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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.

Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

2. Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

Skip the lines and explore the ancient city of Pompeii on a guided walking tour. Learn about daily life and the people who once lived there. Visit important buildings, including the Forum and the Thermal Baths. Get ready to explore the excavation site where, gradually over the last few centuries, the Ancient Roman town has been uncovered. Many of its landmarks are remarkably well-preserved after being buried by volcanic ash for nearly 2 millennia. On this walking tour, you will discover what everyday life was like for a Roman in the town and you will see the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Lupanare, and even streets with shops displaying signs selling produce including wine. With the help of a professional guide, you will learn more about the history of this town and what happened on that day in 79 AD when the nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Pompeii: Private Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

3. Pompeii: Private Guided Tour with an Archaeologist

See dead people, or rather the petrified shapes they left behind during the eruption that rocked the city of Pompeii and its surroundings. Witness moments frozen in time as your archaeologist guide leads you through this Luna Park-like tour of the old Roman city on foot. Listen to your guide and learn hidden secrets and fine details about life leading up to the famous eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Get a glimpse of the daily life of Pompeii's ancient inhabitants, including the markets where they shopped. Learn about the construction of aqueducts. Look at the schools where their children studied, the amphitheaters and sporting facilities where they were entertained, and the spas where they bathed. Enter an ancient brothel where erotic murals adorn the walls. See aspects of every walk of life, including the preserved forms of animals.

Naples: Full-Day City Tour with Pompeii and Sorrento

4. 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.

Naples: Pompeii Ruins and Mt. Vesuvius daily Tour

5. Naples: Pompeii Ruins and Mt. Vesuvius daily Tour

Travel back in time on a guided tour of the archeological site of Pompeii with this van tour from Naples. Follow your guide through the well-preserved ruins before making your way to the volcano that destroyed the city. Admire the natural beauty of Vesuvius before returning to Naples. Have the option to choose from a private or group tour. Purchese tickets for Pompeii and Vesuvius with the help of the tour supplier before arriving at the centrally-located meeting point. Listen to an audio guide or live commentary, depending on the size of your group. Arrive at the archeological site of Pompeii. Get lost in time as you discover ancient shops, houses, theatres, and buildings that were central to civic life, like the Forum. Walk down the stone streets and let your guide paint a picture of a time when Pompeii was busy with Romans. Continue to Vesuvius and enjoy the convenience of driving most of the way up the mountain. Stop a before you reach the summit and walk on a path up to the summit where you can peer into the crater. Take in sweeping views of bay of Naples as you make your ascent. Return to your meeting point in Naples a the end of your tour.

Mt. Vesuvius , Pompeii , Bosco dei Madici Winery

6. Mt. Vesuvius , Pompeii , Bosco dei Madici Winery

Your Vesuvius experience will begin with you being taken to the parking lot at the peak, where after a 20 to 25-minute ascent you will reach the crater. The entrance is included, along with an internal guide of the volcano who will explain to you all its eruptive history. Following that, you'll stop at Cantine del Vesuvio which is located on the low hills of the volcano and offers spectacular view over the Gulf of Pompeii and Castellammare di Stabia. The program is structured with a guided tour within the 4 hectares of the winery close to the archaeological site of Pompeii, among historical evidences, the vineyards and the elegant structures of the cellar. The tour ends with a tasting of 4-5 types of wine, as well as a traditional Neapolitan light menu with dishes inspired by ancient of Rome. You'll then have 2.5 hours to explore the famous ancient ruins of Pompeii with a professional private guide, upon request. There you can admire the remains of a more than 2,000-year-old Roman town. You can visit the Forum with its public buildings, and will also see markets, a basilica, public thermal baths, houses and characteristic shops, the pistrinum, and the termopolio. Once done, you can walk through the main square of Pompeii and enjoy some shopping or have a fresh drink, before being returned to you pickup location.

From the Amphitheater to the House of the Faun

7. From the Amphitheater to the House of the Faun

Let your archeological guide provide you with an in-depth look into what life was like in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius of in 79 AD. Gain insight into the day-to-day lives of Romans. Strat at the amphitheater and walk along the ancient main street via dell'Abbondanza. See buildings that were essential to civic life in Roman times, like the grand house of Octavius Quartio, the house and Thermopolium (restaurant) of Vetutius Placidus, and the Stabian Thermal bath. Visit the forum, the central point of life in Pompeii. Stroll to the large villa known as the House of the Faun. Listen to your guide tell you stories and facts from the past as you walk.

Pompeii & Virtual Museum Private 2-in-1 Kid's Tour

8. Pompeii & Virtual Museum Private 2-in-1 Kid's Tour

Take advantage of two private tours in one on this kid-approved exploration of Pompeii: tour the archeological site before going on a virtual tour of Pompeii's museum. See how the city was before and after being buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Enjoy skip-the-line access to the archaeological site, then start walking through nearly 2,000-year-old streets. Following your archaeologist guide, delve into the history of this Roman city with a kid-friendly approach. See highlights such as the House of the Vettii, Forum Baths, Temple of Jupiter, House of the Tragic Poet, Amphitheater of Pompeii, and more. At the end of the tour of the archeological site, take part in a unique virtual tour to discover how Pompeii was before the eruption of 79 A.D. Kids will receive some gadgets at the end of the tour.

Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour and Villa of the Mysteries

9. Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour and Villa of the Mysteries

Travel back to the Bronze Age of Rome and witness a city frozen in time with this skip-the-line walking tour. Stroll through the streets of Pompeii in Southern Italy and marvel at ancient archeological artifacts. Visit Pompeii’s arena, and see plaster casts of the preserved inhabitants' bodies. They are exactly as they were when the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. You'll see for yourself why the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage, whose ruins were preserved to near perfection thanks to a thick blanket of volcanic ash. Discover the city’s most famous attractions, like the Forum of Pompeii, the plaster casts, and even the brothel. Then head over to another highlight of the tour: the Villa of the Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri). There you’ll see frescoes depicting a Greco-Roman cult and further explore the secrets of this enigmatic villa. Once the guided tour has ended, you are welcome to stick around and continue to explore the wonders of Pompeii on your own.

Pompeii: Tour and Visit to the Antiquarium

10. Pompeii: Tour and Visit to the Antiquarium

Enjoy Pompeii with an archeological guide on a three-hour tour. Walk through the ancient streets and learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city before to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures that were essential to civic life in Roman times, such as the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poete, the Forum, and explore one of Europe's most significant archaeological sites while learning about the eruption that made the site significant. Visit the Antiquarium inaugurated on 01/25/2021, observe the most significant finds, and trace the history of Pompeii from the Samnite era (4th century BC) until the tragic eruption.

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Excellent ! Good organization à la Napoitaine which is part of the experience but everything is done with a smile. Our guide, Stefano, was just perfect. Impeccable French, passionate and defender of the site! He immersed us in the history of the city with facts, anecdotes and lots of humor. 2 hours of site is good and short at the same time. We stayed 5 hours more with my 15 year old son. An unforgettable day !

Exciting guided tour with our guide named Elisa. Very good explanations and anecdotes of daily life at the time. Our 14 year old loved it too. We then stayed on the site for another 2h30 to extend the visit and see in particular the villa of mysteries that we had not seen during the guided tour.

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.

We got on very well with Alex, our very prepared guide who gave us a lot of information, telling us the history of this city.