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Shore Excursion Points of Distinction:

  • Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are carefully selected by skilled vacation planners.
  • A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
  • Travel with premier, licensed and insured, tour companies aboard the best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.
  • In addition to our group departures, you may choose the Executive Collection – customized, private tours with highly personalized service.

Western Mediterranean

Shore Excursions

Oceania Cruises shares our guests' passion for new discoveries and that has led us to create an award-winning program of shore excursions that explore the most historical, cultural and artisitic gems of all our destinations.
Sorrento, Italy

A Cruise to Capri

Tour Code: SRT-001
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

A short, but scenic cruise on a jetfoil across the Bay of Naples, followed by motorcoach ride, brings you to the lovely hilltop village of Anacapri on the chic Isle of Capri. Here, you may choose to ride a chairlift up to Monte Solaro for a breathtaking view of the bay. As an alternative, you may join the guide for a tour of the famed Villa San Michele. This wonderful, old house, surrounded by fragrant gardens, belonged to the Swedish doctor and author, Axel Munthe, who wrote a popular book about its history. The existing home was built on the ruins of a Roman emperor's villa. Now a museum, Villa San Michele is filled with collections of paintings, furniture and ancient Roman artifacts. During your free time at Anacapri, you might stroll the piazzetta, shop, or enjoy lunch. At the end of your tour take, the famous funicular from La Piazzetta, the main square of Capri, to the pier landing area. Then, rejoin your mini-bus and travel to the Marina Grande where you will board a hydrofoil for the return to Sorrento.

Please note: During high season, Capri can be extremely crowded, and long lines are common and unavoidable. Long lines can also be expected at the hydrofoil and mini-bus stations. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this excursion which involves walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. A visit to the Blue Grotto is not included in this tour.

Sorrento, Italy

A Taste of Italy

Tour Code: SRT-003
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Not far from the city center lies Villa Ida, where you will learn first-hand the secrets of southern Italian cooking. The local cuisine is well known for its wonderful simplicity and quick preparation, which enhances the vibrant fragrance and flavors of the fresh ingredients. During your hands-on cooking lesson, you will prepare local specialties under the guidance of a highly experienced chef, and then enjoy your own culinary creations. The chefs are happy to share their recipes and encourage you to take them home for your family and friends.

Sorrento, Italy

Ancient Pompeii

Tour Code: SRT-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

After a scenic drive along the Bay of Naples, you will arrive at the remarkable ruins of Pompeii at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. The excavated ruins of Pompeii are considered one the finest representations of an Italian city at the height of the Roman Empire. Walking through the city, which was buried in ash from the devastating volcanic eruption in 79 A.D., you will gain great insight into what ancient life must have been like here. Time seems frozen, as you observe the eerie plaster casts of numerous victims, who are caught in their final moment of life. Now a World Heritage Site, Pompeii is filled with aristocratic villas, temples and a forum, which was the heart of the city. This coastal area has thrived for centuries, and much of its lure is natural beauty, which you will see on the return trip, which passes the seaside resorts of Castellamare and Sorrento. On the way, you will have a short stop at the inlaid woodwork demonstration.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa. The drive between Sorrento and Pompeii is approximately 1 hour in each direction. In the event of heavy highway traffic, the overall length of the tour may be extended. This tour involves considerable amount of walking (approximately 2 hours) on cobblestone streets, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns.

Sorrento, Italy

Capri Cruise & Blue Grotto Discovery

Tour Code: SRT-013
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 7 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Your day begins with a short walk from the pier to the public jetfoil that will take you to Capri. After the scenic 30-minute cruise, you will transfer by private minibus to Capri Town. Here, you may follow your guide for an informative walk or explore independently.

At noon, meet for lunch with wine at the exclusive Hotel Quisisana or a similar hotel. Afterwards, take the minibus back to the pier and board a private motor launch for your cruise around the island. The highlight is your visit to the Blue Grotto, the cavern known for its iridescent blue waters. To access the cave, you will approach its entrance by motor launch, then climb aboard a small rowboat and enter the low, narrow mouth of the cave. Once inside, marvel at the grotto's intense blue hue and the silvery glow that radiates from the objects immersed in the waters below.

Should time, weather and sea conditions allow, enjoy visits to other caves characteristic to Capri, such as the Green Grotto, Coral Grotto and White Grotto, or take a refreshing dip in the ocean.

Then re-board your jetfoil for the return to Sorrento and your ship.

Please note: As this excursion involves extensive walking, including approximately one hour in Capri Town and the negotiation of steep and uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Although guests are not expected to get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items is the responsibility of the guests. Entering the Blue Grotto, in particular, is subject to weather conditions due to the cave's small opening. If the water is high, guests may be asked to lie or crouch down in the boat to enter the Blue Grotto. Crowding and lines can be anticipated at the jetfoil and funicular stations. Lines will also form at the Blue Grotto because of the use of local rowboats, which cannot be pre-reserved. The transfer by jetfoil is not exclusive; however, the motor launch is exclusive. Availability of this excursion may be for a maximum of 12 guests only with no additional space becoming available. The operation of this excursion, including interior visits to the grottos and ocean swim, is dependent on sea and weather conditions. Should weather conditions and rough seas not allow the cruise around Capri by motor launch, a visit of Anacapri village with Axel Munthe Villa or Monte Solaro will be substituted. The order of sights visited may vary.

Sorrento, Italy

Capri On Your Own

Tour Code: SRT-012
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

On the southern edge of the Gulf of Naples lies the Island of Capri, often called the Island of Dreams. Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius found peace and beauty here, as have the many celebrities who have visited the island. When you see Capri's impressive cliffs and brightly colored villas, you will understand the island's universal appeal.

Your excursion commences by boarding a jetfoil at the pier in Sorrento for a scenic, 30-minute cruise on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Naples. Upon arrival at Capri pier, Marina Grande, you will board a local mini-bus for a ride to the lovely town of Capri. Here, you will have approximately 2 1/2 hours to independently explore this delightful town on your own. Take time to visit Via Camerelle, the famous shopping street, or wander through the central square known as the Piazzetta before visiting one of the local cafés for a quick lunch of local favorites. When it's time to head back, you'll climb aboard the funicular which will transport you down to the pier where you will board the hydrofoil for your return to Sorrento.

Please note: While walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during free time, walking in Capri can be strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing,hats, sunglasses, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Capri is a very popular tourist destination and therefore visitors should be prepared for crowded streets, traffic delays and lines.

Sorrento, Italy

Discovery Walks Tour of Capri

Tour Code: SRT-008
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

There is no better way to get acquainted with a city than on foot. With a lightweight audio player and a detailed map this Discovery Walks program offers an easy walking tour of the world-renowned views and historic sights of Capri at your own pace.

The Discovery Player is a full-stereo iPod which will allow you to explore the area's historic sights. The headsets or earpieces provided allow you to listen to all the facts and history of this memorable city while walking through the streets at your own pace. Simply consult the accompanying map to find each location and then go to the indicated number on the player for a detailed description of the site and its history.

The Discovery Player is yours for the day, so you can go as fast or as slow as you'd like. Follow the suggested Discovery Walks route or set out on your own adventure, moving about the city with ease following the detailed map and audio directions.

Your exploration of the beauty and history of this legendary island is limited only by your personal wishes. From the historic reverence of the Church of San Stefano, to the rich past and solitude of the old Carthusian monastery and the glorious views from the Gardens of Augustus, your Discovery Walks stroll through the town of Capri will be the highlight of your visit to this fascinating island.

Please note: Guests will need to complete a Program Equipment Receipt and present a photo ID (such as a driver's license) when picking up their Discovery Player. Additionally, any iPod(s) not returned to the ship's Destination Services Desk in good working order will be assessed a Lost/Damaged item fee to the guest's onboard account in the amount of $200.00 per iPod.

The cost of the tour does not include a transfer to, from or around Capri.

Sorrento, Italy

Discovery Walks Tour of Sorrento

Tour Code: SRT-006
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

There is no better way to get acquainted with a city than on foot. With lightweight audio players and a detailed map this Discovery Walks program offers an easy walking tour of Sorrento, one of the Mediterranean's most enjoyable cities, at your own pace.

The Discovery Player is a full-stereo iPod which will allow you to explore the area's historic sights. The headsets or earpieces provided allow you to listen to all the facts and history of this memorable city while walking through the streets at your own pace. Simply consult the customized map to find each location and then go to the indicated number on the player for a detailed description of the site and its history.

The Discovery Player is yours for the day, so you can go as fast or as slow as you'd like. Follow the suggested Discovery Walks route or set out on your own adventure, moving about the city with ease following the detailed map and audio directions.

With some 30 of the city's most important points of interest programmed into the player, your exploration of Sorrento's beautiful views and historic spots is limited only by your personal wishes. From the liveliness of the city's most famous promenade, the Corso Italia, to the fern covered landscape of the old flour mill and the incomparable views from the cliffs overlooking the blue Mediterranean, your Discovery Walks stroll through the heart and soul of historic Sorrento will be the highlight of your visit to this beautiful city on the Mediterranean.

Please note: Guests will need to complete a Program Equipment Receipt and present a photo ID (such as a driver's license) when picking up their Discovery Player. Additionally, any iPod(s) not returned to the ship's Destination Services Desk in good working order will be assessed a Lost/Damaged item fee to the guest's onboard account in the amount of $200.00 per iPod.

The cost of the tour does not include a transfer to, from or around Sorrento.

Sorrento, Italy

Executive Collection Full Day Car

Tour Code: SRT-C08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Sorrento, Italy

Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

Tour Code: SRT-M08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 10 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Sorrento, Italy

Executive Collection Full Day Van

Tour Code: SRT-V08
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 6 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Sorrento, Italy

Executive Collection Half Day Car

Tour Code: SRT-C04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 2 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Sorrento, Italy

Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

Tour Code: SRT-M04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 10 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Sorrento, Italy

Executive Collection Half Day Van

Tour Code: SRT-V04
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

PRICE is per vehicle

This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

Capacity: 6 guests

PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

Sorrento, Italy

Food & Wine Trails - Wines & Ancient Villas of Vesuvius

Tour Code: SRT-009
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Oceania Cruises is proud to partner with Food & Wine Trails, America’s foremost culinary travel company, in the offering of this tour. Food and Wine Trails tours are always kept intimate and visit sites not typically offered by mainstream travel suppliers. Their tours are always led by a knowledgeable, English-speaking sommelier, wine or food expert, cooking instructor or chef, who enjoys introducing visitors to some of the best and most authentic food and wine of their region.

On August 24, AD 79 in the Italian region of Campania, the earth began to shake and Mount Vesuvius erupted, altering life and land forever. Today you will experience, and even taste, the monumental effects the volcano has on the past and the present. You will visit ancient ruins of a Roman home that, like the neighboring town of Pompeii, was covered in volcanic ash and preserved in time. You will also visit a family-run winery that sits at the foot of the mountain and taste wines made with grapes grown in the now volcanic soil.

You will first have a guided tour of the Villas of Ancient Stabiae, described in a Smithsonian article as "the largest concentration of well-preserved elite seafront Roman villas in the entire Mediterranean world." Believed to be summer homes of the Roman elite, each villa boasts more than 110,000 square feet of space, with multiple dining rooms that overlook the sea, private heated baths, decorated gardens and huge colonnaded courtyards. Only recently dug out, you can still see the existence of an ancient water heating system, mosaic floors and structure walls decorated with beautiful frescoes.

From Stabiae, you will drive up to the southern face of Vesuvius to the winery and home of the Sorrentino family. The Sorrentino’s have been making wine on this land for more than a century, and are said to produce the finest example of wine made from the Lacryma grape. You will immediately feel like one of the family as they greet you at the door with open arms. A member of the family will walk you through the vineyards and describe in detail the effects the volcanic soil has on growing grapes, as well as the other fruits and vegetables planted here on their land. Back in the family kitchen, the women of the family will prepare a multi-coursed lunch of local specialties and traditional dishes that will be served with a selection of their highly rated wines.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to easy walking; however, there is some uneven terrain and steps to negotiate. Due to excavations taking place, guests should use caution and remain with the group at all times. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. While there are public restroom facilities at Villa Arianna, there are none at Villa San Marco. Given it is a set meal that is served on this excursion, guests with any dietary restrictions should advise the Destination Services Desk once on board the ship.

Sorrento, Italy

Oceania Exclusive - Ancient Pompeii

Tour Code: SRT-002OE
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Strenuous

Oceania Exclusive Tour

For those travelers who prefer an added measure of intimacy and flexibility, we are pleased to offer our new Oceania Exclusive tours. With a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum capacity of just 16 guests, each tour benefits from a higher level of personal attention and the added flexibility and agility that come from traveling in a small group.

Oceania Exclusive tours are available for a specially selected number of tours in almost every port we visit, in every corner of the world.

After a scenic drive along the Bay of Naples, you will arrive at the remarkable ruins of Pompeii at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. The excavated ruins of Pompeii are considered one the finest representations of an Italian city at the height of the Roman Empire. Walking through the city, which was buried in ash from the devastating volcanic eruption in 79 A.D., you will gain great insight into what ancient life must have been like here. Time seems frozen, as you observe the eerie plaster casts of numerous victims, who are caught in their final moment of life. Now a World Heritage Site, Pompeii is filled with aristocratic villas, temples and a forum, which was the heart of the city. This coastal area has thrived for centuries, and much of its lure is natural beauty, which you will see on the return trip, which passes the seaside resorts of Castellamare and Sorrento. On the way, you will have short stop at the inlaid woodwork demonstration.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa. The drive between Sorrento and Pompeii is approximately 1 hour in each direction. In the event of heavy highway traffic, the overall length of the tour may be extended. This tour involves considerable amount of walking (approximately 2 hours) on cobblestone streets, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns.

Sorrento, Italy

Panoramic Sorrento & the Italian Riviera

Tour Code: SRT-004
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

According to Greek legend, it was at Sorrento where Ulysses heard the tempting song of the Sirens, and the city remains irresistible today. Your introduction to this sparkling gem begins with a short stroll to a local shop where you will have the opportunity to observe an inlaid woodwork art demonstration. While decidedly Italian, Sorrento was originally a Greek village and its strategic seaside location on a high plateau is classically Greek. Sorrento's cliff-side setting affords fabulous views across the Bay of Naples, and more breathtaking sights lie ahead, as you proceed along a scenic coastline, dotted with olive groves and fragrant lemon and orange trees.

With each twist and turn of the road, you will be treated to a new and awe-inspiring view of the Italian Riviera. In the Bay of Salerno, you will see three small rocky islands called Li Galli, which were said to be the mythical home of the Sirens. Returning via the Cape of Sorrento, you will pass through several hilltop villages, including Meta and St. Agnello, where you can admire the imposing Mt. Vesuvius in the distance.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa. This tour is mainly panoramic.

Sorrento, Italy

Pompeii & Herculaneum

Tour Code: SRT-015
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 8 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Departing from the pier, travel for approximately one and a half hours to Herculaneum by air-conditioned motor coach. Herculaneum suffered from two major volcanic eruptions, the first in 63 AD and the second in 79 AD, which was the eruption that also destroyed Pompeii.

Unlike Pompeii, which was buried in volcanic ash, entombing many of the residents in eerily body "casts," Herculaneum was buried in mud, which helped preserve the buildings, many of them opulent homes. The mosaic at Casa del Nettuno de Anfitrite, for example, still shows intense color, and the deities adorning some of the private baths and fountains are remarkably vivid. At the two-story House of the Deer, paintings and furnishings reveal wealth and opulent lifestyles.

Then, following lunch in Pompeii, you'll continue on to the ancient part of the city that was devastated by the famed volcanic eruption. Now excavated, that area reflects Pompeii's former glory, as you'll discover by meandering the city streets and exploring the mansions and private homes, many of them adorned with mosaic floors, brilliant frescoes and other works of art that provide an impression of Roman life as it was 2,000 years ago. After visiting, you'll return to the ship.

Please note: This excursion involves extensive walking over cobbled and uneven surfaces as well as uphill walking. Afternoon temperatures can climb quite high so this excursion is not recommended for guests with physical disabilities or low tolerance for such conditions. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable walking or sports shoes. Pompeii and Herculaneum are active archaeological sites; therefore, it is not possible to determine which houses will be open in advance. As dense traffic congestion can be anticipated, the order of sights visited may vary.

Sorrento, Italy

Positano & Capri By Private Motorboat

Tour Code: SRT-016
Tour Length: Full-Day (Approximately 7 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Departing the pier in a private motorboat, cruise along the Amalfi Coast to Positano, once a quaint fishing village and artists' secret haven. After a brief introduction, enjoy independent time to explore the many elegant boutiques and relaxing seaside cafés.

Departing Positano, enjoy a refreshing glass of Italian champagne as you journey to the Island of Capri on your private vessel. En route to the vibrant island, cruise across the Gulf of Naples and delight in an intimate look at Faraglioni and Grotto Bianca, majestic rock formations rising from the sea.

Home to luxuriant gardens, romantic villas and charming boutiques, Capri's atmosphere is one of grace and leisure. Once ashore, explore the piazza and view the Torre dell' Orologio, the San Stefano Church and the Medieval Quarter. You will also have independent time to shop in Capri's designer stores or tour the Augustus Gardens.

Continue on for lunch at the exclusive Hotel Quisisana, a quintessential example of Mediterranean art and the leisurely Italian lifestyle. After lunch, enjoy more independent time on Capri to explore the streets, shop in the boutiques or take a dip in the sea.

Your day concludes as you rejoin your private vessel and cruise back to the pier.

Please note: As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces and stair climbing, as well as embarking and disembarking vessels that sit low in the water, it is not recommended for guests with physical limitations. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. As you may get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items is the responsibility of the guests. The motorboat can only accommodate a maximum of eight (8) guests; however, this excursion requires a minimum number of bookings to operate. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions.

Sorrento, Italy

Scenic Riviera and Taste of Sorrento

Tour Code: SRT-019
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 3 1/2 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

You'll leave Sorrento for a drive along part of the beautiful coastline and pass the village of Santa Agata. The narrow road winds along the side of rocky seaside cliffs and offers breathtaking views of the Italian Riviera. You'll marvel at the rocks rising from the sea and see small boats in sheltered sandy coves that look like brightly colored toys from above. Sorrento's cliff-side setting affords fabulous views across the Bay of Naples, and more breathtaking sights lie ahead, as you proceed along a scenic coastline, dotted with olive groves and fragrant lemon and orange trees.

On the drive back to Sorrento, you will stop at a local farm in the Sorrentine Hills to see a fabulous view of the Gulf of Naples. This agricultural farm produces oranges, lemons, olives and wine, with equipment and methods dating back to the end of the 18th century. You'll enjoy a light snack of bruschetta and mozzarella, accompanied by a glass of wine or water. Before returning to Sorrento, a stop will be made in town at the Ianuzzi Store for those wishing to leave the tour to shop or explore independently. Later on, you can catch the local shuttle back to the pier at your leisure.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa. There will be approximately 10 minutes of moderate walking at La Sorgente Farm.

Sorrento, Italy

Tarantella-An Evening of Song and Dance

Tour Code: SRT-005
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

An evening excursion, this tour revolves around a performance in Sorrento's Tasso Theater, which originally opened in 1920. The building itself is much older and dates back to the 1600s, when it was a convent. The special show you'll see is a delightful musical comedy in four scenes, with dances and songs that highlight traditional customs of the 1800s. The musical takes its cue from the "Tarantella," a rapid, whirling southern Italian dance that was once thought to be a remedy for tarantism, an uncontrollable impulse to dance, falsely attributed to the bite of a tarantula.

Please note: Mini-buses will be used to transfer guests from the pier to the motor coach parking lot and vice versa.

Sorrento, Italy

The Ancient Roman Riviera: Herculaneum

Tour Code: SRT-018
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)
Tour Effort: Moderate

Set in a stunning seaside location, Herculaneum was the Riviera paradise of ancient Rome's rich and famous. Upper-class Romans built beautiful villas and luxurious houses in Herculaneum, many of which boasted views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This is your destination today, and you'll transfer by minibus from the ship to the motor coach terminal in Sorrento; then head up the Bay of Naples to Herculaneum, also known as Ercolano.

Walking with your guide, you'll discover that paradise was all but lost in AD 79, when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried Herculaneum in tons of boiling mud. Devastated by the loss of life and property, the site languished for almost two millennia. But under its muddy mantle, Herculaneum remained perfectly preserved, sealed from the decay and detritus of time.

Entire streets, mansions, marble floors, frescoes and mosaics have now been excavated and are open for exploration. The city offers a remarkable insight into the sophistication of the Roman lifestyle and the excesses enjoyed by the wealthy. After visiting the ruins and returning to Sorrento, you'll visit a woodcraft center before boarding your minibus and returning to the pier.

Please note: The drive to Herculaneum is approximately 1½ hours each way. Guests may be required to stand during the brief minibus transfer from the pier.

Sorrento, Italy

The Piazzas and Pizza of Naples

Tour Code: SRT-007
Tour Length: Full Day (Approximately 7 hours)
Tour Effort: Easy

This charming tour is packed with an orientation of some of Naples' most enchanting sites as well as a demonstration of traditional pizza making.

Tendering to shore, you'll meet your motor coach and head off on an informative tour of the city, which will introduce you to its monuments, important buildings, museums, shopping areas and main squares. Your tour will be complimented by the comprehensive narration provided by your professional guide, sharing Naples' historical background and the reasons why so many visitors fall in love with the city.

Traveling along the beautiful coast of Posillipo, you'll enjoy marvelous panoramic vistas which include the charming Castel dell'Ovo and a brief photo stop will be permitted to capture some of the outstanding scenery stretched out before you. Your next stop will be at the lovely Piazza Plebiscito where you will have an outside view of the Royal Palace, the San Carlo Opera House and the Galleria Umberto. Free time will be allotted to further explore the Piazza and browse the shops before it's time to rejoin your coach and proceed onward.

Neapolitan pizza is still widely regarded as the best pizza in the world, probably because of the fresh ingredients available to Neapolitan pizzerias, such as herbs, garlic, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes grown in the rich volcanic ash of Vesuvius. Today, you'll have a fantastic opportunity to experience this first-hand as you are treated to a demonstration by expert Pizzaioli (pizza makers) as they assemble entire pizzas on a marble counter right before your eyes.

Amazingly, the world's first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba, was opened here in 1830 and is still in business today. Contemporary Neapolitan pizzas continue to be prepared the same way they were 100 years ago. The first Margherita pizza was introduced here as well by Raffaele Esposito of the Pizzeria di Pietro e Basta Cosi, now called Pizzeria Brandi, when he baked pizza especially for visiting King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. Wanting to make the pizza more patriotic-looking, Raffaele used red tomato sauce, white mozzarella cheese and green basil leaves as toppings. Queen Margherita fell in love with Raffaele's special pizza and thus, Pizza Margherita was born, becoming an international standard. After your pizza-making demonstration, you'll have the added treat of being able to feast on the pizza before it's time to be transferred back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and while walking/standing is generally at the guest's discretion, those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, hats and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.