Naples (Pompeii/Amalfi), Italy
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Approximately 6½ Hours
Meals not included
Board an air-conditioned motorcoach in Naples for the panoramic drive south along the autostrada (freeway). Magnificent views of the Bay of Naples enhance your journey to Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano that buried Pompeii in AD 79.
At an elevation of 3,000 feet, disembark the coach and hike the rest of the way to the volcano's crater. Feel the energy of this active volcano as you walk across hardened lava, where crevices still belch fumes, steam and heat. The views from the top are well worth the climb.
Visit a local cameo factory where you can shop for handmade seashell and coral jewelry, including intricately carved brooches, rings and bracelets.
You will stop at a local café, where you will have time to purchase lunch (at your own expense).
Discover archeological excavations at the ruins of Pompeii -- the lost city once buried deep beneath the ash from Mount Vesuvius. Entering through the sea gate, walk through the grounds with your knowledgeable guide. See the city's baths, villas, theatres and wrestling grounds. Plaster casts mark the positions of the fallen that were swiftly overcome by volcanic ash. Some highlights include the stunning frescoes and elaborate mosaic floors inside the villas of the wealthy. Your guide points out the remarkably well-preserved remains that hint at the Romans' daily life -- their customs, buildings and cuisine, as well as how they entertained, decorated and lived.
Return by coach to Naples.
Tour requires extensive walking over cobblestones and uneven surfaces at the Pompeii excavations. The Mt Vesuvius is an active volcano; participate at your own risk. The hike to the summit takes approximately 40 minutes round trip; terrain is steep with a gravel path approximately 550 yards long. In the unlikely event that Mt Vesuvius is closed due to adverse weather conditions, an orientation tour Naples will be substituted. For security reasons, large bags, backpacks and trolleys are not permitted inside the Pompeii excavations; these items can be left on the motorcoach. Guests with a history of heart disease or high blood pressure are not allowed to participate. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Shade is limited; to avoid sunburn, wear light, long clothing suitable for use as a cover-up. Bring a hat and sunglasses; wear biodegradable sunscreen. Bring bottled water. Tour does not include lunch. Bring local currency (euros) to purchase a snack near Pompeii as vendors do not accept credit cards or US dollars.