8 days

From $3,085

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Summary

Nowhere in the world could give a deeper insight into Roman life than the dramatic seaside towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Before the eruption of Vesuvius these were thriving, lively seaside towns - Pompeii, a trading town equipped with many bars, shops and brothels, while Herculaneum was an affluent elegant town.

All this came to an abrupt halt, however, one Autumnal day in AD 79 - when Vesuvius - which had done little more than rumble for years - erupted with cataclysmic force. Two thousand years later, the sites of the Bay of Naples confront the modern visitor with a vivid, haunting immediacy like nothing else in the ancient world. In some cases we even know the names, professions and personal histories of the people who owned the villas and shops we visit.

Your guide lecturer will bring to life the ordinary people of Pompeii, Herculaneum and beyond. This is an exciting time for visitors to these Vesuvian towns, as new discoveries are constantly being made, and new houses constantly opened up. Lose yourself in the past, walking the ancient streets in the footsteps of gladiators, slaves, senators and citizens.

Tour highlights:

  • Private access to the Theatre of Herculaneum, off site and haunting
  • Private access to the Cave of Sejanus/Grotta of Seiano and the adjoining villa of Pausilypon with its dramatic coastal views
  • Visit off the beaten track villas at Stabiae
  • Explore newly opened houses in Pompeii
  • Private access to the store rooms at Paestum, where we see Lucanian painted tombs normally closed to the public

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Self-drive options
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing

 

Meet your Experts

Expert guides, whenever you travel

We are proud of our team of expert guide lecturers. Whenever you travel, your guide lecturer will be on hand to answer questions, tell stories and deliver insights to make your trip truly remarkable.

Tony O’Connor

Guide Lecturer

Tony O'Connor is a specialist in the Roman Empire, who has excavated widely across Britain, Europe and North Africa. He is particularly passionate about Roman North Africa, having excavated in Libya for many years.

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Pompeii ruins
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
March 15 2021 APOM210315 March 15 2021 (Monday) March 22 2021 (Monday) Ben Kane $2,750
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
April 19 2021 APOM210419 April 19 2021 (Monday) April 26 2021 (Monday) Dr Simon Elliott $3,145
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
May 3 2021 APOM210503 May 3 2021 (Monday) May 10 2021 (Monday) Dr Eireann Marshall $3,355
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
May 17 2021 APOM210517 May 17 2021 (Monday) May 24 2021 (Monday) Tony O’Connor $3,085
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
September 6 2021 APOM210906 September 6 2021 (Monday) September 13 2021 (Monday) Dr David Rudling $3,060
(ex. flights)
$149
$149
$180 Book Now
September 20 2021 APOM210920 September 20 2021 (Monday) September 27 2021 (Monday) John Shepherd $3,060
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
October 4 2021 APOM211004 October 4 2021 (Monday) October 11 2021 (Monday) Mark Corney $3,015
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
October 11 2021 APOM211011 October 11 2021 (Monday) October 18 2021 (Monday) Tony Wilmott $3,060
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
October 25 2021 APOM211025 October 25 2021 (Monday) November 1 2021 (Monday) Dr Eireann Marshall $2,990
(ex. flights)
$149
$750
$180 Book Now
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