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Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

1. Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Walk through the ruins of Pompeii with your small group of maximum 20 people and explore this ancient city, buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn about one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world on this 2-hour walking tour led by an archaeologist and professional local guide. Visit where the most important public buildings, homes, and shops are located. You will see the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the bakery, the house of Faun, the Termopolium, the main street, the Plaster Casts of the dead, and the Theaters. At the end of the tour, the guide will give you great suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day exploring the ruins or the modern city of Pompeii if you want the best directions.

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

2. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover highlights such as the basilica (business and legal center), thermal baths, temples, bakery and great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii. Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel. Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own. Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

3. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and visit the surrounding shops and cafes. Choose the lunch option for a three-course meal consisting of a starter, main course, dessert, and one drink. Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano. From there, step out and make your own way to the crater’s edge on a 30-minute ascent. On the way, you may come across an official alpine guide who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you. Arrive at the summit where you can enjoy and photograph the unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples. The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

4. Pompeii: Archeological Site Entry Ticket

Step back in time with this ticket to the archeological site of Pompeii. Expereince the thrill of walking down streets that were preserved by volcanic ash. Discover its temples, theaters, elegant villas, and public buildings. Roam comfortably thorugh the site with free luggage storage. Show your ticket at the door and begin your exploration of one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. On the morning of August 24, AD 79, the Vesuvius eruption took Pompeii's 11,000 residents by surprise. The dramatic event killed the inhabitants and the city was buried beneath ash. Feel the thrill of seeing where Romans picked up lunch in the market place. View the intricate mosaics in the public baths. View Hellenistic places like the House of the Faun. Imagine sitting in the audience at the amphitheater or admire the frescoed Villa of the Mysteries. Stroll to the temples of Venus, Apollo, and Jupiter. Capture picture of the city with Vesuvius looming in the background. Have time to explore the site at your own pace and skip the stress of booking tickets to this popular attraction.

Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

5. Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the long ticket lines on this 2-hour guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Your guide will take you to see houses and everyday items that were still almost intact when the city was unearthed. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater, small theater, and public gymnasium. See places where the Romans had their fun and held banquets, and discover frescoes frozen in time, and poignant casts of citizens and their pets.

Pompeii: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour

6. Pompeii: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii. Explore this famous UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert guide. Discover the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius. Start by visiting the Porta Marina Superiore, one of the city’s seven gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the forum, the heart of Pompeii. Admire views of Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover the baths and temples, as well as a bakery, the great theater, and a brothel. See well-preserved artworks, mosaics, and frescoes throughout the city. Listen to anecdotes and learn about the ancient inhabitants from your guide.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

7. From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Revisit where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii beneath molten ash on a day trip by minivan or bus. Follow your licensed guide through the remains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Enjoy a local pizza lunch along your route. Hear stories about the Forum, Thermal Baths, the Lupanare, the Greek Theatre, and plaster casts of bodies burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli. Savor a typical Naples pizza lunch at one of Pompeii’s cafés. Then, be driven close to the mountain's summit that destroyed the city. From there, take a short walk to the lip of the crater and take in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash. On arrival, discover the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. It is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Naples at approximately 5 PM and be dropped off at your hotel, your cruise ship, or the railway station.

Pompeii: Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

8. Pompeii: Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Take advantage of an audio guide service to see houses and everyday items that are still almost intact. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Learn more about the history of the town from your audio guide commentary. Visit highlights of the town such as the Roman amphitheater, the small theater, and the public gym. Discover what remains of shopfronts and stores. See frescoes that have been preserved, depicting various scenes of Roman mythology and daily life.

From Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

9. From Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

This full-day tour of the World Heritage Sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum begins with a pick-up at your hotel in Naples and a transfer by bus to the ruins at Pompeii. There will be a tour assistant on the bus during this part of the excursion. On arriving in Pompeii you’ll meet your guide and then explore the ruins for around 2 hours. Your guide will show you the traditions and daily life of ancient Pompeii. You’ll see the large theater, the necropolis, the thermal baths, and some of the amazing houses that were owned by the richest residents. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, head to Herculaneum where you’ll have the chance to explore the ruins on your own. It’s possible to observe the daily life of the population here in even more detail than in Pompeii, as the mud and volcanic debris that covered the city preserved the structures and artifacts of Herculaneum.

Amalfi Coast: Pompeii Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

10. Amalfi Coast: Pompeii Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Enjoy a hotel pick-up from your accommodation on the Amalfi Coast and go off to explore the famous ruins of Pompeii. Let your guide bring this ancient Roman city back to life. See the major highlights of the excavated city, including the ancient streets, temples, shops, and houses. Visit the impressive thermal baths and get a glimpse of ancient Roman social life. Explore the ruins at your own pace after the tour.

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4.5 / 5

based on 38,190 reviews

The groups are reasonably sized - if there are more people, it seems the company organizes more guides instead of packing everyone into one. The meeting point was easy to find, the closest entrance to the train station. Personally I found difficult to listen the guide through an earphone so I stayed closer to catch the speaking without it but was still useful when wondered a bit away. Our guide - Andrea - was good, and he was able to answer questions about further historical details. The pace and the quality was also good, the tour lasted a bit over 2 hours. It is sort of difficult to pick the most interesting parts of the ancient city, but he managed to show some real highlights within relatively short time. The only issue that the explanations were often linked to modern life (like references to countries that did not existed that time or American fastfood chains). Be prepared to bring water and snacks in case, but be aware no restrooms on the way. Highly recommended.

We were picked up promptly by out driver Gennaro at 7.30 from our hotel and then drove around Naples picking up other guests, then off to Pompeii. Expert driving around the congested street of Naples! Our tour guide nuncio kept us informed on the journey with a narrative on the road, then in Pompeii we joined a larger group for excellent (if compact- we will need to go back to see the amphitheatre!) walk around. Swift lunch near Vesuvius, and then about an hour and a half to climb to the top (30 minute walk); have a look round and head back to the coach. Home around 4.30. Would thoroughly recommend- slick outfit and excellent guiding. Food (margarita pizza) was as expected, and meal included drink and lemon tart dessert.

We found the tour to be a great introduction to our visit to Pompeii. Our guide, Tony, had a lovely balance of sharing facts, anecdotes and comedy and the two hours flew by. He was also able to answer all of our questions and direct us to where we might want to go when the tour finished. After that, we were free to continue exploring the city - which is a sprawling maze of streets. Pompeii is definitely worth a visit, even without the tour, although we found the information from our tour guide added a lot of value to understanding what we were seeing and how life would have been back then.

This was an amazing tour lead by an extremely knowledgeable and passionate guide names Rosella (she even booked for us, on our request one of her favourite resturants in rome to eat after the trip which was also amazing called Osteria Al Vicolo 9 which i would also 100% recommened). It was wonderful to see the treasures of Pompeii and its museums. The guide provided indepth background info on Ancient Rome and the history on Pompeii. It was wonderful to skip lines and gain to access to everywhere quickly, would 100% recommend.

It was amazing our guide had all the little details and was able to keep us engaged. It was very personal which was just a cherry on top of an already amazing tour and tour and tour guide.