Geography School Trip to Bay of Naples
5 days from £555pp
based on 47 students travelling with 5 teachers (free places
A geography school trip to the Bay of Naples is packed full of unmissable places to see and unforgettable things to do. Your students will be wowed by the magnificent and menacing Mount Vesuvius, the largest volcano on mainland Europe and an extraordinary case study for what life is really like living in the shadow of a volcano.
This geography trip itinerary to the Naples region is packed full of links to the geography curriculum, including coastal processes, urban change, tectonic processes, landforms and hazards, among many others. There are also great excursion options including a full day exploring the Amalfi coast, Sorrento or Capri.
You’ll work with our dedicated team of travel specialists to create a bespoke itinerary which meets all of your needs and gives your students a trip that fully supports their learning and leaves them with memories to last a lifetime.
Naples Underground Tour and Pompeii
After a short flight you’ll arrive in Italy’s third largest city, Naples.
Your group will first take in the sights and sounds of the streets of Naples before heading underground to see the secrets of the city in the underground tunnels. The tunnels have been built by different civilisations over the centuries and tell a story about the history of the city. Your guide will show you places of worship, catacombs, aqueducts, Greco-Roman businesses and other ancient passageways once used to traverse the city.
After whetting your students’ historical appetite, it will be time to visit one of Naples most famous attractions, Pompeii.
Students can visit the roman ruins of the once bustling roman town of Pompeii, now a haunting site of desolation following the 79AD eruption that buried the town and quite literally froze it in time. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mount Vesuvius, Valley of Hell Trek and Pasta di Gragnano Tour
After seeing Pompeii, your next stop will be even more exciting because, on Day 2, you will be climbing Mount Vesuvius itself!
You will make your way by bus to near the summit of the volcano followed by a short hike to the summit accompanied by your alpine guide.
From the summit your young geographers will see solidified lava, pumice and tuff, and witness sulphur-emitting fumaroles inside the crater vent.
To continue your study of Mount Vesuvius your next activity is the Valley of Hell Trek.
Led by your experienced guide, you and your students will trek through the valley between Mount Vesuvius and Mount Somma. This hike traverses pine forests and volcanic terrain showing the impact of previous eruptions.
To end your day you school trip group will head to Gragnano – known as the ‘City of Macaroni’. Gragnano’s distinctive pasta was the first to be awarded with the EU’s Protected Geographical Indication status in 2013. A visit here will help students contextualise how important this pasta is to the region. Of course, no visit here would be complete without tasting the delicious pasta.
Amalfi Coast and Mills Valley Trek
Away from Naples centre your group will drive the Amalfi Coastal Road, one of the world’s most spectacular highways.
Dotted with small picturesque settlements situated on steep, rocky cliffs, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, the Amalfi Coastal drive offers fantastic panoramic views and stunning examples of coastal erosion features.
During your excursion your group will have the opportunity to embark on the Mills Valley Trek. You’ll explore this picturesque valley following the Canneto river with its tranquil natural pools and waterfalls. Once known for its paper production, your students will come across the ruins of abandoned mills dating back as far as the 13th century along your route.
Pertosa Limestone Caves and Buffalo Mozzarella Farm
Geography and geology students will be eager to start the day with your first activity; Pertosa Limestone Caves Tour.
Dramatic stalactites and stalagmites feature in the beautiful karst caves at Pertosa. Made easily accessible to visitors, your guided visit includes a short boat trip on the subterranean lake created where the River Tanagro has dropped through the porous rock.
Of course, on a school trip to Italy one of the highlights will always be the food. On day 4 your students will see how mozzarella cheese is produced at a buffalo dairy farm.
The Tenuta Vannulo Buffalo Mozzarella Farm cheese is sustainably produced and they also produce other products including chocolate, which you will be able to taste at the end of the tour.
After one more night in your new home away from home it will be time to head home (after perhaps buying some pasta to take home at the airport!)
This itinerary is based on a group size of 47 students and 5 teachers travelling in April 2020.
If you are interested in designing an itinerary for a different time of year and different group size, simply get in touch with our Bay of Naples experts.
Remember for any of our Italy itineraries, you have the option to make them multi-centre e.g. adding a few days in Rome to the beginning of your Naples itinerary.