Association Trips


The Pompeii and Herculaneum Trip 

Saturday 6th May - Sunday 7th May 2017

We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to join our Association trip to Italy. Having undertaken very successful and memorable weekend trips to the battlefields for a number of years, next year we have been encouraged by Association members to go further afield. 

This tour will give us unrivalled insights into life in Roman Italy through the exploration of the ancient remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, together with the Villa Oplontis, home to Nero's second wife.  It will be led by our former Head of Classics, Sophia Ridley, who has a detailed understanding of the sites, and has inspired many St Cat's girls on similar trips over the years.

Our action packed itinerary is designed to explore the sites in the most cost-effective way.  With only one overnight stay and our own coach to take us between the sites, we have put together a tailor-made tour.


  • Saturday 6th May
    We depart from Gatwick Airport on an early flight at 06:00 and arrive at Naples Airport at 09:35. We will be met by a representative of the tour company, Hellene Travel, and will head straight for Naples Archaeological Museum for an hour's visit before a light lunch. Herculaneum is the highlight of the afternoon with a chance to see the Museum there before travelling on to our 3* hotel in Sorrento and enjoying an evening meal together.
  • Sunday 7th May
    After breakfast, we leave for Villa Oplontis, also known as Villa Poppea.  We will then spend the next three hours at Pompeii and enjoy lunch on site.  Heading for Naples Airport after lunch, our flight leaves at 16:45 and we'll be back at Gatwick by 18:30.

Cost per person: £330 based on two sharing.  The single room supplement is £28. Our group will be limited to 27 people plus the tour leaders and we welcome all aged 16+.

To ensure we can get the seats on the flight and the cost does not increase we will need you to book your place by Friday 16th December 2016. Once the flights is booked and paid for in your name we cannot offer any refunds and you will be committed to the full price of the trip.

The tour cost is inclusive of flights, hand baggage only, travel by coach, dinner on the Saturday night, bed and breakfast, museum entry fees and tips.  A booklet will be provided with background notes and details of the selected sites.

Not included in the tour is personal travel insurance which you will need to arrange and the cost of your lunch on the Saturday and Sunday.

We ask that you make your own way to and from Gatwick Airport and point out that departure on Saturday will require that we meet at the terminal at 04:30.  You may wish to make your own arrangements to stay at one of the Gatwick hotels the night before.  Please bring cabin luggage only.


Reservations can be made online, if you have any queries please email or telephone 01483 899760 if you have a query.

I very much hope you can join us on the Association's first trip to Italy.

Dawn Pilkington