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Join a leading archaeologist on an exclusive tour of the Vesuvian sites, Oplontis and the Bay of Naples

Nowhere on Earth provides a deeper understanding of Roman life than Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both thriving towns before they were engulfed by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79, they present a haunting and vividly detailed picture of real life in Roman times. And who better to provide insights than archaeologist Dr Sophie Hay, who has spent best part of 20 years working in and around Pompeii.

On this exclusive five-day tour you will be accompanied by both Dr Hay and expert local guides. With only 60% of the site excavated, Pompeii continues to evolve and with new mosaics, houses and an astounding Roman snack bar opening up to the public, it is no wonder people return time and again.

You will also explore the once opulent seaside town of Herculaneum, which is arguably better preserved. Here you will enjoy a private visit to the haunting Theatre of Herculaneum, still buried under the pyroclastic flow. You will also take in the galleries of the wonderful Naples Museum and the lavish villa at Oplontis.

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Dr Sophie Hay
Archaeologist

Dr Sophie Hay is a leading archaeologist and an expert on Pompeii. She is currently working at the University of Cambridge as a Post-doctoral Research Associate on a Pompeii project. Her PhD was based on the fieldwork she completed for the British School at Rome's Pompeii Project.

Price includes

  • 100% financially protected through the Travel Trust Association
  • Exclusive events and talk with Dr Sophie Hay
  • Four nights in a four-star hotel in Naples
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Return flights
  • Transfers
  • Expert local guides
  • All entry fees and guided tours
  • Professional tour manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 3, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Oct 7, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,745*

* Please note, this price is for Telegraph subscribers only. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price based on two sharing. Single supplement £225. Subject to availability. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/rewards. Calls are made at local rates. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Andante Travel, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 3, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Oct 7, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,795*

* Please note, this price is for all other Telegraph readers. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price based on two sharing. Single supplement £225. Subject to availability. Calls are made at local rates. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Andante Travel, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    London to Naples
    Napoli, Italy

    We fly to Naples and travel to our hotel, arriving just in time for dinner.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Pompeii
    Pompeii, Italy

    We devote a whole day to Pompeii, the busy trading town on the mouth of the Sarnus river enveloped by the catastrophic eruption of AD 79, leaving it a permanent witness to life in an ancient Roman city. As about 60% of the entire town has been excavated, it is an enormous site which reveals details of every day life from wonderful frescoes to graffiti, one way streets and stepping stones which allowed people to cross streets without stepping into the filth of a busy town without an adequate sewage system. We visit elite domus, industrial sites, bars serving ancient fast food and bakeries, as well as monumental public buildings such as baths and theatres. Travelling by the best routes to avoid the crowd, we visit sites which have only recently reopened to the public or which have only just been excavated.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    National Archaeological Museum in Naples
    Napoli, Italy

    The Naples Archaeological Museum houses the extraordinary finds from the excavations from the Vesuvian towns, as well as from other cities in Bay of Naples. Exquisite bronze statues, such as those found in the Villa of the Papyri, which would normally have been melted down and reused; marble statues which would have been broken up to make lime for fertiliser; beautiful wall paintings which would have decayed or plastered over - all would have been lost had Vesuvius not erupted and buried them all. Highlights include the stunning mosaics from the House of the Faun, including the Alexander mosaic skilfully crafted with minute tesserae. See also the unique collection of frescoes, such as the so called Sappho or the portrait of Terentius Neo and his wife. This afternoon is at leisure to explore Naples -you might take a tour of underground Naples, view the famous statue of Cristo Velato in the Cappella Sansevero or wander around the Via dei Tribunali.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Herculaneum
    Herculaneum, Italy

    Today we explore Herculaneum, an opulent, seaside town very unlike Pompeii, which was violently buried by a pyroclastic flow which deposited 25 metres of matter on the city, permanently sealing it anaerobically, thereby allowing organic material to survive. The difficulty of excavating Herculaneum means a much smaller area has been excavated, though what has been exposed is far better preserved. We see shutters just barely open and view furniture in a house arranged as it would have been. Walking through the tunnel to what was once the seashore where hundreds of bodies have been found huddled in the boathouse is an unforgettable experience. We finish the day with a visit to the opulent villa maritima at Oplontis, which might have belonged the family of Poppaea, wife of Nero. Here we see stunningly preserved frescoes which were being refurbished at the time of the eruption, as well as remarkably well preserved slave quarters which allow us a glimpse into a Roman household.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Naples to London
    Nalles, Italy

    After breakfast this morning, our tour comes to an end and we transfer back to London.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 3, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Oct 7, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,745*

* Please note, this price is for Telegraph subscribers only. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price based on two sharing. Single supplement £225. Subject to availability. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer visit www.telegraph.co.uk/rewards. Calls are made at local rates. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Andante Travel, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 3, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Oct 7, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,795*

* Please note, this price is for all other Telegraph readers. Price is per person, based on two people sharing a room. Price based on two sharing. Single supplement £225. Subject to availability. Calls are made at local rates. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Andante Travel, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Travel insurance is not included. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.

Call now to book 01723628033
Quote ref: TELE POMPEII HAY