Pompeii & National Archaeological Museum: A Small Group Tour

8 hours | Naples | N A P - 1 6 0
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Points of Interest

  • Pompeii
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Your tour begins in Naples where you'll board an air-conditioned motorcoach and travel 30 minutes along the coast with magnificent views of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius-the still-active volcano that buried Pompeii in 79 A.D.-in the backdrop.

At the Pompeii ruins, you'll discover the archeological excavations of a lost city buried deep beneath the ash from Mt. Vesuvius. Walk the grounds on this 2-hour guided tour of the city. Entering by the sea gate, your walking tour takes in the city's baths, villas, theaters and wrestling grounds. Plaster casts mark the positions of the fallen that were swiftly overcome by volcanic ash. Your knowledgeable guide will point out the remarkably preserved remains that hint at daily Roman life-their customs, cuisine and how they entertained, decorated and lived. Highlights include stunning frescoes and elaborately detailed mosaic-inlaid floors of wealthy homeowners' villas, as Pompeii was a vacation community for high society.

Afterwards, you'll re-board the motorcoach for a 20-minute ride to a cameo factory where artisans have honed their craft for generations. You'll have 30 minutes to shop for handmade seashell and coral jewelry, including intricately carved brooches, rings and bracelets.

We'll continue 45 minutes back to Naples for lunch. Dine at a typical Neapolitan pizzeria where you'll experience the "original pizza" in the city that boasts the world's first pizzeria back in 1830. Sit back and enjoy classic Pizza Margherita accompanied by a mixed green salad and beverages. You'll have approximately 1 ½ hours for lunch.

Before heading to our next stop, we'll take a sightseeing loop around the city for a quick orientation, driving past the round-towered Castel Nuovo, San Carlo Opera House, Umberto Gallery, the Royal Palace and San Francesco di Paola Church. As we drive along the waterfront, notice the site where Naples was first founded: Castel dell'Ovo or "egg castle". Its curious name comes from a Roman legend that claimed the castle was built over an egg placed on the site with the belief that if the egg broke Naples would fall.

We'll visit The National Archaeological Museum next. Originally cavalry barracks; Charles of Bourbon established the museum in the late 18th century to house the fantastic Farnese Collection that he had inherited. Highlights include the Farnese Bull, a classical Roman sculpture depicting figures from Greek mythology. The museum possesses an extraordinary collection of murals, frescoes and mosaics from Pompeii and Herculaneum.
The highlight of your tour is the visit of Magna Grecia Exhibition. Special shoes will be provided in order to preserve the pavement during the visit. The Magna Grecia Collection is one of the historical cores the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and it has been recently reopened, after more than twenty years. It is one of the richest and most valuable collections of Magna Graecia antiquities.
We'll have approximately 1 ½ hours to explore the museum before heading back to the pier.

Special Notes:

On Tuesdays, a visit of the Royal Palace will be substituted as the Archaeological Museum is closed.
This tour uses headsets

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for a guided tour of Pompeii

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
02:00
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
2700
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
Yes

Shopping at a cameo factory in Pompeii

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:20
Time at site:
00:30
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Lunch at a pizzeria in Naples

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:45
Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
Yes
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
01:30
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
1700
Steps:
20
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
40
Travel time:
00:30