Day 1: Rome
Arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel. Welcome drink. Following the check-in, relax or join a vicinity walk to get familiarized with your surroundings. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Rome and the Roman Empire: The life of a Gladiator
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will start a full day of the Eternal City. First we will start with a walking tour where you will admire the famous fountains and piazze. We will stop at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the amazing Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona. You will also admire the government buildings such as the Parliament, the Pantheon, the Senate and learn about the politics during Roman times as well as the more modern situation. After lunch (on your own) we will continue by visiting another important sight of ancient Rome. We will first visit the Lupus Magnus, or The Great Gladiatorial Training School which is the largest of the gladiatorial arenas in Rome, that was built by the emperor Domitian (81-96 AD). We will continue to the Colosseum, once the set of ferocious fights and shows of the gladiators. You will be able to visit the arena, the underground areas where gladiators waited here to be hoisted onto the floor and the third tier. Next on the program is the Roman Forum, here was where Rome ruled its empire of untold political and cultural influence—and of more than 2.5 million square miles and 65 million people. Here we will also have the chance to visit the Roman Villa of Caeser and Livia, that after an extensive restoration has been finally re open. Here you can admire the beautiful ancient fresco paintings that have survived with the original colors still intact. Overnight.
Meals: B - D
Day 3: Villa Adriana and castelli romani: how did romans live and how did romans party...Bacco experience
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will start the day by reaching Tivoli and visiting Villa Hadriana the biggest and richest Villa among all the Roman Villas. It was built in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian, and once greater than the center of Imperial Rome. Highlights of the grounds include the caryatids and columns of the Canopus and Serapeum, the villa’s pool and artificial grotto. We will then continue to the Castelli Romani a retreat from the city on hot summer weekends, and see its panoramic hilltop small villages. A idyllic retreat for the wealthy city dwellers and famous personalities, Castelli Romani is an ideal place to have an authentic Italian experience Dinner and overnight. We will reach Frascati, famous for its beauty and considerable production of wine. We will walk through the narrow streets and we will have a tasting of local wines (3 wines) followed by a light lunch. Passing by Rocca di Papa e Grottaferrata, famous for its mystic Abbey we will drop by Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Popes. Than continue on to the city of Ariccia, famous for its large bridge with three arches and the city of Albano which dominates his Lake Genzano. Arrive in Rome. Overnight.
Meals: B - L
Day 4: Vesuvio - Pompeii excavation - Pizza Lunch in Naples. Love & Relationship during Roman times
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion Pompeii to visit the excavation. First we will reach Naples where we will have lunch at a local restaurant where you will have the chance to taste a real Geothermal Napolitan Pizza, the only one risen in tuff caves, a rare specialty!We will then continue to Pompeii. Explore the city which was frozen in time under volcanic ash. Pompeii was once a resort area for the rich Patrician. You will still see people attempting to escape and its preserved ruins of the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, and the Forum. Here the guide will show you the remains of a Lupanaro (Roman brothel) where you will have a look at the erotic frescoes and allured graffiti. You will learn about love and relationship during the Roman times. Next is a stop at the Vesuvius where you will climb to its the summit. It is a 20-minutes walk from the parking area, traveling through soft volcanic ash and pumice. Vesuvius has erupted many times since 79 AD, and lava flows have scarred the sides, stripping away vegetation to leave a visible reminder of the destructive power of nature. But you will be rewarded with stunning views into the crater, where even now steam escapes from its vents and also enjoy the panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. Return to Rome. Overnight.
Meals: B – L
**Vesuvius ‘Great Crater’ tour will be substitute with a visit to the Archeological Museum of Naples in November and March.
Day 5: Rome - Christian Catacombs - Christian Rome and Catacombs
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The first stop will be on the Esquiline Hill where your guide will show you some of the treasures inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, before continuing by coach to stop and see the Holy Staircase and the Lateran Palace before visiting inside the Basilica of San Giovanni, the cathedral of Rome (visit inside). Then proceeding along the Ancient Appian Way, you will pass by the Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis?” before arriving to the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries and first hiding places for the Christians. A visit will be made to either the Catacombs of St. Callisto, Santa Domitilla or San Sebastiano depending upon seasonal conditions. The tour will end with a spectacular view of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla. Return to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. In the evening a very special dinner awaits you! You will dine like a Roman and be dressed like one! Enjoy a 3-course dinner with drinks and Toga included. Dinner and overnight. **upon request a Gladiator show can be added.
Meals: B - D
Day 6: Departure
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Bye bye Rome!
Meals: B - D
- 6 nights in 4* central located hotel in Rome
- 9 meals (5 Breakfast, 1 3-course lunch in local restaurant in Frascati with drinks included, Geothermal Pizza in Naples with soft drinks, 1 3-course dinner at local restaurants in Rome with drinks included, 3-course Ancient Rome dinner with toga with drinks included
- Wine Tasting in the Roman Castles
- English speaking guide during guided tours (3 x Rome, Pompeii and Vesuvio, Roman Castles)
- Excursion to Vesuvio Great Crater
- Entrance fees and skip the line tickets for Colosseum, Catacombs and Caeser’s house
- Entrance fees in Pompeii and Hadrian’s Villa
- English speaking assistant during restaurant and airport transfers
- Deluxe AC motor-coach as per itinerary
- Airport transfers
- Porterage in/out at all hotels
- Headsets throughout the trip
- Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”
Ignas Tour Hotel Collection
- Hotel Romanico Palace 4* or similar
* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:
|Dates||8 guests||16 guests||25 guests|
|01/03/17 - 03/15/17
10/09/17 - 11/30/17
|€ 919||€ 799||€ 1139|
|03/16/17 - 05/08/17||€ 1159||€ 1029||€ 899|
|05/09/17 - 10/08/17||€ 1179||€ 1039||€ 999|
|Single supplement: € 279|
*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.