The palaces, castles, churches, gardens and magnificent scenery of 'the Kingdom of Naples' and exclusive Ravello on the Amalfi coast
Naples - 5 nights
Ravello - 2 nights
Naples or Neapolis (new city), built by the Greeks has been important ever since, ruled in turn by the Romans, Normans, French, Spanish and (of course!) Italians. Indeed, the goal of the ‘Grand Tour’ was Naples and no gentleman’s (or gentlelady’s) education was complete without a visit – in the 18th-century Goethe coined the phrase ‘see Naples and Die’?!. Explore the alleyways and piazzas of Naples as seen in the new drama ‘My Brilliant Friend’ based on the novel by Elena Ferrante.
Neapolitan guides reveal the great heritage of the Kingdom of Naples whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site but still a living city and capital of ‘Campania Felix’. The Bourbons’ palace and park of Capodimonte houses an excellent collection of Neapolitan art whilst Caserta is even grander, modelled on Versailles with a park designed by Vanvitelli and an ‘English garden’ as suggested by the British envoy, Lord Hamilton, who also hosted Admiral Nelson in Naples. The volcanic island of Ischia reveals ‘La Mortella’, the enchanting garden of Lady Walton, widow of the composer Sir William Walton and a living memorial to his life and work.
Perched 1,000 feet above Italy’s most beautiful coastline and originally built during the Duchy of Amalfi, a wealthy maritime republic during the Byzantine and Norman era, Ravello’s inaccessibility and beauty has attracted a variety of musicians, artists, writers and travellers – most notably Wagner was drawn to Ravello as ‘the magic garden of Klingsor’, setting for Parsifal.
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide
Small Group Size: 6 – 18
Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Naples. Five nights at the 4-star Hotel Royal Continental.
Day 2 Full-day excursion to Ischia, a ‘royal’ retreat and visit the private gardens of La Mortella. (B)
Day 3 Walking tour of the historical centre of Naples to visit the Angevin complex of St. Chiara, Basilica di Gesu Nuova, Via San Gregorio Armeno, renowned for its nativity sets and St. Severo Chapel. Afternoon tour by bus to Castel dell’Ovo, Maschio Angioino, Piazza Dante, Vomero and Posillipo. *Optional opera, concert or ballet performance at Teatro San Carlo with coffee at Caffè Gambrinus (£110, pre-bookable). (B)
Day 4 Visit Capodimonte Museum with treasures of the Farnese and Bourbon Kings. Walking tour of Piazza del Plebiscito, the Bourbon Royal Palace and shrine of St. Francis from Paola. Neapolitan dinner, music and entertainment. (B, D)
Day 5 Full-day tour to medieval Caserta and its grand, elegant Royal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (B)
Day 6 Visit the catacombs of San Gennaro, then travel along the Amalfi coast to Conca dei Marini with a wine tasting and light lunch. Continue to Ravello for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Graal. Evening chamber music concert. (B)
Day 7 Free time to relax or explore Ravello. (B)
Day 8 Depart for Naples to visit the National Museum of Naples. Return flight to London. (B)
Some visits are on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.
A 4-star hotel located on the Naples seafront with a rooftop terrace, bar, pool, restaurants, fitness centre and WiFi (free). 397 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, satellite TV and safe. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently per person per night: €3.50.
Located on the Amalfi coast, in central Ravello. Panoramic restaurant, bar, pool and WiFi (free). 42 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. An accommodation tax is payable locally, currently per person per night: €3.50.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick or easyJet from Stansted
Supplements per person
Single supplement £575
(Apr 2021 £495)
Sea view £195
(Apr-Oct 2021 £175)
British Airways Club Europe
Naples Performance* £110
Opera programme for 2021 is not yet published and will be available at a later in the year.
Arrival transfer add £50
Departure transfer with group included
Air travel, UK departure taxes, overseas airport taxes, entrance fees, transfers, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of a local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government or local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
An accommodation tax is payable locally by all guests currently per person per night €3.50.
*The Neapolitan dinner will be moved to an alternative evening if coinciding with the opera/ballet.
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