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Review: Sorrento with HF Holidays

Specialist Holiday - Sightseeing

Sorrento, Italy

Sightseeing and excursions from Hotel Caravel, Sorrento

  • By SilverTraveller Hardyplant

    29 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • September 2011
  • Your husband, wife or partner
  • Culture / Sightseeing

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Reading the recent review of a trip to Sorrento by Sussexman reminded me of an HF ‘Discovery’ tour we took a few years ago – I was amazed to discover it was in 2011 (where does the time go?) – but as the hotel has been owned and run by the same family for over 20 years and nothing much has changed in Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Pompeii or Paestum since that time I feel it is worth sharing my memories and photos of what was an excellent holiday. HF bases all its holidays in this area in Hotel Caravel but looking at the website the only one in this area I can see advertised for 2021 is ‘Gardens of the Amalfi Coast’, which sounds really good and goes to some of the places we visited, which I will be reviewing separately. This review concentrates on Sorrento itself and the Hotel Caravel.

We flew to Naples and were taken by coach to the hotel, which is in Sant’Agnello, a quiet, green, mainly residential area adjacent to Sorrento. The location is ideal as it’s peaceful but only a short walk to the centre of Sorrento, also to Sant’Agnello station on the Circumvesuviana railway line, to the local `beach` and an easy walk to the Sorrento station, also on the Circumvesuviana line. Caravel is a smart 4-star hotel with a small pool with loungers and a shady garden. The meals we had there were very good – a continental buffet breakfast, salad buffet for evening meal starter and typical Italian main courses. Being an HF holiday there was a short briefing each evening to tell us all about the following day’s events.

On our first day we were shown the best way to the centre of Sorrento and paid a visit to the Villa Comunale park and St Francis Cloisters. We then had a familiarisation walking tour of the town, stopping at the Foreigners Club for drinks and to take in the wonderful views of the Bay of Naples from the outside seating area and also find out where the toilets were (very important for me); we then walked to see the ruins of Sorrento’s Roman defence system, from which there are more good views. The centre of Sorrento was lively, with the usual outside cafes and musicians busking and an abundance of tourist shops selling items made of inlaid wood. One evening we all walked to a nearby venue for a Limoncello tasting and prior to our visit to Pompeii a screening of a programme about the volcanic eruption was laid on for those who hadn’t already seen it on t.v. This was not an HF walking holiday although we did do quite a lot of walking which required sensible shoes but there was no hiking as such. Our leader was well-organised and knowledgeable and, although we are more than capable of organising and researching our own holidays, it made a change to relax and leave arrangements to someone else. I can thoroughly recommend HF Holiday’s special interest and city break holidays as an introduction to a new area; as a result of going to Venice with them we’ve now returned to the same hotel on many occasions. I would not want to spend a whole week in Sorrento but it is a good base for seeing many interesting and beautiful places nearby: on our free day we went to Herculaneum on the Circumvesuviana railway and others in our group took the opportunity to see Naples.

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