About Sorrento

Perched on top of a craggy cliff along Italys Amalfi Coast, Sorrento presents a dramatic face to visitors from the sea but once you reach the centre - either by foot or, less strenuously, by minibus from the Sorrentos cruise tender dock (Marina Piccola) - it is a different story.

This is a charming resort town which really knows how to welcome tourists. Service always comes with a smile in the shops, cafés and restaurants around its pretty piazzas and you will also discover some fascinating buildings including a 15th century cathedral and the 14th century Correale Palace. Jewellery stores galore and plenty of designer labels in fancy boutiques make this an exciting place for shopaholics, too.

The main attractions of this region are the extraordinary sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the frenetic city of Naples and the swish island of Capri.


Shore excursions in Sorrento

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Capri On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 6½ hours

Spend half a day on the island of Capri and soak up the luxuriant atmosphere and stunning views.

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 coloured villas, you will understand the island's universal appeal.

Your excursion commences by meeting your tour escort and boarding a hydrofoil at the pier in Sorrento for a scenic, 25 minute cruise on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Naples. Upon arrival at Capri pier, Marina Grande, your escort will point out the main sights to visit in Capri and you’ll have approximately 4½ hours to explore this delightful town on your own.

You may choose to visit Via Camerelle, the famous shopping street of Capri Town, take the chairlift to Mont Solaro or even the Blue Grotto.

At the specified time, you will meet your tour escort at the pier for your return to Sorrento.

Essential information

This excursion operates by Jetfoil and on foot. Walking on this tour is at passengers' discretion, however it is important to take in consideration that walking in Capri can be strenuous due to uneven surfaces and several steep inclines. The tour is not recommended for those with mobility concerns. Entrance fees or guided visits are not included in this excursion. Sunhats, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Capri is a very popular tourist destination and therefore you should be prepared for crowded streets, traffic delays and possible queues.

Isle of Capri

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Spend a day on the exclusive island of Capri and soak up the luxuriant atmosphere and stunning views.

The Romans were the first to appreciate the beauties of the tiny island of Capri and adorned it with fabulous villas. They called it ‘blue’ after the sea, which ranges in colour from turquoise to deep blue.

After a hydrofoil journey of around 25 minutes, you’ll arrive at the colourful Marina Grande, where mini-buses will take you along the winding road up to Anacapri for magnificent views. In Anacapri, you'll visit the beautiful San Michele Villa owned by the author, Axel Munthe.

The Gardens of Augustus are filled with many species of plants and you can take in the fabulous views of the Faraglioni offshore rock and the beautiful Bay of Marina Piccola.

As you stroll with your guide through the bustling streets of Capri Town, you’ll see the central square, La Piazzetta, surrounded by intriguing old buildings and filled with pavement cafés.

Enjoy a delicious Italian lunch with wine at a restaurant in Capri Town.

You'll have a short time for shopping in Anacapri and Capri Town’s most exclusive shopping streets, Via Camerelle. Afterwards, you'll take the funicular back to Marina Grande for the return hydrofoil to Sorrento.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by hydrofoil,minibus and funicular. There are steep inclines at Villa San Michele and Capri Town where the streets are also cobbled and uneven. Capri is a popular place for tourists - everything possible will be done to ensure you have a pleasant day, but delays can be experienced. The crossing to Capri can be choppy and those who suffer with seasickness should take the necessary precautions.

Pompeii On Your Own

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the fascinating ruins of Pompeii. Absorb the atmosphere and view the artefacts of this UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site independently.

As you drive along the Sorrento Coast, you will see the Bay of Sorrento and Mount Vesuvius from a distance on your way to the ancient city of Pompeii, which is one of the most famous excavations in the world.

Once a thriving empire, 1,900 years ago, in 79AD, it was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius when 30 feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered the city. It is now preserved for you to explore for yourself and see the frescoes and remains of the city and ponder the force of nature that was Mount Vesuvius.

Afterwards, you’ll rejoin your escort and coach at the designated meeting point for the return drive to Sorrento.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Entrance to Pompeii and a guide is not included. A substantial amount of walking is required at the site of Pompeii and surfaces are uneven and cobbled. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential. Pushchairs and wheelchairs are not recommended at Pompeii. Toilet facilities are limited. If entering the site, Children under 18 are required to show proof of age when purchasing tickets. Queues may be experienced. Please make note of the meeting time and place for the return journey. The coach cannot be held for latecomers. For security reasons, it is forbidden to enter the excavations with big bags or backpacks and as lockers are not available, it is recommended to leave them the coach.

Ruins of Herculaneum

Activity high

Duration: 5½ hours

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum, an excavated site that matches Pompeii for its preservation and historical importance.

The city of Herculaneum was founded around the 5th century B C and became a chosen summer resort by the Romans, due to its enviable position overlooking the Bay of Naples. Many villas were built and adorned with magnificent frescoes, mosaics and sculptures.

There is undeniably a feeling that surrounds Herculaneum which is quite different to that of other ancient excavations, including its famous bigger brother Pompeii. The preservation of this small town is far superior. The excavations of Herculaneum are distinctly different from Pompeii, mainly due to the way it was engulfed by a torrent of mud rather than ash and stone. The mud had an incredible preserving effect on the houses, shops, baths, wooden elements, foodstuffs and fabrics, offering a unique vision of private life in antiquity.

Enjoy a guided walk around Herculaneum and discover the fascinating history that surrounds the ruins.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2 - 2½ hours of walking over rough and uneven ground which includes some cobblestone surfaces and steps. Flat, closed-toe, non slip shoes must be worn. For security reasons, it is forbidden to enter Herculaneum excavations with backpacks or big bags.

The Ruins of Pompeii

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover the ruins of a lost city which have been brought to life once more.

Take a guided walking tour through the rocky ruins of the excavated city of Pompeii. The baths and the theatres, the wrestling ground and the luxurious villas stand empty, yet there are many echoes of Pompeii's daily life; the wine jars are still set on the counter of the wine shop, the stepping stones are there to help you cross the street in the rainy season, and the mosaic floors and brilliant frescoes are a wonder to this very day. The plaster casts of the volcano's victims are particularly poignant and one can never forget the horrible events that brought life in Pompeii to an end.

Your guide will recount the fascinating story of Pompeii, its demise and how it has been miraculously excavated and restored over hundreds of years.

At a Cameo Shop, browse for delicately handmade earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and brooches, which will make beautiful mementoes of your visit to Sorrento.

During your drive to Pompeii, you’ll have views of Vesuvius, the still-active volcano which dominates the bay of Naples.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus, coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2 – 2½ hours of walking over rough and uneven ground which includes some cobblestone surfaces and steps. Flat, closed-toe, non slip shoes must be worn. For security reasons, it is forbidden to enter inside Pompeii excavations with backpacks or big bags.

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