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Bay of Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum

Group Tour | Arts & Culture 7 Days & 6 Nights Lead-in price: £1895

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 Habita79 Hotel (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 Certosa di San Martino, then journey by funicular to Naples’ Pignasecca Market. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the city’s Duomo before returning to your hotel. (B, L)

Day 4: Baia - Cave di Cuma

Begin today with a visit to Baia archaeological park, including the impressive Baia castle, which was built on the ruins of the imperial palace and is now an archaeological museum. Continue to Cuma, home to the first ancient Greek settlement on the Italian mainland, to see the remnants of Greek temples. (B)

Day 5: Pompeii - Oplontis

Today’s sightseeing begins with a visit to Pompeiii, highlights of which include the basilica, the Temple of Apollo, and the oldestknown Roman amphitheatre once capable of holding up to 20,000 spectators. The tour will then proceed to nearby Oplontis. This city was also buried under a layer of ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. (B)

Day 6: Herculaneum - Naples

This morning, tour Herculaneum, visiting 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. Enjoy wine tasting at a local estate before returning to the hotel. (B)

Day 7: Paestum - 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.

TOUR EXTENSIONS Tour & Amalfi Coast: 3 days & 2 nights from £420 Extension starts on day 7 of tour Travel to Sorrento and relax at Hotel Villa di Sorrento (or similar). Includes transfers.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Arts & Culture tours: A collection of expertaccompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.

Expert-led tour: This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local guide where necessary.

Accessibility: This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground 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.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Habita79 Hotel & SPA Pompeii - MGallery
    Habita79 Hotel & SPA Pompeii - MGallery

    Habita79 lies just a stroll away from Pompeii’s renowned ruins. This modern hotel is housed within an imposing, early 20th-century Italianate building, but its interior is unabashedly contemporary – full of smart, stylish furniture, clean lines and plenty of light. Facilities available to guests include a spa and fitness centre, two restaurants as well as a rooftop terrace affording views across Pompeii. Features: Spa & fitness centre, 2 restaurants (1 with large garden & terrace, 1 serving on the rooftop terrace), rooftop bar, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Air-conditioning, smart TV, walk-in shower, safe, minibar, kettle, coffee machine, USB charger, 24-hour room service.

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
6 Sep 2022 - 12 Sep 2022 £1,995 £0 £325 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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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