The Grand Tour

Sailing and Archaeology around Pompeii following the steps of the 18th century travellers

Some three centuries ago, young British noblemen often set out on a “Grand Tour” of Italy’s Bay of Napoli, attracted by marvelous Roman ruins, Baroque churches, folklore, and world-renowned music and art colleges.

At Celeste Tours, we’ve recreated this Grand Tour — and have included plenty of upgrades as well. (Underwater Roman ruin dives? Yes. Sailing adventures? Yes. Scurvy? Thankfully, no.)

With the assistance of Academics from some of the best Universities of Europe, local experts and professional sailors we have designed our premium educational tour for small groups.

This is the first tour of the area of Pompeii that combines sailing classes with archaeology and humanities, in the name of refinement, fun and comfort. You won’t want to miss this one — so read on!

Our Program

Grand Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Sorrento

Welcome party!
Start tasting the heavenly food of the region
and meet your tutor.

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Underwater Baiae

Day 2: Underwater Baiae

Get on board! Meet the crew on our modern, comfortable sailing yacht.

Enjoy the view of Naples Bay and learn about the Greek and Roman history of Naples.

Head to Baiae with the crew, getting ready for diving into the underwater Roman ruins. We will explore the villa of Emperor

Day 3: Procida and Ischia

Sail around the two volcanic islands called Ischia
and Procida, you will learn the skills of a perfect
sailor. After your first sailing lesson, enjoy a day of
relaxation at sea.

ischia sailing
blue grotto roman archaeology

Day 4: Capri

Capri is the pearl in the Bay of Naples. No wonder the island was chosen as a retreat resort by two of the very first Roman Emperors: Augustus and Tiberius.

In Capri, you will also visit Villa San Michele. It was built by the Swedish doctor and antique collector Axel Munthe, upon the remains of ancient imperial villas.

Afterwards, you will enter the wordily-famous Blue Grotto. It is a natural wonder, and once a private pool of the emperors.

Day 5: Amalfi

Amalfi is a perfect spot to explore the Monti Lattari, where the Romans fought one of their last victorious battle in 553A.D. You will discover how the Roman Empire influenced the region of Campania, even after the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

In Amalfi, you will also learn about the medieval civilization of the Sea Republics and their connections with the Byzantine World.

amalfi square
Cilento Paestum

Day 6: Paestum

Paestum, located near the golden beaches of Cilento, is one of the oldest Settlements in the region.

You will explore the magnificent Greek temples of Hera, Poseidon, and Athena! With the lead of your guides and tutor, you will discover how Greek and Roman cultures coexisted and merged eventually.

In the adjacent museum you will also learn about ancient civilizations from the Greek vases and paintings found in the ancient Necropolis.

Day 7: The islands of Sirens

Trial your newly acquired sailing skills in your journey back from Paestum ands sail amongst the Syrenusae. According to ancient
mythology, this island housed the Sirens.

During the evening, indulge yourself in the beauty of Positano! It has been regarded as one of the most scenic villages in the world.

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herculaneum napoli tour

Day 8: Herculaneum

This is the last day at sea: say goodbye to your crew! In the afternoon, you will visit the ancient city of Herculaneum, the best-preserved archeological site in Italy. Discover ancient
aristocratic residences, mosaics, and frescoes before heading back to your accommodation in Sorrento.

Day 9: Pompeii inside out

The last day of the tour is entirely dedicated to Pompeii. In the morning, you will visit the National Archaeology Museum, where most of Pompeii artifacts are preserved.

After lunch, you will move to Pompeii, spending the afternoon in the ancient city buried under volcanic ashes.

This is the last day of the tour, but there is still time for partying.
Our exclusive final party includes an authentic ancient Roman banquet with our partners at Arkeogustus!

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mount vesuvius

Day 10: Goodbye

Have a comfortable transfer to Napoli airport.

If your flight is in the evening, check out our Caldera of Mt. Vesuvius experience!

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Contact us and get a quote for your own private Grand Tour! Starting from 4000€ per person


The tour is fully run in English. Our tour leaders are native English speakers, making this experience a great opportunity for your kid to improve their English skills.

For “A journey through time” you will board on a 42-feet Catamaran Bali 4.2, our top luxury choice. For “Power, status, & culture” we have chosen a 51-feet Bavaria, ideal for learning sailing skills. The boats and the crews are provided by our trusted partners at Sails & Experience.

Yes, all the cabins in our boats are double. In “Journey Through Time” we sell only double rooms, ideally to be shared between a parent and a kid. In “Power, Status, & Culture” the guests will share their cabins. In any case will only allow guests of same sex to share a cabin, unless explicitly request otherwise, and with parents approval. On land we will always offer single beds when required.

We at Celeste take pride of our passion for culture and education. We have carefully selected brilliant researchers from top Academic institutions and designed with them an interactive learning program carefully adapted to the age groups. The educational journey will begin well in advance of your trip, through online lectures and resources. During the trip the guests will be always engaged with games, questions and activities.

Yes. We can help booking your flights, including private flights.

 Yes! At Celeste we are proud designers of refined tours. Let us know your needs and we can arrange unique experiences and unforgettable holidays in the region and beyond.

Our academic mentors!

Susannah Ashton, Ph.D.

Susie Ashton, group leader
A journey through time

Susannah will transport you back through history, ancient literature and myth.

Together you will rediscover the stories buried within these ruins – of power and betrayals in the Roman empire, the poetry inspired by doomed romances, as well as thrilling encounters between humans and the gods. 

As intrepid travellers exploring these ruins for the first time, Susannah will be your guide through a fun and interactive exploration of the past. In addition to a premium education from our expert tutor, 

this tour will create space for your own imagination and creativity to thrive, leaving you with lasting memories from this historical adventure.

Ralph Moore, Ph.D.

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Power, status & culture

We will walk in the footsteps of the ancients and our 18th-19th century predecessors on the Grand Tour, examining what drew them to the Bay of Naples. 

Come with us as we explore palaces, temples, the worlds of Classical statuary and mosaics, and even city streets long ago buried by history, and think about why we keep returning to this part of the world and its deep, vibrant past. 

In addition to education from our expert tutor, this tour will challenge you to examine your own worldview and perhaps lead you to make your own revelations about it.

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