The Amalfi Coast and Mount Vesuvius offer stunning backdrops as you explore exceptional archaeological sites.
- Pozzuoli, Solfatara and Cumae
- The ruins of Pompeii
- Villa Poppaea and Herculaneum
- Amalfi Coast drive to Paestum
- Walk to the summit of Mount Vesuvius
- 7 nights' accommodation in a 4-star hotel on half-board basis
- Return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways
- Overseas transfers
- Single supplement available at relevant supplement
- Personal expenses
After your flight to Naples we'll transfer you to the pretty town of Vico Equense, on the Sorrento Peninsula. Your hotel is in the heart of the town and offers lovely views over the Bay of Naples towards Mount Vesuvius. Your Tour Lecturer will be on hand throughout your holiday to help you discover the archaeological treasures of this beautiful part of Italy.
A day of contrasts awaits you on an included tour, which begins at Pozzuoli. Here you can follow in the footsteps of gladiators as you wander the maze of underground tunnels beneath its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. In its heyday, this arena held crowds of up to 20,000 people. Next you'll move on to the unique landscape of the Solfatara volcanic crater. Once thought to be the entrance to hell, the bubbling and hissing you hear could be unnerving, but don't worry, the volcano is long dormant.
Your final stop is Cumae, where only ruins remain of the Greek temples that once stood here. The Cave of Sibyl and the Temple of Jupiter are incredible sights nonetheless.
Today is the day that you will explore the remarkable ruins of Pompeii, just a short journey away via the Circumvesuviana Railway. As you wander its streets, you'll understand what life was like here before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD smothering it and its inhabitants in hot ash. On your full-day tour, you'll see many of Pompeii’s best sights, including villas decorated with frescoes, colourful mosaics, Roman baths, an impressive amphitheatre and more.
Before you reach historic Paestum today, a treat is in store in the shape of the beautiful Amalfi Coast. You'll travel along twisting clifftop roads and through the lovely resorts of Positano and Ravello to reach your destination. At your journey's end you'll discover three magnificent Doric temples. It's incredible to think that 2,500 years after they were built, the temples of Ceres, Neptune and Hera are still standing relatively intact. There's time too to step inside the museum here, which houses fascinating artefacts.
Today your Tour Lecturer will host a further day of exploration. Villa Poppaea at Oplontis was so well preserved by the ash from Mount Vesuvius' eruption that the Roman art inside almost looks freshly painted. Nearby, we'll head to Herculaneum, which was also buried by the same eruption. It's actually better preserved than Pompeii, and your Tour Lecturer will talk you through its highlights and outline the lives of its well-heeled former residents.
Today is free for you to spend at leisure. You could choose to explore Vico Equense at your own pace, or maybe soak up the sun by the pool or on the hotel's wisteria-covered terrace.
Alternatively, join our full-day optional excursion to the glamorous island of Capri, which is reached via a short boat trip. As you explore independently you'll soon see why so many have been charmed by its beauty over time, from Roman Emperors and poets to movie stars and artists. You could choose to take a stroll around the village of Capri and perhaps hop into one of the open-top taxis for a journey along winding streets to Anacapri. Here you can visit Villa San Michele, the former home of celebrated doctor and philanthropist Axel Munthe, which is surrounded by fragrant gardens.
You've seen Vesuvius from a distance and learned all about its immense power but today you can actually walk to its summit. Towering almost 1,300 metres above the Bay of Naples, this is mainland Europe's only active volcano and the views you'll experience will take your breath away.
Next, join your Tour Lecturer on a visit to the Museum of National Antiquities in Naples, where many of the relics discovered at Pompeii are displayed.
Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Please note that customers travelling on 21st January, 11th February, and 4th March 2019 will be staying at the 4-star Villa Romana in the centre of Minori.
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