Bare Bones | Essential Pompeii

Ancient ruins in Pompeii
Ancient ruins in Pompeii
Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Interior of main public baths in Ruins, Pompeii
Interior of main public baths in Ruins, Pompeii
Ancient ruins in Pompeii
Ancient ruins in Pompeii
Ruins in Pompeii
Ruins in Pompeii
Ruins in Pompeii
Ruins in Pompeii
Ruins in Herculaneum
Ruins in Herculaneum
Ancient ruins of Herculaneum
Ancient ruins of Herculaneum
Aerial view of Herculaneum
Aerial view of Herculaneum
Bay of Naples & Mount Vesuvius
Bay of Naples & Mount Vesuvius

Pompeii has so much to offer the intrepid traveller – and even more when explored with an expert. Our 5-day tour of the sites around Vesuvius offers you just that: the insightful company and real-life stories of knowledgeable Local Guides, who know the area well. Ongoing discoveries here mean there has never been a better time to visit this extraordinary Roman town, which was tragically buried – and almost impeccably preserved – by volcanic ash and pumice in AD 79. A plethora of other remarkable Roman sites will help you build a full and compelling picture of ancient life as it was when Vesuvius left its irrevocable mark. Visit Herculaneum, where the tall houses of noblemen were buried to their rooftops and travel to Naples, for a close look at the area’s most celebrated artefacts. You will also have plenty of free time to get to know the region at your own pace – with opportunities to climb the mighty volcano yourself, enter the luxurious world of Roman coastal villas at Oplontis or sit back with a glass of Aglianico wine in the shade of Italian pines.

  • An expert-led insightful tour of ancient Pompeii
  • Experience Herculaneum, with its staggeringly preserved glimpses of everyday life
  • Visit the incomparable Naples Museum, home to paintings and mosaics of the Vesuvian towns

Themes

  • Romans
  • Great Cities

Practicalities

  • Just One Hotel

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

After settling in to our hotel, our group comes together this afternoon for a gentle walk through today’s Pompeii — including its famous modern cathedral — a good start to the trip, and an early chance to get to know our guide and fellow travellers.
Hotel: The Hotel Palma

Day 2

Today we enjoy a full day in the ruins of ancient Pompeii with our expert guide. Beginning at the town’s majestic amphitheatre — the oldest Roman amphitheatre in existence — we take in a range of key sights, including bars, brothels and public squares preserved by the deadly lava flow of Vesuvius. We also delve into several lesser-known, but no less fascinating, areas of Pompeii, including villas that have only recently reopened to the public. Many of our lecturers have excavated here and your guide will be able to point out a range of fine details that most visitors miss, including scurrilous graffiti, the wheel ruts of ancient journeys past. 
Hotel: The Hotel Palma
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

A local train ride brings us to Naples this morning, for an illuminating tour of the city’s superb Archaeological Museum. Don’t miss the famous collection of Farnese Marbles, extensive stone engravings from the finest Roman mosaics, frescoes and famous bronzes. This afternoon we explore the secrets of ancient Naples and walk down the ancient decumanus maximus to the underground Roman market buried beneath the church of San Lorenzo.
Hotel: The Hotel Palma
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

We visit Herculaneum, once an upmarket coastal city buried beneath 23 metres of volcanic material, which hermetically sealed the site. Here, quite unlike Pompeii, even fragile items such as wooden partitions, beds and shutters have been perfectly preserved. Also unlike Pompeii, many of the everyday items have been left in place. Walking down Cardo IV or the Decumanus Maximus of Herculaneum, you can almost feel the presence of the ancient inhabitants and the horror they went through on that fateful day. 
Hotel: The Hotel Palma
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

After breakfast, you can either continue your trip with a previously extended stay or make your way home.
Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

After settling in to our hotel, our group comes together in the evening to meet our guide. Time permitting, we will walk through modern Pompeii.

Hotel: Hotel Palma

Day 2

A full day among the ruins of ancient Pompeii with our expert local guide awaits. Beginning at the town’s amphitheatre, we take in a range of sights, including bars, brothels and public squares preserved under ashes and lapilli.

Hotel: Hotel Palma
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 3

A train ride brings us to Naples for a tour of the National Archaeological Museum, home to the finest mosaics and paintings of the Vesuvian towns. Later, we see the Roman market buried beneath the church of San Lorenzo. 

Hotel: Hotel Palma
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 4

Visit Herculaneum, once an upmarket coastal city buried beneath 23 metres of volcanic material, which hermetically sealed the site. Here, quite unlike Pompeii, even fragile items such as wooden partitions, beds and shutters have been perfectly preserved. You can almost feel the presence of the ancient inhabitants and the horror they went through on that fateful day.

Hotel: Hotel Palma
Meals: Breakfast included

Day 5

After breakfast, you can either continue your trip with a previously extended stay or make your way home.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Local Guide
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - Breakfast only
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  5. Hotels

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2019 Tour Details

Mon 2nd Dec - Fri 6th Dec

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£599

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Mon 20th Jan - Fri 24th Jan

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