8 days

From £2,395

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We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01722 713800, who are ready to help.

Summary

Before the rise of Rome, the Etruscans dominated much of central Italy. At the height of their power and prosperity during the 6th century BC, Etruscan influence penetrated south into the Bay of Naples and north into the Po valley. In their heartland of the Tuscan hills and seacoast mighty cities, Tarquinia, Cerveterii, Oriveto, Chiusi and others forged a league which dominated and traded with the other italic peoples, Greek colonists and Phoenician traders.

Their great cities are today either abandoned, or lost beneath the iconic medieval and renaissance towns of central Italy. But the great necropoleis, the veritable cities of the dead that the Etruscans laid out and full of monumental tumuli, house tombs and rock cut chamber tombs. Here is the source of the fantastic artefacts with which the wealthy surrounded themselves, Greek vases, Phoenician gold and glass, cunningly crafted terracotta’s, chariots and the cast bronze sculptures which were the Etruscan’s speciality.

Our guide lecturer introduces hilltop cities, spectacular finds and lavish painted tombs. This is a fascinating and alternative view of Classical Italy.

Tour highlights:

  • See the remarkable Banditaccia cemetery at Cerveteri, a true city of the dead
  • View the unique painted tombs of Tarquinia, the earliest fresco cycle in western art
  • Explore the dramatic medieval city of Orvieto – Etruscan Velzna – and its magnificent cathedral
  • Admire the incomparable collections of Etruscan artefacts in the Villa Giulia Museum in Rome

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Today's Price
£2,395

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £325

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Prof. Tony King

Guide Lecturer

Professor Tony King is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Winchester and a specialist in Roman archaeology. He has excavated widely in Britain and abroad, at sites that include Hayling Island, Meonstoke Roman Villa, Pompeii, Leptis Magna, and at Volubilis.

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Michela O'Brien

Tour Manager

Born in Milan, Italy, Michela has over 30 years’ experience in education both in Italy and in the UK. She has worked in Adult Education teaching languages, speaks Italian and English fluently and has some French and Spanish.

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Volterra's Roman theatre at sunset
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
25 October 2020 AETR201025 25 October 2020 (Sunday) 1 November 2020 (Sunday) Prof. Tony King Michela O'Brien £2,395
(inc. flights)
£500 £325

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25 April 2021 AETR210425 25 April 2021 (Sunday) 2 May 2021 (Sunday) Prof. Tony King £2,595
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£99
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£355 Book Now
19 September 2021 AETR210919 19 September 2021 (Sunday) 26 September 2021 (Sunday) Dr Eireann Marshall £2,575
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£99
£500
£380 Book Now
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