THE AMALFI COAST

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The visits to Pompeii and Herculaneum were particularly interesting...they vividly bring to mind what it must have been like for the inhabitants when Vesuvius erupted. On the day that we visited Herculaneum, they opened the gates at the old sea front where over 300 skeletons were found...the remains of those who were still waiting for boats to take them to safety...Herculaneum has an eerie silence in contrast to the tourist bustle of Pompeii and it was particularly powerful moment when we were able to 'peak into Desolation Row' where these skeletons have laid for 2000 odd years...

What did you think of your group leader?

Christine was a very good group leader. She had excellent knowledge of the local situation and knew when it was best to arrange private transport rather than rely on the public buses! She made sure that we had very good local guides when visiting Vesuvius and Pompeii. She knew the best places to go for food and drink in all of the locations we visited.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

This trip is more expensive than the upfront costs...there tend to be add-ons which you cannot resist and the Amalfi coast is not as cheap as some places!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The hotel deserves a 5 star rating because of the superb friendly service it offers...most 5 star hotels can only dream of being as attentive and welcoming as this family run one...The food was first rate and it was great that we were invited into the kitchen on several occasions for cooking demonstrations. The hotel pool and jacuzzi are great additions (though it is worth mentioning upfront that these cost 2 Euros to use each time).