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Naples - Sorrento - Capri

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Brief description and prices of Naples/Sorrento/Capri shore excursions as offered by Princess Cruises. Information is deemed accurate but not guaranteed and is current as of August 1997.

Some information and comments are provided by Sharon Jackson.

Sorrento/Capri/Naples - what to do, what to do!

Three tours are offered by Princess and if I were asked, I would say don't miss "Pompeii".

1. A Visit to Pompeii - approx 4 1/2 hours - $49 per person

Mini-bus transfers between the pier and motor coach terminal - drive to Pompeii is about 1 1/4 hours. Guided walking tour of Pompeii. Only "shopping" opportunity is at the Cameo Shop in Pompeii.

Lots of beautiful scenery on the drive - Mt. Vesuvius can be seen from all angles, is still active and is the "highlight" of the drive. When you return to Sorrento, you can choose to stay in town to explore or shop on your own and then walk back to the pier or take the "free" mini-bus back.

2. The Island of Capri - approx 7 1/4 hours - $112 per person

From pierside, board a hydrofoil/jet boat for a scenic 20-minute cruise through Naples Bay to Capri. Dock at Marina Grande and board minibuses which take you along the winding road up to Anacapri where you will visit the Villa San Michele and its gardens. This is Axel Munthe's villa, the Swedish physician who discovered Capri and wrote "The Story of San Michele". (I recommend reading this book before you leave on your cruise.) Minibus then takes you to Capri Town where you'll have a walking tour of the town, visit the Gardens of Augustus with a guide, have an included Italian lunch, a bit of time for shopping and then take a funicular back down to Marina Grande for the hydrofoil/jet boat back to the pier.

There is a bit of shopping time in Anacapri, too.

3. The Amalfi Coast - Approx 7 hours - $110 per person

Coastal drive along what is considered the most famous drive in Italy. It truly is beautiful. Drive to Positano - Valley of Furore - Lattari Mountains - Amalfi. Then back by way of Agerola. Again, you can remain in town (Sorrento) or go right back to the pier.

Amalfi - major shipping port in the Middle Ages - the compass was invented here. You'll have a narrated walk around the center of the town and to the Cathedral of St. Andrea where the 11th century bronze doors of Constantinople are housed.

Shopping time and lunch with wine in Amalfi are included.

My "guess" is that one can get the hydrofoil from Sorrento to Capri on their own. If that's the case, I'd do Pompeii in the AM and then go over to Capri on my own in the afternoon.

For more information on Naples/Sorrento/Capri, check out our Cruise Port Review of Naples/Sorrento/Capri.

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