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Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

1. Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

Gain instant access to the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with your priority entrance ticket. Herculaneum was buried under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved: roofs, beds, doors, food, and even 300 skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Marvel at artifacts that have kept their original form for almost 2000 years.  Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium, and public swimming baths that can still be seen today. 

Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

2. Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Meet your private guide at Herculaneum for a 2-hour guided tour of the archeological site. Herculaneum was located closer to Vesuvius than Pompeii, and was buried deeper by the lava, which better preserved the architecture. Admire the colorful murals and other artwork of the homes of wealthy nobles, which are reminders that Herculaneum was also richer than Pompeii. Learn about ancient Roman culture as your guide utilizes the ruins to paint a vivid picture of life during that time. Bring the whole family on this private tour, as its flexible structure makes it ideal for families with children.

Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

3. Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Visit the Amalfi Coast on a day trip from Naples. Take in Sorrento from the sea. Visit Amalfi and Positano, with the option of exploring Ravello too. Admire incredible scenery worthy of a UNESCO World Heritage listing. From the convenient meeting point in Naples, you will transfer to the port of Torre del Greco. From there, set sail to Sorrento, enjoying the amazing Mount Vesuvius in the background and learning about its tragic history from your expert guide. Admire the beauty of the Sorrento coastline: the panoramic terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the Protected Sea Area of Punta Campanella. When you arrive at Amalfi, you will have free time to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the cathedral of Saint Andrew. Depending on the option chosen, you can also visit Ravello, a resort town, where you can see the Villa Rufolo and its serene garden, which offers a breathtaking panorama over the entire Gulf of Salerno. Then you will depart for Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast, famous for its narrow streets, small shops, and colorful pottery. You will have some free time here to explore before relaxing on board for the journey back to Naples.

Herculaneum: Guided Walking Tour

4. Herculaneum: Guided Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide and begin a 2-hour guided visit of the ruins of the town. Discover the city which has been well-preserved after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn how the archaeological site was first discovered in the 18th century and became one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. See some of the notable landmarks of the town including the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, and the house with the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Explore the ruins of the town and get a sense of the daily life of Roman citizens.

Herculaneum: 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Herculaneum: 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Wear your Augmented Reality smart glasses and enjoy a unique, innovative, and immersive walking tour at the archaeological site of Herculaneum. Travel back to 79 AC and see what Herculaneum's squares and houses looked like before being destroyed in a volcanic eruption. Meet your tour leader at Herculaneum main entrance and get kitted out with your glasses before listening to a quick introduction to how to use them. Then, begin your tour which has been designed by an archaeologist team to show you what life was like in Herculaneum before the eruption. The software of the glasses creates holograms that overlap the existing ruins, showing what the most significant temples, houses, and buildings originally looked like. Cast yourself into the bygone age of ancient life in Herculaneum, walking through the city to feel like a Roman.

Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

6. Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

Start your full-day trip from the historical city center of Naples from where you will venture to the Herculaneum ruins. After approximately 40 minutes of driving, the bus will drop you off nearby the main entrance of the ruins. You can enjoy skip-the-line entrance with your voucher, before being able to discover Herculaneum on your own. Herculaneum was the first archaeological site discovered in the 18th century, and became one of the most famous sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite, which definitely deserves to be visited. Afterwards you will continue on to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying a drive through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. The bus will climb to a height of 1,000 meters, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater where you can admire area views and learn more about local geology from the volcanological guides. Following your Mt. Vesuvius visit, you’ll head back to Naples.

Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

7. Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

This full-day tour from Sorrento visits the 2 towns destroyed by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Departing from Sorrento at 09:00, you will head up the motorway to Naples, from where it is a short drive to Herculaneum. A residential coastal town during Roman times, Herculaneum was completely buried by a devastating eruption of the volcanic Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was superbly preserved by the volcanic mud throughout the centuries. Its discovery by archaeologists in the 1700s stunned the world. Today, the ruins are among the most important sites in Italy, if not the world. The buildings have been so well preserved, you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2,000 years ago. Upon arrival, you will get a 1-hour guided tour of the amazing remains and see original timbers in the buildings, as well as clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. The tour takes in the courtyard of the grand House of the Argus, dwarfed by the hotel across the street. You will also see the public baths, with well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, and the house of carbonized furniture, where a marital bed still remains intact! Following the guided tour, enjoy some free time to take a coffee, before departing to nearby Pompeii. The former Roman city remains one the most stunning archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula, and one of the most visited ruins in the world. Experience it much as it existed more than 2,000 years ago, as you wander with your guide through perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, the Forum, and theaters. At the end of this full-day of ancient history, walking in the footsteps of Roman citizens, relax as you are whisked back to Sorrento.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

8. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

9. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum on this day trip from Naples. Spend more time exploring the ruins and less time standing in line. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Be picked up from your accommodation in Naples. Sit back and relax as you take in the scenery on the way to Pompeii. Follow your archaeological guide through the heart of this ancient city as they reveal what daily life was like for people in Pompeii. Find out how the buildings, houses, and temples were made with advanced architectural techniques. Stop for a break at an authentic Italian restaurant for a nice lunch before heading to Herculaneum. Let your guide explain why this city is better preserved than Pompeii. See how the villas in Herculaneum still have their doors and how vividly colored the frescos are in the houses. Go to the boat sheds to see the remains of those who had sought shelter from the eruption in the boat sheds.

Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

10. Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Herculaneum was buried under volcanic material after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved, such as roofs, beds, doors, food, and even skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archaeologist and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes, and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium and public thermal baths that can still be seen today.

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We had a great day on this trip. Everything went very well from the bus pick up in Naples to the boat trip along the Amalfi coast. The views from the boat were spectacular and the boat trip itself was very relaxing. It was a very easy, enjoyable way to visit Amalfi and Positano a truly relaxing day. The team on the boat were very informative and even though the weather was not great for the day we traveled we had a lovely time.

The 5 stars are only for the coast itself and how beautiful it is. Both Positano and Amalfi are mesmerising. However, this is not a tour, it is just an organised transportation trip that will take you from one place to another on a certain time. The tour guide shared some information while on the boat on our way. But when we reached the towns, it was only free time. Nothing explained or guided there.

Pompei is huge, better hore a profesional guide at the emtrance. Take a protecțion lotion and a hat. At Vesuvio tickets are selled only on-line and with a margin of 1 hour maximum,

The tour delivered what had been promised. The driver was punctual and helpful. Vesuvius and Herculaneum were worth the visit.

The site is easy to navigate. The exhibits on display are well documented and informative. An excellent half day activity.