Pompeii & Naples at New Year

Piscina Mirabilis: Credit - Justin Ennis
Piscina Mirabilis: Credit - Justin Ennis
Bakery in Naples
Bakery in Naples
Fireworks over Naples
Fireworks over Naples
Santa Chiara Monastery
Santa Chiara Monastery
Santa Chiara Monastery
Santa Chiara Monastery
Santa Chiara Monastery
Santa Chiara Monastery
Views over Pozzuoli
Views over Pozzuoli
Roman amphitheatre in Pozzuoli
Roman amphitheatre in Pozzuoli
Ancient amphitheatre in Pompeii
Ancient amphitheatre in Pompeii
Ruins of Pompeii
Ruins of Pompeii
House of Neptune, Herculaneum
House of Neptune, Herculaneum
Fireworks over Naples
Fireworks over Naples

Naples’ streets and buildings are full with life - festooned with washing and, at this time of year, decorated with the elaborate cribs of the Neapolitan tradition. Explore the city - its wonderful churches and museums, and the astonishing remnants of the ancient city.

Then later in the tour, onto the incomparable Pompeii – destroyed, yet preserved, by Vesuvius in AD79. This will also be the time to experience a Neapolitan New Year – an unforgettable occasion - residents literally throwing away the old year... This is one of the best places to enjoy New Year’s Eve!

  • See out the old year at Pompeii, when it’s devoid of tourists
  • Explore the amazing Piscina Mirabilis, an ancient Roman cistern
  • Visit the well-preserved Roman amphitheatre in Pozzuoli
  • Experience the history of the areas in the company of an expert
  • Celebrate the New Year with a delicious gala dinner and festivities

Themes

  • Romans
  • Historic Churches
  • Christmas - New Year

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • Just One Hotel
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2018

Day 1

We arrive in the enchanting city of Naples, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and transfer to our luxurious hotel in the heart of the historic centre.

Day 2

This morning we take the short drive to the National Archaeological Museum, home to many of the finest wallpaintings and statues that were recovered from Pompeii. After lunch, we walk to the cloister of Santa Chiara, covered with fabulous maiolica tiles, the Roman baths and the excavated streets below San Lorenzo Maggiore.

Day 3

Today we have a a full day roaming the incomparable sights of Pompeii – destroyed, yet preserved, by the mighty Vesuvius in AD 79. Nowhere in the world offers a more comprehensive look at the compelling minutiae of everyday Roman life. We tour villas, bars and shops – even brothels – and step in to a selection of recently opened sites such as the House of Paquius Proculus, with its staggering selection of beautiful mosaics. Expect to be amazed.

Day 4

In the morning we drive to the Greco-Roman city of Pozzuoli to see one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the Roman world, constructed by the same architects who built the Colosseum. A sizeable Roman Macellum nearby continues to impress.. After lunch we get up close and personal with the gorgeous Piscina Mirabilis – a huge cliff-carved cistern which stored water for the Roman fleet stationed in the harbour at Misenum.

Day 5

On New Year’s morning, we will have a late start. After brunch, we head underground, slipping beneath the hills overlooking Naples to view the secret world that lies beneath... the Catacombs of San Gennaro. The patron saint of Naples was buried here under the later Roman Empire before being moved to the Cathedral. The afternoon will be free to stroll through Naples at your own leisure.

Day 6

This morning we visit the once prosperous city of Herculaneum, which was buried by deep pyroclastic surges hotter than those which simultaneously covered Pompeii. Herculaneum suffered significant earthquake damage some 15 years before Vesuvius’ great eruption, and evidence of this is still visible on its buildings today. After, we venture to Oplontis, said by many to be the home of Nero’s wife Poppaea.

Day 7

We start the day with a walking tour of Naples to wander the area of Palazzo Reale and continue up the Via Toledo to Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano to view a private art collection containing Caravagio’s last ever painting. After lunch, we will visit the sprawling Bourbon Palace that now houses the Capodimonte Museum with its collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramics – there will be an option for anyone wishing to return to the archaeological museum. Later, we transfer to the airport for our evening flight home.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We fly from London to Naples and transfer to our hotel.

Day 2

This morning we take the short drive to the National Archaeological Museum, home to many of the finest wallpaintings and statues that were recovered from Pompeii. After lunch, we walk to the cloister of Santa Chiara, covered with fabulous maiolica tiles, the Roman baths and the excavated streets below San Lorenzo Maggiore.

Day 3

Today we have a full day roaming the incomparable sights of Pompeii, an ancient Roman city destroyed by Vesuvius. Nowhere in the world offers a more comprehensive look at the compelling minutiae of everyday Roman life. We tour its streets, public buildings, villas, bars and shops – and step in to a selection of recently opened sites such as the House of Venus in the Shell, with its incredible wall paintings in the garden. Expect to be amazed at the quality of this work.

Day 4

This morning we visit the once prosperous city of Herculaneum, which was buried by deep pyroclastic surges hotter than those which simultaneously covered Pompeii. Herculaneum suffered significant earthquake damage some 15 years before Vesuvius’ great eruption, and evidence of this is still visible on its buildings today. After, we venture to Oplontis, said by many to be the home of Nero’s wife Poppaea.

Day 5

On New Year’s morning, we will have a late start. After brunch, we head underground, slipping beneath the hills overlooking Naples to view the secret world that lies beneath... the Catacombs of San Gennaro. The patron saint of Naples was buried here under the later Roman Empire before being moved to the Cathedral. The afternoon will be free to stroll through Naples at your own leisure.

Day 6

In the morning we drive to the Greco-Roman city of Pozzuoli to see one of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the Roman world, constructed by the same architects who built the Colosseum. A sizeable Roman Macellum nearby continues to impress.. After lunch we get up close and personal with the gorgeous Piscina Mirabilis – a huge cliff-carved cistern which stored water for the Roman fleet stationed in the harbour at Misenum.

Day 7

Time permitting, we have some free time in Naples before returning home.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2018 Tour Details

Fri 28th December - Thu 3rd January

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£2,695

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sgl supp: £450

NAP18A

Led By: John Shepherd

2019 Tour Details

Sat 28th December - Fri 3rd January

Available

£2,695

inc.

sgl supp: £450

NAP19A

Led By: John Shepherd

Guide Lecturer

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