Day 1 | Meet at the airport at 5.30am for Air Malta flight to Rome departing at 7.30am. Private transfer from Fiumicino Airport to our hotel in Castellammare di Stabbia. Check in followed by free time to rest at the hotel or explore the area.
Day 2 | Breakfast followed by a full day excursion to Paestum. We will start the day by visiting the archeological site of Paestum which is home to three of the world’s best preserved ancient Greek temples. Deemed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, it includes a museum crammed with millennia-old frescoes, ceramics and artefacts. Our next stop will be at a buffalo farm, with the opportunity to taste the most delicious selection of cheeses made freshly from buffalo milk, together with other products produced at the farm. Transfer back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 | A full day excursion to Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius. Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. The city was buried under a blanket of ash and pumice following an eruption from Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., perfectly preserving the remains. When these were unearthed in the 1700s, a sophisticated Greco-Roman city frozen in time was discovered. Here one can explore the preserved remains of grand public buildings, lavish villas, houses and even remains of people sheltering from the eruption.
As a significant proof of Roman civilization, Pompeii provides details on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past, having re-emerged from the darkness of centuries precisely as it would have been when it was buried so many years ago. Following Pompeii we will continue to the volcano of Vesuvius by coach, with the opportunity to walk up to the crater itself (entrance extra).
Day 4 | Optional Excursion to Capri, an island famous for its rugged landscape, dramatic cove-studded coastline, upscale hotels and shopping. With its jaw-dropping natural beauty and delicious cuisine, Capri attracts a number of celebrities as their preferred holiday destination. Its Blue Grotto has been bewitching visitors since the time of the Roman emperor Tiberius, who even commissioned statues to decorate it. Depart by boat from Sorrento/Castellammare di Stabbia. Upon arrival walk up from the world famous Piazzetta to the Gardens of Augustus offering fantastic views down on to the Faraglioni Rocks below. In the afternoon optional trip to Anacapri (supplement applies).
Day 5 | Breakfast followed by a full day excursion to Naples. A local guide will tour around the main sights, with an opportunity to join a pizza-making class to learn the art of pizza-making, a Neapolitan specialty. Free time will be allocated.
Day 6 | A full day excursion with a drive along one of the most beautiful coast roads in the world. Stop at Amalfi to discover its main attractions including the Cathedral. Stop to taste Limoncello, the lemon liequer made by using the intense aroma of locally grown lemon rind. Return to the hotel via the motorway.
Day 7 | Free day to relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Day 8 | Breakfast and check out, followed by a transfer back to Fiumicino Airport to catch our Air Malta flight back to Malta.