Leave central Naples by air-conditioned coach, and travel south to the archaeological site of Pompeii. Enjoy views over the Bay of Naples on route, and hear fascinating facts about the fateful day in 79 AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and covered the Roman port of Pompeii in ash and rubble.
On arrival, use your pre-booked ticket to bypass the main admission lines, and join up with a local guide to explore the UNESCO-listed ruins, frozen in time by the ash.
Set off on a walking tour of Pompeii’s highlights, seeing the still-intact houses with porticoes, mosaics, and frescoes; and the remains of the Forum, baths and gymnasium, and streets, still worn with grooves from chariot wheels. Stop, too, to see the plaster death casts that capture their victims’ last moments as the ash rained down.
After your visit, continue to Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano whose eruption destroyed the town. Drive up through the pine-forested and vine-coated slopes, and visit the volcano’s best-known winery. Meet your wine host, and take a tour of the vineyards and cellar to learn about the grapes grown here, and the winemaking process.
Take a seat to taste six delicious varieties of the wines, and then enjoy a mouth-watering 3-course lunch of Neapolitan favorites, including cured meats, pasta with local Piennolo heirloom tomatoes, cheeses, and a scrumptious pastiera napoletana (pastry tart made with ricotta cheese and fruit) for dessert.
Duly refreshed, ascend further and hop outside to take a 20-minute hike to Vesuvius’ summit. At the top, gaze down into the massive crater and marvel at the bird’s-eye views down over Naples, the Bay of Naples, and island of Capri.
Afterward, relax on your coach ride back to Naples where your tour ends at the original starting point.