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Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

J A
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Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

We are an Irish family of 5 (two teens and a toddler) and we are planning to visit Ischia and Naples at the end of June. This is a real splash-out for us, and cost is a concern. I've been planning it all myself and avoiding tours (husband and I are experienced travellers and generally prefer to make our own way and make up our own agenda anyway); I think we have a lovely holiday planned but I am conscious that I don't have a very good sense of distances or travel times.

So, our plan is to arrive via Rome and get a train to our first hotel in S'antonio Abate. We are there for two full days, which we will spend visiting Pompeii and Vesuvius. On the third day, we go via the port in Naples to Ischia, where we will stay for five days before heading back to Naples. We have two nights booked in a hotel in Naples so we can do a bit of sightseeing.

We are planning the longer stay on Ischia because we are all agreed that we really want a bit of relaxation by the pool or on the beach and a slower sort of pace.I know it will be crowded but hope that we will miss the very worst of the July-August rush.

The one thing we have not planned and which I would very much like to do is a bus trip down the coast to Amalfi (or any of the towns there, we don't care about shopping but like historical sites and lovely views!). If we extend our trip by one more day at the end, is it feasible to get a bus from Naples and back in one day?

I know that there are private driver tours, but suspect these are outside our budget - any rough idea of the cost for such a tour would be helpful, though.

Any other tips or recommendations gratefully received!

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1. Re: Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

You could easily take a bus or train from Naples to Salerno - and then use some combination of buses of the SITA line, with or without boats as well, to explore the places along the Amalfi Coast.

Indeed, why not go all the way to Sorrento - and then catch the Circumvesuviana train (or a hydrofoil) from there back to Naples?

(Or even, depending on how the post-school closure schedules look - with changes taking effect on or around June 15th - do it all in the other direction?)

Otherwise, from the various ports on Ischia, on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, you even might go by sea - with a tour like this:

http://www.ischiasea.com/amalfi-positano.html

Many of the hotels and travel agents sell tickets, and will have - I'm sure - copies of their English leaflets available!

Friends of ours have done a similar trip while staying with us, and were allowed to stop over for a night (think they chose Positano?), before travelling back the next day...

Peter

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2. Re: Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

Thought I'd save the more tedious stuff for a second post!

With a repeat of that caution about new timetables coming in from around mid-June (dates where known)...

- SITA buses (10th) - at the very end of this long page:

http://www.sitasudtrasporti.it/index.html

(with some assistance with their codes etc in this thread)

tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g187782-i162-k56…

- the simplest, and busiest, of the boat lines... who use a dock very near Salerno's train station:

coopsantandrea.com/eng/…servizi_eng.asp

- what's likely to be the only one offering Sorrento / AC connections, although very possibly only the two "runs" already shown (which have actually gone "daily" now, despite what the site still says!)

http://www.alicost.it/content/?id=6

- their sister company, Alilauro (15th) whose hydrofoils provide most of the Naples/Ischia crossings

http://www.alilauro.it/orari-e-tariffe

(although with the somewhat slower ferries of the Caremar and Medmar lines the fares are a little less expensive, and you usually get a more scenic journey, with better sunbathing- and photo-opportunities!)

Lastly, if you've not already bought a guidebook, try this - which I recommend not only because the lead author's a friend... but also because it's almost certainly the most up-to-date and thorough that you'll find at present...

amazon.co.uk/Naples-Pompeii-Amalfi-Country-R…

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3. Re: Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

Hi JA

I would think long and hard about the Amalfi coast trip. I am here at the moment and it is THRONGED!!!! so I dread to think what it will be like in late June. The SIta buses run from Salerno to Amalfi, but i am not sure what u need to do then as we were coming from Sorrento. We had to get a separate bus to get to Ravello with another queue. The queues for these buses are crazy and disintegrate into a melee when the bus arrives. The bus timetables are meaningless and taxis are prohibitively expensive. I hate to sound so negative but it's a lot of hassle for a scenic view!! The ferry might be a better option but we didn't use them so I can't advise you. I hope this helps!

Margaret

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4. Re: Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

Oh, thank you very much! (You are a star - I've been reading threads on this board and you are always so helpful; I was hoping you'd reply, actually!)

I will check this all out; the idea of doing it by sea from Ischia itself is really attractive. And then we'd not have to add another day at the very end of the trip to go from Naples, which is probably stretching out our time away a bit...

We're arriving on 24 June, so I'll make sure to confirm the changes in the timetables, thanks again.

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5. Re: Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

If it's the one you've chosen, that Sonrisa hotel in Sant'Antonio looks fascinating... hope you'll let us know how you get on there!

Peter

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6. Re: Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

Margaret, sorry, I missed your reply earlier. Thanks for the warning...it does give me pause! But then I think, it's probably the only time I'll ever be there, and I might hate myself if I missed it.

Peter, yes, that's where we're staying - it looks extraordinary, doesn't it? Will let you know how it turns out...

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7. Re: Our Ischia holiday, am I going about it correctly?

Hire Getano,3rd generation guide for Pompei. We were a group of 7, and he arranged driver as well, who picked us up from port of Naples and after pompei took us to amalfi. Tour was amazing, really maximized our time.

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