Cultural College Trips & Tours to the Bay of Naples

This beautiful, historic area of Italy is home to several world renowned archaeological wonders and is truly a region not to be missed. The area was settled first by the Greeks and then by the Romans.

Mount Vesuvius dominates the Bay and is one of the few active volcanoes in Europe. Its eruption covered the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash, preserving life as it was almost 2000 years ago.

This is an exceptional destination for a cultural study tour with students wanting a variety of excursions that educate and entertain.

Prices start from£379pp

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Daytime flight from a London airport & transfer to accommodation Mount Vesuvius & Guided tour of Pompeii Free time to settle in. Evening meal
2 Full day excursion on the Island of Capri Evening meal & Bowling
3 Full day excursion on the Amalfi Coast. Guided tour of Sorrento Olive Grove & Working Mill followed by Pizza
4 Free time for last minute shopping Transfer to airport for return flight to the UK
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Morning Daytime flight from a London airport & transfer to accommodation
Afternoon Mount Vesuvius & Guided tour of Pompeii
Evening Free time to settle in. Evening meal
Morning Full day excursion on the Island of Capri
Afternoon
Evening Evening meal & Bowling
Morning Full day excursion on the Amalfi Coast. Guided tour of Sorrento Olive Grove & Working Mill followed by Pizza
Afternoon
Evening
Morning Free time for last minute shopping
Afternoon Transfer to airport for return flight to the UK
Evening

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ half board accommodation
  • Return flights & airport transfers in resort
  • 2 days coaching in resort
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Free place ratio of 1 in 10

The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.

Price shown is based on 20 paying passengers departing from a London airport on selected dates and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK

Top visits for college groups in the Bay of Naples

Pompeii

Observe the destructive impact of the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD which buried, and consequently preserved these famous towns. Take in the original streets, houses, preserved human casts, and works of art on display. Our activity sheets provide resources for a honey pot analysis and the opportunity to measure the impact of tourism on the site. We recommend a 2-hour guided tour option.

The Island of Capri

This stunning rocky coastline features the Arco Naturale and Faraglione landforms, shaped over many years by the erosive power of the sea. Resource pack activities include photograph and diagram annotation, field sketching and sequencing. The coastline is accessed via a short ferry ride. A laser boat ride around the island is also available upon arrival to see the coastline formations, and a funicular railway can be taken for a five minute journey up to Capri town. An English-speaking local guide can accompany you, if you don’t have a Field Studies Guide.

Phlegraean Fields

Known by the Greeks and Romans as the fiery birthplace of myth and legend (the entrance to Hades or Hell was said to be here), the Bay of Pozzuoli tucked between Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea is a giant caldera 12-15km across. Within this caldera is a moonscape of smaller eruptions and concern that this could be the site of a super volcano.

Visit the Temple of Serapis in Pozzuoli which Charles Babage first used to explain the phenomenon of Bradyseism, followed by a walk around Pozzuoli itself, racked by earthquakes in the 1980s and now substantially rebuilt. Students will be able to see how the port has had to be extended outwards because of uplift, and how the old harbour is now virtually abandoned.

A visit to the crater of Solfatara (payable locally) gives students an opportunity to experience sulphurous fumes, bubbling hot mud and see how the Italians are monitoring for any further signs of eruption. Students will get an opportunity to discuss if this is a super volcano. Please note that Solfatara is currently closed. Alternative visits can be suggested by your travel advisor.

Finally there is an opportunity to climb Monte Nuovo, formed in a single week or walk around Lake Avernus - a volcanic crater lake. 

The Amalfi Coast

On the southern side of the Sorrento peninsula lies the famous Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where a ribbon of road clings tightly to steep, rugged cliffs interspersed with picturesque towns.  For geography groups there is the opportunity to study coastal landforms and tourism impact.

Pertosa Caves

A fantastic educational journey to discover this Karst cave system which has considerable archaeological value. With your guide, groups will enter the caves on a boat as the entrance is flooded by the waters of the Negro River. Once you enter into the bowels of caves, you will spend 90 minutes exploring inside, including discovering how groups of stalactites and stalagmites are modelled in mysterious shapes. Upon leaving, students will visit the accompanying multi-media museum highlighting the biodiversity of the local environments. This is an ideal addition to Amalfi coast drive.

Vannullo Farm Mozzarella Visit

Visit the Vannullo Farm & Dairy on the Amalfi Coast renowned for its outstanding buffalo mozzarella, this is a fantastic visit to deliver a case study on Industry. Your guided tour will provide an insight into all aspects of production and an opportunity to taste the outstanding produce.

Olive & Lemon Mill & Mozzarella Farm

Take your students on a guided walking tour of this olive and lemon mill and mozzarella farm in Sorrento. Your group will enjoy a cheese-making demonstration, plus a complimentary pizza and soft drink.

Naples Underground Tour & Museum

There is an entire underground city below Naples - a series of ancient aqueducts that were eventually shut down and used as a bomb shelter during World War II. You can go down a square flight of steps put in place by Mussolini leading down 40m into an actual air raid shelter. The museum is in a huge underground sandstone quarry and contains incredible artefacts and objects found during more than 50 years of exploring the labyrinth beneath Naples.

La Fabbrica Della Pasta di Gragnano

During this fascinating visit, your students will learn about the ancient art of making pasta, which has a very long tradition in Gragnano. The location of this small town, between the sea and the mountains, has provided the ideal climate for producing and drying pasta for over 500 years. Here, your students can see the production process during a 30 minute guided tour of the factory before receiving a small memento of their visit.

Paestum

Visit the site of three of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. This visit provides a great opportunity to explore the development of Doric architecture, a Roman town and a museum with one of the earliest examples of Greek panel painting.

Oplontis

An excellent visit with the supposed villa of the family of Poppaea, the second wife of Nero.

Pozzuoli

The well-preserved amphitheatre here is on a smaller scale than the Colosseum in Rome, but better demonstrates the human aspect of the arena.

Campania Amphitheatre & Capua Gladiator Museum

The Amphitheatre remains include thermal baths, a theatre, domus and funerary monuments. The adjoining Gladiator Museum explores the history of the Amphitheatre.


Evening activites

  • Bowling
  • Taratella Show