Enjoy a very scenic and relaxing excursion, experiencing Italy's most famous coastline by motor launch, with minimal walking involved, and time within the beautiful village of Sorrento. After an approximate one-hour drive by coach, you will arrive to the town of Salerno, located at the very end of the Amalfi Coast. There you'll board a private motor launch and enjoy a 45-minute cruise, viewing the Dolomitic cliffs, which at many points, tower perpendicularly out of the sea and have been sculpted by nature into fantastic shapes. Amalfi is situated at the mouth of a deep gorge along the coast. Learn how this was a major shipping port during the Middle Ages and it was also an independent maritime state. Enjoy a narrated walk around the town center of Amalfi, with your guide, who will explain the history and architecture of the Cathedral of St. Andrew as you marvel at the exterior architecture, a mix of Moorish and early Gothic design. Its main treasures are the 11th-century bronze doors from Constantinople. Enjoy some free time on your own in Amalfi, for maybe shopping or relaxation, before cruising back to Salerno where your coach will be waiting to drive you to Sorrento. With its luxuriant vegetation and sun-drenched climate, Sorrento became a favorite resort of wealthy Romans. Experience this cliff-top setting, with an imposing Duomo, distinctive for its 13th-century cloister, and a charming, flower-filled town, all there for you to explore. Enjoy lunch with wine in a local restaurant in Sorrento before returning back to your ship.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 500 yards over even surfaces with 5 - 10 steps. There are several steps to access the lunch venue. Comfortable walking shoes, hat, and sunscreen are highly recommended. Walking during the free time is at the guests' discretion. The drive between Naples and Salerno is approximately 45 minutes and from Sorrento to Naples is approximately 1 1/2 hours. Guests wishing to enter the Cathedral of St. Andrew on their own must ascend approximately 60 or more very steep steps. The order of the tour may be reversed. The motor launch has both inside and outside seating. In case of bad weather conditions and/or rough seas, the cruise to Amalfi will be cancelled and an orientation drive of Naples will be made instead. Due to traffic restrictions of the Sorrento center a short walk from the motorcoach drop off point to the main center and vice versa will be required. During summer months expect extreme heat, crowded venues and long lines. We recommend that you dress in layers and bring bottled water.
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Customer Reviews for Sorrento & Amalfi By Land & Sea
Review 1 for Sorrento & Amalfi By Land & Sea
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:April
Cruise Date Year:2013
Favorite port:Seattle, Washington
I want to go here next:Europe
Date:May 7, 2013
Fantastic route, but...
It was a fantastic route, beautiful scenery, but for such an expensive excursion there should be a very good tour guide. Antonio, our tour guide, didn't do his job. No clear instruction about meeting point. Forgot to bring his "radio", so we carried on ours for fun. We were very dissatisfied, but at least Ana Maria at the tour excursion desk of Jade was apologetic, and provided a partial credit for the inconveniences. Hope they do a better screening of the local guides to offer a good value. Also, two enforced visits to "tourist traps" on a day is too much.
I will never know how good this shore excusion could have been because we did not do the tour that was described. Part of the reason was the weather and the other part I still do not understand. Everything was going ok at first but the first clue that something was amiss was when we were told we were going to Sorrento first and would be having an early lunch. Early was 11:00 a.m. - to me that hour does not even come any where near lunchtime but anyway, we enjoyed walking around Sorrento and then had a very substandard lunch in a restaurant in town. After that it started to rain and when we returned to the bus, we were told that we would be heading back to Naples as the cruise was cancelled. Most of us wondered why we weren't doing the land part of the Amalfi coast since it was supposed to be Amalfi by Land & Sea. We never drove to Salerno or anywhere else. We were told that the bus was too big to drive along the coast so we were mystified as to why we they didn't put us in smaller buses. To top it off we had a very inexperienced and snarky guide who did nothing to lift our spirits but just kept on talking and talking in an accent you could barely understand. It was such a bad start to the whole trip and I don't think we even noticed the drive that we did around Naples as it was such an inadequate substitute. We did get a partial refund but in my opinion it was not enough to compensate for the very negative experience. I would love to see Amalfi but will probably never have a chance to go back.
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Review 3 for Sorrento & Amalfi By Land & Sea
I traveled with:Family
Cruise Date Month:May
I want to go here next:Europe
Date:June 7, 2012
A picture perfect day.
It was without a doubt the best shore excursion of our trip. The Amalfi coast is breathtakingly beautiful. And the towns of Sorrento and Amalfi are so quaint and pictoresque we had to buy a new memory card for our camera because every way you turned there was a poscard worthy view. Our tour guide, Luigi was very friendly, funny and informative. I think the boat ride along the Amalfi coast gives this excursion that extra special touch, because you get to experience the area from both land and sea. The day was packed with so many wonderful activities! And if you are traveling with small children and wonder if this excursion will be appropriate, I can tell you our nine month old baby enjoyed it very much. Truly wonderful.
This was the highlight of our Epic cruise. The coastline is breathtaking. Our bus driver was fearless navigating the narrow turns. We made one photo stop at an overlook on the way to Sorrento. Once in Sorrento we had about an hour on our own for shopping. Afterwards we walked across the street from our meeting spot to the lunch venue. Lunch consisted of wine, bread, cannelloni, chicken breast with mozzerella and potatoes, and a chocolate/vanilla dessert. Very tasty. After Sorrento we drove to Salerno and boarded a smallish, double deck tour boat for the ride along the coast to Amalfi. (The bottom deck is enclosed, with an open air upper deck). The rugged coastline and villas made for a spectacular sight. The boat ride was about 45 minutes. We had about an hour on our own in Amalfi. The port area is lined with souvenir shops, leather goods, cafes and gelatarias. After a 30-45 min boat ride back to Salerno we boarded our coach and made our way back to Naples, with a 20 min stop at a cameo factory on the way. Very expensive. Waste of time. All along our tourguide Rosanna was very nice, making sure everyone was OK and accounted for.
This was without a doubt the best tour for the money. Wonderful tour guide Michael, very informative of the area. Sorrento was a gorgeous town ,our lunch was not at a cliffside but the lunch was delicious. The highlight was the small boat ride to the city of Amalfi, how beautiful and breath taking was the views of that incredible coast. A little time in Amalfi to soak in it beauty and to do some shopping, then back to our boat and off to the Cameo Shop. Fascinating to see how cameos are made...all in all a fabulous day.