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!