Bay of Naples - Vesuvius to Pompeii

880

4-days study and walking tour around Naples, Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei, Pompeii and Herculaneum

Itinerary

Note:
The tour can ideally be extended into (all or parts of) the program of the Grand Tour of Italy's Volcanoes that continues to the Eolian islands and on to Mt Etna.

Day 1: Arrival in Naples
Arrival in Naples and transfer to a small, friendly and quiet hotel (roof terrace!) in the center of the lively colorful old town of Naples. After a welcome cocktail, the rest of the day can be used to relax or start exploring the center of Naples. In the evening, we meet for a dinner in a small trattoria (=local restaurant) where excellent food and a particularly amusing ambiance are served. Hotel night in Naples.
Acc.: hotel*** in downtown Naples (D: dinner)

Day 2: Vesuvius volcano - Herculaneum
Using the light of the morning and the calm of the Sunday, we will drive through the city and its suburbs and then walk (easy hike, ca. 20 min.) to the summit crater of Vesuvius volcano, last active in 1944. From its rim, we can look down into its still smoking deep crater on one side and the surrounding area with the problematic modern urban spread around the volcano on the other. However, the views over the ruins of Pompeii, the Bay of Naples with the city itself and the islands of Capri and Ischia are unforgettable. After some time spent there, we will stop at the old volcano observatory. After a lunch snack, we go on to visit the excavations of the Roman town of Herculaneum, destroyed by hot pyroclastic surges and mud flows from Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
For a typical Napoletanean dinner, we will walk to a pizzeria or trattoria at the small fishing harbour of Naples, in a popular superb setting next to the majestic 11th century castle built on a small promontory at the waterfront.
Acc.: as before (Naples) (B, L, D)

Day 3: Pozzuoli and the Campi Flegrei (Phlegrean Fields)
This day is fully dedicated to the second mayor, potentially very dangerous, but much less known volcanic area near Naples, the Phlegrean Fields. The day trip leads us first to the neighboring bay of the small fishing town of Pozzuoli, where visible evidence of recent tectonic activity (recent seismic crises with strong ground uplift) is preserved. Impressive Roman ruins such as the Serapide and the amphitheater are on our way to the Solfatara volcano, still active with its powerful hot fumaroles. Further stops (depending on time etc.) could include: the historically born volcano of Monte Nuovo, a caldera lake (another older crater), a large medieval castle near the site where a Roman city has sunken beneath water level, and the romantic Roman ruins near Capo Miseno.
For a wonderful sunset view over the Bay of Naples, we head for a very romantic spot: Capo Miseno,- the very site where Plinius in 79 A.D: observed the eruption of Vesuvius volcano! We conclude the day with a delicious dinner (fresh seafood!) in a local taverna right on a good beach.
Acc.: as before (Naples) (B, D)

Day 4: Pompeii - end of tour
On our last day in Naples, we will take our time to visit the world-famous Roman town of Pompeii, that has been exceptionally well preserved by the volcanic ash that had covered it for almost two thousands of years. The afternoon is at free disposal in Naples. We recommend a visit in the archeological museum close to the hotel and/or a short walk and climb by a cable car to the Castel St. Elmo - a famous viewpoint in the city center from a large medieval castle towering over the city.
The tour ends in the afternoon.
Acc.: none (B)

Custom and group dates only

Additional info:

Included:

  • 3 nights accommodation in double room (upper mid-range category *** in the center of Naples)
  • Copious half board (breakfast + full dinner menu, incl. wine, beer, coffee etc. in reasonable amounts)
  • All transports and excursions as described
  • Entry fees to museums, volcanoes, archaeological sites etc. as described
  • Detailed information material
  • Volcanologist guide or experienced local guide

Not included:

  • Travel to Naples
  • Single room supplement*: 150 Euro.
  • Extra meals (usually light lunch snacks) and drinks
  • Personal equipment

Physical requirements:
All excursions are easy walks. No hiking experience is required. The climb to Vesuvius is about 200 m uphill on a steep path. The rest are easy walks on more or less flat terrain or in the city or inside excavations (Pompeii, Herculaneum).

Arrival info:
Travel arrangements to Naples are not included in the tour package, in order to give everybody the best chance to plan his/her trip according his preferences. Naples is easily reached by plane or train (e.g. from Rome airport or other cities). Connecting flights to Naples from other Italian cities can be easily booked for you at low additional cost.

Accommodation:
In Naples, our hotel (with a cozy roof terrace) is in the lively heart of the old city, giving the opportunity to immerse immediately into this unique city, that lives not only with Vesuvius, but has its own volcano in its soul.

Customized tours:
For complete groups (tourist groups, school classes, hobby geologist groups, etc...) and individuals with specific interests (e.g. geological excursions, filming etc.), the tour can be arranged at custom dates with possible modifications according to your preferences. If you are interested, please contact us directly.

Preceding / additional days:
Southern Italy in general and Naples and the Gulf in particular have so much to offer that you can easily fill any number of days available here. To mention just a few highlights nearby waiting to be explored: the islands of Ischia and Capri with the Grotta Azzurra, the spectacular Amalfi coast, the lush Sorrento peninsula... and of course, Naples itself with its unrivaled wealth of cultural and historic sights and treasures,- in our opinion the most beautiful and interesting city in Italy.

Планирани дати: 
11-14 Jun 14
Свободни места: 
space available
Цена: 
880 EUR
Брой хора в групата: 
6-12