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Holiday type Art, history & culture
Country Italy
Travel type Fly
Price range From £949
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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The Romans on the bay of Naples

The momentous events of AD79 were a devastating blow to the inhabitants of the area but have left a marvellously preserved legacy to illustrate the architecture and lifestyle of the Roman people. Your exploration of this period of history will be illustrated by two lectures and a series of visits to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Villa Oplontis and Naples' archaeological museum.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.


  • Return scheduled flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Naples
  • Three nights bed and breakfast at the four star M Gallery Caracciolo hotel based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception and two dinners with wine at the hotel
  • Airport transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Jeremy Paterson and tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

Day one

Fly with British Airways from Gatwick to Naples. On arrival transfer by coach to the hotel for check-in for a three-night stay. Evening at leisure.

Day two

Full day visits to Villa Oplontis in the morning followed by Herculaneum in the afternoon. The villa at Oplontis has arguably the best preserved frescoes of any imperial Roman building and offers a fascinating insight into Roman life. Herculaneum vanished under a sea of mud but the death toll was minimal compared to the 2,000 who perished at Pompeii. Evening welcome reception and lecture by Jeremy Paterson 'In the shadow of Vesuvius - the Romans on the Bay of Naples' followed by dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day three

Full day at Pompeii in the company of Jeremy who will help you to understand the history and consequences of this momentous few days in ancient history and its effects, as well as considering the remains that have been left behind. Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD79 burying the town of Pompeii in 6m of pumice and volcanic ash. Serious excavation began in 1748, revealing a city petrified in time. In some buildings, paintings and sculptures have survived and graffiti is still visible on street walls. Evening lecture 'Peopling the Piazza: the people of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis', followed by dinner with wine at the hotel.

Day four

Morning visit to the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, which offers a wonderful insight into the art and history of Pompeii, followed by a farewell tour of Naples by bus and on foot. Highlights of Naples include the Piazza del Plebiscito and Royal Palace, San Carlo opera house, Castel Nuovo, the Duomo and the Castel San Elmo and Monastery of San Martino for a view (weather permitting) over the city, the bay and Vesuvius. Free time in Naples before return transfer to the airport for return flight to Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
Hotel M Gallery Caracciolo, Naples

Located among the historic streets of Naples, the four star Hotel M Gallery Caracciolo is located in the heart of the city about 10-15 minutes walk from the Archaeological museum. Converted from an historic palazzo, this stylish hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lovely courtyard and modern comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, TV, telephone and air-conditioning.

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01-Mar-2016 3 949.00 book