Classics Tour to Rome and Bay of Naples by air: 5 days, 4 nights

With its wonderful classical heritage, this tour to Rome and Bay of Naples will take your students on a fascinating journey back in time. Metro travel makes Rome accessible, but we recommend walking as it enables you to absorb the beauty of this ancient Roman city. We have offered a sample itinerary but we will tailor-make your tour with excursions that best fit your curriculum requirements and exam syllabus. Call us or speak to your local Travel Advisor for details and advice.

Suggested itinerary

Day one
Fly from the UK to Rome
Transfer to accommodation
Explore the city on foot
Overnight in Rome

Day two
Colosseum and Forum
Trevi Fountain
Overnight in Rome

Day three
St Peter’s Basilica
Sistine Chapel
Overnight in Rome

Day four
Transfer from Rome to Sorrento with stops at the Catacombs of St. Callixtus and Herculaneum
Overnight in Sorrento

Excursion locator map

Excursion Ideas

  • Colosseum

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience: The Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and the largest amphitheatre in the world, considered one of the greatest achievements of Roman engineering and architecture. A symbol of the pageantry of the Empire and estimated to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests as well as other public spectacles such as dramas based on Classical mythology. Construction began in 70 AD under Emperor Vespasian. The last recorded games were held there in the 6th century. The monument’s damage was mostly caused by earthquakes. The present-day exterior of the Colosseum is in fact the original interior wall.
    Select says: Students will easily be able to imagine shows at the arena and will find it humbling to follow in the steps millions have taken before both as tourists and gladiators. Guides tell the many secrets this historical monument holds and will provide a wealth of information such as the origins of our language – for example, did you know the word ‘arena’ comes from the Latin word for sand which was used to cover the stage where the action took place?

  • The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience: Once the heart of Roman public life, the Forum is a plaza in the centre of Rome surrounded by the ruins of important ancient government buildings. Many events took place here including public speeches, trials and elections. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline hills.
    Select says: According to tradition, the Forum’s beginnings are connected with the alliance between Romulus, the first king of Rome controlling the Palatine Hill, and his rival, Titus Tatius, who occupied the Capitoline Hill.

  • Pantheon

    Subject range: History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience: The Pantheon, built 118-128 AD, is the most complete and best preserved of the ancient temples due to being in continuous use throughout history. Since the 7th century it has been used as a Catholic Church, dedicated to St. Mary and the Martyrs. The space inside is awe-inspiring – a perfect sphere symbolising the vault of heaven with the height of the dome the same as its diameter creating perfect balance and unique harmony.
    Select says: Pantheon is derived from the Ancient Greek word ‘Pantheion’ meaning ‘of, relating to, or common to all the gods’.

  • The Vatican City, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine chapel

    Subject range: Art, Cultural, History, Classics, Geography

    What you’ll experience: The Vatican is the smallest state in the world. It’s full of places of interest to be discovered including the Vatican grounds and Museum with fabulous art work such as the wondrous Michelangelo masterpieces in the Sistine chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica with its beautiful Renaissance architecture, and St. Peter’s Square with the impressive Egyptian obelisk at its centre.
    Select says: It is best to visit the Vatican first, entering as early as possible in the morning to avoid the crowds (skip the line with Select’s fast pass into the Vatican) and then make your way to St. Peter’s Basilica. Our tour guides can tailor your tour to suit your requirements.

  • Pompeii

    Subject range: Geography

    What you’ll experience: Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization. The thick layer of volcanic material which submerged it, made up to a large extent of ash and lapilli – non-hard material, unlike that which covered Herculaneum and which solidified into extremely hard stone -has meant that the city has remained intact, not just buildings but also the contents of houses and shops which provide an absolutely fascinating picture of ‘daily’ life.
    Select says: The site has minimal shade, so it’s important for students to bring sunscreen, a hat and water.

  • Spanish Steps

    Subject range: Art, Cultural

    What you’ll experience: The Spanish Steps is a monumental stairway of 135 steps which climbs a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. They were built between 1723-1726 and designed by Francesco de Sanctis.
    Select says: At the base of the steps in the Piazza di Spagna is the early Baroque fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia which translates as ‘fountain of the ugly boat’.

  • Time Elevator

    Subject range: Cultural

    What you’ll experience: An immersive experience for students taking them back in time by using panoramic cinema screens, surround sound, moving seats, and multisensory effects such as rain and wind. Visitors fly back in time to the legend of Romulus and Remus and the founding of the city, and can view the virtual reconstruction of monuments such as the Colosseum.
    Select says: Students will also experience events after the Roman Empire, for example the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance.

  • Catacombs of St. Callixtus

    Subject range: Classics

    What you’ll experience: Deep underground you will see the Christian burial chambers that originated about the middle of the second century. The underground cemetery includes several areas – the Crypts of Lucina and the area of the Popes and of St. Cecilia are the most ancient areas.
    Select says: Look for symbolism within the catacombs which Christians depicted on the walls of the catacombs and were often carved on the marble-slabs which sealed the tombs. Find out lots more about the catacombs here.

  • Herculaneum

    Subject range: Classics

    What you’ll experience: Herculaneum was an ancient Roman fishing town that was essentially fossilised by the pyroclastic flows from the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. The Ruins of Herculaneum have a wealth of archaeological finds including carbonised furniture, ancient advertisements, mosaics, clothing and even terror-struck skeletons.
    Select says: Many of the inhabitants that tried to escape by boat were suffocated by the volcano’s poisonous gases. What appears to be a moat around the town is in fact the ancient shoreline.

Classics Trip to Rome and Bay of Naples by air: 5 days, 4 nights Accommodation

Hotel Tourist

Our rating:

Location: Sorrento

Capacity: 100

Conveniently located in the heart of Sorrento, a 15 minute walk to the port.

Rooms: Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Facilities: Restaurant, 24 hour reception, swimming pool.

Klein Wien

Our rating:

Location: Piano Di Sorrento

Capacity: 40

Located in Piano Di Sorrento and offering great views of the bay.

Rooms: Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities.

Facilities: Facilities: Restaurant, lounge area with TV, free Wi-Fi, 24 hour reception.

Hotel Capitol

Our rating:


Capacity: 100

The Hotel Capitol is ideally located near to the Roma Termini Railway Station in the historical centre of the city, and is close to all the main monuments. The Hotel Capitol is located in a historic late Nineteenth century building and staff are friendly and English speaking. A great choice for your school tour to Rome!

Rooms: Rooms: All rooms have en-suite facilities, TV, air conditioning and WiFi.

Facilities: Facilities: Comfortable reception, the rooms occupy the six upper floors and can be reached by a modern elevator from the mezzanine floor.

Hotel Dina

Our rating:

Location: Rome

Capacity: 100

Centrally located in Rome, close to the main train station. The Hotel Dina offers authentic Italian style accommodation in a great location.

Rooms: Rooms: Bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, television, radio.

Facilities: Facilities: Reception, breakfast room.