Duration : 8 Hours
On this private shore excursion from the port of Sorrento, you’ll enjoy the splendor of the Amalfi coast, including the towns of Amalfi & Positano.
Features of this day trip to the Amalfi Coast & Positano from Sorrento:
A lot of people don’t realize that there even is a town of Amalfi, maybe because the coast bearing the same name has hogged all the glory, or maybe because places like Positano have gotten all the attention.
The fact is that Amalfi has an incredible history! This speck of a place rose from being a fishing village to one of the fiercest naval republics in the Mediterranean during Medieval times.
At the time it declared itself a Republic in 839, Amalfi was already trading as far away as Egypt, Syria and Constantinople. Its maritime code of conduct, the Tabula Amalphitana, developed in the 11th or 12th Century, was used throughout the Mediterranean for hundreds of years. Amalfi sailors were among the first to use the compass for navigation.
An important part of Amalfi’s past is the production of paper, which goes back to the 13th Century. Amalfi paper was famous all over The Mediterranean through the Middle Ages until Renaissance times. The Museo della Carta (Paper Museum) brings to light this element of the town’s past, and the ruins of the original mills can be visited as well.
The most impressive thing in Amalfi today the Duomo. The cathedral, dedicated to Saint Andrew, dates back to the 9th Century. It has been expanded and restyled many times over the centuries, incorporating Arab-Norman, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque elements, topped off with a 19th-century Norman-Arab-Byzantine facade (whew!).
Eventually, Amalfi’s power as a maritime republic came to a close, and it returned to being a quiet fishing village. It wasn’t until the 19th Century, when the King of Naples ordered a road be built connecting the villages along the coast, that the future of Amalfi was recast into what we enjoy today.
In Positano, pastel houses are set against the stark cliffside that gives way to the brilliant blue sea. As you descend the many stairs to the seaside promenade and the beach, you will find everything from art galleries to clothing to handicrafts and local products.
Lemons are renowned in these parts, perhaps at their most famous when turned into limoncello, a scrumptious lemon liqueur that you will definitely want to try. Enjoy free time to explore this elegant spot with its many boutiques, open-air markets and seaside cafes.
1. Is this tour private?
The tour is private just for your party; however, you can look for other travel companions to share the costs of the tour with.
2. Is the driver also a guide?
Our English-speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English-speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
3. Does the driver go with us inside the monuments?
No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.
4. Does this tour include lunch and admission fees to sites?
No tickets or lunch are included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
5. Does it include a guide?
A guide is not included either. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
6. What is the duration of the tour?
The duration of the tour is 9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.
7. Is the itinerary flexible?
Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.
8. Do you guarantee the return to the ship on time?
In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.
9. Is gratuity included in the price?
Tips are never included in our quotes. We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
There will be a full charge for bookings canceled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, a full charge will be made on your credit card. If you miss your flight or if your airline decides to cancel the flight due to bad weather or if your flight is directed to another airport on arrival, please advise us on time (as soon as you know) or a full charge will be made.
Please give us enough time so we can accept other reservations and allocate them to our chauffeurs. If the ship does not make it to the pier for bad weather, you will not be considered responsible so NO CHARGE will be made to your credit card. A full charge will be made for a no-show-up.
Only pre-purchased skip-the-line tickets (if requested) are not refundable under the circumstance and will be charged to your card.
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