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From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

1. 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.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

2. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum on this day trip from Naples. Spend more time exploring the ruins and less time standing in line. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Be picked up from your accommodation in Naples. Sit back and relax as you take in the scenery on the way to Pompeii. Follow your archaeological guide through the heart of this ancient city as they reveal what daily life was like for people in Pompeii. Find out how the buildings, houses, and temples were made with advanced architectural techniques. Stop for a break at an authentic Italian restaurant for a nice lunch before heading to Herculaneum. Let your guide explain why this city is better preserved than Pompeii. See how the villas in Herculaneum still have their doors and how vividly colored the frescos are in the houses. Go to the boat sheds to see the remains of those who had sought shelter from the eruption in the boat sheds.

From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

3. From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

Meet our guide at the Sorrento Train Station and embark on a 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum. Skip the lines with access through a privileged entrance and discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Travel on the local train to Herculaneum, an ancient lavished town, and then join your professional guide for a 2-hour tour to discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Today, many ancient streets and buildings are visible, although over 75% of the Roman town remains covered under the modern towns of Ercolano and Portico. From the tour, you can speculate what the rest of the town of Herculaneum might look like under the rest of the molten rock.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius Guided Day Trip

4. From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius Guided Day Trip

Herculaneum, the first buried Vesuvian city to be discovered (1709), preserved under pyroclastic material from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, is our destination today. A fascinating tour of this seaside retreat for the Roman elite with its grand and luxurious houses, baths and carbonized wood objects such as roofs, beds and doors. An easy lunch before our conquest of Vesuvius! Breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples from the summit of the volcano will make this a day to remember. Pick up from your accommodation and transfer by bus to Herculaneum. With a guide you will visit the archaeological park. Transfer to a typical Vineyard for an easy lunch. In the early afternoon the visit will continue to approximately 1,000 m by road, and from here the walk to the crater. Return to your accommodation. Don’t forget: camera & comfortable shoes, identity card or copy of your passport. Green Pass / EU digital COVID certificate / Anti-COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

5. 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: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour

6. From Sorrento: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour

Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town situated in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, submerged under a torrent of mud and lava after Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 AD. The buildings have been so well-kept that you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2000 years ago! There are still original timbers in the buildings and clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. Together with your guide, you’ll visit many of the most important sites such as the public baths with their well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, shops and the gymnasium. A tour of possibly one of the best preserved examples of a Roman residential town in the world, brought to life by the years of study and knowledge ofarchaeologists.

From Naples: Herculaneum Ruins Discovery Tour

7. From Naples: Herculaneum Ruins Discovery Tour

The tour will start in the morning with the pick-up from the established meeting point and a transfer by land to Herculaneum. Your authorized guide will wait for you at the entrance of the ruins, for a visit of about 2 hours. You will walk together among the cardini (the “hinges” of the city), and decumanus (the ancient Roman roads) within the perfectly preserved streets of the old city. Visit old domus (family homes), including the most famous one known as “The House of Neptune and Amphitrite”. Take in the ancient frescos, and discover ancient thermal baths, where you can admire splendid mosaics. The visit will conclude with an accompaniment back to the starting point of the tour.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Pompeii Day Trip with Lunch

8. 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.

From Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum with Lunch

9. From Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum with Lunch

Travel from Sorrento to see Pompeii and Herculaneum, and enjoy skip-the-line access to two important archaeological sites, discovered and excavated in the 18th century that tell the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Spend two hours at each site, led by a knowledgeable guide. Begin the tour by meeting the guide at the set meeting point in Sorrento. Travel by coach to see the town of Pompeii, where victims of the eruption were covered by ash and their last moments preserved. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, hear about its history, and see its surviving buildings. Enjoy a light lunch between the site visits, and then travel to Herculaneum. Learn about this town, once a fishing community that by the time of the eruption was becoming a fashionable holiday resort town. Compare building techniques and lifestyle with what was seen in Pompeii, and learn about how the eruption affected Herculaneum, which was buried by mud and lava rather than ash. Return to the bus to be driven back to Sorrento in the afternoon.

Ercolano: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Vesuvius

10. Ercolano: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour to Vesuvius

Travel to the summit Vesuvius on this trip from Ercolano. Drive up the volcano and complete the climb to the massive crater at the peak. Peer into the heart of this powerful volcano. Be picked up from the comfort of your hotel in Ercolano. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive through Vesuvius national park. Get off the bus and take a leisurely walk up to the crater at the summit. Marvel at sweeping views of the valley and coast below as you walk.  Have ample time to explore the volcano. Find out some interesting facts and history about this sleeping behemoth from your guide. Head back to your accommodation in Ercolano.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

We had Pasquale guiding us and “the Mexican” driving us and could not fault them. Our guide knew lots about Pompeii and Herculaneum, had a great pace and let us look in the museum and gift shop at the end of our Herculaneum tour. We had a 3 course lunch at Tiberian Pompeii which was also lovely. The only thing that was confusing was the pick up point, as it told us on the tickets that it was at 8:30 and at a statue but in emails prior they said it was 9:10 and we met in a parking lot. Overall, a really great day, would highly recommend to anyone who wants to go to Pompeii and I think Herculaneum is a must for anyone who would like to see a historic site in southern Italy.

Fantastic experience. We spoke to the tour company before the day and they made sure we were prepared with water, hats, comfortable shoes etc. We were met at the station by our guide Josephine and she made everything straightforward for us on the way there and made sure we knew exactly how to make our own way back after the guided tour if we chose to stay, which we did. Josephine was very knowledgable and made sure we got the best experience from our visit, it really wouldn’t have been the same without a guide. Wet would definitely recommend this guided tour. We have already recommended the same trip to others staying at the same hotel

Absolutely excellent! The expert guide was just amazing, so knowledgeable and funny at the same time! It's perfectly organised and timed. So important to see Herculaneum as well!! It's a bit more expensive than other tours, but so Absolutely worth every euro spent for this once in a lifetime visit!

The guide was amazing. Small group, only five of us, and we learned a lot!

Knowledge guides and the tour organizers were friendly & organized.