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Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

1. 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 Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tour and Vineyard Lunch

2. From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tour and Vineyard Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sorrento behind and head to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, get skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour. Visit a vineyard, learn the process of wine tasting, eat a delicious 3-course lunch, and enjoy wine tasting. Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, relax and enjoy the ride. Enjoy a skip-the-line ticket to the old town of Pompeii, one of the world's most important historical sites because of how volcanic ash preserved the city and its people. Walk through the ancient streets and learn all the history and culture from your guide. Get an insight into Roman life in the town over 2,000 years ago. Feeling thirsty? No worries, your next stop is a traditional winery. Discover the wine production process and admire the epic views. Tuck into a 3-course meal and enjoy tasting Sorrento wines to wash it down. Please note: tour in German language available on Tuesdays only.

From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Tour

3. From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Tour

Discover Vesuvius with fast-track tickets to the Pompeii archaeological site and take in the views of Mt. Vesuvius with a guide. Head to a vineyard to taste regional wines and enjoy a light lunch. Be picked up from your accommodation in Sorrento and make your way to the ruins of Pompeii. Explore the city buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and learn the history behind each turn. Continue to a local vineyard and savor the flavors of regional wine. Regain your strength with a light lunch before boarding a bus to Mt. Vesuvius in the early afternoon. Ascend to 1,000 meters on Mt. Vesuvius. Once on the rim, meet an alpine guide and learn about the history and geology of the crater. Take in the breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples before being returned to your accommodation.

Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano Sightseeing Day Tour

4. Naples: Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano Sightseeing Day Tour

The first stop will be Positano. Along the winding roads of the coast and crossing the Monti Lattari you will have the opportunity to admire views otherwise difficult to find. Positano is very famous for its fashion and art stores, stroll through the narrow streets, reach the beach where you can admire the town perched on the mountain that blends with the surrounding landscape and crystal clear waters. Take incredible photos of your vacation. The second stop will be the famous Sorrento. Located in a picturesque position on a terrace overlooking the Gulf of Naples, Sorrento is the most famous town on the Sorrento coast. It fascinates tourists and visitors with its breathtaking views, the landscape of gardens and citrus groves, the marina, the charming old town, an interesting historical and religious architecture. town enjoyable in every season of the year. Stroll through its narrow streets to admire the stores and boutiques of great quality. Finally head explore the ancient city of Pompeii, one of the most visited archaeological sites in the world. Walk through the famous archaeological site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire the ancient Roman city preserved by the volcanic ash that once covered it. Eventually return to Naples with your driver.

Full-day: Pompeii and Vesuvius with Pizza Lunch

5. Full-day: Pompeii and Vesuvius with Pizza Lunch

Travel to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, the most famous and evocative archaeological site in the world, to see the stunningly well-preserved ruins. Take in the view from the top of Vesuvius and marvel at this destructive sleeping giant. Journey to Pompeii and see the thermal baths, the frescos of the Lupanare, the Macellum and the Basilica. Step into the past as you walk through the old streets. After Pompeii, drive up Mt Vesuvius and stop in a local restaurant located in a panoramic place along the slopes to have a delectable pizza lunch. Follow your guide the altitude of 1000 meters where you can walk along the crater. Hear about Vesuvius from a professional guide of the National Park. Admire the summit of Mount Somma (1133 m) and to the right the cone of Vesuvius (1281 m). Look down at the views of the valley below.

From Naples: Day Trip to Pompeii

6. From Naples: Day Trip to Pompeii

Climb aboard the shuttle bus service on Piazza del Gesù Nuovo in the historical center of Naples, and then travel in comfort to the archaeological site of Pompeii. Get dropped off at the main entrance and save precious time with your priority entrance ticket. Travel back in time and imagine life during the days of the Roman Empire as you stroll along cobblestone streets built over 2,000 years ago. See the miraculous remains of the shops, temples and theaters that were covered in lava and ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Marvel at the mosaic tiles of the luxury villas of rich merchants who made their fortune in the prosperous city. See the remains of the House of the Faun and get an insight into how the citizens kept themselves entertained as you discover a brothel, public baths and much more. 

From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Pompeii Day Trip with Lunch

7. From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Pompeii Day Trip with Lunch

Discover in one day the amazing sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, both destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius of 79 AD. Two sites, two stories, two experiences! So similar yet so very different. An easy lunch on the slopes of the magnificent Vesuvius will give you time to marvel at the first site before becoming enchanted by the second! Pick up from your accommodation and transfer by bus to Herculaneum. With a guide you will visit the archaeological park. It is today considered one of the main sites of the Campania Region. Transfer to a typical Vineyard for an easy lunch. In the early afternoon the visit will continue to Pompeii, with its Forum, Amphitheatre and various temples, alongside villas and commercial buildings. Return to your accommodation. Please note: tour in German language available on Tuesdays only.

Pompeii: Private Tour with Hotel Pickup and Entry Ticket

8. Pompeii: Private Tour with Hotel Pickup and Entry Ticket

Enjoy a private tour of the Pompeii ruins, guided by a trained archaeologist. See former homes, walk the streets, and imagine the last moments of the inhabitants. With pickup directly from your accommodation in Naples, Sorrento, or the Amalfi Coast. Be driven straight from your hotel to the main entrance of Pompeii, where the driver will introduce you to your guide. Listen as they lead you through the streets of the ancient city. Learn how the inhabitants went about their daily lives. Hear details of what happened on that fateful day. At tour's end, meet your driver at the same point and enjoy a relaxing return to your lodging.

Naples: Full-Day City Tour with Pompeii and Sorrento

9. Naples: Full-Day City Tour with Pompeii and Sorrento

Get picked up from your accommodation, cruise terminal, or Naples Central Station in the morning and begin your tour. Start with 2 hours of sightseeing in a minibus with a small-group tour led by a professional guide. Make your first stop at the cathedral to visit the Royal Chapel of the Treasure of St. Januarius and Santa Restituta.  Drive to the Town Hall square and see the New Castle, built by the French family of Anjou. Continue on to the Posillipo area and stop at Saint Antonio's Church, where you can see the best view of the city and the bay. Return into the city center and Piazza del Plebiscito. See the front of the Royal Palace, the beautiful church of St. Francesco di Paola in its neoclassic style, the Umberto I Gallery, and the San Carlo Theater. Next, drive to Pompeii where your tour guide will show the most fascinating places like The Forum, Thermal Baths, Vetti’s house, and “Lupanare”, burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli during the eruption in 79 A.D. After the visit, make a brief stop for lunch and depart toward Sorrento's coast. Along the way, admire the medieval castle from which the name of the famous town Castellammare di Stabia comes, the small and enchanting beaches of Vico Equense and Seiano, and typical Mediterranean greenery such as lemon and orange trees. Stop at the panoramic viewpoint in Meta di Sorrento to look up to the wonderful sight of the bay overlooking the sea. Stop in Sorrento for a brief visit to the town for about 1 hour. Your guide will show you the most renowned places walking through the enchanting narrow streets full of stores and little workshops. Continue to one of the most scenic places in Sorrento: the Villa Comunale, where you can admire the gulf views and see as far as Punta Campanella and Capri Island. Return to Naples at around 5:15 PM.

From Naples: Van Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mt. Vesuvius

10. From Naples: Van Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mt. Vesuvius

Discover the secrets buried under the ash in Pompeii on van tour to the archeological site. Hear facinating commentary along the way. Stop on Mount Vesuvius and make the climb to the summit of this notorious volcano. Hop aboard the van at a centrally-located meeting point in Naples. Sit back and relax as you listen to enlightening commentary on the drive. Arrive at the archeological site of Pompeii where you can purchase tickets to the site. Have time to explore the well-preserved streets and see the runs of markets, rich villas, theatres, bathhouses, and temples. Admire views of the ever-present Vesuvius standing ominously in the background. Relive the story of the city that was covered by the eruption in AD 79. Learn about local life as you see sights like the House of the Vettii, the House of the Faun, and the Forum Baths. Continue to admire the natural beauty and raw power of the active volcano that destroyed Pompeii, Vesuvius. Make the walk to the summit and look into the crater. Admire the stunning views of the Bay of Naples and breathe the air of the vineyards and the rich vegetation that surrounds it. Return to the van at the designated time and ride back to your meeting point in Naples.

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based on 4,580 reviews

The tour is exactly what you are looking for. The tour guide was very knowledgable, the driver was excellent and prompt. Although if you're hoping to see every corner of Pompei, I would recommend booking separate tours to stay in the site longer. But I will say that Herculaneum is as beautiful and impressive (if not more) than Pompei. Overall, I highly recommend this tour.

Vincezo is a superstar and a comedian in desguise! We are so glad that we were with him the whole day in Pompei and Herculaneum, learnt so much about the history, architecture, art and traditions from him. You rock Vincezo!

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.

I liked it a lot, punctual, friendly, very well organized for such a visited place. There is not much time to see the cities but I understand that it is to be able to see both. Amazing experience.

It was an amazing experience and our tour guide was just lovely!!!