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Amalfi & Sorrento

Three-star hotels on the Sorrento peninsula
Vesuvius, Pompeii and a royal palace
Beautiful Amalfi coastline

 
 
 
 

Famous around the globe

The area around Sorrento and the Amalfi coast has enchanted celebrities from Cleopatra to Angelina Jolie. It is a place of legendary beauty, where mountains dive into the sea, with beautiful bays and picturesque resort towns.

We will be staying in Vico Equense on the Sorrentine peninsula. The town has a beautiful coastal location, perched on the cliff and offering impressive views. As well as being an interesting location to explore itself, Vico Equense allows easy access to Sorrento, the largest town on the peninsula, as well as Naples and the surrounding area.

 

A choice of hotels

In June and July we stay in a three-star hotel in the centre of Vico Equense, with its range of attractive buildings and interesting shops. We are also just a short distance from the best ice cream shop in town! The beach and harbour can be accessed by steps or by bus. The hotel has a swimming pool, as well as a terrace and gardens, with excellent views of Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.

In September, we stay in a three-star hotel in a peaceful location in the hills above the town, which provides excellent views. The hotel has air-conditioned bedrooms and there will be opportunities to use the swimming pool next door during our stay. An hourly public bus takes you to the train station of Seiano (3km) or to Vico Equense (5km) to access the town and other amenities. We will also provide use of a hired coach on two of the free days for these September groups - one day it will take you to Sorrento, for example. This is in addition to the optional excursion package mentioned below. 

 
 
 
 

The stunning Amalfi coast

Our optional package of excursions includes two separate day excursions by coach to explore the Amalfi coast, Vesuvius and the Royal Palace in Naples.

The Sorrentine peninsula offers a beautiful coastline for us to enjoy. The most dramatic parts are found along the southern side, known as the Amalfi coast, which is approximately 30 minutes drive from our hotel by coach. Our first excursion takes us along this spectacular coastline to explore Amalfi and Ravello.

The town of Amalfi, which gives the coastline its name, is centred around St Andrew’s Cathedral and is built into a bay amongst the mountains. It provides a beautiful setting for an ice cream in one of its gorgeous gelaterias. We also stop at Ravello, which arguably offers the best views of the Amalfi coast, due to its high position.

 
 

Mighty Vesuvius

Our second excursion takes us to explore Vesuvius and also the Royal Palace in Naples. When Vesuvius erupted in AD79, the local town of Pompeii was buried under 5 metres of ash, leaving the whole town hidden and frozen in time. Our coach will drop us close to the top of the volcano. From here there is a rugged path that leads us up the last few hundred metres to see the crater, which is now dormant.

The Royal Palace in Naples was built in the 16th century while Naples was under Spanish control. It has a stunning interior, with its apartments displaying interesting tapestries and paintings. 

The entrance fees for both Vesuvius and the palace are included in the excursion package.

 

Exploring Ancient Pompeii

There are many other things available to do in the local area. To enable the most flexibility, our optional package of excursions only covers two days, leaving plenty of time for you to explore the places of most interest to you, assisted by the Oak Hall leader. 

On one of the free days, the leader will take a group to Pompeii. Wandering these ancient streets gives us a unique insight into the world of the New Testament – it’s the closest we can get to a time machine that plunges us into the world where Paul and Peter preached.  The train from Vico Equense/Seiano to Pompeii takes 20 mins and costs around €3 each way. The cost of the train and the entrance fee for Pompeii are payable locally. 

The site at Herculaneum, which was devastated by the same eruption, is known for its impressive collection of preserved mosaics and frescoes and is accessible on the same train line.


 
 

A region rich in scenery and culture

Another highlight of the area is the island of Capri. If you take a boat ride across to the island then head up on the funicular, you can explore the glittering shops and enjoy the walks with stunning views. 

In Naples there is an interesting archaeological museum and a church containing a painting by Caravaggio. 

After each day’s activities, we return to our hotel for the evening meal, as well as an inspiring Bible talk and time of singing, which are always a highlight.

 
"A well-organised holiday that more than lived up to representation. "
Mike, July 2018
 

Dates/Prices

The cost includes return flights from London Gatwick to Naples with British Airways, airport taxes and charges, airport transfers, three-star hotel accommodation with air-conditioned, en-suite rooms for two, breakfast and evening meals while at our hotel.

Optional excursion package: £68

The deposit is £50 if booking more than two months in advance (plus single room supplement, if applicable).

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