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!