Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of
Naples, once one of the greatest centres
of classical Roman civilisation, with
experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen
Nelson. The excavated remains of
Pompeii, Boscoreale and Villa Oplontis,
entombed in ash in the Mount
Vesuvius eruption of 79AD, provide
a special glimpse into this lost world.
Herculaneum, covered in mud rather
than ash, is remarkably well preserved,
with multi-storey buildings, frescoes and
mosaics on show. The region’s Greek
highlights include Cumae, the Sibyl’s
Cave and the imposing temples of
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Naples with British Airways.
Transfer to Cava dei Tirreni and, after an
introductory lecture and welcome dinner, stay at
Hotel Victoria Maiorino for 6 nights. (D)
Full-day tour to the little-known but exciting
area of the Phlegrean Fields, also known
as the ‘Burning Fields’ due to their volcanic
nature. Morning visit to Cumae, the first Greek
settlement in mainland Italy and home to the
cave of the Sibyl, as described in Virgil’s Aeneid.
Continue to Baia Archaeological Park with its
Roman thermal spa. Finish with a visit to the
volcanic crater of Solfatara. (B)
Full-day visit to Paestum, one of Italy’s most
majestic sites, to see the magnificent Doric
temples of Ceres, Hera and Neptune. Visit the
museum and the recently discovered Greek
tomb paintings. (B)
Visit the extensive ruins of Pompeii. See
the archaeological park, where fascinating
sights include the basilica, the forum and the
amphitheatre. Return to the hotel via the
excellently preserved Villa of the Mysteries,
which features controversial frescoes thought to
depict the secret cult of Dionysus. (B)
Morning visit to the ruins of Herculaneum,
which are better preserved than those at
Pompeii. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning visit to Boscoreale to see a Roman
farming villa, which provides a contrast to the
wealthy villas seen elsewhere on the tour. In the
afternoon, visit the excavated imperial villa at
Oplontis, thought to be the home of Emperor
Nero’s second wife, Poppaea. (B)
Morning visit to the Naples National
Archaeological Museum and its collection of
treasures from Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Lunch at a typical Neapolitan pizzeria before
returning to the airport for a flight to London.
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
This tour is based in 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Dr Steve Kershaw has
taught Classics in a number
of establishments, and now
works for Oxford University
Department for Continuing
Education. He authored and
teaches Oxford’s on-line
Greek mythology course and has also spent
time as a guest speaker for Swan Hellenic
Cruises and Royal Hebridean Cruises.
Stephen Nelson has
extensive knowledge of
Italian art history and
contemporary art, and
lectures regularly in Italy
and the UK. He is also an
artist and works in London
and Italy. His practice is sculpture based
and he has shown his work internationally,
in both solo and group exhibitions. Stephen
lives in Basilicata, Italy.
Hotel Victoria Maiorino lies a short distance from the historical centre of Cava de' Tirreni with its charming porticoes and shops. The Maiorino family, hoteliers since 1886, manage the 4-star hotel. There are 40 rooms combining elegance and style with modern facilities, including free wireless internet access, air conditioning and satellite television. The hotel also offers a bar and lounge as well as a...
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We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
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Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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IPO2017: 6 Nights