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Explore the glories of the ancient world on this four-day tour in the company of the brilliant classicist and broadcaster

Immerse yourself in the stories of ancient Rome on a five-day city exploration in the company of an esteemed guide and renowned classicist Mary Beard.

Visits to the Colosseum and a walking tour through the winding and cobbled streets that form the historic heart set the scene on your first full day in Rome. You'll also visit the world's oldest public museums, the Capitoline Museums, that date from 1471, to see some of the most important works of art from ancient Rome. The day concludes with a welcome drink and illuminating talk from Mary, who will give a glimpse into the fascinating places you're still to visit and join you for a special dinner.

On your second full day in the city, Mary joins your group on visits to the Roman Forum, Palatino, Monte Testaccio, and Centrale Montemartini Museum, offering expert commentary throughout. Mary will join you for another memorable dinner, where there's an opportunity to ask further questions about the life and times of the people of ancient Rome.

Further tours of Ara Pacis, Castel Sant'Angelo, and Via Appia follow. Here you'll have the opportunity to see the mausoleum of Augustus, the mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, and the Roman burials along the ancient road of Via Appia. Later, you'll return to the city centre where you have an evening in Rome at your leisure, perhaps experiencing the city's more modern and cosmopolitan side.

Before you return home on your final day, you'll first visit the Roman port harbour of Ostia Antica, around 40 minutes outside of the city, before transferring to the airport for your flight home to London.

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Mary Beard
Classicist and author

An acclaimed classicist and author, Dame Mary Beard is a Classics fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge and a professor of Ancient Literature at the Royal Academy of Arts. She has released numerous acclaimed histories, most recently her new book Civilisations: How Do We Look/The Eye of Faith.

Price includes

  • Return flights from London to Rome in Economy
  • Four nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at the Hotel Ponte Sisto in Rome, based on shared occupancy in a twin or double room
  • Three dinners, plus a local lunch on the final day
  • A welcome drink and talk with Mary Beard
  • A full day and a half sightseeing with Mary Beard
  • A full sightseeing programme by walking tour and coach including entrance fees and transfers
  • Services of a Tour Manager throughout

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 10, 2023
To
Thu, Thu, Sep 14, 2023
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£2,195*

* PRICE IS FOR TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £175. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. This tour requires a good degree of walking, not suitable for those with mobility issues. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded) and Travel Editions Group Ltd, ABTA V3120. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit www. telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 10, 2023
To
Thu, Thu, Sep 14, 2023
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£2,245*

* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS, per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £175. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. This tour requires a good degree of walking, not suitable for those with mobility issues. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded) and Travel Editions Group Ltd, ABTA V3120. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit www. telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Rome
    Rome (Roma), Italy

    You'll fly to Rome today and be met at the airport for your transfer to your hotel. A welcome drink and dinner at the hotel are included tonight.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Colosseum, Capitoline Museums, and Rome’s Historic Centre
    Rome (Roma), Italy

    After breakfast, your adventure begins. A visit to the Colosseum is first - the perfect scene-setter for your journey through Rome. You'll have an hour or so to explore before moving to the Capitoline Museums, the world's oldest public museums, where you'll have a couple of hours to discover some of the most important works of art from Rome's long history.

    Lunch is at leisure today. You'll regroup in the early afternoon to begin a walking tour of Rome's historic heart - Centro Storico. You'll follow a route past the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the great baroque piazzas of the city.

    After the tour, you'll return to your hotel, where you'll enjoy a fascinating welcome talk by Mary Beard, followed by dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Roman Forum, Palatino, Monte Testaccio, and Centrale Montemartini Museum with Mary Beard
    Rome (Roma), Italy

    Your deep discovery of Rome continues today, with Mary Beard joining you to provide expert commentary throughout.

    The day starts with a visit to the Roman Forum, an impressive archaeological site that was the centre of Ancient Rome, where you can walk in the footsteps of some of the most famous characters of Roman history. From here, you'll walk to the Palatino to see where Roman Emperors lived and where you can try to recreate some of the luxury. There's free time for lunch at your own expense before an afternoon visit to the Monte Testaccio, one of the most extraordinary 'mountains' in the world, built up entirely out of used olive oil amphorae, broken and piled up (and giving you a glimpse of the infrastructure of the city). The final stop of the day is the Centrale Montemartini Museum, a relatively little-known museum of Roman art housed in a disused power station.

    You'll return to the hotel, where Mary Beard will join the group for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Ara Pacis, Castel Sant’Angelo, and Via Appia
    Rome (Roma), Italy

    Mary leaves the trip today, but will first join you on a visit to Ara Pacis, one of the most stunning monuments of the reign of the first emperor Augustus, next to his Mausoleum. Then you'll walk to the Castel Sant'Angelo, a mausoleum for the emperor Hadrian, before stopping for lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, you'll walk along the ancient road of Via Appia to see the mausoleums and Roman burial epitaphs before returning to the city centre.

    Tonight, you'll have free time to spend as you wish.

    Meals - Breakfast
  5. Day
    5
    Ostia Antica, a final group lunch, and return to London
    Ostia, Italy

    You'll enjoy an early breakfast at the hotel this morning before joining a 40-minute transfer to Ostia Antica, an archaeological site that was the harbour city of ancient Rome.

    Lunch is provided at a local restaurant today, your final opportunity to chat with your fellow travellers before transferring to the airport for your flight home to London in the early afternoon.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

Hotel Ponte Sisto

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Rome (Roma), Italy

Hotel Ponte Sisto is the choice for those who want to experience an unforgettable and romantic vacation in the heart of the Eternal City.

Downtown Rome is home to the elegant 4-star Hotel Ponte Sisto hotel just off Trastevere, convenient for Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and ancient Via Giulia. There is a restaurant and lounge bar as well as a charming garden and roof terrace.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 10, 2023
To
Thu, Thu, Sep 14, 2023
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£2,195*

* PRICE IS FOR TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £175. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. This tour requires a good degree of walking, not suitable for those with mobility issues. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded) and Travel Editions Group Ltd, ABTA V3120. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit www. telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

From
Sun, Sun, Sep 10, 2023
To
Thu, Thu, Sep 14, 2023
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£2,245*

* PRICE IS FOR NON-SUBSCRIBERS, per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £175. Deposit 30%. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. This tour requires a good degree of walking, not suitable for those with mobility issues. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Ltd (ATOL bonded) and Travel Editions Group Ltd, ABTA V3120. To redeem your exclusive subscriber offer, visit www. telegraph.co.uk/tt-extra. Calls are made at local rates. All tours featured are operated by the partner specified, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. Please refer to the Data Protection Notice in today's Personal Column or telegraph.co.uk/privacypolicy.

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