The day something as stable and permanent as Earth suddenly becomes shaky and fluctuant. We take you to a tour where we prompt you to ponder on the evanescence of the Earth. Make your beliefs sturdy and unshakable. “And the Earth throws up its burdens (from within)”, find what secrets does the earth hold. Examine the specifics of Mediterranean plants and earth structure with us. What news is the Earth concealing from us? Is it something we already knew and had in ourselves or is it something yet to be discovered and awakened.
Arrival in Sorrento. Accomodation in a hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2- Zilzal
Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and several other settlements. That eruption ejected a cloud of stones, ash and fumes to a height of 33 km , spewing molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 1.5 million tons per second, ultimately releasing a hundred thousand times the thermal energy released by the Hiroshima bombing. An estimated 16,000 people died due to hydrothermal pyroclastic flows. The only surviving eyewitness account of the event consists of two letters by Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus. Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted within the last hundred years. Today, it is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.
Lunch during the excursion. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
This is one of the most spectacular hikes in the Amalfi Coast. You will walk around 500 meters above the sea level, among the Mediterranean shrubs and old terraces built on the steep slopes, facing the coast from Positano to Capri.
Day 4- And the Earth throws up its burdens
Today it is time for you to get acquainted with Mediterranean flora. The native vegetation of Italy reflects the diversity of the physical environment: the differences in geology, the differences of altitude above sea level and the diversity of the climate between the continental and the peninsular Italy, that give rise to various species of plants. Botanist and geologist are at your disposal, and have prepared a quiz for you. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 5-The Past, our teacher
Worldwide Amalfi is known for its glorious past and its sea, but few know the nature reserve "Valle delle Ferriere”. Due to its special geographical position, among the mountains of Scala, the reserve is protected from cold north winds through the rocky ridges, but open to hot-humid southern winds and subject to high rainfall distributed over three months. It thus kept unchanged over time its microclimate keeping intact plants of past times. Return to hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6-Vespa ride
Have fun riding a Vespa along the scenic Amalfi coastal road and admire its beauty by an alternative and unique perspective! Your tour escort on his own Vespa will lead the small group along the most fascinating panoramic sceneries in the world. We will depart from Sorrento towards the enchanting village of Positano. Free time to explore its narrow streets as you walk your way down towards the seafront. Hop on your Vespa and continue towards the town of Amalfi, passing by the beautiful villages of Praiano, Furore and Conca deiMarini impressing in your memory breathtaking views of this corner of Italy.
5x half board in 4* hotel in Sorento, excursion to Pompei and Vesuvius-lunch included, 2 days trekking with the guide, all transfers including from/to airport of Napoli.