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Naples: Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

1. 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.

From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

2. From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

Embark on a guided boat cruise to the island Capri from Naples. Explore Capri and take in the views of the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Swim in the crystal water near the Faraglioni Rocks. Begin the tour with a pickup from the meeting point. Cross the Gulf of Naples, and take in views of the majestic Mount Vesuvius which dominates the skyline. Start the boat tour around the island from the port of Marina Grande. Go inside several stunning sea caves including the White and Green Grotto. Along the way, admire the Natural Arch, the Villa of Curzio Malaparte, the lighthouse of Punta Carena, and the Faraglioni, passing through the famous Arch of Love. Get all the information you need to know more about the island of Capri from your captain. If you choose the option with a swimming stop, drop anchor at Marina Piccola near the Faraglioni Rocks. Jump in the water to go swimming and enjoy a view of the towering rock formations. Explore the island on foot during your 3-4 hours of leisure time. Depart from Capri in the late afternoon. Once you have arrived at the port, enjoy a return transfer back to the starting point.

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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

6. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

See the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum before heading to the top of the volcano that destroyed them on this trip from Naples. Choose from the option to be picked up at Stazione Marittima or from the Hotel Ramada at 8:30 AM. Travel to Pompeii, the impressive open-air museum that holds more than 2000 years of history. Step into the past as you walk through streets that have been preserved by volcanic material from Vesuvius. Continue to Herculaneum, which was named after Hercules and completely submerged by volcanic mud. Wander through the streets and see colorful mosaics. View the ancient summer residences of Roman Patricians. Finally, stop at Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of so many cities. Stroll around its crater and enjoy panoramic views of Naples. The driver will be at your complete disposal during the tour, explaining to you onboard the vehicle, everything you need to know about the places you will visit, and once on site, he will give you free time to spend as you like.

From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

7. From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

Meet our guide at the Sorrento Train Station and embark on a 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum. Skip the lines with access through a privileged entrance and discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Travel on the local train to Herculaneum, an ancient lavished town, and then join your professional guide for a 2-hour tour to discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Today, many ancient streets and buildings are visible, although over 75% of the Roman town remains covered under the modern towns of Ercolano and Portico. From the tour, you can speculate what the rest of the town of Herculaneum might look like under the rest of the molten rock.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

8. Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

Explore the beautiful ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on a private 5-hour tour with a licensed guide. This experience will take you on a trip back in time where you’ll see how these two towns were affected by the Vesuvius eruption in their own ways. Thanks to the historical and archeological background of your guide, the stories and facts will bring the cities back to life. If you feel like changing the route a bit, that's no problem—everything can be customized. Your historical journey starts at the Pompeii’s train station where your guide will wait for you. As soon as you set foot in the remains of this city, you’ll be transported to another era. Feel the history as you visit the theater, the sacred area, and a brothel with signs and symbols all around. See the preservation techniques in all its splendor with the plastered casts of some of the victims. Herculaneum offers a different sight to its visitors. Here, you have a panoramic view of the city and its ruins and remains due to how different the eruption and ashes reached the town. See the contrasts between these two cursed cities and how different they were affected by the eruption. While in Pompeii you see more of the public areas, in Herculaneum you have an intimate look into the lives of the people that used to live here. Check out an ancient shore, a private house, a bakery, and more.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

9. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

Visit the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum before heading to the top of the volcano that destroyed them, Mt. Vesuvius, all on this private trip starting from Naples. Enjoy live commentary on board and free time during stops. Depending on your group size, choose to travel in a sedan vehicle for 1 to 2 passengers or a minivan for 3 to 8 passengers, both air-conditioned for maximum comfort during your tour. Travel first to Pompeii, the impressive open-air museum that holds more than 2000 years of history. Step into the past as you walk through streets that have been preserved by volcanic material from Vesuvius. Continue to Herculaneum, named after Hercules and completely submerged by volcanic mud. Wander through the streets and see colorful mosaics. View the ancient summer residences of Roman Patricians. Finally, stop at Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of so many cities. Stroll around its crater and enjoy panoramic views of Naples. During the entire tour, your driver will be at your complete disposal, explaining to you on board the vehicle everything you need to know about the places you will visit. At each stop, you’ll get free time to spend as you like.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius Guided Day Trip

10. From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius Guided Day Trip

Herculaneum, the first buried Vesuvian city to be discovered (1709), preserved under pyroclastic material from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, is our destination today. A fascinating tour of this seaside retreat for the Roman elite with its grand and luxurious houses, baths and carbonized wood objects such as roofs, beds and doors. An easy lunch before our conquest of Vesuvius! Breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples from the summit of the volcano will make this a day to remember. Pick up from your accommodation and transfer by bus to Herculaneum. With a guide you will visit the archaeological park. Transfer to a typical Vineyard for an easy lunch. In the early afternoon the visit will continue to approximately 1,000 m by road, and from here the walk to the crater. Return to your accommodation. Please note: tour in German language available on Tuesdays only. Don’t forget: camera & comfortable shoes, identity card or copy of your passport. Green Pass / EU digital COVID certificate / Anti-COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

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,

Very nice trip, where everything went according to plan. Beautiful boat trip and both towns (Amalfi and Postiano) are definitely worth a visit

Awesome trip to capri, they even let you explore it on your own for 4 hours too