Around the Bay of Naples - Family Holiday Trip Notes

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Trip code : FZMFI
Trip length : 8

highlights

  • Pompeii & Herculaneum
  • Climb Mt. Vesuvius
  • Capri Island & Blue Grotto

During this Italian family adventure holiday you will enjoy two great Mediterranean cities - Naples and Sorrento. Let history come alive as you explore the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, enjoy a relaxing day on Capri Island and discover the Blue Grotto by boat, climb the mighty dormant volcano of Vesuvius. On this trip you will discover that there is much more to Italy than ice cream and pizza, although your kids will of course love them both too!

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Day
1

Arrive Naples

Make your way to your accommodation in Naples. Your arrival time should allow you to get into the swing of Italian life straight away, with time to sample the excellent Neapolitan cuisine for the first time this evening!

Hotel Naples (AAA) - 2 nights

Day
2

Naples - Herculaneum

This morning you’ll take a short train ride to Ercolano and visit the ancient site of Herculaneum. Often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour Pompeii, it too was destroyed in a river of mud from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Excavations first started in the 18th century, and subsequently uncovered bronze and silver artefacts, marble statues and many mosaics as well as a superbly preserved network of streets and houses. A guided tour (approx 2 hours) will bring the site to life, revealing everyday life as it was almost 2000 years ago. Return to your hotel by train and the rest of the day is free. (B)

Day
3

Sorrento

This morning is free to enjoy Naples which occupies a unique position, stretching around a beautiful bay, backed by mountains and overlooked by the imposing cone of Vesuvius. Once described by a member of a European royal family as 'Italy’s most beautiful crown', the city has been the subject of many a power struggle. Evidence of various influences abounds in its architecture; it’s a place of countless fascinating museums, galleries, palazzi, and ancient sites that will keep even the most curious mind busy this morning. But make sure you take time out to just sit and watch life go by this morning - this is a popular Neapolitan activity.

This afternoon you take a taxi to the train station, travel by train to Sorrento and then a short taxi ride to your hotel for the next 5 nights

Villa Giovana (AAA) - 5 nights - Swimming Pool (B)

Day
4

Day trip to Capri

Transfer to the port and catch a ferry to Capri Island.

Capri’s allure is founded on its contrasts: from the bustling port of Marina Grande to the breezy summit of Monte Solaro. The dramatic rocky coastline is pierced by natural grottoes, while in the interior, narrow roads wind through fragrant citrus groves, past villages of flat-roofed white cubist-looking houses with flower-filled gardens, and manicured towns which offer swanky hotels and chic cafes. Famed for its unparalleled setting and natural beauty, the island is justifiably popular with visitors, but there are still many hidden corners and treasures to explore.

Your discovery of Capri starts with a visit to the fairytale Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra) - a mesmerising experience. You arrive on foot after a walk of 2-3 hours. Then enter the grotto in a small boat rowed by a boatman (you have to almost lie down to avoid hitting your head as you go in!), the water shines with an extraordinary blue translucence, a result of refraction of the sunlight outside. Known as far back as Roman times (there are statues of pagan gods inside), the grotto was abandoned as the locals felt it was a place of evil spirits. It was then rediscovered some time ago, since when the evil spirits seem to have vacated it, leaving those who enter now to marvel at its beauty.

You’ll catch the bus to Anacapri with the afternoon free to explore. Then mid afternoon you take the ferry back to Sorrento. (B)

Day
5

Sorrento - free day

Today is free to enjoy Sorrento and there is plenty of time for the kids to enjoy the hotel swimming pool and sun deck. (B)

Day
6

Pompeii and Vesuvius

Catch a local train round the bay to Pompeii. Until 26 August, 79 AD, Pompeii was a thriving Roman trading centre, where ordinary people went about their everyday business. Then, disaster struck: Vesuvius, that had for so long loomed peacefully over the city, erupted without warning, engulfing the citizens, their houses, temples and treasures in lava and ashes. Unbelievably, it seems that only around 2,000 out of the 20,000 inhabitants perished. Nevertheless, despite brief consideration by the city elders, Pompeii was never rebuilt with any real enthusiasm, and largely disappeared from people’s minds until the 16th century, when the ruins were re-discovered. Most of the major excavations were conducted from the late 18th century onwards and today’s tour of the site with a local guide will amaze kids and adults.

Then take a local bus to Vesuvius and set off to climb (1277m) probably the world’s most famous volcano! Earning its reputation from a series of deadly eruptions that culminated in the devastation wrought by the events of 79 AD, the volcano is now dormant and in quiescent stage a and is surrounded by an area of dense population. It is thought that the last - relatively modest - eruption of 1944 ended a cycle that started in 1631. In 1991 a national park was created to protect the area, incorporating the spectacular Valle del Gigante (Valley of the Giant), between Vesuvius and the adjacent Mount Somma. You’ll climb to the summit (approx 30 mins), then walk on a trail across the cinders for views down into the crater (approx 20 mins) and then descend (approx 20 mins).

Taking the train back to Sorrento you will meet again later for a surprise visit, you will of course find out all on the day if we told you now it wouldn't be a surprise! Later dinner is included. (BD)

Day
7

Sorrento - free day

Today has been deliberately left free so you can decide what to do - explore the area further or, if you don’t want to stray too far afield, soak up the atmosphere of your surroundings.

You may wish to take an excursion along the scenic Amalfi coastline - famed for the villages that cling to the sheer limestone cliffs which fall precipitously into the crystalline blue waters of the Mediterranean far below.

Your Group Leader will be on hand to help you plan your options, and can advise or assist with all kinds of ideas and practical suggestions to make this final day successful and memorable. (B)

Day
8

Fly home

Trip ends in Sorrento for land only clients. (B)

 

trip-grade

Standard

Ideal for those that enjoy the quirkier side of a destination without roughing it. Join inquisitive travellers of all ages for a fun, informative experience.

  • A number of included activities
  • Tourist class, family-run hotels
  • Various meals included throughout
  • Public & private transportation

This tour is operated by our partners The Adventure Company

included

Transport - Train, boat, taxi, minibus, local bus, on foot.

Accommodation - Hotels (7 nts)

Meals - 7 breakfasts & 2 dinners

overview

During this Italian family adventure holiday you will enjoy two great Mediterranean cities - Naples and Sorrento. Let history come alive as you explore the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, enjoy a relaxing day on Capri Island and discover the Blue Grotto by boat, climb the mighty dormant volcano of Vesuvius. On this trip you will discover that there is much more to Italy than ice-cream and pizza, although your kids will of course love them both too!

fitness

An easy trip suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and active. Other than the steep path up Vesuvius, most of the terrain is relatively gentle, if a bit uneven underfoot. It can be very hot in the summer sun. Minimum age: 5 years.

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SUGGESTED READING:
Heal to Toe – Charles Lister
Eating up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa – Matthew Fort
I love Capri – Belinda Jones
Marcovaldo – Italo Calvino
Betrayal in Naples – Neil Griffiths
The Gallery – John Horne Burns

Baggage

For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20kg – we advise you to take 10kg as you will be on the move a good deal! For domestic flights using light aircraft the usual weight limit is 15 kg.
One main piece (a soft bag or rucksack, not a hard suitcase).
A daypack (25-30 litres), large enough to carry what you need for the day including camera, water, etc.

Accommodation

Rooming arrangements

For most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group of the same sex, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement. Details of this supplement can be found on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website. Occasionally we use multiple-share or dormitory accommodation – particularly when stating in remote places.

Rooming arrangements – Family trips

If you’re a family of 2 you’ll be accommodated in a twin room. If you’re a family of three you will usually be accommodated in a triple room. If you’re a family of four you’ll probably be accommodated in two twin rooms and we’ll do our best to ensure they’re as near as possible. We cannot always guarantee a triple room. If a triple room is not available, an adult from your family will automatically be roomed with a fellow adult member of the group of the same sex. If you prefer to have a room of your own we can sometimes offer a single room for the entire trip or on selected nights within a trip. However a single room supplement applies, look on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website or ask our Travel Consultants for details.

money

Local Costs - Italy

Approximate costs are given for guidance only, and may vary widely according to location and type of establishment.

  • Coffee/tea UK£1.20
  • Soft drink £1.20
  • Medium beer £2.00
  • Bottle of wine £5.00
  • Local snack lunch £6.00
  • 3-course set dinner * £15.00

*reasonable mid-range tourist class restaurant.

visa-information

Visas & Permits - Italy

Holders of UK, IRL and other EU passports do not require a visa. Nationals of all other countries should contact their local embassy or consulate. Information can also be found atwww.travcour.com. This information is given in good faith, but may be subject to change without warning. Please note that, where appropriate, obtaining a valid visa is ultimately your responsibility. Please consult a visa agency or the consular authorities 4-6 weeks before departure for the most up-to-date information.

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Vaccinations - Italy

None recommended. If you are a UK resident you should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Certificate) which entitles you to free or reduced-cost emergency treatment. You can obtain an application form for an EHIC at post offices, by ringing 0845 6062030 or applying online at www.ehic.org.uk.
For detailed information and advice concerning vaccinations go to:www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk. Vaccination requirements change periodically so we advise that you check with your nearest specialist travel clinic 4-6 weeks before departure to get up-to-date information.

International rules for carrying medicines vary. Some countries do not allow certain medicines to be imported, or require official documents, such as a doctor’s letter, to prove drugs have been prescribed by a doctor and obtained legally. It is sensible to contact the relevant embassy or high commission of your destination to check what their drug transportation rules are before you travel.

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At Imaginative Traveller we love helping our clients experience the beauty and cultures of the destinations we visit. However, hand in hand with this we have always been aware that we have a responsibility to minimise any negative impacts that tourism can bring.

Responsible Travel is twofold. It's about taking people to the places they want to go in a safe and responsible manner but also about respecting and maintaining the natural and often delicate balance of the destination. Economic gain from tourism is often fundamental to a country, but should never be at the expense of its culture or the environment.

Our Aims

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