Explore Southern Italy’s most impressive coastline by train
About the Tour
The Amalfi Coast and its islands make up one of Europe's most visually stunning regions. Starting in the ancient city of Rome, continue to Sorrento for visits to magnificent Capri and the lost city of Pompeii.
- Rail travel on the Eurostar & TGV
- Scenic rail excursion on the Campania Express
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
- 19 meals, including farewell dinner
- Guided tours of Rome and Pompeii
- Amalfi Coast boat excursion to Positano and Amalfi
- Excursion to the ruins of Herculaneum
- Cruise and guided tour of the island of Capri
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
- Services of a professional Tour Manager
Day 1 - London to Chambéry
Our journey begins at London St Pancras International, where you meet your group and Tour Manager at our dedicated Departure Office. From here, we board the Eurostar, traveling to Paris. Here we change trains and continue by highspeed TGV to Chambéry, where we overnight. We enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (D, Eurostar Meal)
Days 2-3 – Rome
We travel by rail to Rome, Italy's bustling capital, today.
On Day 3, our full day in Rome begins with a guided tour, during which we take in the city's most iconic sights, including the incredibly well-preserved Roman Forum, and the theatrical Trevi Fountain. Following the tour, you are free to spend your afternoon savoring the sights and sounds of Rome's seductive beauty. Rome's architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe; with wonderfully preserved monuments from the early Romans and buildings with distinctive medieval, Renaissance and Baroque features. The most famous sights are a real wonder to behold - no photo can prepare you for the sight of the Colosseum up close. Visit the superb St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican museum, stroll through Rome's atmospheric streets, ascend the monumental Spanish Steps or relax in one of Rome's many squares with a coffee or ice-cream; with its abundance of history and culture, Rome is a city with something to suit every taste. (Day 2 - B, D; Day 3 - B)
Day 4 - Sorrento
We travel to Sorrento, a beautiful coastal town that sits perched on a towering cliff in its own mini bay within the larger Bay of Naples. An orientation walk around Sorrento introduces us to its narrow, cobbled streets and colorful squares. Sorrento is famous for its citrus products, and we pause en route for a limoncello tasting; a deliciously refreshing local liquor made with lemon rind. We continue to our hotel, the 4-Star Majestic Palace, located in a tranquil area just outside the center, surrounded by verdant gardens and citrus trees. (B, D)
Day 5 – The Amalfi Coast by boat
Today we uncover the breathtaking natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast from its waters as we enjoy a cruise along the shimmering coastline, taking in the exquisite villages which sit perched on the rugged, lush hillsides.
We cruise to Positano, an unspoiled village where pretty pastel houses seemingly tumble into the turquoise sea. The town retains a distinctly old-fashioned appeal, untouched by time in its secluded gorge on the coastline, and at the beach fishermen still haul their wooden boats as they did decades ago. Continue to beautiful Amalfi for some time at leisure. The jewel of the Amalfi Coast, this is the largest resort along this expanse of beautiful shoreline, and there are a wealth of treasures here just waiting to be discovered. Back in Sorrento this evening, enjoy a special pizza making experience, discovering the secrets to this revered Italian dish. (B, D)
Day 6 – Pompeii
This morning we catch the Campania Express train (Standard Class) to Pompeii, the world-renowned town tragically buried by ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. The volcanic ash that fell over the city covered everything except some of the roofs of the taller buildings. While it was abandoned and forgotten until its rediscovery in 1748, the ash worked to 'freeze' Pompeii and its people in time; having spent the best part of two millennia buried by ash, Pompeii is considered the best-preserved Roman city in the world. We have a guided tour of the shops, restaurants and villas that made up this fascinating city, as well as the Amphitheatre and the Grand Theater. (B, D)
Day 7 – At leisure in Sorrento
Today is free to enjoy the charming, relaxed town of Sorrento. This incredibly picturesque coastal resort sits in its own 'minibay' within the Bay of Naples, you may choose to explore the narrow-cobbled streets filled with beautiful Renaissance buildings, or perhaps relax in the central square, a great place to watch the world go by. A trip to Sorrento's Chiesa di San Francesco is certainly well worth a visit. Situated beside the Villa Communale Park, the Chiesa di San Francesco is one of Sorrento's most beautiful churches, featuring Arabic porticos and stunning bougainvillea blooms draped majestically across the interlaced arches. (B)
Day 8 – Tour of Herculaneum
We travel by coach today to Herculaneum, a city of Roman ruins that was destroyed by an earthquake in 62 AD. Thanks to its proximity to Mt. Vesuvius, the eruption that blasted Pompeii had a similar effect here, fossilizing much of the town. We make our way through the preserved ruins, taking in the fascinating sights of ancient life. (B, D)
Days 9-10 – Capri Cruise and at leisure
Today is free to spend as you wish. The picturesque coastal resort of Sorrento is set in its own 'minibay' within the Bay of Naples, surrounded by lemon orchards and farmland. Sorrento is famous for its citrus products, and Limoncello, a local liqueur made with lemon rind, is a must-try for visitors to the area.
On Day 10 we cruise to Capri, the beautiful island famed for its stunning views, rocky seashores and scenic charm. Located in the south end of the Gulf of Naples, just off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, the island has attracted artists and writers for centuries. We include a ticket on the funicular railroad which carries visitors to the center of Capri, and a local guide is on hand to explain the fascinating history of the island and its people.
This afternoon, you may wish to stroll to the dramatic coastal viewpoint or ascend by bus to the pretty village of Anacapri, isolated from the world atop Capri's huge cliffs. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner together. (Day 9 - B; Day 10 - B, D)
Day 11 - Tour Conclusion
Today we transfer to by coach to Naples Airport for your return flight home. (B)
Best Western Hotel Universo
The elegant 4-Star Best Western Hotel Universo, located in the center of Rome, close to the railroad station and the city's central attractions. The hotel occupies a charming 19th century building and has two restaurants, a bar, fitness room, sauna, steam room and water-massage shower. Room facilities include air conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, minibar and hairdryer as well as tea and coffee making facilities.
The 4-Star Hotel Majestic in Sant' Agnello enjoys superb views of the Sorrento Peninsula and the infamous volcano, Mount Vesuvius. With an excellent location, minutes away from the bay and the waterfront, this superb hotel, enjoys the services of an exceptional staff who cater to every need. Amenities here include an extensive garden, a swimming pool, a restaurant with an outdoor area and a well-stocked bar. Rooms include a flat-screen television, safe, minibar and a hairdryer.
The high-speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers traveling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionized train travel and meant that traveling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel.
The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially constructed high-speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long-distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. Except for shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.
With a smart and futuristic appearance, and sleek interiors, the Frecciargento can zip you across the magnificent colors and landscapes of Italy in a matter of hours. In English, it's title means Silver Arrow and this fine locomotive can travel up to speeds of around 160 mph on certain routes.
Originally known as the Italian Eurostar, the Frecciargento forms up part of Le Frecce, a series of high speed trains operating up and down the country. These trains are operated by the Ternitalia company, and were originally introduced in 1997 as the Eurostar. By 2012, the Italian Eurostar trains were changed into different categories, with Frecciarossa being the fastest and Frecciargento being the second fastest. Each Frecciargento train offers First and Standard Class along with a restaurant for comfortable dining.
Italy's fastest train, the Frecciarossa runs up to a magnificent top speed of 190mph and offers a slick and punctual service up and down Italy. Translating to the Red Arrow in English, the Frecciarossa is Trenitalia premier rail service, offering four different class with each one providing comfortable seats, capable air-conditioning and superb staff who are helpful and professional.
Originally known as the Italian Eurostar, the Frecciarossa forms up part of Le Frecce, a series of high speed trains operating up and down the country. These trains are operated by the Ternitalia company, and were originally introduce in 1997 as the Eurostar. By 2012, the Italian Eurostar trains were changed into different categories, with Frecciarossa being the fastest and Frecciargento being the second fastest, and the Frecciablanco being the least fast. The Frecciarossa offers Executive, Business, Premium and Standard Class as well as a well-stocked restaurant car.
Connecting the romantic splendour of Italy, crisscrossing its way through Renaissance cities, along golden coastline and around ancient volcanoes, Trenitalia is Italy's superb rail network. Featuring an excellent fleet of well-maintained and modern trains, this rail company is owned by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, which is run by the Italian government. Operating regional and national services, Trenitalia prides itself on its punctuality and the huge range of services provided by the operator, several of these which include railroads such as the Frecciarossia, the Frecciargento and the Frecciblanco services.
Italy by rail is simply stunning. From the flowing green hills and elegant cities of the north, to the Mediterranean climes and the enchanting beaches of the south, an Italian rail journey is not only one of the easiest ways to travel, but is also one of the most panoramic and beautiful. Circumnavigating the magnificent Mt Etna, gliding down the Amalfi Coast, entering the stunning Milan railroad station, these are all experiences which are hugely enhanced from the comfort of an air-conditioned Trenitalia carriage.
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