The Sweet Life: Family – Rome & Sorrento - 7 Days

TAUCK BRIDGES FAMILY TRAVEL

The Sweet Life: Rome & Sorrento

TIME OF YEAR – Mar – Apr, Jun – Aug, Dec

Explore the Colosseum, where you can say ciao to a Roman Centurion, and Rome’s ancient underground catacombs, where you’ll learn all about a “secret language”… pick up some “combat skills” at gladiator school… and find out what could happen when you make a wish and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain! Pompeii reveals its mysteries as you walk among its ancient stone streets and excavated buildings. Sweet Sorrento is the gateway to both the fabled Amalfi Coast and the enchanted Isle of Capri. Drive along a road that twists and turns like a roller coaster on the Amalfi Coast and ride a jet boat to Capri. Learn to make authentic pizza in Sorrento, savor gelato and try your hand at making paper!

Only With Tauck

After-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel – unhurried viewing, fewer crowds.

Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, motor coach transportation, First Class accommodations on the high-speed Italo train from Rome to Naples, admissions, entertainment, special dinners, sightseeing, porterage, and the services of hotel and restaurant staff, local guides and drivers, and the Tauck Director are included. Transportation from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport, or from the Rome Central Terminal (Roma Termini) train station or Tiburtina Train Station, to the Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight or train arrival information at least three weeks prior to the start of your tour. Transportation from the Hilton Sorrento Palace to Naples International Airport and Naples Central Station is also included when you check out of the hotel. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Age Recommendations – Children 8 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, we have a minimum recommended age for each journey to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Day 1
Welcome to the glories of Rome

Tour begins: 3:00 PM at Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa. Your Italy family vacation begins with an included transfer from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino, Ciampino Airport or Roma Termini train station to Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa. You’ll feel like royalty at Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa, a deluxe hotel overlooking the Villa Borghese park. A brief city tour shows you some of Rome’s most famous sights – view the Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia, and the Caracalla Baths and visit inside the Colosseum with a guide. We invite you to join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

Meals – Dinner

Lodging – Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa

Day 2
Explore the best of Rome

Experience a close-up look at ancient Rome as you head out along the Appian Way. Your first stop is Gladiator School, where your family gets a fun introduction to ancient Roman history. Next up is a guided visit to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus where you’ll learn all about the “secret language” of the early Christian symbols found throughout the underground tunnels of the Catacombs. Have lunch at a restaurant on the Appian Way, then enjoy some free time. Tonight – a special family experience – a Tauck Bridges Exclusive after-hours, guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (subject to availability, day of visit may vary). You won’t be rushed, you won’t have to maneuver through masses of people blocking your views, and you’ll be able to take your time to contemplate the inspirational and artistic treasures.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Lodging – Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa

Day 3
St. Peter's, the Pantheon & Trevi Fountain

Today you’ll visit one of the world’s most recognizable places of worship, St. Peter’s Basilica, and famous St. Peter’s Square. Take a walking tour to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona with its beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, and the famous Trevi Fountain; it’s said that you’re sure to return to Rome if you turn your back to the fountain and throw three coins into it over your left shoulder… while wishing very hard! After lunch at a local restaurant near Piazza Navona, spend the rest of the day as you please with your family in remarkable Roma.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Lodging – Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa

Day 4
From Pompeii to pizza making at an agriturismo

Travel first-class from Rome to Naples through the Italian countryside via high-speed train, then on to Pompeii – totally buried by tons of pumice and hot ash when volcanic Mount Vesuvius blew its top on August 24th in 79 AD. Today, its streets are much like they were before the volcano erupted, offering a glimpse of what daily life was like in 1st century AD. Continue on to Sorrento, nestled between the mountains and the sea, with great views of Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples. Visit a family farm – or agriturismo – to find out how cheese, olive oil and other tasty treats are made. Then, try your hand at using that cheese as a professional chef shows you how to make your own pizza for dinner; your evening includes traditional Neapolitan music. Enjoy Executive Level Sea View rooms during your stay at Hilton Sorrento Palace.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – Hilton Sorrento Palace

Day 5
To Capri by jet boat & back to Sorrento

Tauck Bridges’ Italy family vacation takes you across the Gulf of Naples by high-speed jet boat to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Just like a jet-setter, take a fabulous ride in a private convertible along the cliffs of the road to Anacapri, ending in the town. A funicular (chairlift) takes you to the highest point of the island to get a good look at the beautiful Gulf and the town below. After lunch in the town of Capri, and some free time, take the funicular down to the pier to catch your jet boat back to Sorrento. From your Executive Room at the Hilton Sorrento Palace you’ll be able to look out at the Gulf of Naples and, in the distance, the infamous Mount Vesuvius. Later, you can join your Tauck Director for a walk through Sorrento’s medieval maze of narrow, cobbled streets with overhanging balconies and terraces; spend the rest of the day and evening with your family as you please.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6
Positano, a cruise & more on the Amalfi Coast

If you like roller coasters, you’ll love the drive along the Amalfi Coast today! The road seems to sometimes go straight up, sometimes straight down and careens around sharp corners at the edge of the cliffs. Take a walking tour in Positano, a cool town that seems to be holding on to its cliff-side perch for dear life, before climbing aboard a private boat bound for Amalfi to view the amazing cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, now above you. In the town of Amalfi, you’ll have time to check out the sights along the maze of lovely winding streets. Your adventure concludes back in Sorrento tonight with a barbecue farewell dinner – and we’re certain that you’ll now be glad that you tossed that coin into the Trevi Fountain!

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Lodging – Hilton Sorrento Palace

Day 7
Journey home

Trip ends: Sorrento. Fly home anytime. Your family’s Italy adventure ends with an included transfer from the Hilton Sorrento Palace to Naples International Airport or Naples train station. Please allow 3 hours for airport check-in formalities. We wish you a safe and pleasant journey home. Arrivederci!

Meals – Breakfast

What's Included

  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides and drivers
  • Guided visits to the Colosseum & Catacombs of St. Callistus and a lesson in how to be a gladiator in Rome
  • Evening at an agriturismo near Sorrento – see how cheese is made and olive oil is pressed; get tips on making your own pizza & learn to dance the Tarantella
  • Jet boat to the Isle of Capri; travel up to Anacapri in a private convertible & take in the views on a chairlift ride
  • A drive along the spectacular Amalfi coastline from Sorrento to Positano & a private cruise along the Amalfi Coast to the historic town of Amalfi
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • 13 meals; service charges, taxes, and porterage

Nights 1-3 Rome, Italy

Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa

Situated amidst lush gardens close to the famed Villa Borghese in the heart of the Eternal City, Parco dei Principi Grand Hotel & Spa offers an island of tranquility in busy, bustling Rome, a welcoming home-away-from-home popular with celebrities and visiting dignitaries. Elegant, comfortable guest rooms overlooking the Villa Borghese park or the exclusive Parioli district are equipped with WiFi, air conditioning, LCD satellite TVs and Italian marble bathrooms. Surrounded by trees, the swimming pool tempts guests to plunge in after a day spent exploring the many glories of Rome. The entrancing views over Villa Borghese from the rooftop terrace make dining al fresco at the hotel’s Pauline Borghese restaurant – specializing in authentic, traditional Italian cuisine with a twist – a delight. The pleasant, accommodating staff pride themselves on ensuring that guests’ needs and requests are well satisfied.

Nights 4-6 Sorrento, Italy

Hilton Sorrento Palace

Yes, those are lemons you smell at the Hilton Sorrento Palace – this lovely modern hotel sits in the middle of a lemon grove overlooking the Bay of Naples. Your Executive room has a balcony with a view of the sea as well as high-speed Internet access, a minibar and mini-refrigerator, electronic locks and an in-room safe. When you leave your room, you’ll find two swimming pools (one is on the roof!), a playground, tennis courts, a fitness room and a ping-pong table to keep you busy during time at leisure. If you’re looking for a snack, head to La Pagoda, by the pool, where you’ll find homemade Italian ice cream, Neapolitan pizza and freshly made salads.

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