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Archaeological Wonders of Ancient Rome

9 days,Rome to Naples

Exploring ancient Roman ruins, Discovering delicious Italian foods during a cooking class in Rome, Pondering ash-covered Pompeii under the shadow of Mt Vesuvius, Learning how limoncello is made before sneaking a taste, Walking the Amalfi coast and the island of Capri and feeling connected to all of Italy.


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On this compact, 1-week tour, all roads lead to Rome—ancient Rome, that is (ok ok, so they lead to Naples in this case...). Feel engaged by ancient history and living Italian culture as you make your way between Rome, Sorrento and Naples. You’ll explore the Forum and Colosseum and tour Pompeii and visit Mt Vesuvius. Connect with contemporary Italy with a cooking class, agriturismo lunch and a visit to a limoncello producer. With so much included and an expert guide to make sense of it all, you’ll swear you can hear the ancients whispering in your ear.

What's Included

  • Welcome gift - Explore ancient Rome including visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill - Enjoy a cooking demonstration with dinner - Train excursion to Ostia Antica ruins - Guided tour of Pompeii and visit Mt. Vesuvius - Visit the Temples of Paestum - Visit a local Limoncello producer for a demonstration and tasting - Excursion to the Amalfi Coast for walks and visits to villages - Country lunch at a local agriturismo - Excursion to the island of Capri with orientation walk and visit the Imperial Villa jobis - Naples city walk with a lunch of traditional pizza and visit to the National Archaeological Museum.
  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner. (Allow EUR300-450 for meals not included.)
  • Comfort hotels (8 nts)
  • Train, private minivan, walking, ferry, boat
  • Discovery Adventures guide, local guide.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Day 1 Rome

Arrive at any time.

Days 2-3 Rome (2B,1D)

Explore the ancient city including visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, then take in a cooking demonstration with dinner. On Day 3 take a train excursion to Ostia Antica, to view some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in existence with a specialist guide. Option to visit the Vatican.

Day 4 Sorrento (1B)

Travel to Sorrento, our base for the next four nights, visiting the dramatic temples of Paestum en route. We are welcomed to the south with a visit to a local limoncello producer to learn about this wonderful bevarage and enjoy a tasting.

Days 5 Pompeii/Sorrento (1B)

Step back in time as we visit the ruins of ancient Pompeii with a local expert guide. Following this, we will head up to stare into the mouth of the great volcano Vesuvius.

Day 6 Amalfi/Sorrento (1B,1L)

Excursion today to the famous Amalfi Coast. Travel across the peninsula, taking the time to stop off for a short walk to dramatic viewpoints and visit historic villages. Our lunch stop is at a local agriturismo that specialises in home grown, delicious produce and offers spectacular views. The afternoon will be free for you to explore the coast, before returning by ferry.

Day 7 Capri/Sorrento (B)

Today we take a ferry to the island of Capri. We take an orientation walk and visit the imperial Villa Jovis - Emperor Tiberius' magnificent private residence featuring an ancient bathhouse and lighthouse. After this, the day is yours with the option to take a boat trip around the island, swim, hike or explore the town.

Day 8 Naples (1B,1L)

Today we travel to the city of Naples. After a lunch of traditional pizza we take a walk around the city, including a visit to the world-renowned National Archaeological Museum with its fine collection of classical sculptures.

Day 9 Naples (1B)

Depart at any time.