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BEIJING TO ROME
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Excursion 15: The Ancient Roman Riviera: Herculaneum
Tour Code: SRT-018
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 5 hours)

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Set in a stunning seaside location, Herculaneum was the Riviera paradise of ancient Rome's rich and famous. Upper-class Romans built beautiful villas and luxurious houses in Herculaneum, many of which boasted views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This is your destination today, and you'll transfer by minibus from the ship to the motor coach terminal in Sorrento; then head up the Bay of Naples to Herculaneum, also known as Ercolano.

Walking with your guide, you'll discover that paradise was all but lost in AD 79, when Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried Herculaneum in tons of boiling mud. Devastated by the loss of life and property, the site languished for almost two millennia. But under its muddy mantle, Herculaneum remained perfectly preserved, sealed from the decay and detritus of time.

Entire streets, mansions, marble floors, frescoes and mosaics have now been excavated and are open for exploration. The city offers a remarkable insight into the sophistication of the Roman lifestyle and the excesses enjoyed by the wealthy. After visiting the ruins and returning to Sorrento, you'll visit a woodcraft center before boarding your minibus and returning to the pier.

Please note: The drive to Herculaneum is approximately 1½ hours each way. Guests may be required to stand during the brief minibus transfer from the pier.

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