Holiday Itinerary Pompeii, Paestum and Herculaneum

Day 1 - UK/Naples

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. (D)

Day 2 - Pozzuoli, Baia & Cumae

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 stop is Baia for a visit at the the Archaeological Park of Terme Romane​. 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. (B,D)

Day 3 - Pompeii

Today is the day that you will explore the remarkable ruins of Pompeii. 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. (B,D)

Day 4 - Amalfi & Paestum

Before you reach historic Paestum today, a treat is in store in the shape of the beautiful Amalfi Coast. You'll travel along twisting cliff-top roads with views of the lovely resort of Positano 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. (B, D)

Day 5 - Oplontis and Herculaneum

Today, your Local Guide 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. (B, D)

Day 6 - Vico Equense - at Leisure

Today is free for you to spend at leisure. You could choose to explore Vico Equense at your own pace, or take the train to Sorrento. 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. (B, D)

Day 7 - Vico Equense - at Leisure

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. (B, D)

Day 8 - Naples/UK

Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight back to the UK. (B)

Meals Included: B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner

London Gatwick Departure Dates and Prices 2020 Pompeii, Paestum and Herculaneum (Regional Flights Available)

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March 21 £1059 September 12 £1350
April 25 £1299 September 26 £1282
May 9 £1399 October 3
£1235
June 6
£1429 November 16
£1054
July 4
£1330

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Pompeii, Paestum and Herculaneum

2020 Holidays by Air 8 Days from £1054

The Amalfi Coast and Mount Vesuvius offer stunning backdrops as you explore seven exceptional archaeological sites. From your base in the pretty town of Vico Equense, you'll begin your discoveries in Pozzuoli. At its well-preserved Roman amphitheatre you can follow in the footsteps of the gladiators who would do bloody battle here. You'll then experience the archaeological park of Baia and take in the incredible ruins at Cumae. The doomed city of Pompeii then offers remarkable sightseeing as you stroll down its incredibly preserved streets before you journey along the stunning Amalfi Coast. Uncover the three magnificent Doric temples at Paestum and the historic Villa Poppaea at Oplontis, where the Roman art you'll see looks as good as new! Next is the site of Herculaneum, which was also buried in ash by Mount Vesuvius's 79 AD eruption, and you've options to walk to the volcano's summit and visit the chic island of Capri.

Pompeii, Paestum & Herculaneum

What's Included

  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Lecturer and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage
  • Audio Guide

Holiday Highlights

  • Pozzuoli's Roman remains, Baia and Cumae
  • The ruins of Pompeii Villa Poppaea at Oplontis and Herculaneum 
  • Amalfi and Amalfi Coast drive Paestum temples 
  • Enjoy a candlelit dinner on the hotel's wisteria-shaded terrace (May - Oct) 
  • Pizza night at a local Pizzeria 

Optional Excursions

Italy - Vesuvius and Naples from £75

Towering almost 1,300 metres above the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius is mainland Europe's only active volcano and the views you'll experience will take your breath away. You will also visit the Museum of National Antiquities in Naples, where many of the relics discovered at Pompeii are displayed. Full day – moderate walking – Not to be missed!

Italy - Sorrento - The exclusive island of Capri from £90

You’ll sail to the enchanting island of Capri, which has been the haunt of the international jet set for many decades. It’s also charmed a Roman emperor or two in its time, and you can still see the ruins of Tiberius’ magnificent Villa Jovis and admire the views from the cliffs over which he is said to have thrown his enemies!

There will be a local guide to show you some of the sights and you will also have free time. You might like to visit the wonderful Gardens of Augustus where you’ll find colourful terraces filled with flowers. In Anacapri you can visit the Villa San Michele, former home of celebrated doctor and philanthropist Axel Munthe, or take the chairlift to the highest point of the island.

(Entrance costs payable locally).

Full Day – Moderate Walking - Highly Recommended

Accommodation

Hotel Aequa, Vico Equense. Day 1 - 7

The Aequa Hotel is in the heart of the little cliff-top town of Vico Equense and enjoys wonderful views over the Bay of Naples towards Vesuvius. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning and a TV. Please note: Outdoor pools are typically open between May and September.

Flight options

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