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 to Naples with British Airways.
Transfer to Sorrento and, after an introductory
lecture and welcome dinner, stay at Hotel Villa
di Sorrento 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 Sibyl, as described in Virgil’s Aeneid.
Continue to Baia Archaeological Park with its
Roman thermal spa and museum. Finish with
a visit to Pozzuoli to see the volcanic crater of
Solfatara and the Flavian amphitheatre. (B)
Visit the extensive ruins of Pompeii, the Roman
city buried under ash during the eruption of
Vesuvius in 79AD. Visit 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)
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)
In the morning, visit the excavated imperial villa
at Oplontis, thought to be the home of Emperor
Nero’s second wife. Afternoon visit to the ruins
of Herculaneum, which are better preserved
than those at Pompeii. (B)
Morning visit to the ancient Roman seaside
resort of Stabiae, which was destroyed by the
eruption of Vesuvius. See the impressive
remains of Villa San Marco, one of the
largest villas discovered in Campania, and
Villa Arianna, known for its frescoes.
Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning visit to the Naples National
Archaeological Museum and its collection of
treasures from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lunch
at a typical Neapolitan pizzeria, then visit the
Hellenistic necropolis of Naples. Airport transfer
for a flight to London with British Airways. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local guide.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness.
Dr Nigel Spivey is a senior lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge, teaching classical art and archaeology. He has written extensively on the Etruscans and Olympic Games; his books include The Ancient Olympics, Greek Art, and Panorama of the Classical World. He has also presented various television series.
Andrew Allen studied history of art at the University of East Anglia and obtained his MA in medieval paintings at the University of Essex. He worked for Phillips Auctioneers and lectured on history of art. Andrew has recently traversed Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, leading tours and researching early Christian and Islamic art.
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.
Hotel Villa di Sorrento occupies a historic property dating back to 1854. It is a family-run and characterful property with a homely feel. Located in the centre of town, it is within close proximity of local restaurants and shops.
Features: 21 rooms, lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, heating, television, hairdryer, safety deposit...
Steve 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.
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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IPO2016: 6 Nights