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Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

1. 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.

Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

2. Herculaneum: Private Walking Tour with Archeologist Guide

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum on a 2-hour private tour with an archeologist guide. Known as the sister to Pompeii, the town was buried following a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. Get a glimpse into the private lives of Romans and see amazingly well-preserved wooden objects, paintings, and mosaics. While Pompeii was covered in 4-5 meters of ash, an avalanche of mud about 20 meters deep buried Herculaneum, created a better-preserved site. See many of the highlights, including the Forum, the House of the Black Saloon, the House of the Wooden Partition, the Bakery, the Terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus, and the beach where hundreds of skeletons of the victims were discovered.

Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

3. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Following your tour pickup, you will make your way south to explore the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stroll through the streets of the Roman city of Pompeii and check the numerous different UNESCO archaeological sites, such as the Herculaneum. Both archaeological sites feature the excavated ruins of alleyways and homes where you are free to explore. These locations are also fascinating in that archaeologists are still continuing to unearth the remains of a place forever locked in time. Following your exploration of the ruins, drive up to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii 2,000 years ago. You can stop to enjoy the view of the Bay of Naples from the top, as you enjoy a delicious lunch. If you are a hiking and history lover, this Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius tour is all you need.

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.

Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Tour by Minivan

5. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Tour by Minivan

Relax in comfort and style on board a luxury bus as you embark on a fascinating one-day tour of the Campania Region’s highlights. The first stop of the tour is the ancient ruins of the world-famous Pompeii, a site of excellent preservation following the tragic destruction of the town by volcanic lava almost 2000 years ago. After roughly 2 hours at the site of Pompeii, it’s time to move on to the next destination. Next, visit the fascinating Roman town of Herculaneum, another ancient site destroyed by volcanic flows in 79 AD. Retrace the steps of history as you marvel at the ruins that remain more or less intact after all these years. After 1.5 hours at Herculaneum, travel towards the incredible Mount Vesuvius to marvel at this incredible but daunting volcano. Along the journey to and from each site, enjoy live commentary from your driver and learn about the tales and anecdotes of these three most visit places in the region. This tour is the perfect option for those wishing to see the most popular sites of Campania in one day, aboard a deluxe vehicle with a maximum of 8 guests.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Trip

6. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Trip

Travel from two ancient Roman towns, Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the stunning top of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on this trip through Rome’s past. Enjoy round-trip transportation, live commentary, and free time at each site. Starting with pickup in Naples, stop first in Pompeii for approximately 3 hours. Walk around the archaeological site and admire the beautiful ruins on your own. Get guided to Herculaneum next and enjoy approximately 2 hours of free time. End your adventure at the top of Mount Vesuvius where you can explore and take in views for 1 hour.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

7. 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.

Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

8. 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.

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

Explore the grand and luxurious houses, baths, and carbonized wooden features of the Roman elite's seaside retreat of Herculaneum which was buried under pyroclastic materials from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Enjoy a delicious lunch and breathtaking views from the summit of Vesuvius. Get picked up from your accommodation in Sorrento and travel by bus to Herculaneum. Explore the archaeological park with your guide and discover the Roman structures that were buried for over 1,600 years. Learn about the ancient town, the eruption that buried it, and its discovery in 1709. After exploring Herculaneum it is time for lunch and a wine tasting. Continue to a local vineyard where you will be treated to a delicious lunch, local wine, and spectacular views. After lunch, it will be time to begin your conquest of Vesuvius. In the afternoon drive 3280 ft (1000 m) then walk the rest of the way to the summit of Vesuvius. From here you'll experience breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples. The stunning views will make this a day to remember. Then it is time to board the bus and return to your accommodation in Sorrento.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

Fantastic tour. Really fascinating places to visit and Michele the guide was full of knowledge and experience. The day flew by so quickly we were all so engrossed. Very highly recommended and excellent value for money.

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,

Amazing tour guide! Funny and full of information. I think the tour was well paced and we saw a lot without feeling rushed. Would 100% recommend!

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

A very charming, enthusiastic and passionate guide. Vincenzo made our experience at Ercolano a once in a lifetime trip!