Make your way to the centrally located Piazza Repubblica in Rome to meet your tour leader and small group. Participants are limited to 14 or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention from your guide on this exclusive tour.
Climb into a comfortable minibus and depart Rome for the sun-drenched south of Italy. On the way to Naples, your first stop, pause for photo ops at a viewpoint overlooking the Bay of Naples.
Upon arrival in Naples, embark on a 2-hour walking tour of one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities. Stroll through the winding alleyways of the historic city center, where you can catch notes lines of folk music floating on the air and admire the details of varied architectural building styles.
Finish up your tour of Naples at the city's New Castle, built in 1275, and the dramatic Piazza Plebiscito. Refuel with a traditional pizza meal at one of Naples' seaside restaurants.
With a full stomach but a continued appetite for adventure, climb back aboard the bus for a short ride to Pompeii. Arrive at dusk in Pompeii, where your small group will merge with other visitors for a tour limited to 35 people.
The first part of your Pompeii visit will be spent at a special Egypt/Pompeii exhibition, then during the rest of the time you'll explore a small area of Pompeii. Led by an official Pompeii guide, your evening tour allows you to get off the beaten path, exploring some of the eerie and less-know corners of the town. With a flashlight for every guest, you’ll get more from visits to places such as the Complex of Giulia Felice, a Roman hotel with a spa and an original dining space called a triclinium. Here, you’ll shine a light on areas missed by visitors during the day, uncovering the details of daily life in Pompeii. View sights such as the huge gymnasium, the palatial home of Octavius Quartio — enhanced by decorative gardens and Egyptian statues — and the house of Venus Marina, known for its impressive fresco.
Since these special access visits are limited to just one hour in duration, you'll just be scratching the surface of this huge city. But your visit will be quite unlike any other — making this the perfect tour for anyone who has seen Pompeii or a similar site before, or for those traveling with kids.
After your exploration, climb back on board your minibus at 10pm for the 2.5-hour ride back to Rome, where you'll be dropped at your original departure point.