OVERVIEW: The charming atmosphere, great location and wonderful cuisine make Sorrento a popular destination. Combine it with the archaeological ruins of Pompeii for an unforgettable experience.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit a typical Sorrento farmhouse to learn about the olive oil processing and making mozzarella and enjoy a taste of local specialties. Visit the town of Sorrento and stroll along its flower-filled streets. Explore Pompeii, one of the world's amazing archaeological wonders.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over cobblestone and even and uneven ground with steep inclines and approximately 20 - 25 steps.
The charming atmosphere, great location and wonderful local cuisine make the cliff-top town of Sorrento a popular resort destination. Combine it with the archaeological ruins of Pompeii for an unforgettable experience.
- Typical Sorrento farmhouse: Learn about the processing of olive oil and mozzarella cheese and enjoy a tasting of local specialties.
- Sorrento Town: Visit the fabled town and stroll along flower-filled streets.
- Pompeii: Explore one of the world’s most amazing archaeological wonders.
Travel from Naples via the autostrada and the Campania coastal route to Sorrento. Enjoy the panoramic scenery of the Bay of Salerno as you make your way towards the Sorrentine Peninsula. Once in Sorrento proceed to a local farmhouse, nestled in the hills. This simple family-owned farm produces mozzarella cheese, fresh vegetables, olives, and lemons. Visit the antique wine cantina and learn about the process of producing olive oil and hand-made mozzarella. Following the explanations and demonstrations, enjoy a taste of the mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, salami, and bread in a peaceful setting of lemon and olive trees.
Have approximately 1 hour to explore, shop and eat at your leisure in Sorrento's charming flowered-filled streets. You’re sure to find a wide array of boutiques, souvenir shops, and atmospheric outdoor cafes. Please note that lunch is at your leisure and own expense.
Rejoin your coach and drive towards Pompeii, enjoying views of Mt. Vesuvius. The still-active volcano is located about fifteen miles southeast of Naples. Your guided walking tour through the rocky ruins of Pompeii will begin as you enter by the Sea Gate. Marvel at the many restored buildings. The baths, the theaters, the wrestling ground, and the luxurious villas stand empty. The wine shop, the stepping stones, the mosaic floors and the brilliant frescoes are examples of Pompeii's everyday life. The plaster casts of the volcano's victims are particularly poignant, a reminder of the horrible events that froze the city in time forever.
If time permits, a stop at a cameo shop will be made so you can browse for delicate, handmade earrings, bracelets, and brooches. Return to Naples and catch a glimpse of this metropolitan area; much of which stretches along the waterfront with a maze of crowded streets and infamous motor traffic.
What to Bring:
- You should take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
- Camera and cash for shopping
- Sun protection and sunglasses
What to Wear:
- Light clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over cobblestone and even and uneven ground with steep inclines and approximately 20 - 25 steps.
-Walking during the free time in Sorrento is at the guest's discretion.
-Lunch is at the guest's own expense.
-During the visit of the farmhouse, guests will need to climb a narrow, uneven street with several steps at the entrance.
-Pompeii is not wheelchair accessible.
-The drive between Naples and Sorrento is approximately 1.5 hours and the return drive between Pompeii and Naples is approximately 45 minutes, dependent upon traffic conditions.
-Tour itinerary may be reversed but all mentioned sites will be covered.