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Archaeological Wonders of Ancient Rome

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Day 1 Rome

Arrive at any time. As your fellow travellers are arriving throughout the day, there are no planned activities until your Group Meeting this evening, so check-in to the hotel (check-in time is approx 3pm) and enjoy the city. Check the notice boards or ask at reception for the exact time and location of the group meeting. After the meeting, you might like to take the option of heading out for a meal in a nearby local restaurant to further get to know your CEO and travelling companions.

Please make every effort to arrive on time for this important welcome meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us - contact numbers are provided in these notes. Your Chief Experience Officer will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up.

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.

Unquestionably Rome exudes history: from its Catacombs that entombed early Christians, to the Colosseum where gladiators battled to the death and on up to the Palatine Hill, the traditional site of Rome’s founding. It is also home to the Vatican City, the home of the Pope, and St Peter's Basilica

The city is enthralling, with perhaps more to see than any other place in the world. Eating in Italy is deeply embedded in the country’s culture, and dining in Rome can seem to last forever and consist of many courses. The city offers a vibrant cafe culture and nightlife, as well as the many iconic sights.

Please note that if you wish to visit popular museums such as the Vatican Museums (Sistine Chapel) and Villa Borghese in Rome, to avoid waiting in line for a long time (especially in high season May-September when it could be a question of hours!), it is advisable to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets can be reserved online at various websites including www.tickititaly.com. There may be the possibility of arranging tickets on arrival on Day 1, with the help of your CEO, but availability cannot be guaranteed at such short notice.

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.

Sorrento is a small town in southern Italy, overlooking the Bay of Naples. A popular place for holidays since the Ancient Romans, its climate is mild, and the scenic landscapes and sea views are stunning.

Estimated travel time: 2hrs train, 2hr private minivan

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.

The Roman city of Pompeii was buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD. Excavations continue at the site, where you can walk through the strange remains of homes and view the frozen in time remnants of this once great city.

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.

The outstanding beauty of the Amalfi Coast can only be fully appreciated on foot. Follow ancient paths and trails linking isolated farms, villages, churches and monasteries. Most of the walking offers amazing views to the rugged coastline below with wonderful vistas from village to village. There are plenty of opportunities to visit ancient villages and exquisite churches.

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.

The Island of Capri, made of limestone rock is located in the Bay of Naples, near the tip of the Amalfi Peninsula. This enchanting and scenic getaway was a favorite with Roman emperors, and still is with the rich and famous jet-set.

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.

The rich, resort city of Naples, is one of the oldest, continuously-inhabited cities in the world. Its winding historical streets and ancient architecture are rivalled only by its stunning beauty - sitting on the coast off the Bay of Naples, one of the most scenic spots in Italy. While here we also get to enjoy a traditional Pizza, one of the worlds most famous foods, in the city where the dish originated.

Day 9 Naples (1B)

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