the best view of Positanos
- Optional stop to visit Inlaid Wood Factory
- Suggestions: Comfortable shoes, Cameras.
- Entrance fees: Pompeii Excavatios 11,00 Euros Free entrance for under 18's, over 65's holding an European, Canadian, Australian passport
Please note that all rates quoted include a vehicle and driver, highway tolls, car fuel, parking.
Exclude entrance fees, tips, lunch, professional guide for excavations of Pompeii
Cost for a full optional vehicle with English speaking driver for 9 hours tour (full day).