Florence, Sorrento and Capri
- 9 Days
- From £1,149
- Travel by train to Zurich, cultural and financial hub of Switzerland
- Gotthard route under the Alps to Italy
- Renaissance Florence
- Sun-drenched Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast
- Day trip to Capri by high-speed ferry and overnight stop in Naples before your flight home
- Standard Class rail travel from London to Naples
- 8 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Return ferry day trip from Sorrento to Capri
- Flight from Naples to London
- Comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Catch a train to Paris and then cross to the Gare de Lyon for your high-speed TGV service down to Zurich. On arrival, check in at the Sorell Ruetli Hotel (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Though it’s famous for banking and finance, Zurich has also played an important role in the history of Western Europe. The city’s Old Town on the River Limmat is a pretty maze of boutique shops, bars and restaurants. There’s also a cathedral boasting stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and a lovely promenade along the lakefront.
After breakfast at your hotel, make your way back to Zurich’s grand central station for your onward journey. Travel alongside Lakes Zurich and Lucerne before heading underground at the new Gotthard Base Tunnel under the Alps and emerging in the Italian speaking region of Ticino.
Across the Italian border, change at Milan and continue to Florence. Disembark at Santa Maria Novella station and head for the Hotel Berchielli (or similar) where you will be spending 2 nights.
Enjoy a full day exploring the beautiful Tuscan capital Florence, home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Don’t miss a visit to one of the city’s famous art galleries, including the magnificent Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace. Behind the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens offer stunning panoramic views over the city centre, dominated by Brunelleschi’s iconic dome atop the Cathedral di Santa Maria del Fiore.
In the evening, there are hundreds of options for dining out, ranging from delicious street food to Michelin starred restaurants.
Catch a morning train south to Naples today, changing in Naples onto the Circumvesuviana line (payable locally) which takes you around Mount Vesuvius to Sorrento. On arrival, check in at the Parco dei Principe (or similar) for a 4-night stay.
Spend your first afternoon in Sorrento relaxing with a coffee or chilled glass of limoncello on the Piazza Tasso or a passaggiata (stroll) along the coast.
Boasting a picture-perfect location on a cliff top above the sea, overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento was an essential stop on the Grand Tour in the 17th & 18th centuries and has been popular with tourists since Roman times.
Along with the charm of the town centre and the accessible walks along the coast, this resort town also offers easy access to the popular towns of the Amalfi Coast and nearby Pompeii. If you would like us to include a trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum with your holiday, please let us know.
During your stay in Sorrento, you have return ferry tickets on one of your free days to go across to the stunning island of Capri. The boat ride takes 20 minutes and has several departures throughout the day so you can have plenty of time to look around.
Why not take a chair lift up Monte Solaro for panoramic views or get lost in the pretty lanes of Anacapri? You can also hop on another boat to the famous Blue Grotto, a sea cave along the coast with a beautiful blue light, produced by sunlight shining through an underwater cavity.
Leave Sorrento today at your own leisure and retrace your steps, catching the privately-run regional train up the coast back to Naples. When you arrive in Naples, check in at the San Pietro Hotel (or similar) where you have an overnight stay.
Dating back to the 2nd millennium BC, Naples offers a wealth of historic art and architecture. It’s also said to be the birthplace of pizza, so it would be remiss not to try some before you leave!
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Located on the edge of Zurich’s Old Town, within easy walking distance of the station, the Sorell Hotel Rütli offers modern, classically furnished bedrooms, all with free Wi-Fi internet access, a coffee machine and a minibar. There is also a lobby bar, where you can enjoy a nightcap or coffee and cake.
In a fabulous position overlooking the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, the Hotel Berchielli is the perfect base for a first visit to Florence. Rooms at the hotel are soundproofed and air-conditioned, with antique decoration and complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is also an American style bar where guests can enjoy a coffee or a cocktail.
The Parco dei Principi Hotel is a luxury property surrounded by parkland, set on a cliff overlooking Sorrento and the coast. There is a lift to the hotel’s private beach where you can relax on a sun lounger or enjoy a massage, on request. There is also a salt-water swimming pool, a fitness centre and two restaurants.
The San Pietro Hotel offers a welcoming base in the heart of Naples, close to the main train station. Along with well-appointed non-smoking bedrooms, the hotel also boasts a bar and outdoor terrace, a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi internet access throughout.