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22th MAY
18th NOV
22th may 2022 – 29th may 2022
8 days – Archeo hiking
To Archaeology & Roman baths

Your tour guide : Robert Schmits & Dr. Anastasia Zourou
Cost Pounds UK £ 2.850,00
18th nov 2022 – 25th nov 2022
8 days – Archeo hiking
To Archaeology & Roman baths

Your tour guide : Robert Schmits & Dr. Anastasia Zourou
Cost Pounds UK £ 2.850,00
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8 days – Archeo hiking to Archaeology & Roman baths

Our company has an experience in hiking from 1994 when we started with local guides to explore the Roman countryside. During these hikes we discovered many fantastic short trails with Etruscan, Roman and Medieval ruins hidden the beautiful Italian landscape. Since the historical city centre of Rome is relatively small much of the exploring can also be done by walking. We therefore have selected interesting hikes with our archaeologist that are partially within the Roman walls and partially outside the walls in the countryside. The first four days we will take you to see the main archaeological attractions of Rome and its suburbs on the fifth day we will move we will move to a hotel in the countryside with ancient thermal baths that were used by the Etruscans and the Romans. From there we will do some beautiful hikes to Roman & Etruscan cities roads & tombs while in the afternoon and evening you can relax at the thermal baths. Apart from beautiful hikes and relaxation at the Roma baths we will also take care of the eno-gastronomic aspect during your stay as we will lunch and dine in carefully selected restaurants and trattorias. Our company has a 10-year experience as online dining guide for high level restaurants in Rome and Italy. Depending on the season we will make sure to let you taste typical Italian or local delicacies.

8 Days – Walks & Hikes to Archaeology, leisure at the Roman baths

Day 1- Rome

Upon your arrival at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport or at the Termini train station, our staff will be waiting for you and bring you to the hotel where you can relax until shortly before dinner time. Around 7 pm, we will gather, welcome you to Rome and explain to you some ins and outs about the hotel, the area of Rome where the hotel is located and some other things regarding logistics and safety in Rome and in Italy. It will also be a moment to meet our guides and the other persons on this tour. Further, we will explain to you how your week with us will evolve. After this welcome to Rome and Italy we are off to take a short walk towards our dinner location. On this walk we will descend from the famous Spanish Steps, admire the Pantheon, cross Piazza Navona and arrive at Campo de’ Fiori where we will have dinner. After dinner we will return on foot to the hotel following another route to discover some more of Rome.

Day 2 – Colosseum, the Forum, Camp de Fiori & Pantheon

After a good rest and breakfast, we will start the day by hiking from our hotel to the Colosseum which we will visit and explain to you extensively. After this first iconic building we will go underground in the vicinity of the Colosseum to walk, deep under the modern traffic, in an ancient Roman street and visit a Mithraeum. Next, but after a coffee, cappuccino, or other refreshments, we will continue our urban hike to see the Roman Forum, the Palatine hill and the Capitol hill and get them explained by our guide. After the Capitol hill it will be lunch time which we have planned in a selected restaurant not far from there. After lunch we will go back, by making a small detour across Piazza Navona and another square to the Pantheon to admire this spectacular building from the inside. After the Pantheon back to the hotel for some relaxation until dinner which will be close to the hotel.          

Day 3 – The Baths of Caracalla, the Appian Road & the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian

After breakfast we will take the roman subway to a stop close to the Colosseum from where we will walk to visit the Baths of Caracalla. The perimeter and the foundations of these baths, which are the second largest in Rome, have been completely preserved and it has been possible to reconstruct the amazing hydraulics and the logistics of this luxurious bathing and leisure complex. From the baths we will venture to the Appian Road to visit a beautiful decorated private Roman burial and after have lunch in a very old osteria that is already marked as such on a map from 1547. After lunch we will take a walk on the Appian Road, visit the catacombs of Saint Sebastian and hike back through a countryside full of Roman ruins and interesting things to see towards the metro station. Time for some relaxation at the hotel until dinner in a restaurant close to the hotel.          

Day 4 – A short hike south of Rome in the countryside

This morning we will leave Rome and travel by luxury van to the top of a mountain near Rome for an easy but beautiful archaeological hike in the countryside. From the starting point of the hike, we will lead you into an idyllic forest where after a few minutes we will have a beautiful scenic view of Rome and the Roman countryside. From there we will hike down on a beautifully preserved roman road to the idyllic village of Nemi where we will have lunch. After lunch we will hike even further down the mountain to visit the Temple of Diana and to sample the local wine, from there it is only a short walk to visit the Museum of the ships of Nemi which date from the time of emperor Caligula. The existence of the two enormous ships at the bottom of the lake had been known since the renaissance but only in the 1930’s the ships were, during an immense salvage operation, pulled onto dry land and placed in a museum. Unfortunately, at the end of the second world war the museum caught fire and the enormous hulls of the two floating temples burned to ashes. A visit to the museum is still very much worthwhile since it has numerous highly interesting artefacts that decorated the ships. From the museum we will travel by luxury van to the hotel to relax. Dinner at the Hotel       

Day 5 – Hike in countryside of Etruria and transfer to Thermal Baths

Today we will change location, we will move from Rome’s city centre to the countryside 50 km north of Rome, are new location will be an estate hotel with thermal baths that were already used by the Etruscans. Before we check in at our new residence, we will do short hike to an abandoned village with a history from the bronze age until the occupation of Italian soil by Napoleonic troops close by.

After the hike we will check into the hotel, have lunch and relax to explore the grounds and relax at or in the thermal baths.  

Day 6 – A hike to a Roman town

After breakfast we will leave from our hotel by van to a small village with an interesting history and a big Roman amphitheatre, after visiting and a stopover for coffee we will drive on to the starting point of an easy but beautiful archaeological hike. Upon arrival, we will lead you into an idyllic forest where we will start walking on a long-forgotten Etruscan and Roman road. We will cross a small stream using a majestic Roman bridge and pass numerous Etruscan and Roman tombs. At the end of our walk, an abandoned Roman city with its defence walls still standing will be waiting for us. Lunch will be an Italian picknick in the forum of the old city, with typical Italian pagnotta bread, delicious cheeses, salamis, Parma ham and naturally some excellent red or white wines. Dessert will be offered in the form of ice-cream in a village nearby followed by a visit to a beautiful XI century abbey. In the late afternoon we will be back in the hotel so that you can relax and make use of the thermal baths. Dinner at a village near by.       

 
Day 7 – Etruscan tombs and Italian canyons

After a short transfer by van, we arrive at our destination and have a coffee or cappuccino at the south gate of the picturesque village of Barbarano Romano. After refreshments we will enter town and walk main street until we exit town through the north gate. From there we will rapidly descend into a canyon with small streams and a lush vegetation. Our hike, which will be mostly at the bottom of the canyons surrounded by lush vegetation, will lead us to different types of Etruscan tombs, an Etruscan city a small Romanic church and an Etruscan bass relief of a deer and a wolf. We will surface the canyons to have a picnic lunch similar as the day before. After lunch we will complete the loop to surface again at the starting point. After the hike relax and dinner at the hotel.                

Day 8 – transfer to the Airport or train station

In the morning we will transfer you to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport or to the Termini train station.

8 Days – Walks & Hikes to Archaeology, leisure at the Roman baths

This tour Includes:

  • Airport or train station transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Comfortable minibus travel
  • Historic 4star hotel in the centre of Rome, Historic 4star Mansion Hotel in the countryside
  • Each day/excursion in presence off our expert guides:

             An archaeologist who will explain the sites and assist you with any other questions
             A hiking leader in the countryside to lead you to some amazing archaeological places

  • Off the beaten path experiences
  • A wonderful cultural experience
  • All breakfasts, 7 dinners and 4 lunches in selected restaurants and two lunches in the field/picnic
  • All entrance fees and tips

8 Days – Walks & Hikes to Archaeology, leisure at the Roman baths

Frequent asked Questions

  1. What’s included in the price?
  2. Where will we stay?
  3. Where will we have dinner and lunch?
  4. Safety?
  5. Travel Insurance?
  6. How many people will there be in the group?
  7. Do the guides speak English?
  8. How many guides will accompany us?
  9. How will we travel from one place to another?
  10. How long will the minibus drives be?
  11. What sort of menus are available in the restaurants?
  12. Will there be a lot of walking during the various visits?
  13. Is there internet access in our hotel?
  14. Do we have time to shop?
  15. What do I need to bring?
  16. What about Visas? Do I need to have a Visa?
  17. Your arrival in Italy
  18. The end of your stay with us and departure
  19. What if I need to cancel my tour?
  20. Are there any kinds of incentives, special or customized hikes or tours?
  1. What’s included in the price?
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Accommodation in a historic 4* hotel in the centre of Rome
  • surrounded by the atmosphere of the dolce vita of Via Veneto.
  • Minibus travel throughout the tour
  • All entrance fees and tips
  • All excursions with expert guides
  • Tour includes all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  1. Where will we stay?

Your accommodation is in a historic 4* hotel that is named after Queen Margaret of Savoy who, in the early 1900s, chose it for her Roman sojourns. The hotel is located in the centre of Rome surrounded by the atmosphere of the dolce vita of Via Veneto. When booking a double room you should clearly request either a double bed or twin beds, otherwise we’ll assume that either is acceptable.

Note: Depending on availability we reserve the right to change the hotel for another similar hotel without further notice.

  1. Where will we have dinner and lunch?

Our company has a 10-year experience as online dining guide for high level restaurants in Rome and Italy. From this experience we have selected excellent restaurants we will visit to have lunch or dinner during our tour. Please inform us of any special dietary requirements at least 30 days in advance of your trip.

  1. Safety?

Your safety is our biggest concern. Our tours have been carefully selected to be pleasant and never dangerous. All our guides have been trained to live by the “Safety First” rule while guiding. On each hike there will be at least one guide who has had First-Aid training.

  1. Is Travel Insurance included?

Insurance is not included. Adequate business travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us. You must be satisfied that your business travel or other appropriate insurance fully covers all your requirements including pre-existing medical conditions, cancellation charges, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising, in respect of which insurance cover would otherwise have been available.

  1. How many and what kind of people will go with us on tour?

Apart from our guides, there will be up to a maximum of 12 other participants on each tour.

On our tours you will meet people from various parts of the world and therefore with different backgrounds, most will be in the 40-75 age range. The persons that book our tours are curious and probably well-read who want to explore history, archaeology, and the delicious food of Italy.

  1. Do the guides speak English?

Our guides are all English-speaking professionals with years of experience in guiding groups to and through the areas where we will be going, and they all love to share their knowledge and experience with you.

  1. How many guides will accompany us?

It depends, there will always be one English speaking guide that accompanies you, but when we go out for walks in the countryside there will be two guides with the group.

  1. How will we travel from one place to another?

We use air-conditioned luxury passenger vans or minibuses to get around. They are comfortable and there is room for your bags or backpacks.

  1. How long will the vans drives be?

The transfers in the vans will be around 10 to 15 minuts inside Rome, outside Rome the transfers could take from 20 minutes to an hour. If the itinerary includes Pompeii the transfer could take as long as 3 hours, but we might take the high speed train as an alternative in this case.

A typical Italian lunch or dinner consists of a first course il primo (pasta, rice or similar), a second course il secondo (meat or fish) served together with a side dish il contorno (vegetable or salad), fruit, dessert, and coffee. During our tours at lunch and dinner there will be a choice of two “primi’s”, two “secondi”, dessert, coffee and selected white and red wines and mineral water. Note: please let us know at the time of booking if you are allergic to some foods or if you have special dietary requirements.

  1. Will there be a lot of walking during the various visits?

Walking during the visits is inevitable, to see the main sites at Pompeii we will have to walk 5 km and at Hadrian’s Villa 4 km, During the day with the hike also around 4 Km. So that is 2,5 to 3 miles on the longest walks.

  1. Is there internet access in our hotel?

In all the hotels we have selected there is a Wi Fi network

  1. Do we have time to shop?

The shops in Italy are open until 19.30 / 20.00 hrs., most of the time we will be back at our hotel in Rome by 18.00 hrs. to give you time to relax or to shop. If we are travelling by van, we can drop you off at shopping areas or commercial centres when they are not to far from our route.

  1. What do I need to bring?

We recommend you to bring a good pair of walking shoes, a small bag or backpack and a cap or hat for the sun and a rain jacket just in case. If you join us on a trip in spring or autumn pack raingear and a fleece to keep you warm. We advise people who wear spectacles to bring a spare pair just in case.

  1. What about Visas? Do I need to have a Visa?

Please click here, this link will open a page of the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs where you can check if you require a visa.

  1. Your arrival in Italy

If you arrive in the morning of the starting day we will collect you from either of the Rome airports, Leonardo da Vinci Int. Airport at Fiumicino or Ciampino Airport.  If you come by train, we’ll meet you at Rome’s central railway station (Termini). In the case you are already in Rome, you will be given clear directions to reach the hotel.

  1. The end of your stay with us and departure

On the day of departure from Rome there will be time for breakfast. Transportation will be provided, and we’ll take you wherever you need to go airport, train station, or any other location in Rome.

  1. What if I need to cancel my tour?

This is explained in our booking conditions.

  1. Incentives, special or customized hikes or tours

Italian Adventures can organise hikes or tours for private groups or companies of eight people or more.  Please send an email to sales@italian-adventures.com or call us at 0039-392-0360775

Reviews

ARCHEO HIKING - My review for our lovely holiday. Just had to write to say how much my wife and I enjoyed our ‘Rome, Dine, Wine and Pompeii’ tour. We loved it! We felt immediately welcome; everyone got along, and the discussion flowed during each visit and exploration (along with the wine!) I felt the social structure of the event really enhanced the experience and to be able to absorb these wonderful sites and then have relaxed discussions with the qualified experts and other enthusiastic amateurs over such gorgeous meals...
ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR – Dear Robert, thank you for the great time we had during our hike in Italy. The places you and Anastasia took us during the hikes were awesome. We never imagined that such places existed, and we would have never found them on our own. Linda and I still talk about the wonderful food we had while on the trip and we sincerely compliment you on your choice of restaurants for our lunches and diners. Thanks for the recipes you’ve sent us, we’re trying them out one at...
ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOUR – When planning an international vacation, it is easy to become overwhelmed. What will make this trip memorable? How can we get the most out of our time? Who can we trust? Being our second trip to Italy we had already spent a great deal of time at the "tourist" locations. This time around we wanted to make it more adventurous. An internet search led us to a fabulous individual who was not only knowledgeable of the area but also of Roman history (if interested in that). We...
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  1. ARCHEO HIKING
    – My review for our lovely holiday.
    Just had to write to say how much my wife and I enjoyed our ‘Rome, Dine, Wine and Pompeii’ tour. We loved it! We felt immediately welcome; everyone got along, and the discussion flowed during each visit and exploration (along with the wine!) I felt the social structure of the event really enhanced the experience and to be able to absorb these wonderful sites and then have relaxed discussions with the qualified experts and other enthusiastic amateurs over such gorgeous meals really made a holiday to remember! We will be recommending this tour to our friends and will certainly be considering one of your other tours in a couple of years.

    Best regards,
    Ashley and Pat Holt.