8 days

From £2,325

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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 expert guide lecturer will bring to life the ordinary people of Pompeii, Herculaneum and beyond on this fascinating tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum. 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:

  • Special access to Villa Sora in Torre del Greco
  • Enjoy visits to 'off the beaten track' villas at Stabiae
  • Private access to the Cave of Sejanus (Grotta of Seiano) and the adjoining villa of Pausilypon with its dramatic coastal views
  • Explore the newly excavated House of Leda in Regio V
Meet your Experts

John Shepherd

Andante Guide Lecturer

A specialist in the study of ancient glass, John has worked extensively in the field in Europe as an archaeologist, including France, Italy and Bulgaria.

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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 supplement Availability
16 January 2023 APOM230116 16 January 2023 (Monday) 23 January 2023 (Monday) John Shepherd £2,325
(inc. flights)
£750 £165 Book your trip
27 March 2023 APOM230327 27 March 2023 (Monday) 3 April 2023 (Monday) Tony Wilmott £2,680
(inc. flights)
£750 £0 Book your trip
24 April 2023 APOM230424 24 April 2023 (Monday) 1 May 2023 (Monday) Dr Simon Elliott £2,805
(inc. flights)
£750 £165 Book your trip
8 May 2023 APOM230508 8 May 2023 (Monday) 15 May 2023 (Monday) Dr Jamie Sewell £2,805
(inc. flights)
£750 £165 Book your trip
4 September 2023 APOM230904 4 September 2023 (Monday) 11 September 2023 (Monday) Tony O’Connor £2,805
(inc. flights)
£750 £165 Book your trip
11 September 2023 APOM230911 11 September 2023 (Monday) 18 September 2023 (Monday) John Shepherd £2,805
(inc. flights)
£750 £165 Book your trip
25 September 2023 APOM230925 25 September 2023 (Monday) 2 October 2023 (Monday) Diana Blumberg £2,805
(inc. flights)
£750 £165 Book your trip
2 October 2023 APOM231002 2 October 2023 (Monday) 9 October 2023 (Monday) John Shepherd £2,755
(inc. flights)
£750 £0 Book your trip
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