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Author: tomnat

Joined: 6/4/2010
Posts: 83
Trips Taken: 19
Traveler Since: 2004

April 15, 2013

Hello to our 16 fellow travellers leaving for Naples/Sorrento 4/22/2013, and then on to the Sicily main trip 4/28.

We were very disappointed that GCT canceled the Pompeii & Naples optional least fall sometime after we booked & paid in August 2012. We are trying to experience these "Must See" sites for us on the free time in the itinerary, and have asked our GCT hospitality desk representative for help, but have not heard back yet.

Our free time for Pompeii is on Wed PM 4/24, after the included Sorrento AM walking tour, and then Naples historic center walking tour & Archaeological Museum on Sat 4/27 after the Stabiae AM optional. Trains from Sorrento to Pompei & Naples seem to be straight forward; so we do not need to rent a bus, van or car.

With Rick Steves' self guided tour we think we can do Pompeii without a guide, but Naples streets are not real safe; so we are considering a guided tour for Sat 4/27 PM. We have a quote for a guided Naples walking tour (1.5 hours) & Archaeological Museum tour (1.5 hours) for 170 Euros for up to 10 people (not per person).

Train fares, museum entry fees & guide tips are not included. Museum entry & train fares are about 16 Euros per person from Rick Steves' Italy 2013. The price quote from Tredy (Italy-Tours) for a 2 hour Pompeii guided tour is 100 Euros.

Let us know, if you are interested, since we have to pay a 50% deposit to Tredy before we leave. I will let you know if our GCT has some better Pompeii & Naples options.

It should be a great trip. We are also doing the Malta post-trip. We did not find any other GCT itinerary changes in the rest of the trip!

Author: tomnat

Joined: 6/4/2010
Posts: 83
Trips Taken: 19
Traveler Since: 2004

April 21, 2013

Update: We were able to reserve a guide with our GCT hospitality desk representative for 27 April Sat PM for a Arch. Museum tour (1.5-2 hours) & walking tour of Naples' historic centre (2-2.5 hours) for a total guide time of 4 hours. The guide will meet us a the Naples commuter train station, and drop us after the walking tour at the port for a fast ferry back to Sorrento, which will be more scenic & faster than returning by train.

We are still planning to tour Pompeii on our own on 24 April Wed PM (no guide, although you can hire a guide near the Pompeii site entry). See you all in Sorrento, Sicily & Malta!!

Author: fleetfoot

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 45
Trips Taken: 10
Traveler Since: 2006

April 21, 2013

tomnat,

We are planning on doing this trip in 2014.  I too was very surprised that GCT didn't offer an optional excursion to Pompeii.  I hope you post your experience because we will be definitely going to Pompeii on our own.

Author: piercove

Joined: 6/11/2010
Posts: 24
Trips Taken: 18
Traveler Since: 2003

April 22, 2013

 FYI, for those interested in Pompeii, you might enjoy the article in the news section of the New York Times yesterday 4/21 about corruption and mismanagement in the Italian government's efforts to safeguard Pompeii.  It's not in the travel section, but in the first section.

Author: tomnat

Joined: 6/4/2010
Posts: 83
Trips Taken: 19
Traveler Since: 2004

July 19, 2013

Post trip update on our Pompei & Naples History Museum discoveries:

Our Amalfi coast pre-trip guide, Julia, offered our group a half day tour to Pompei with a great guide on our first day free PM, which all 18 took & had a great time. At least on our pre-trip all wanted to experience Pompei.

6 of us took the train to the Naples History Museum for the PM after the Stabiae/Villa San Marco ruins optional on our last day of the pre-trip. Julia arranged a great guide from Mondo (GCT's guide service in Naples) who met us at the train station & guided through one of the great museums of Europe, showing much of the great sculptures, mosaics, household items, etc. from Pompei & Stabiae as well as from Rome & Greece. The our guide did a walking tour through historic Naples from the Museum to the harbor, where we took a 30 minute ferry ride from Naples back to Sorrento with Mt. Vesuvius in the background. Then we met the rest of group for our Amalfi farewell dinner.

We appreciate that GCT responded to our complaints about changing the Pompei/Naples History Museum optional to a Capri optional without notification, after we had booked & paid for this trip. We especially appreciate our Amalfi PD Julia for fitting Pompei & the History Museum into our 2 free afternoons, which also allowed our group to not miss the full day Capri optional. 

We suggest that GCT add a day back to this pre-trip to include both Pompei/History Museum & Capri optionals. In 2013, this pre-trip went from 7 to 5 days, which is too short to fully experience Naples, Pompei, Sorrento, Capri & the Amalfi Coast. Again, the Pompei & Stabiae ruins & Naples History Museum are not to be missed!!

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 538
Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. Ireland

Traveler Since: 2006

July 20, 2013

It's good of you to post an update on the Pompeii/Archeologicall Museum excursion. I'm glad that GCT worked it out for you. I agree it's a wonderful museum and I can't imagine why it would not be included in the trip, at least as an optional.

 

 

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