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UNESCO World Heritage tour of Campania Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01421
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 9 days
  • Departs from : Naples
  • Meeting Place : Naples airport

Description

Campania is home to some of the world's most amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites from the unique archeological park of Pompeii, to the breath-taking natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Over 9 days we will visit 7 of these incredible sites and learn about the history of Campania from the arrival of the Greek settlers in the 8th century BC in Paestum and Naples, the Roman Empire that governed every day life in Pompeii and Herculaneum and the royal palaces and monumental churches built by the Kings of Naples, to the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast.  

These sites, and more, will be explored with local guides, bringing to life the peoples who have inhabited the area over the last 3 millennia, as well as introducing you to the food, wine and culture of Campania today.

Itinerary

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Naples

Where we visit : Naples
Meeting Location : Naples airport
One of our drivers will meet you at Naples airport and drive you to your hotel.  

In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner of typical local products for the group.
 
Meals : Dinner
 

Day 2 - Greek and Roman Naples

Where we visit : Naples
Following breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for the city of Naples, whose heritage stretches back to the 6th century BC.  Starting underground, you will look at the elaborate system the Greeks built into the soft volcanic rock to ensure fresh water supplies and the poignant role they have played more recently.

In the archeological museum you will discover some of the wonderful decorative remains of the seaside towns that were destroyed in the AD79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the so-called Farnese Collection of Roman statues, many of which once stood in the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.

Lunch will be at a local pizzeria​ where you will enjoy pizza napoletana.  Not only delicious, the art of making Neapolitan pizza has been recognised on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

In the afternoon, we will continue underground in the Catacombs of San Gennaro, more open and spacious than their more famous counterparts in Rome.  Here we will learn about the Christianization of the pagan Roman world and the burial rituals that took place here.

Dinner at the hotel.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day 3 - Magna Grecia

Where we visit : Paestum
Breakfast at the hotel.

The drive today will take you south to the beautiful Cilento National Park and the ancient Greek settlement of Poseidonia, modern-day Paestum, to visit the oldest Greek temples on mainland Italy.  These 3 imposing Doric temples, dating from 600-450 BC are a lasting testament to the Greek colonies of Magna Grecia. 

Our visit will include the temple complex and museum which includes artifacts and wall paintings from a number of tombs found in the area.

The second part of the day will take you further inland, to the Certosa di Padula, with a stop for lunch on the way.  At 51,500m2, this massive Baroque charterhouse is the second largest in the world, though it does boast the largest cloister.  The space is divided, according to Carthusian rules, into separate areas for contemplation and work, the latter including the kitchen where legend says an omlette of 1000 eggs was once cooked for Charles V.

In the evening, dinner on your own in Sorrento.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 4 - Pompeii & Oplontis

Where we visit : Pompeii
Breakfast at the farm.

Life in this coastal trading town came to an abrupt end on August 24, AD79 with the eruption of Vesuvius that still dominates the skyline, leaving the people of Pompeii and the surrounding areas forever frozen in time.

For centuries Pompeii, one of the world’s most famous archeological sites, lay under 6m of the volcanic ash and pumice stone that covered it that night until excavations began in the…century.  Today you will experience a snapshot of a single moment in time, unlike any other archeological site on earth. Your guide will take you through the streets of shops and houses, to the bath houses and theaters, explaining what historians have learnt about what daily life here was like.

Following the tour you will be free to explore the site by yourselves and enjoy a picnic lunch.
In the afternoon, visit the wonderful, but frequently over-looked, Villa Pompea.  Lying between Pompeii and Herculaneum, this grandiose villa once belonged to members of the imperial family and gives us a unique opportunity to study the Pompeian painting styles in-situ.  The brightly-colored frescoes include examples of the I, II, III and IV styles of painting and despite the damage they have suffered, they remain extraordinary examples of Roman painting.

Dinner this evening will be a selection of local produce and wine tasting on a vineyard at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 5 - Herculaneum & Vesuvius

Where we visit : Heraculaneum
Today's tour will take us to the other open-air monument to the AD79 eruption.  Herculaneum isn't nearly as famous as it's larger neighbour, though there is much for us to learn here.

On that August night, two millennia ago, Pompeii was hit by volcanic rock, destroying much of the upper levels of the buildings while Herculaneum on the other side of Vesuvius, was covered by volcanic mud which didn’t cause the same damage.  Although the site is smaller (much of it remains buried far below the modern town) and the town did not have the same prominence as Pompeii, it is an interesting opportunity to see two-storey houses, carbonised-wooden beams, columns painted in the famous Pompeian red, as well as the emotional sight of skeletons huddled together down at the port, where citizens fled in the hope of escaping.

In the afternoon, venture up the volcano that even today dominates the landscape and life around the Bay of Naples.  Our driver will take us almost to the top, with just a 25 minute walk at the end to reach the crater.  Here you can stop and enjoy the view or take the optional tour into the crater with a specially-trained guide.

In the evening....
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 6 - Amalfi Coast

Where we visit : Amalfi Coast
As well as sites of historical importance, the list of world heritage sites includes areas of outstanding natural beauty, such as the Amalfi Coast.  Today’s tour will have a different feel, as our English-speaking drivers take us along the coastal road through the towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello among other, giving us the chance to stop, explore and enjoy the incredible views that has made this one of the must-see destinations for visitors to Italy.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time in Positano to hike the Trail of the Gods, get some great pictures or just relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the view.

Dinner at the Education Center.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 7 - The Kingdom of Naples

Where we visit : Naples
Today we will be going back to Naples to look at how the city developed from 1282 to 1816, in the period unofficially known as the 'Kingdom of Naples'.

Our journey will take us to a number of residences used by successive royals, from the fortified castles of Sant'Elmo and Castel Nuovo to the palaces of Capodimonte and Palazzo Reale, in the monumental Piazza dei Plebiscito.  We will visit the Theater of San Carlo, the city's opera house which is connected to the Royal Palace.  Opened in 1737, it is the oldest opera houses in the world and a model for those built later in cities around Europe.  

Through the ages, royal patronage built many of the city's churches.  Mary of Hungary, wife of Charles II of Anjou, began a tradition of royal female patronage in the city when she sponsored the construction of Santa Maria Donna Regina Vecchia for the nuns of the Poor Clares.  Robert of Anjou and his wife Sancha of Majorca, built the monumental Santa Chiara with a double cloister to house both the Poor Clares and the Franciscan friaras.  The church was to be the largest in the kingdom and a symbol of royal power.  Today, despite having been heavily damaged by Allied bombs during WWII, the complex is a favour with visitors to the city for its unique cloister which is decorated with brightly-painted tiles in the Rococò style.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 8 - Caserta, Vanvitelli Aqueduct and Complex of S.Leucio

Where we visit : Caserta
The royal residence at Caserta is the world’s largest royal residence, designed to house not just the royal family, but their entire court.  At the request of Charles VII of Naples, the palace was designed by architect Luigi Vanvitelli who took his inspiration from Versailles, as did his son, Carlo, in his design for the stunning gardens that extend from the palace as far as the eye can see to the distant waterfall. The enormous palace includes 1200 rooms over 5 floors, a library and even its own theater.  In more recent times, the palace was the Headquarters of the Allied Forces at the end of WWII, here the unconditional surrender of German troops was signed and the first war crimes trials took place.

Charles VII was said to be an enlightened leader, concerned with the needs of the people and the most popular of Naples' rulers.  In the grounds of the palace is the San Leucio complex, silk works employing the most advanced technology in Europe at the time, disguised as a pavilion.  A village was built for the workers who enjoyed privileged status and a social security system unheard of elsewhere at the time.

After touring the palace, you can decide whether to walk through the gardens to visit the so-called ‘English Garden’ and waterfall, or lie back and relax in the shade of a tree.
Meals : Breakfast
 

Day 9 - Departure

Where we visit : Naples
After breakfast, our driver will take you to Naples airport or train station depending on your plans.  

We hope you have had an amazing, informative journey and we look forward to welcoming you to Italy once again in the near future.
Meals : Breakfast

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Inclusions/Exclusions

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. All entrance fees to sites and museums
  2. All hotel taxes and service charges
  3. All transfers
  4. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  5. Detailed explanation of sites
  6. English speaking professional tour guide
  7. Excellent Photo Opportunities
  8. Free Time For Lunch
  9. Friendly and Professional Service
  10. Fuel
  11. Full day excursion to Pompeii
  12. Lunch at famous Pizzeria in Naples
  13. Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  14. Private tour of the Amalfi Coast
  15. Road Tolls
  16. Service charges and taxes included
  17. VIP tickets to Pompeii
  18. Wine Estate Visit
  19. Wine Tastings

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