5 Days
From £1,995 PP
In association with Andante Travels
Join the acclaimed classicist and broadcaster on our exclusive five-day tour in September to explore some of the greatest sites of the ancient world

No places on Earth provide a deeper insight into Roman life than Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both thriving towns before they were engulfed by the cataclysmic eruption of Vesuvius in AD79, they present a haunting, vividly detailed picture of life as it was truly lived in Roman times.

On this exclusive five-day tour, you will stay in the tranquil Hotel Scapolatiello, known for its beautiful hillside views, and will be guided through this long-vanished world by the popular broadcaster and classicist Michael Scott, who, alongside other experts, will reveal the human stories buried within the ash. In an exclusive article with Woman & Home, Michael revealed what he's most looking forward to seeing on this trip...

As well as visiting the site of Pompeii itself, you will have the chance to tour the galleries of the wonderful Naples Museum, walk the streets of Herculaneum and explore the opulent villas and saltwater baths of the seaside resort of Baiae to see for yourself how Rome's senators, gladiators, slaves and citizens lived 2,000 years ago.

"This is a tour that takes in some of the most jaw-dropping ancient sites," says Michael, "where you truly feel the Ancient Roman world brought back to life, nestled among some of Europe's most spectacular scenery and all accompanied by some of the world's finest food, wine and weather. What's not to love?"

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Professor Michael Scott

Professor Michael Scott is a leading expert in classical archaeology and a familiar face on television thanks to his acclaimed BBC series, such as Invisible Cities and Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean.

The Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, Michael is the author of several books on ancient Greek and Roman society. He will be joining you on a fascinating excursion to Baiae, an opulent seaside haunt of wealthy Romans before Vesuvius's eruption, as well as giving an unmissable private talk and Q&A.

Price includes

  • Four nights' accommodation in the four-star Hotel Scapolatiello
  • Direct return flights to Naples
  • All meals (except lunch at Pompeii and on travelling days) and wine with dinners
  • Exclusive talk and Q&A with Prof Michael Scott, who will also join you on a special visit to Baiae
  • Services of an expert tour guide and tour manager
  • Comfortable local travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • All excursions and tips


Tue, Tuesday, Sep 11
Sat, Saturday, Sep 15
5 Days
Price per person
* Based on two sharing. Please note these dates are slightly revised from those printed in Country Life. Single supplement: £240
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  1. Day
    Romans and Christians
    Cava de' Tirreni, Italy

    18 September 2018

    Arrive in Naples, where your first visit will be to the lovely church of Santa Chiara. Here, under the majolica cloisters, you will discover a substantial Roman bathhouse, the excavations of which are now accessible to visitors.

    After more time to explore Naples, transfer to the beautiful Hotel Scapolatiello for a welcome dinner.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Uncovering Pompeii
    Pompeii, Italy

    19 September 2018

    Today is devoted to Pompeii, where you will visit many of the best-preserved buildings, including the amphitheatre, theatre, forum, bathhouses, bars and brothels. Wander past fountains in the street worn down where thousands of Romans once rested their hands to take a drink and see ancient stepping stones, wheel ruts and even graffiti.

    Travelling by the best routes to avoid the crowds, you will also visit several villas that have only recently reopened to the public, before dining at a local restaurant.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    Romans at the seaside
    Baiae, Italy

    20 September 2018

    This morning, you will marvel at the exceptional collections of artefacts at the National Archaeological Museum at Naples, where many of the best wall paintings and statues were brought after the first excavations. Those who wish to explore the more salacious side of Roman life can also enter the museum's 'Forbidden Room', whose infamous frescoes and artefacts are vividly detailed.

    This afternoon, you will be joined by Prof Michael Scott at Baiae. It is thought the Romans liked to go to the beach as much as we do, although, instead of floating on the waves, they preferred to soak in saltwater baths in seaside resorts such as Baiae. Tonight, after dinner, Michael will deliver a fascinating and insightful talk as well as answering your questions.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    Herculaneum, Italy

    21 September 2018

    Today, you will visit Herculaneum, which, although smaller than Pompeii, was buried to a much greater depth. Until relatively recently, it was thought that most of its population escaped the eruption, however, excavations have now uncovered the skeletons of more than 300 townsfolk who had taken refuge in boat chambers along the shore.

    This afternoon, you will visit the vast villa complex at Oplontis, which is believed to have belonged to Poppaea Sabina, who was the wife of Nero, and features outdoor garden areas, pergolas and porticos. More than 100 rooms have been excavated so far, with many featuring gorgeous frescoes.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    Palatial villas
    Stabiae , Italy

    22 September 2018

    If time allows, we will go off the beaten track this morning to the villas of Stabiae, an exclusive Roman resort for the very wealthy. The vast and impressive Villa San Marco is one of the most opulent along the coast.

    The Villa Arianna gives wonderful views over the Bay of Naples and is remarkably little visited. Walk through the grand rooms, chambers and gardens in splendid isolation.

    This afternoon, you'll transfer to Naples for flights home or onward journeys.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch


Hotel Scapolatiello

Cava de' Tirreni, Italy

This boutique hotel on the Amalfi Coast boasts fabulous views, tasty traditional Napoli cuisine, and a wellness centre with Turkish baths and sauna

While the city of Naples and the region's ancient sights are within easy reach, Hotel Scapolatiello is a blissfully secluded spot - tucked away in the rolling green hills of Cava dei Tirreni, looking out towards the coast.

The outdoor pool is set in pristine manicured gardens, while the wellness centre also offers plenty of opportunities to relax - complete with sauna, Turkish baths and beauty treatments available on request.

Rooms are comfortable, clean, and traditional in style. Breakfasts are delicious and plentiful, and the restaurant also serves traditional Napoli cuisine at lunch time and dinner time - using ingredients grown in its very own grounds.

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