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3-Day Italy Trip: Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri
Explore Italy’s scandalously beautiful Campania region on a 3-day southern Italy tour from Rome, with 4-star hotel accommodation in Sorrento included! After visiting the big, bold and brash city of Naples, explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of ancient Pompeii and then hit the Amalfi Coast. Cruise to Capri to see its fabled Blue Grotto, and then spend your final morning at leisure -- soaking up the sun in Sorrento!
Day 1: Rome – Sorrento (L, D)
Leave central Rome in the morning, and travel by coach toward sunny Naples. On arrival in the late morning, set off to explore on a leisurely paced walking tour. Your tour takes in top attractions like Piazza del Plebiscito, home to the Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale), and Galleria Umbero I, with its eye-catching glass-roofed arcade.
Travel inland to Pompeii, and after lunch in town, visit its UNESCO-listed archaeological site with your guide. Hear how Pompeii lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mt Vesuvius’ 79 BC eruption, and marvel at the incredible Roman ruins that abound.
Return to your coach and travel to the Amalfi Coast, where you'll check in to your Sorrento hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight: 4-star or superior 4-star hotel in Sorrento
Day 2: Capri (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast, and then travel from Sorrento port to the island of Capri by hydrofoil boat. Hop aboard a rowing boat at Capri’s Marina Grande harbor, and relax as your guide rows you around the the island to see the magical Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra). This intriguing cave is said to have sunk dramatically since prehistoric times, blocking out most of its entrances.
Return to Marina Grande and travel by minibus to the village of Anacapri, perched high above the glamorous Capri Town. Explore at leisure, admiring its romantic wisteria-draped villas with sun-bleached stucco, and gaze down over the Bay of Naples.
Head back down the hill and visit one of Capri Town’s traditional trattorias for lunch. Walk it off on a stroll, passing through Capri’s swanky Piazetta (Piazza Umberto) – Capri’s place to see and be seen. Board another hydrofoil boat in the late afternoon and return to Sorrento in time for dinner.
Overnight: 4-star or superior 4-star hotel in Sorrento
Day 3: Sorrento – Rome (B)
After breakfast, spend the morning in Sorrento at your leisure. Perhaps take a stroll along Corso Italia and climb the steps to see atmospheric Piazza Tasso, tucked away in the heart of Sorrento Old Town. Soak up views of the sun-soaked cliffs, where Sorrento’s houses almost seem to be stacked on top of each other, and then shop for any last-minute souvenirs of the gorgeous Amalfi Coast.
Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and then return to Rome by coach. Your tour finishes at your central Rome hotel.
Please note: Your Blue Grotto trip is subject to good weather conditions. From 1/11/2015 - 31/03/2016 this tour does not go to Capri island (will go during high season).
Very organized. Best hotel in Sorrento is the Hotel Tramontano! It is literally in the middle of town and an easy walk to great shops and restaurants. The hotel restaurant had great food and amazing views! The the staff were always very accomodating.
Review by: Paul H, July 2015
Good balance between free time and and excursions. It was very well organized. Michelangelo hotel was located in great location.
Review by: Isabel V, July 2015
We took our 3 grown kids on this tour and upgraded to the premium option. It was a fantastic experience. The guides were wonderful, the food and hotels fantastic and the sites amaizing. We stayed at the Ambasciatori and it was simply fantastic. The food, staff, views, beach front...everything was wonderful. It was the highlight of our trip.
Review by: Tony, July 2015
I highly recommend this tour. We called when we arrived in Rome from our hotel room to confirm. When we confirmed, they gave us a pickup time. We waited in the lobby with our luggage the day we got picked up. We were picked up in a small van and then taken to the area where we were to take the bus. On the way to Naples, they stop halfway so that you can buy a snack and use the bathroom. Once in Naples, you get to get out for a bit to take pictures. After Naples we ate lunch at a hotel next to the ruins. Pompeii was amazing!! I recommend you bring an umbrella and sunblock as there isn't much shade. After Pompeii, they drive us to our hotel. We paid extra to stay in the superior hotel. We got to stay in Grand Hotel Ambasciatori. If you stay there, make sure to take the elevator down to the water. On the next day, we took a boat ride to Capri. I was a bit bummed that we didn't get to go into the grotto due to high tides. We were told that the Blue Grotto is only open 30 of the whole year. We did get to take a boat ride next to the grotto. One thing I recommend doing is taking the chair lift. The views are amazing!
Review by: law_likes_blue, July 2015
The first day of the tour was worrying - bus guide was unfriendly and rude. Lunch was average. The guide for Pompeii was amazing. Once we arrived at the hotel, we didn't regret the tour! It was an amazing hotel and breakfast and dinner had an amazing view. If you want to relax, do this tour!
Review by: Wendy G, July 2015
We really enjoyed this excursion. Our hotel in Sorrento was great, but we honestly didn't have enough time there to enjoy it. The pool closed at 6 p.m. so we never used it. Pompeii was interesting. Naples was basically a drive by. Capri and the Blue Grotto were great. All guides were good. We took a city bus to Almafi coast the last day, which we recommend doing. Overall, a good experience.
Review by: rhoads56, July 2015
Unbelievably good value! Very friendly hosts, extremely well organised, and the hotel and food arrangements were beyond what we expected. We would absolutely use the tour company again
Review by: Stephanie R, July 2015
I'm not into bus tours, but this one was well worth it! The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable, everyone's language was spoken, the food was excellent, and the accommodations were amazing! Fabulous trip!
Review by: George G, July 2015
Loved Pompei, only drove passed Naples possibly due to late start. Sorrento and Capri was beautiful. The hotel we stayed at was awesome.
Review by: Patricia S, June 2015
We felt this tour was so worth the money. The hotel in Sorrento was 4 stars...beautiful views. We enjoyed Naples, Pompeii but it was Sorrento and Capri that WE LOVED! I wish I would've booked a 5-day instead of 3. We had an extra day without a tour guide so we jumped on a bus tour guides recommendation and went to Positano for the day. Absolutely beautiful! Would recommend it.
Review by: Meika W, June 2015
Terrible communication between guides and they even left us at the hotel on part of the trip. This actually happened to another family as well. Would not recommend this tour.
Review by: Robynne B, June 2015
Walking your of Naples didn't happen because we left rome late but we weren't told that. disappointing to arrange and pay again for the trip to positano and amalfi on the third day. A whole day of nothing in sorrento is too much. _br/_
upgraded hotel: amazing, staff great, food very good. Great location
Review by: Karen S, June 2015
I enjoyed this tour very much. The transportation logistics worked smoothly. Our group was a manageable size. We were booked at a really nice hotel. Six meals were included in the tour price. The tour guides were knowledgeable. The highlights were the trip to Pompeii and Capri. The only disappointing part was skipping the walking tour of Naples. We were supposed to see the blue grotto but it was closed for the day because of the thunderstorm in the early mornig. Our guide arranged for us to take a speed boat to the mouth of the blue grotto. That was cool.
Review by: Aminah F, June 2015
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Genevieve Su-Yi C, June 2015
Deeply disappointed with the tour._br/_
1. Tour was bi-lingual and with the strong accent of the tour guides, we often did not know whether they were speaking English or Spanish/French. _br/_
2. We were always changing buses to move from place to place. Had to wait 4 hours at Pompeii to get to Sorrento. We moved from the bus, to the side of the road, to waiting in the shade, to another bus, and then back to the side of the road... just very badly handled. Albeit the bad traffic jam explanation that was given, we cannot understand why the bus that was waiting with us or alternative arrangements could not be made to take us to Sorrento which was just 45 mins away. _br/_
3. To make matters worse, at Sorrento we sat in the bus circling the same area 3 times before we could board a small taxi to get to our hotel. Other people who were on the same tour bus as us and were scheduled to stay at the same hotel got to the hotel 40 minutes earlier than us. Taxi provided was also too small for 4 passengers causing us to squeeze in the backseat, and our luggages were forced in to fit, resulting in scratches and damage to our personal items._br/_
4. As a result of this delay, we had dinner at 9:30pm and the tour guide was curt, rude and unapologetic about the entire incident. By the time we had finished dinner, it was 10:45pm. Not great for a family who is prone to gastric pains when we do not eat meals at regular hours/intervals._br/_
5. Lunch at Capri was scheduled for 2:15pm but thankfully the tour guide managed to make an exception for us to eat at 1:30pm. _br/_
6. A walking tour scheduled for Day 1 at Naples on your website did not happen at all and when the guide was asked, she simply brushed it off with "there is no such tour".
Review by: George F, June 2015
Tour guide, local guide at Pompeii was fine. Sorrento was great.. Tour of Capri was poor, too many on tour, spent more time counting heads , less free time given than promised, too many for guide too handle, hence every time we stopped or met, spent counting heads,,30plus,,much too many....
Review by: Kayee N, June 2015
A disaster. _br/_
The walking tour in Naples was skipped without an an explanation; the tour guide left us in Pompeii so we had to ask the other tour guides and tourists for map and directions to exit; followed by an 3 hour delay of the coach bus to Sorrento hotel. one drink was offered due to delay...
Review by: sande, June 2015
The tour was amazing, really good guides_br/_
Sad that the Blue Grotto was closed but enjoyed every moment. Only wish we had one more day. Hotel Capedimonti was wonderful.
Review by: ellavo19, June 2015
best part of the trip was the 4 star superior hotel and the included food in Sorrento. extremely nice with amazing view, amazing meals. Capri/Anacapri was a nice excursion, but the blue grotto was underwhelming and not worth seeing in my opinion. and we also spent a long time waiting for bus transfers between different parts of the excursion which rushed other parts of our trip. Naples was basically a picture/bathroom stop. Food at Pompeii was subpar at a purely tourist restaurant. Pompeii tour was what I expected.
Review by: Thomas F, June 2015
Wonderful trip. Excellent accommodations. Tour guide through Pompeii was very knowledgable, accommodating. Guide to Capri was likewise w_br/_
Very good. Excellent. Would highly recommend.
Review by: Barry B, June 2015
What an experience would highly recommend, just wish it had been longer.
Review by: Margot G, May 2015
Despite the chaotic start at the meeting point on day one, the tour itself was well organised. It was a little disappointing as a single traveller to be placed in a hotel by myself, not with the other travellers in our group, otherwise the 4 star hotel was good with a great restaurant and close to town. We were allocated plenty of time to see Pompeii, Naples, and Capri. We chose to book an additional private tour for 8pax on our free day and this was exceptional.
Review by: Matthew L, May 2015
A 5-star trip in a 3-day experience!_br/_
Hotels: We stayed in a great hotel with a view of all of Sorrento, one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in ever. Easy to walk around Sorrento but you will not want to leave your hotel if you have that nice a view._br/_
Guides: Claudia and Ornello were our main guides they were very accommodating and helpful. We felt pampered! All the guides were good, even the Pompeii and Capri guides. _br/_
Experience: We went in April the week before Easter and saw the Black Procession, which was a unique experience. The Blue Grotto was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we went on a cloudy day. The tour of Pompeii was very cool and informative. Naples wasnt much to see but we were only there for an hour. Take the public transportation to Amalfi, it is worth a day trip in the afternoon. It would be nice if they helped you organize that more but it was worth doing for the afternoon on our own. Overall, we saw all the highlights in just 3 days and felt like we had ample free time to explore on our own. _br/_
Food: The food was DELICIOUS. Best food I have had in Italy._br/_
We have done other Viators in Italy but THIS IS THE BEST ONE. We did the 5 day tour but the three day tour is better as you are treated like royalty seeing the most beautiful parts of Italy. _br/_
Tour is run through a local tour company. They pass you on from one local guide to the other but as long as you stick close and ask questions when you are confused you will be fine.
Review by: Victoria J, May 2015
Well the trip was great. the Tour company really moved us along, made sure we were met by buses, connecting shuttles, etc, and the tourguides for Naples, Pompeii, Capri were all great. The 4 star hotel in Sorrento, the Capodimanti, was very elegant and grand with its views of the Gulf from the extensive dining patio. Food was lovely, service fabulous. Our room was amazing with tiles everywhere and a 7th floor balcony view. What was not good was the hotel's LOUSY COFFEE...if it was not actually Nescafe, it tasted like it. Waiters brought it to urns by the steaming pitcherful...untouched by coffee beans. I wonder of the hotel puts up with us less-than-4-star clientele no one there looked like they paid 500 per night and makes fun of us by inflicting crappy coffee on us? Viator should really look into it. An Italian disgrace
Review by: Yuen Loke C, May 2015
Had positive experience with the staff of the tour company for most _br/_
of the trip. Enjoyed the wonderful sights and people of Southern Italy.
Review by: Eric N, April 2015
A fabulous three day trip, to summarise a highlight is almost impossible but Pompeii was up there, the Island of Capri and the Blue Grotto was also high on the list, then a free day to tour the Amalfi Coast. We stayed at the Michelangelo hotel in Sorrento. This is a fabulous hotel but the night we stayed here the power kept failing all night and every time the power came back n again it switched TV on which of course would wake us up, No mention of this at check-out, not even a hint of an apology anyway, it did not detract from a wonderful three days with outstanding guides.
Review by: yvonne_howell, April 2015
This three day tour was not what I was expecting. Being a solo traveler this was the only overnight tour I had booked during my three month trip in Europe. I was expecting it to be a good opportunity to meet other people._br/_
Tour of Pompeii itself was good tour of the Cameo factory should be taken off the itinerary. While talking to other people in the group, it became apparent that they were only on a day tour and were heading back to Rome that day. It wasn't until I asked the guide that I was told that actually I was the only one going to Sorrento... Didn't like that this was not made clear to me at the start._br/_
So after Pompeii a separate van picked me up and took me to Sorrento. I was expecting the hotel to be the nicest of all the hotels I would stay in in Europe. That was not the case. It was ok but not great, and no views of the sea as mentioned in other reviews, I had views of an alley way. The food was very average, not fresh at all. _br/_
My free day was changed to the 2nd day of the tour instead of the 3rd, which I wasn't made aware of until I checked into the hotel. Worked out for the ok though as that day was pouring._br/_
It would be good if they made it clear in the description just how unlikely it is to see the blue grotto. Only about 30 of people see it...And it has NOTHING to do with the weather was a perfect day when we were there. It apparently can only be seen when the water is perfectly flat, however to us it just seemed like the tide was too high,which surely can be factored in in advance of planning the trip to Capri?_br/_
Had 6 guides over the 3 days and about 11 different buses/vans. Not really what I would call one tour. _br/_
One guide was incredibly rude, she couldn't understand that I wanted to carry my own backpack, as it had a laptop in it, and didn't want it to go under the bus with the suitcases, had to argue with her about it and insist about 5 times. _br/_
Highlights were Pompeii and Capri, but probably could do it for cheaper by myself...
Review by: Kathleen B, April 2015
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Marie D, March 2015
This was probably our favorite part of our entire trip... with the exception of seeing the Pope... Our trip was March 14-16th and even though the weather wasn't ideal, we were able to see the Blue Grotto... which closed right after our group went in... we were praying to my St. Christopher and Mary charms and it worked! For the money you cannot beat this deal, our tour guides both en route Francesca and in Pompeii Sergio were fantastic, especially Sergio, his knowledge of Pompeii was amazing, we learned so much, if we had walked on our own we never would have known what we were looking at... and there is a lot. Although we didn't spend the allotted time in Naples, it didn't take away from trip, our guide gave us a constant history of the City en route. We enjoyed the extra time in Pompeii and Sorrento. Because we were off season, all our meals were included and it was amazing from lunch after our Pompeii trip to dinner at our restaurant, which was the Michaelangelo. Both Capri and AnaCapri were amazing, do not miss, we were lucky to see the famed Blue Grotto and walk all around the island pretty much empty in March. Again, lunch was amazing, we met some great people from all over, did some shopping. Again, we were off season so many stores and attractions were closed and the weather wasn't ideal it's a trade off, but we were very pleased. Fantastic price for what is included
Review by: Susan C, February 2015
I would definitely recommend this tour. The tour directors even modified the tour due to weather conditions to ensure that I still got to experience everything, I really appreciated it.
Review by: Nicole D, December 2014
Wonderful! Had three amazing days on this tour. Loved every second!
Review by: Fadhlina S, December 2014
The tour was great, visit to Pompeii was fun, sights of Sorrento and Capri were amazing, we're lucky to get into Blue Grotto, experience was unforgetable, tour pace was just nice though wish have more time at Anacapri.
Review by: Bruce H, December 2014
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Courtney W, December 2014
I liked this tour a lot although we didn't get to go to the blue grotto. I wish that it would have been more clear that the blue grotto might not happen because it was the only reason I booked the trip. The tour of pompeii was great! (Get a lemonade slushee at the bodega afterward-it's great) Meals were included and were very good. We had ample free time to go shopping in each place and the guides, with one exception, were very friendly.
Review by: broxterwoman, December 2014
It was wonderful having someone else drive and make all of the arrangements. We enjoyed our tour guides. l The only think I would have changed is to have the guide explain some things about the drive from Rome to Naples. He did mention the Appian way, but we would have liked more narrative along the way.
Review by: Chantell W, December 2014
The tour was good. The motel was quite 'Americanised' and we didn't get much from our tour director in Sorrento, but that meant we were left with lots of leisure time. Capri was fantastic, even in the winter, although the people the day before and after us didn't get to go over due to the weather.
Review by: Carrie H L, December 2014
This tour was absolutely amazing - extremely professional and knowledgeable tour guides, fabulous hospitality from Hotel Michelangelo (their 3-course dinners are incredible)! So many highlights and memories - and excellent value for money!
Review by: JM1051, November 2014
This was an excellent tour. Yes, Naples was a bit of a disappointment - we only drove around with one stop at the port - but Pompeii was terrific (as was the local guide), Capri was fun (and we got to visit the blue grotto which was amazing - just be prepared to transfer from a motor boat into a row boat in the middle of the bay). The hotel was excellent - large clean rooms with a balcony and great views. The only disappointment with the tour was the food was not great (the hotel breakfast and dinner was OK but not great) and the meals during the tours were meh. Also there is a lot of transferring from one bus to another and lots of wait time. Still, it's a great way to see southern Italy without having to make all the arrangements yourself. Also be aware that "free morning in Sorrento" really means almost all day. The bus back to Rome was at 3PM. Bring a bathing suit - the hotel had great pools but one must check out by 11am.
Review by: Maria C, November 2014
Fabulous experience!!! Well organized, timely departures and good quality accomodations and meals. Ornella was a wonderful guide.
Review by: Janet L, October 2014
Viator tours are very well organized. The only experience that wasn't necessary was the tour through Naples. That was very ordinary...would be better spending more time in Pompeii.
Review by: vickie_kerzic, October 2014
This tour i would highly recommend. Guides were great in Pompeii and Capri and the hotel was beautiful.
Review by: lbwood5200, October 2014
Yes, we were very pleased with participating in this 3-day trip.! There were so many details that were addressed well. The hotel, location, rooms and food were spectacular!!
Review by: Lyndall P, October 2014
Review by: Linda S, October 2014
This tour was amazing!
Review by: Pdvious1, October 2014
was awesome... in every way
Review by: Terry M, October 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed this side trip from Rome! The accommodation was superb - meals were included and they were awesome! Nice balance of free time and guided tours. The tour guides changed with the different areas visited - all were very knowledgeable, and passionate about their area. The scenery was spectacular (of course!). We definitely recommend this tour!
Review by: SANJIV G, September 2014
Naples was a complete waste of time. Tour guide was terrible. Lots of delays in transfers. Capri tour and the the accompanying guide Sasha were the highlight of this trip.
Review by: Beverley B, September 2014
Naples was a bit of a disappointment did not see much, Pompeii was great, Sorrento and Capri fantastic would love to go again.
Review by: Brenda D, September 2014
Naples was dirty, under renovation so much unable to be seen. The walking guide was ok but far too many asides that had no relevance. The return bus from Pompeii was an hour late and after a huge day it was not what we needed. Tour staff was friendly but did not appear organised.
Review by: Holly, September 2014
The hotel and tours were wonderful. The getting from Rome to Sorrento and back was chaos and a large waste of time. However, overall I would do it again due to the sites, hotel, tours, and overall value.