The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 and recent archaeological excavations have given humanity an unrivalled window on the ancient world. This 7-day exploration of the key archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples is led by internationally-acclaimed archaeologist Dr Estelle Lazer. Background lectures and daily excursions will give participants a comprehensive understanding of the Roman world. The tour is based in a 4-star hotel in the seaside town of Sorrento, and includes time to enjoy the scenery of the Bay of Naples, travel the Amalfi Coast and sample some of the delightful cuisine of the region.
Explore world-class sites with a world-class expert, while enjoying the delights of one of Italy’s most beautiful regions.
Day 1: Arrive Naples airport or station. Transfer by coach to hotel. Lecture and welcome drinks.
Day 2: Full day in Pompeii, including special access to sites unavailable to the general visitor.
Day 3: Naples Archaeological Museum and a walking tour of Naples.
Day 4: The Amalfi coast and on to the Greek colony of Paestum. Buffalo mozzarella lunch.
Day 5: Visit Herculaneum and the Villa Oplontis, to see how the upper crust of Roman society lived.
Day 6: Visits to the villas at Stabiae and Boscoreale, a Roman farmer’s domain.
Day 7: Return transfer to Naples. The tour begins and ends at Naples airport or Naples central station.