Overview

Naples - 5 nights
Ravello - 2 nights

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SECRET NAPLES AND RAVELLO

The palaces, castles, churches, gardens and magnificent scenery of 'the Kingdom of Naples' and exclusive Ravello on the Amalfi coast

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'?!

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, originally designed by the landscape artist, Russell Page in a volcanic stone quarry with some 1,000 exotic plants.

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. A wander through Ravello affords wonderful views at every turn, especially in the early morning or evening when most visitors have departed.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide 
Central Hotels
Small Group Size: 2 - 18

Special Event

Music & Entertainment

At Ravello, enjoy a chamber music concert and in Naples, dinner with Neapolitan music and entertainment (day is subject to change).

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Day 1 Fly from our chosen airport to Naples. Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Royal Continental for five nights.

Day 2 Full-day excursion to Ischia, a ‘royal’ retreat and visit the private gardens of La Mortella created in 1958 by Lady Susana Walton, wife of the English composer Sir William Walton. (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. 

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 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 independently. (B)

Day 8 Depart for Naples to visit the National Museum of Naples. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Some visits are on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2019

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick or easyJet from Stansted

Date Price
September 4 £1395
September 25 £1345
October 9 £1295

2020

Wednesdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick or easyJet from Stansted

Date Price
April 15 £1345
May 6 £1445
May 20 £1445
June 3 £1495
July 15 £1495
September 9 £1495
September 23 £1395
October 7 £1345

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £525
(Apr/Oct £445)

Accommodation Upgrades

Sea view £195
(Apr/Oct £175)

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe
from £195

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer £50
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government or local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally by all guests currently per person per night €3.50.

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