Naples and Campania have been the artistic heart of southern Italy since the Ancient Greeks colonised the area, known to the Romans as Magna Graecia – ‘Great Greece’. We will visit Paestum, home to the finest collection of Doric columns in the world. Herculaneum is Pompeii’s ash-engulfed sibling – gripping, frozen in time and free from the tourist hordes reburying Pompeii. In the company of the Oldie’s Editor, visit the baroque churches of Naples, with a splendid Caravaggio, the extraordinary veiled Dead Christ by Sanmartino, and San Gennaro Cathedral. Naples is the birthplace of pizza – eat the best, and stroll in the shadow of Vesuvius. We will stay at the Palazzo Alabardieri (www.palazzoalabardieri.it) in the heart of Naples, and dine every night at the renowned Ristorante Umberto, just 30 metres away.
Monday 9th April
15.10: depart Gatwick on BA 2610; arrive Naples 18.50.
Tuesday 10th April
Morning walking tour of Baroque Naples, with the Cappella San Severo, Cathedral of San Gennaro, and the Caravaggio in the Monte della Misericordia. Afternoon walk, including San Carlo Theatre and the Palazzo Reale.
Wednesday 11th April
The Phlegraean Fields, the volcanic area west of Naples, filled with hot springs and thermal jets. The Solfatara di Pozzuoli is a semi-active volcano, pierced by violent spouts of steam. Cumae, one of the first Greek colonies, home to the Cumaean Sibyl, consulted by Aeneas. Nearby is the ancient town of Baiae, with splendid views of the coast.
Thursday 12th April
A guided tour of Herculaneum, the Roman town preserved forever by the 79AD eruption of Vesuvius. In the afternoon, visit the greatest collection of Pompeii and Herculaneum artefacts at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.
Friday 13th April
To Paestum, south of Naples, home to the finest group of Greek temples in exceptional condition, set in a rolling, unspoilt landscape.
Saturday 14th April
Caserta is home to the Reggia, the grandest royal palace in Italy, a summer home to the 18th-century Bourbon monarchs. Free afternoon for shopping.
Sunday 15th April
To Procida, the Il Postino island (pictured below), where the enchanting 1994 movie was made. A short ferry ride away, Procida is a bewitching small island, built on volcanic tufa and pumice.
Monday 16th April
11.05: depart Naples on BA 2607; arrive Gatwick 12.55.
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PRICE PER PERSON: £1,995 for those sharing a double/twin room, including everything apart from flights and drinks before and after lunch and dinner. We need to charge a single supplement of £300. She will require a non-refundable deposit of £750. Final payment will be due by 9th January 2018.
IMPORTANT NOTE RE CURRENCY RATES ON BOTH TRIPS
Due to the recent collapse of sterling, The Oldie needs to protect itself against further sudden falls, and, hence, reserves the right to change the price of the holiday. The Oldie is happy to maintain the current price until the euro drops below €1 to £1, using FairFX’s currency rates as the arbiter. The current rate is €1.07 for £1.
We will absorb (and you will not be charged for) any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges. You will be charged for the amount over and above that, i.e. if the exchange rate falls below €0.98 to £1 before December 31st, 2017. However there will be no change after January 9th, 2018.
If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you will have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid, except for an admin fee of £100. Should you decide to cancel: 1) you must do so within 14 days from the date on your final invoice of January 9th, 2018 2) We will provide a refund of insurance premiums paid to us if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, i.e. if the euro were to reach €1.10 to £1, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection.