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Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum

Group Tour | Arts & culture 7 Days & 6 Nights Lead-in price: £1945 Current prices from: £1945

Uncover the mysteries of the Bay of Naples, once one of the greatest centres of classical Graeco-Roman civilisation, with experts Dr Steve Kershaw or Stephen Nelson. The excavated remains of Pompeii, Stabiae and Villa Oplontis, entombed in ash in the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79AD, provide a 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 Paestum.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit newly renovated houses at Pompeii
  • Explore the beautiful settings of Greek settlements at Paestum & Cumae
  • Discover less-visited Roman villas at Oplontis & Stabiae
  • Local wine tasting in the countryside
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Naples

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Naples with British Airways. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Naples and, after an introductory lecture and welcome dinner, stay at Hotel Miglio d’Oro (or similar) for 6 nights. (D)

Day 2: Naples

Guided tour of Naples, including visits to the Monastero di Santa Chiara, Spaccanapoli and Cappella San Severo with time for independent exploration in the afternoon. (B)

Day 3: Naples

Visit to Certosa di San Martino followed by a journey by funicular to Naples’ Pignasecca Market, after lunch enjoy a tour of the city’s Duomo before returning to the hotel. (B)

Day 4: Baia • Cave di Cuma

The day will begin with a visit to Baia archaeological park, including the castle of Baia, an impressive structure that was built on the ruins of the imperial palace and is now home to the archaeological museum.

Continue to Cuma, home to the first ancient Greek settlement on the Italian mainland in the eighth century BC to see the remnants of Greek temples. (B)

Day 5: Pompei • Oplontis

Today’s sightseeing tour begins with a visit to Pompeiii, highlights of Pompeii include the basilica, the Temple of Apollo; and the oldest-known Roman amphitheatre once capable of holding up to 20,000 spectators.

The tour will then proceed to Oplontis. Close to Pompeii, Oplontis was also buried under a layer of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. (B)

Day 6: Herculaneum • Naples

This morning visit Herculaneum where your tour will feature the Casa d’Argo, a well-preserved example of a Roman noble family’s home; the extraordinary mosaic at Casa di Nettuno e Anfitrite; and the public baths at Terme del Foro.

Proceed to Naples for an afternoon visit to the city’s renowned archaeological museum. (B)

Day 7: Naples • Fly to London

This morning, travel to Paestum, prior to your return to the UK.

Sights include the Doric temples of Ceres, Hera and Neptune. The Tempio di Nettuno (Neptune) is the largest and best preserved of the three temples with only parts of the inside walls and roof missing.

Transfer to Naples Airport for your flight.

(B, L)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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Expert-led tour

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.

Standard tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £315pp.


This tour involves some long walks and therefore requires a good level of fitness.

Private visits

Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also, churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Expert lecturers Dr Steve Kershaw

Dr Steve Kershaw has taught Classics in a number of establishments, and now works for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He wrote and teaches Oxford’s The Fall of Rome online course and has been featured as an expert contributor on the History Channel’s Barbarians Rising series.

Stephen Nelson

Stephen Nelson has extensive, specialist knowledge of Italy’s art, archaeology and architecture and a particular interest in southern Italy and sites discovered off the beaten track. Stephen is a practising sculptor, working in the UK and in Italy and exhibiting internationally. His work has been shown at the Royal Academy and the Estorick Collection. He has also curated exhibitions, including for the British Council in Tanzania and Eritrea.

Standard group tour accommodation

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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