Classical Italy

7 days/6 nights

From only £499pp

Overview

7 days/6 nights From only £499pp

This tour tells the story of Rome’s tumultuous history through an in-depth exploration of its ancient remains and provides a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Roman Empire with a tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You cannot help but be inspired by the craftsmanship and construction sheer scale of remains to explore.

What's included in the trip?

  • Return scheduled/‘no frills’ flights
  • Accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Max 4 bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Departure from UK. Your Hellene rep will meet you on arrival and accompany you to your accommodation in Rome, stopping at the once bustling port of Ostia Antica en route. Evening meal in local trattoria.

  • Day 2

    Full day in Rome. Spend the day casting a critical eye over Augustus’ claims “I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble”, visiting Fora, Palatine Hill, Flavian Colosseum, Mithraeum beneath San Clemente and Theatre of Marcellus. Finish the day with a quick stop at the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome! Evening meal in local trattoria.

  • Day 3

    A trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Explore both Forum Boarium and Campus Martius and wander through the magical district of Trastevere in the early evening. Evening meal in local trattoria.

  • Day 4

    Transfer to Sorrento by coach stopping at the Amphitheatre and Mithraeum at Capua en route. Onwards to the summit of Mount Vesuvius where the views of Capri and Ischia are unrivalled (on a clear day). Arrive in Sorrento with its cobbled back streets and Roman monumental arch underpinned suitably on Greek foundations. Evening meal in hotel.

  • Day 5

    Step back into 79 A.D. on a full day excursion to Pompeii; revisit the city as it was preserved, buried in layers of ash and lava. Evening meal in hotel.

  • Day 6

    A trip to Herculaneum will allow you to draw comparisons with Pompeii. Witness the sympathetically excavated site preserving the once affluent town and Virtual Reality Museum before visiting Villa Oplontis. Evening meal in hotel.

  • Day 7

    Transfer to the airport via Naples Archaeological Museum, housing many artefacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum all under the same roof! Departure to UK.

Accommodation

Enhance your trip

  • The Italian town of Tivoli is home to spectacular villas and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) and Villa d’Este. A visit to both offers a fascinating insight into ancient Rome, a variety of architectural styles and garden walks.
  • Discover ancient burial practices of the 9th to the 1st century BC and achievements of Etruscan culture at these cemeteries.
  • Full day Capri for Villa Jovis and Villa Museum San Michele.
  • Full day for Amalfi Coast for Amalfi and Paestum.
  • Discover the incredible story behind the Calligula ships recovered from Nemi lake in 1939s.
  • The ancient archaeological site and museum complex of Sperlonga Villa of Tiberius offers students an opportunity to gain fascinating insight into Tiberius' rule from 14 AD to 37 AD. The site features ruins, a pond and a grotto.
  • Mumma Mia! Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make famed dishes of Italian cuisine.
  • A beautiful musical complete with talented dancers and traditional neopolitan songs is sure to be an unforgettable experience.