Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2022
16 days
$9,980per person, twin share (land content only). $2,220 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Estelle Lazer
Oct 27 - Nov 11, 2022

Tour Leader

Dr Estelle Lazer$9,980per person, twin share (land content only). $2,220 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.
  • Tour Info
  • Itinerary
  • Tour Leader
  • Hotels
  • Inclusions

Overview

Take ‘the road less travelled’ through Puglia and Basilicata and on to the stunning scenery and renowned archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples. This tour begins with the fascinating history of southern Italy, from the cave-dwelling people of Matera to ancient Greek colonies, Norman castles and cathedrals, and elegant Southern Baroque architecture in Lecce. It then continues to the Bay of Naples, justly lauded in antiquity for its superb scenery and relaxed lifestyle, and today a wonderland of art and archaeology, from Pompeii and Herculaneum to Caravaggio and his followers.

Highlights

  • The medieval castles and cathedrals of Puglia, built by Norman and German rulers
  • The battlefield of Cannae, where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC
  • The unique ‘sassi’ cave dwellings in the ancient city of Matera, one of Italy’s most remote cities
  • The hidden artistic and architectural gems of Naples, seen by relatively few tourists
  • Europe’s premier archaeological sites, including Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis
  • Capodimonte, the Bourbon royal palace housing a remarkable collection of fine art

Itinerary Overview

Days 1–3: Group flight from Rome and arrive in Lecce, explore the town, Otranto.

Days 4–5: Tour Brindisi and Taranto, see the ‘sassi’ of Matera.

Days 6–9: In Trani, visit Roman and medieval sites including Barletta. Visit Cannae and Castel del Monte and enjoy a full day excursion to Barrie and Bitonto.

Days 10–11: Visit Venosa and Melfi as we travel to Vietri sul Mare and spend a day at Paestum.

Days 12–16: Explore the city of Naples, including the National Archaeological Museum. Visit key archaeological sites at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Oplontis, as well as Capodimonte. Coach to Rome.

Start & Finish

The tour begins and ends at Rome Fiumicino airport. Emirates, Qatar and Singapore Airlines offer the best connections to Rome for our continuing group flight to Brindisi, and with our return coach from Naples. Contact us for quotes and bookings.

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Dr Estelle Lazer

An archaeologist with an international reputation for her work on the human victims of Pompeii in southern Italy.

Estelle has also worked on archaeological sites in the Middle East, Italy, Cyprus, the UK, Antarctica and Australia.

Estelle has also worked on archaeological sites in the Middle East, Italy, Cyprus, the UK, Antarctica and Australia.

Estelle is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney. Her work on the human victims from Pompeii has been published in academic journals and books, most notably, in an academic volume, Resurrecting Pompeii. Estelle is currently heading a project to examine the casts of the Pompeian victims for the first time, using digital X-ray and CT scanning technology. Estelle’s research has been included in three documentaries over the past few years: Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed with Mary Beard for the BBC (and the Smithsonian and Arte), Pompeii’s Final Hours: New Evidence (a three-part series for Channel Five in the UK) and Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead for National Geographic.

She has delivered invited lectures on her research at a number of Australian and international institutions, including The Australian National University, the National Museum of Singapore, Oxford University and the British Museum in the UK, Lund University, the Italian Cultural Institute, Stockholm and Stockholm University in Sweden,  and Trondheim University in Norway.

Her other main field of research is historical archaeology in Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic. Estelle spent four summers working on Mawson’s Huts, and has spent another summer studying evidence of the sealing industry as well as Australia’s first post-war Antarctic base at Heard Island.

Estelle has led tours to Italy and the Mediterranean for Academy Travel since the company’s inception in 2004, and also works extensively with our Academy Schools program for teachers and students. In addition to her obvious archaeological expertise, she particularly enjoys explaining the place of mythology in the landscape – especially in Sicily and southern Italy.

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Hotels

Hotels have been selected principally for their central location. All hotels are excellent four-star properties that are renovated palazzi.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 

Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate, taxis or public transport are also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required and when stated as included

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?

Our tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Tour Details

Fitness Requirement

Grade Two
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A Grade 2 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Hannah Kleboe (02) 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)
hannah@academytravel.com.au

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