Pompeii
Pompeii

Archaeological Tours

NEW FOR 2020

Italy's Amalfi Coast & Pompeii: Ancient Maritime Powers

We have all heard the tragic story of Pompeii and Herculaneum – how a cataclysmic volcanic eruption in 79 CE devastated both cities and buried their inhabitants under volcanic ash. While images of their remains have scattered archaeological texts for centuries, there is so much more to these sites than simply their swift and fiery ends. Profound insights into the customs and happenings of daily Roman life are constantly being revealed thanks to extensive excavation and restoration work. In fact, we even know the names, professions, and personal histories of some of the people who owned the villas and shops that we will walk though. Let our expert scholars illuminate the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum in a way that connects past and present. Learn about ancient Roman customs originating in this region, such as the ‘curniciello’, and see the ancient graffiti along the walls of Pompeii, showcasing the slang and colloquial humor of the time. Moreover, what is a visit to Campania without a trip to the Amalfi Coast? Explore cliffside towns overlooking crystal clear waters, beautiful gardens and cathedrals.

What's included?

  •  A/C coach
  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Three lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag

Led by...

Dr Glenn Bugh

Dr Glenn Bugh Expert Scholar

An associate professor of Classical Studies and Byzantine History at Virginia Tech, Dr Glenn Bugh earned his PhD from the University of Maryland and has also been a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Full Price
$4,595

Today's Price
$4,495

Saving
$100

Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $500

Tour highlights:

  • Explore ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum and learn about the life and customs of their citizens
  • Walk among ancient Roman villas in Stabiae and see how affluent Romans once lived
  • Ascend to the mighty heights of Mount Vesuvius and learn about its epic eruption in 79 CE
  • Sail around the isle of Capri and take in the beauty of the bluest waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Wander the Archaeological Museum in Naples and view its exquisite collections

Tour details

Dates March 5 2020 - March 15 2020
Duration 11 days
Cost
Full Price
$4,595
Today's Price
$4,495
Saving
$100
Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $500 Balance due by December 12 2019
Activity Level
Tour code A20POM

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March 5 2020: Itinerary

Upon arrival in Naples, we transfer to our hotel in Sorrento. This evening, we enjoy an introductory lecture from our expert scholar and we follow this with a welcome group dinner.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Parco dei Prinicpi, Sorrento

This morning, we board a ferry to Amalfi, a seaside city that held importance as a maritime power. By trading grain from its neighbors, salt from Sardinia, slaves from the interior, and even timber, merchants were able to obtain the gold dinars minted in Egypt and Syria, in order to buy the Byzantine silks that it resold in the West. We spend our morning here and pay a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and the Cloister of Paradise, with its 13th century frescoes. Amalfi occupied a high position in medieval architecture – its cathedral richly representing the artistic movement prevailing in southern Italy at the time of the Normans, with its tendency to blend the Byzantine style with the forms and sharp lines of the northern architecture. After lunch, we travel uphill to Ravello. Ravello was founded in the 5th century as a refuge against the barbarian invasions that ultimately led to the downfall of the Western Roman Empire. Not only was it a producer of wool from the surrounding countryside, which was dyed in the town, it was also an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and 1200. We visit the cathedral and then move on to the Villa Rufolo, with its lovely gardens. Later, we drive from Ravello back to Sorrento.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Parco dei Prinicpi, Sorrento

Be sure to bring your sunglasses today as we set sail for the dazzling Isle of Capri. This island has captured the hearts of Italians and foreigners alike with its rugged landscapes, stylish shops, and its ruins of ancient Roman villas. We board our ferry at Molo Beverello (the port in Naples) and arrive 45 minutes later at Piccola Marina – ‘little harbor’ – in Capri. Here, we visit the Villa Jovis and the Certosa di San Giacomo. After lunch, we take a ferry from Capri to Positano, where we visit the church of Santa Maria Assunta and enjoy some free time to wander around this picturesque seaside city, before making our way back to Sorrento.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: Parco dei Prinicpi, Sorrento

We devote today to the famous site of Pompeii, exploring bars, brothels, houses, and public buildings all buried by volcanic material. Shortly after noon on August 24th 79 CE, Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing 1.5 million tons of lava per second onto Pompeii and Herculaneum. Due to the agility and ferocity of the eruption, the towns were captured unaware and many of their inhabitants were caught in a sort of time warp – their final moments solidified beneath volcanic ash. 2,000 years later and, at 150-acres, the walled city of Pompeii has come to be the largest excavation and archaeology site in the world. Pompeii has recently opened many more sites to the public, including houses such as the Prince of Naples and Fruit Orchard. We end the day at the Villa of the Mysteries and then return to our hotel.

All meals included

Hotel: San Francesco al Monte, Naples

The town of Herculaneum, which perfectly complements a visit to Pompeii, is our next visit. Despite Pompeii receiving more renown, Herculaneum was buried to a significantly greater depth than Pompeii. This irony won’t keep us away and we can wander the streets here with almost complete Roman houses rising up on either side. In some cases, the houses have been preserved up to their rooftops. Herculaneum is a much more compact site, but is certainly no less fascinating. We will stop to enjoy lunch and then we have some free time available to us.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch

Hotel: San Francesco al Monte, Naples

We explore archaeology further today as we visit the exceptional National Archaeological Museum in Naples to marvel at its collection of artifacts. Many of the best wall-paintings and statues were brought here in the early years of excavations, in addition to glass beads, dice, and other everyday items. These seemingly mundane objects are, in actuality, just as important as the more impressive paintings and figures since they provide insight into the daily lives of the people who inhabited these cities thousands of years ago. For lunch, we go to a famous pizzeria to sample a taste of Naples’ favorite food. After, we explore underground Naples, including the market located beneath the Church of San Lorenzo.

All meals included

Hotel: San Francesco al Monte, Naples

It is time to go off the beaten track today as we travel to Stabiae. At this exclusive coastal Roman resort, we view two opulent villas – namely San Marco and Arianna – buried by the eruption of 79 CE and reminiscent of the villa of Pomponianus, where Pliny the Elder died. The Villa of San Marco originally consisted of just a few rooms but was extended at some point during the Claudian period, when both a swimming pool and garden were added. During our visit here, we will walk through the grand rooms, chambers, and gardens.

All meals included

Hotel: San Francesco al Monte, Naples

Today, we explore the luxurious Bay of Naples. We start with the amphitheater in Pozzuoli, one of the most impressive in the world, before continuing on to the imperial bath complex at Baia, built in order to take advantage of the natural thermal springs. We end the day with a special private visit to the largely intact Piscina Mirabilis, the largest cistern in Europe. This is where the Romans both stored and supplied water for their western imperial fleet.

All meals included

Hotel: San Francesco al Monte, Naples

Today, we travel around one hour to the Bay of Naples, where we have a private visit to the Cave of Sejanus, a 765-yard long tunnel carved out of the tufa by Agrippa, which provides access to Pausilypon, a luxurious villa from the 1st century BCE. Next, we travel to Cuma (Cumae), site of the first ancient Greek colony on the mainland of Italy, founded by settlers from Euboea in the 8th century BCE. It quickly became one of the strongest colonies and later grew into a rich Roman city, the remains of which we will explore. We also visit the Cave of the Sibyl, a tunnel constructed under Augustus, as well as public buildings and temples from the Roman period.

All meals included

Hotel: San Francesco al Monte, Naples

We ascend to the great volcanic crater of Vesuvius today and, while most of our journey will be by bus, if able, we will walk the last 300 yards on foot. Upon arrival, we will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views, both down into the crater itself and out across the Bay of Naples. Here, we can have a more intimate look at some of the geological facets of the mighty volcanic crater as we observe the variance of color in the sedimentary lava rock that sits in distinct layers. We encourage guests to take this time at the top of Mount Vesuvius to reflect upon all that we have learned and seen throughout our tour here. Our time on the volcano comes to an end and, after lunch, we will continue on to the impressive villa at Oplontis. Supposedly owned by Poppaea, the wife of Nero, the villa was both destroyed and subsequently preserved by Vesuvius’ catastrophic eruption. Excavations have taken place in more than 100 rooms, and artistic frescoes along with amazing decorative detail have both been uncovered. This particular villa is even more grand than those found at Stabaie, and this stop makes for a truly fitting end to our memorable Italian adventure.

All meals included

Hotel: San Francesco al Monte, Naples

We transfer to the airport for our individual flights home or onward travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

March 5 2020: Additional Info

March 5 2020: Accommodation

Parco dei Principi is surrounded by a 3 hectare park. Set on a cliff at 0.6 miles from Sorrento city centre, it offers free Wi-Fi, a free fitness centre and panoramic views across the Gulf of Naples.

Rooms still preserve the original design and contemporary-style décor by Italian architect Gio Ponti. They come with either a balcony or a window offering views of the sea or garden.

The design hotel features a salt-water swimming pool and a lift to the private beach with free sun loungers and parasols. Massage are available on request.

A continental breakfast is available daily. Hotel Parco dei Principi offers 2 on-site restaurants serving Mediterranean and international cuisine. Here, guests enjoy lovely views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Offering panoramic views across the Gulf of Naples, the San Francesco al Monte is a restored 16th-century monastery. It features 2 rooftop pools, a rooftop restaurant and stylish rooms in converted monks' chambers.

The San Francesco is located at the foot of the hill leading to Sant'Elmo Castle and the Certosa di San Martino Museum. The hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Corso Vittorio Emanuele Funicular Railway stop.

You can admire the original frescoes and medieval décor throughout the hotel. Rooms here all have views over the bay, with Mount Vesuvius in the background. They are all air conditioned and come with satellite TV, a minibar and a private bathroom with hydromassage shower or bath.

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