Europe 14 - Day 33
This was the last day of our Globus Tour. We had breakfast early and assembled at the cable car by 8am, our baggaeg already on its way down the hill to the ferry. We had time for a last look around then the ferry headed towards Sorrento. Our coach was waiting or us there and after he bags had been loaded we drove through Sorrento to visit Cuomo's Lucky Shop where they specialised in music boxes (and yes, we bought one). Then we headed along the Amalfi Coast, high about the blue Mediterranean Sea to Positano, the town crammed into a valley above a small beach. Then we returned to Sorrento and headed for Rome and the end of our tour.
Waiting at the piazzetta was a good time to reflect on Capri and some of the little things we had seen. The place is well signposted with colouful ceramic signs. Many shops sold Limoncello, the national lemon-based apperitif, although it came in many oter flavours in Capri. There were shops full of quirky ceramics. We had wondered how vehicles and drivers managed on the narrow winding roads, but you did not have to look far to find out - many of them were dented! And finally, the streets in most of Capri are too narrow and steep for motor vehicles so the locals use battery-powered trollies to carry everything.
The Amalfi Coast
From Sorrento, we boarded a smaller coach for the narrow winding road around he malfi Coast to Positano. It is an amazing drive and I can see why so many people want to visit it. And why large tour coaches are banned from the road.
Was it worth it?
After you have spent 10 days on a busy coach holiday, people often ask you "Did you enjoy it?" And "Was it worth it?" And "Would you do it again?"
Well of course we enjoyed it. We had chosen this tour so we could visit all the places on the itinerary without having to organise each one for ourselves. Yes, we could have done it and travelled as FITS - free independent travellers - but we would have missed out on the local guides, the local knowledge and best of all the subtle wit and expertise of Aldo our tour guide.
Was it worth it? Hard to answer. We could have visited all of the places, travelling by train and bus, at less cost. But Globus had negotiated good hotel rates, we had the comfort of a good coach, local guides and other services.
Would we do it again? Of course not - we have done it once, are very happy with the tour and we will spend our time (and money) going somewhere else. Would we do a Globus Tour again? Absolutely, but maybe you shoud try one just to be sure.
Last updated: 11/11/2014