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Christmas on the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii & Paestum

From £1,899.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
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From £1,899.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Dec 2024 - Dec 2024
Tour Overview

On this fabulous holiday you'll stay in the village of Minori and spend a week exploring the delights of the Amalfi Coast. First, you'll discover the picturesque towns of Amalfi and Ravello, which overlook the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. There's an opportunity to learn how the area's famous liqueur limoncello is made, followed of course by a tasting in Sorrento. Next, you'll admire picture-postcard scenery as you drive to a winery in the Amalfi Hills and try some locally produced wines alongside a lunch of cheese and salami. You'll discover the exceptional archaeological site of Pompeii, the Roman town frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

  • Festive star icon Festive
  • puglia excursions Relax & Discover Holidays
  • meals icon Half Board

Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from London
  • 7 night half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Discover Amalfi 
  • Explore the hilltop town of Ravello 
  • Visit a winery in the Amalfi Hills with lunch in a mountain hut
  • Discover the ruins of Pompeii 

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Naples

Depart on your flight to Naples today. On arrival, we’ll transfer you to the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Your hotel in the village of Minori is surrounded by pretty beaches and lush green hills dotted with lemon and orange groves. Settle in before you head to the restaurant for dinner this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Amalfi

Your sightseeing of this beautiful region of Italy begins today, as you uncover the charms of one of its most picturesque towns, Amalfi. We will spend the morning in this beautiful town which is set between the mountains and the sea and dominated by an impressive Romanesque cathedral said to hold the remains of St Andrew. In the afternoon join us on this exclusive Festive pastries feast at the famous Sal De Riso bakery in Minori where we will be served some of the most traditional Festive cakes like the Zeppole, Roccoco’, and Panettone served with cappuccino or hot chocolate. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Paestum & Salerno

This morning will have a scenic drive to Salerno and Paestum; the latter we visit in the morning will give a glimpse of life in the Greek world as we will visit the archaeological site, including the Doric Temples, and the Archaeological museum. In the afternoon we will walk the historical centre of Salerno for its Festive market until they light up the Festive artistry lights in the whole centre of this bustling city before heading back to our hotel in time for the Christmas Eve dinner party. Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Minori - at Leisure

On Christmas Day we will just relax perhaps by having a stroll along the Lungomare in Minori to make room for our special Christmas lunch. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Minori - at Leisure

Today relax or if you're joining our optional excursion, you'll head to the lively resort of Sorrento, which is set above the Bay of Naples. It has long been a haunt of the rich and famous, and on this excursion you'll soon see why. There's stunning scenery, a fantastic variety of elegant restaurants and pavement cafés and many wonderful shopping opportunities. You'll also get the chance to learn how the area's famous liqueur, limoncello, is made, with a tasting included of course. During free time, why not shop for souvenirs - handmade leather sandals are a speciality here, and after your tasting, a bottle of limoncello might also be top of your list. Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Pompeii

Today discover the exceptional archaeological site of Pompeii, the Roman town frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. You're going to explore in fantastic company, as a Local Guide leads you through its maze of streets. As you stroll you'll get a fascinating insight into the last days of the people who lived here. You'll see villas still decorated with brightly painted mosaics, Roman baths and an impressive amphitheatre. There are even bakeries here that still have their bread ovens and flour grinders intact.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Ravello & the Amalfi Hills

Your included excursion begins with drive high up the cliffs to Ravello, which is perched above Amalfi overlooking the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The wonderful gardens of Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo are memorable highlights here, and there's also an impressive cathedral to admire. Then there is another chance to take in the Amalfi Coast's sublime scenery as we drive way up into the hills to a winery. As we ascend, enjoy views of steep slopes, where the native grapes are cultivated on terraces. On arrival we'll taste some wine, before moving on to lunch at il Rifugio Tramonti. You'll be able to take in the stunning views from the terrace while you eat. Lunch will typically consist of sausages cooked on the open grill, homemade cakes and of course the local herbal liqueurs.

Meals included: B,L,D

Days 8 - 7 Naples - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK today.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

WINTER DEPARTURES

If you choose to visit the Amalfi coast in the winter months, you can expect the weather to be milder than at home in the UK. Although some resorts may be quieter than in the summer months, you’ll get to witness glorious sunsets and enjoy your sightseeing without the crowds.

 

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Hotel Villa Romana

Hotel Villa Romana is a family run hotel situated on the stunning Amalfi Coast. Located in the small town of Minori which is home to narrow streets, townhouses, bars, cafes and a sea front promenade. Just a few steps away from the beach and in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, it is great for relaxing and exploring. As is in the name, it was formerly an ancient Roman Villa, and this is evident through the classic style and comfort of the hotel. They serve delicious Mediterranean cuisine with seasonal and local produce. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, American bar, restaurant and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Hotel rooms are classically furnished and equipped with flat-screen TV, mini-bar, air conditioning, hairdryer and safe.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Sorrento

Sorrento

Spend a day in Sorrento, a popular resort boasting a stylish, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Take a walk through the old cobbled streets to its historic centre or make your way to the picturesque harbours of Marina Grande and Marina Piccola where you can lunch on freshly caught fish. If you’re after a souvenir of your holiday you’ll find a fantastic variety of shops or why not take a seat at a pavement café, sip a glass of locally-produced wine and admire stunning views across the Gulf of Naples.

Full Day - Minimal Walking – Highly Recommended
Spend a day in Sorrento, a popular resort boasting a stylish, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Take a walk through the old cobbled streets to its historic centre or make your way to the pi...

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