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One of Joe Banana’s English speaking drivers will be waiting for you outside of the cruise ship terminal and be easily identified as he will be holding a sign with your name on it. Your private driver will then escort you to your vehicle and this memorable shore excursion will begin!
Our day to to Paestum will start as we drive by the base of the one of the most well known volcanos in the world, Mount Vesuvius. We will continue along on our drive passing through the town of Salerno, where just to the east and past the headlands of Pontecagnano, Battipaglia, and Eboli, lies one of the most well-preserved collections of Greek Temples anywhere. Originally created as a tribute to the Greek god Poseidon, this city will impress upon you the history of this ancient period as it holds within it one of the best examples of the Doric orders in the west.
Since 1988, UNESCO has recognized Paestum as a World Heritage Site. Unlike the busy Pompeii and even Herculaneum, Paestum can often be deserted as it is off the beaten path other tourists take. The gleaming white marble of the ancient Greek temples that date back to the 6th century BC, set against the dark brown hills and deep blue sea, provide a uniquely Greek experience in Italy.
Today, the preserved temple of Hera II (once mistakenly believed to be the Temple of Poseidon) is one of three temples you will have the opportunity to see. You will have about 2 - 2.5 hours to visit the ruins and the archeological museum that is home to a rich collection of Greek art and antiquities, either on your own or with a private guide (additional cost).
Look out for the buffalo grazing on the roadside during your drive as Paestum is also home to the famous Buffalo mozzarella cheese. After you visit the Greek ruins and temples we will stop at one of these famous farms (http://tempiobarlotti.wix.com/tempio) for a unbelievable tour, tasting and lunch that will be 3 of the best hours of your vacation!
After this beautiful and unique shore excursion we will drive back to the port.
If we start our tour at 7:30/8:00 am we'll be back at ship by 4:30/5:00 pm
Available: All year round
Tour Duration: 8-9 hours
Pick-Up - Drop-Off Location: Naples Port
Pick-Up Time (suggested): 7:30 am (according to your ship's schedule)
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Farm tour, mozzarella tasting and lunch
Entrance Fees and Licensed Guide - unless otherwise specified.
The proposed itinerary is an example of the tour.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit the sites.