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  • Fresco from the Villa Poppaea, Oplontis

  • View of the forum in Pompeii with Vesuvius in the background

  • House of the Vettii, Pompeii

    Photo by Giuseppe Ciaramella, public domain via Wikimedia Commons

  • Fresco of Flora from the Villa Arianna, Stabiae, Naples Archaeological Museum

    Photo by ArchaiOptix licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED via Wikimedia Commons

  • Pompeii

  • Paestum

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  • Gain unrivalled insights into day-to-day life in the Roman Empire

  • Discover Cumae, one of the most important Greek city-states in antiquity, alongside Pozzuoli with its impressive Roman amphitheatre

  • Explore Paestum with its Doric sanctuaries and the renowned Archaeological Museum in vibrant Naples

“The visits were carefully chosen to include recent discoveries and sites less well known but very impressive”

– ACE customer on a previous Pompeii with Herculaneum tour

“Meanwhile on Mt Vesuvius broad sheets of fire and leaping flames blazed at several points, their bright glare emphasised by the darkness of night…” – so wrote Pliny of the sudden eruption of Vesuvius nearly 2000 years ago.


Pompeii and Herculaneum, destroyed yet preserved by the volcanic catastrophe, offer unrivalled insights into day-to-day life in the Roman Empire. Our tour offers the opportunity to explore the sites in depth, and we particularly look forward to viewing the House of the Vettii, recently reopened after extensive restoration works and years of closure. As well as investigating the ruins of Vesuvius’s twin victims, we will view the exceptional finds on display at the National Archaeological Museum in the ever-vibrant city of Naples.


Complementing these most famous sites, our comprehensive tour in and around the Bay of Naples will take in a wider array of ancient treasures, such as the vast villa complex at Oplontis. Adorned with sumptuous wall paintings that unveil the extravagant lifestyle enjoyed by the Roman elite, the villa is thought to have been Nero’s wedding present to his second wife, Poppaea.


Paestum, “inexpressibly grand” according to Shelley, was founded c 600 BC by Greek colonists from Sybaris. Here we will pay particular attention to the Doric sanctuaries of Ceres, Hera and Neptune, which rank among the best-preserved Greek temples to be found anywhere in the ancient world.


Cumae, one of the most important Greek city-states in antiquity, is also on our itinerary together with Italy’s third largest Roman amphitheatre at Pozzuoli.


We will stay at the four-star Hotel Forum in Pompeii, ideally located just a couple of minutes on foot from the Pompeii archaeological site.

Tour Director Eireann Marshall, PhD, was raised in the Veneto and educated at Barnard College, Columbia University and the universities of Birmingham and Exeter. She is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University, as well as an experienced tour leader, having led many tours throughout Europe and North Africa.

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Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, six breakfasts, one lunch, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £395.

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