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The Bay of Naples

Naples 6 nights from £1,798 per person
Departs: 08 Nov 2019
Departs: 08 Nov 2019

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The Bay of Naples is synonymous with the Roman Empire, known best for the eruption of Vesuvius in AD79. After the Empire’s decline, Naples continued to be a centre of great cultural importance. The Romans were followed by Byzantine influence, the Normans and the Bourbons making Naples and its bay arguably the greatest creative melting pot in Europe. Today, buzzing, vibrant Naples seems permanently perched on the edge of chaos, a thrilling and exciting city which often makes visitors feel as if they have left Europe behind. From the comfort of our 4 star hotel on the sea front in the centre of Naples we will explore this colourful city and visit its two most important archaeological sites – Herculaneum and Pompeii. The November tour is led by Karina Mitens and the April tour by Charlie Hall.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast staying in classic rooms
  • Three dinners
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Fly to Naples

    We travel to Naples and stay for six nights at the  4 star Grand Hotel Santa Lucia. 
  • Day 2 - Exploring Naples

    We begin our visit with a panoramic sightseeing tour of the thronging, colourful streets of Naples. Each of the city’s neighbourhoods has its own distinctive flavour, with vastly contrasting worlds – the grand Chiaia district is just yards from the boisterous Montesanto area. It is here that the contrasts of Neapolitan life are at their sharpest. We visit the vast and impressive Palazzo Reale where we will see the Museum of the Royal Apartments, and the exquisite Teatrino di Corte. We visit the Teatro San Carlo and then we go to Castel Nuovo which dominates the seafront.
  • Day 3 - Herculaneum

    Today we go to Herculaneum, which contrasts in every way with Pompeii. Excavations began here in 1738 under the enlightened patronage of the Bourbon King Charles. Sunk in mud and perfectly preserved, Herculaneum is a mysterious and haunting place. We also visit the beautifully restored Villa Oplontis, said to have been the home of the scheming and ambitious Poppaea.
  • Day 4 - Caravaggio

    We will see two works by Caravaggio today – ‘The Seven Acts of Mercy’ at the Pio Monte della Misericordia, a charitable institution, and ‘The Martyrdom of St.Ursula’ which is displayed in a bank. We will visit the glorious and richly decorated interiors of the Cathedral of San Gennaro, and end the day in the Capodimonte Museum. It was built by Charles VII of Naples and Sicily to house the matchless collection of paintings and ancient sculptures inherited from his mother. We will see a third Caravaggio here, ‘The Flagellation of Christ’.
  • Day 5 - Pompeii

    Back to the world of the Romans, we visit Pompeii, frozen in time for almost 1,700 years. We will see the clearly defined townscape with its houses, shops and amphitheatre, all in the shadow of Vesuvius, an ever-present reminder of what happened in AD 79.
  • Day 6 - Museum of National Antiquities

    The morning is spent in the Museum of National Antiquities which is full of impressive finds from the ancient sites around the Bay of Naples. During the afternoon your Tour Lecturer, Karina Mitens, who spends half the year in the Naples area, will share some of her favourite places with you.
  • Day 7 - Flight

    We drive to the airport for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Gatwick 14.30 arrive Naples 18.15

Depart Naples 19.00 arrive London Gatwick 20.50

Departure Dates and Prices

08 Nov 2019

Status Available

Price from£1798

Single Supp.£378

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Included Hotels

Hotel

Grand Hotel Santa Lucia
Superior
Naples, Italy, Europe

A great base for exploring the historical heart of Naples, this fine Liberty style hotel was built in 1900 by the famous architect, Giovan Battista Comencini.

Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall

Tour Leader

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Karina Mitens

Karina Mitens

Tour Leader

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