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Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

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27 reviews

Activity provider: Askos S.r.l.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Activity provider: Askos S.r.l.
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Experience a guided visit of the 2 most important Roman sites in Italy, in a small group of 15 people, with an expert archaeologist guide.

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Explore the ruins of Pompeii & Herculaneum with an archaeologist guide
  • Avoid the long lines with skip-the-line tickets to save you time
  • Travel in a modern minivan with a professional English-speaking driver
Full description

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 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.

  • Transportation in a shared Mercedes minivan for up to 8 people
  • Skip-the-line admission
  • Tour with a professional Archaeologist guide
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges, and tolls
  • Parking expenses
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet your driver outside the Starhotels Terminus.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
  • The driver will wait for you for up to 5 minutes if you're late
  • Baby seats are available upon request
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 27 reviews

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We did the Pompeii and Herculaneum tour by Askos Tours. Michael was an excellent guide! He spoke perfect English, was so knowledgeable, and was super friendly and patient with all our questions. Askos also provided a minivan that made getting from Napoli Centrale to both locations a breeze, and the driver Roberto was friendly and punctual. Highly recommend!

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December 9, 2022

The tour was professionally organized and conducted. We just didn't expect to have to wait a good half hour for another group before visiting Pompeii. Our guide Sergio then gave an incredible number of interesting historical insights into the sites visited with contagious enthusiasm. Sometimes we would have wished for a little less detailed reports in order to be able to see and discover even more, especially in Pompeii. However, Pompeii was already overcrowded by noon. The time and structure of the tour was just right for Herculaneum, we really enjoyed it. A very entertaining and enriching excursion. Francesco was a very courteous and reliable driver.

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October 30, 2022

One of the best tours of our 10 day cruise - we had Vince as a guide and he was excellent at both managing our group and giving historical commentary of the ruins. We selected the option to have a private driver, which I ended up preferring over the train method, because it gave us more time after Pompeii to enjoy the area and have a meal. Aksos tours also offered pickup from our cruise ship, which was very helpful if you are visiting via port. Despite Pompeii being very busy, I felt we were able to see a good amount considering the time spent, and I was impressed at how our guide managed our group through the dense crowds. We especially loved our time spent in Herculaneum, and it was much less crowded there and even more beautiful.

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October 3, 2022

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