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. During your holiday you will have an opportunity to take in these views whilst enjoying a magical candlelit dinner on the hotel's terrace, a truly unforgettable experience.
We'll also get together at some point this week to enjoy pizza al metro, pizza served 'by the metre' and sliced into individual slices - something you just have to experience in this part of Italy.
Your Tour Lecturer will be on hand throughout your holiday to help you discover the archaeological treasures of this beautiful part of Italy.
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.
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.Meals included: 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.Meals included: B,D
Day 5 Oplontis & 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.Meals included: 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.
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 during our optional excursion. 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.
Day 8 Naples - UK
Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your
flight back to the UK.