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From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

1. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket. Enter a time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Let your local expert guide give you a tour of these marvelously-preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the spectacular coastline as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains.

Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

2. Amalfi Coast: Boat and Snorkeling Tour in Small Group

Board an Amalfitan Gozzo boat for a scenic ride along the Amalfi coast. Admire natural wonders, including the Natural Arch and Faraglioni Rocks. Swim and snorkel or relax on the shores of secluded beaches. Once everybody has jumped on board and had a little briefing about how you're going to spend the day, you will be ready to set off to the west towards Positano. The route will take you along Amalfi Coast’s finest beaches as well as close to natural rock arches and into sea caves, giving you the opportunity to admire the old watchtowers that dot the entire length of this coast. You will pause at beaches reachable only by sea and have time to go snorkeling or swimming in crystal-clear waters and into grottoes. Not too far from the starting point, right after leaving the center of Amalfi, you will get close to Saint Andrew's Grotto, a huge natural sea cave full of stalactites named after the patron saint of Amalfi (Andrea). Then, once passed Duoglio and Santa Croce beaches, you will stop by the "Arc of Lovers", a natural rock arch created millions of years ago by the erosion of the sea whose shape recalls two elephants in the act of kissing. Up to not too long ago young couples used to get married on the top of it. A little later you will cruise in front of the ancient fishing village of Conca dei Marini, passing near the villa of Sophia Loren and seeing the historic hotel “Il Saraceno” located on La Vite Beach. From here you will also have a stunning view of the Santa Rosa Monastery, a former convent now converted into a luxury hotel, once home of the Dominican nuns. It's right in the kitchens of this monastery that the delicious "Sfogliatella Santa Rosa" was born, a shell-shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese-based cream and little dried fruit pieces, typical of the local culinary tradition (don't forget to taste it before leaving!). Once past the seaside of Conca dei Marini you will enter its western basin, where you will have a beautiful view of Furore and Praiano villages and the islands of Li Galli and Capri, together with the well-known Faraglioni Rocks. Further inside this basin we will find the little Runghetiello Grotto and its tiny beach, where you will anchor for a break to go swimming or snorkeling. You will reach then the famous Furore Fjord, the only natural fjord in Italy and location of the international diving competition "MarMeeting": every year in July, professional divers from around the world compete by jumping from the top of the bridge which is 28 meters high. Navigating a little farther onward to the village of Praiano you will be able to have a close look at a bigger sea cave, the Africana Grotto, where the water has a distinctive blue color thanks to the unique refraction of light. Finally you will go round Capo Sottile and continue cruising to Positano, where you will have another break for snorkeling at a beach reachable only by the sea and so not crowded at all: La Porta. The return trip to Amalfi will give you a different but equally remarkable view of both sea and land.

From Rome: Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Group Day Trip

3. From Rome: Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Group Day Trip

Board the comfortable air-conditioned bus in Rome and relax as your expert driver whisks you south to Pompeii. Once there, you’ll be met by an expert local tour guide, hand-picked for their knowledge, enthusiasm, and story-telling skills. Discover some spots that many other visitors don’t see, such as private family homes, ancient fast food restaurants, and even a brothel. During your tour, you’ll also see the most important sights of Pompeii and learn what daily life was like in this ancient port town. Come to understand how terrifying and confusing it was when Mount Vesuvius erupted and froze the city and its residents in time in 79 A.D. Visit the Roman Forum and the Temple of Venus, and see the tragic death casts. After your Pompeii tour you’ll head off on a scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast. As you navigate the twists and turns of one of Italy’s most beautiful drives, you’ll hear about local history and culture. Stop in Positano, a pastel-colored resort town perched on the cliffs that has inspired legendary writers such as Shelley, Goethe, and Steinbeck. After an introduction from your guide, with some tips on where to eat lunch and shop, you’ll have free time to do as you please.

Naples: Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour

4. Naples: Small-Group Positano and Amalfi Boat Tour

Set sail to Amalfi and Positano on a boat tour from Naples. Take in the views along the Sorrento coast, swim and snorkel in the crystal water, taste some limoncello, and enjoy free time to explore Amalfi and Positano. Depart from Naples to Amalfi, sailing along the Sorrento Coast. Admire the ancient fishing village of “Marina Grande”, the ruins of a Roman villa near “Bagni della Regina Giovanna”, the natural waterfall that flows from the rock, Ieranto bay, and other interesting attractions along the coast. There will be a couple of stops for swimming and snorkeling, and a relaxing break with snacks and drinks will be offered on board. You will then stop for 1 to 2 hours in Amalfi to visit the ancient Maritime Republic, before stopping for 1 to 2 hours in Positano to explore the “pearl” of the Amalfi Coast. Depart for Sorrento after a local limoncello tasting, and once back in Naples you will be returned to the Star Hotel Terminus.

From Rome: Amalfi Coast & Pompeii Full-Day Small Group Tour

5. From Rome: Amalfi Coast & Pompeii Full-Day Small Group Tour

Embark on an excursion of the ancient city of Pompeii and the beautiful Amalfi Coast, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Travel in a small group of 6 passengers in an air-conditioned minivan with your own English-speaking tour guide. Start your tour at Pompeii's archeological site and tour the highlights of this ancient Roman city, including the Macellum (food market), the Thermal Baths, the areas where the Romans would gather to have dinner and wine, and the homes of wealthy citizens. Next, head towards the Amalfi Coast, stopping for lunch in Positano. In winter, most of the businesses in Positano town are closed in which case you will visit Amalfi town instead. Enjoy time in these towns to try local cuisine and browse the shops.

Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

6. Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

Discover the beauty of the Amalfi coast, climb Mount Vesuvius, and see the excavation site at Pompeii, all on one tour! Drive along the coastal road and pass the picturesque towns that make Italy's Campania region unforgettable, then explore the ancient city of Pompeii. In Pompeii, explore one of Europe's most compelling excavation sites. This Roman city was lost for 1700 years, partially destroyed and buried under ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, get unique insight into ancient city life. After lunch, depart for Mount Vesuvius. Take the minibus up the volcano, and be escorted by a guide to the summit. From here, enjoy views over the southern part of the volcano, and, during days with good visibility, the entire gulf of Naples. On the journey back, visit one of the most prestigious cameo and coral factories in the region to see the production of typical Italian carvings.

Positano: Small-Group Boat Excursion to Capri Island

7. Positano: Small-Group Boat Excursion to Capri Island

Sail along the Sorrento coast and see its dazzling natural sights. Explore Capri Island, go swimming at amazing beaches, and see spectacular grottos on this boat trip departing from Positano. After pickup from the meeting point, head to the port in Sorrento area via minivan. Once at the port, leave to Capri, sailing along Sorrento coast. The first stop will be by the small waterfall of Marciano Bay where you can take pictures and a refreshing shower. Continuing the tour, admire Cala di Mitigliano and Punta della Campanella, part of the Sorrentine Peninsula featuring an ancient watchtower. Once in Capri, see the Leap of Tiberius, Villa Jovis, Coral Grotto, and White Grotto. Navigate to the Faraglioni Rocks, the symbol of the island. Admire the Cave of Love and the famous Natural Arch and Villa Malaparte, the set of several famous films and commercials. After a stop near Marina Piccola bay, disembark on the island with about 4 hours of free time to stroll along its scenic alleys. Later in the afternoon, return to the port of departure and from there hope on the return shuttle back to the meeting point.

Sorrento: The Path of the Gods Hike

8. Sorrento: The Path of the Gods Hike

The Path of the Gods, set in a stunning natural beauty, this hike allows you to marvel at the wonders of the Amalfi Coast from a new perspective. Path of the Gods presents one of the most striking panoramas on Earth: when you reach halfway, the path crosses from Bomerano to Nocelle to reveal the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast. Beside the path you will admire caves and terraces dropping from the cliffs to the sea creating deep picturesque valleys. Among the Amalfi Coast high routes, this hike is the most famed traverse, taking you on a return journey from Nocelle to Colle Serra. You will have a multitude of opportunities to capture the serene beauty on camera throughout your adventure.  You will arrive at the final destination and highlight, Punta Campanella, which is joined under the sea to the stunning island of Capri. Join your guide in central Sorrento to reach Nocelle and immerse yourself in this amazing Italian experience.

Naples: Amalfi Coast Small Group Tour Shore Excursion

9. Naples: Amalfi Coast Small Group Tour Shore Excursion

Disembark your cruise ship at the Naples port at 9:00 AM and meet your guide for an incredible day's journey down the Amalfi Coast and back. To make things easy, your guide will be holding a sign with your party's name on it right outside of the cruise terminal where all taxis, drivers, and guides are allowed to wait. Climb aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and set off for the Amalfi Coast, approximately a one-hour drive from Naples. On the way, discuss the interests and preferences of your group and let your guide know if there are any destinations you are particularly interested in. Or follow your guide's suggested itinerary to see all the most popular and scenic spots. The first suggested stop is the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, Positano. A colorful village set into the steep Amalfi cliffside, Positano features beautiful pebbled beaches, picturesque churches, and charming boutiques. Be dropped off and explore on your own for around an hour. Amble down winding streets and duck into the many shops and cafés. Next, head for Sorrento, or continue down south to Amalfi or Ravello. Your flexible and informative guide can help you decide your itinerary. Get back to Naples safely and on time for your cruise ship's departure.

From Positano: Pompeii and Vesuvius Guided Tour

10. From Positano: Pompeii and Vesuvius Guided Tour

Visit the archaeological site of Pompeii and find out what life was like before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD with skip-the-line tickets and travel to the top of the volcano with this small group tour from Positano. Follow your archaeological guide to observe important buildings and structures. See buildings like the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, a bakery, and some residential houses. Drive up to Mt. Vesuvius and enjoy breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples. Start from the square at am altitude 1000 meters above sea level. Continue walking along the path known as the the Grand Cone which leads to the crater.

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based on 965 reviews

My teenage daughter and I had a great day! Our guide Peter, organised this trip very well. All stops were well timed so that we got the most out of this exciting day. We had sufficient time to wander around Positano and its beach, and enjoy amazing colours and views there. We were lucky with weather and traffic. In Pompeii we had an excellent local guide. She used our precious time very efficiently to show us around and tell many facts. Time on the bus passed quickly too. Thanks to our kind and professional coach driver, we had a very comfortable travel. I would highly recommend this trip.

Our tour guide Peter was great, really, he was very knowledgeable about the areas we were going through and seeing, he was very informative about subjects pertaining to the tour, he knows his history. Peter was good about prepping us to know when we would break for food, restrooms etc.. The drive was cumfy in a clean bus and didn’t seem as lengthy as it would seem on paper at all, so don’t shy away from the hours this tour runs, it was fun, didn’t seem heavy at all and there was a really good restaurant at the end of the day drop off point at 2 min walking distance.

JB and Luigi were excellent at getting us to all the places we needed to be at and for being really friendly and helpful. Hector was a very informative guide for Pompeii ruins. Overall would recommend!

The tour guide was excellent and very very nice! I still do not know how the bus drivers drive on those windy roads. But he did! The other people were also great!

The guide Robert was so good and made our tour very interesting and well worth it