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Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

1. Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Herculaneum was buried under volcanic material after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved, such as roofs, beds, doors, food, and even skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archaeologist and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Explore intact buildings at your own pace, see well-preserved frescoes, and imagine the daily rituals of those using the shops, public gymnasium and public thermal baths that can still be seen today.

Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

2. Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

Start your full-day trip from the historical city center of Naples from where you will venture to the Herculaneum ruins. After approximately 40 minutes of driving, the bus will drop you off nearby the main entrance of the ruins. You can enjoy skip-the-line entrance with your voucher, before being able to discover Herculaneum on your own. Herculaneum was the first archaeological site discovered in the 18th century, and became one of the most famous sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite, which definitely deserves to be visited. Afterwards you will continue on to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying a drive through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. The bus will climb to a height of 1,000 meters, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater where you can admire area views and learn more about local geology from the volcanological guides. Following your Mt. Vesuvius visit, you’ll head back to Naples.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

3. 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 Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

4. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

Embark on a day trip from Naples and discover two of the Campania Region's gems: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Sit back and relax as your driver skilfully transports you from one location to the next. Once at each sight, take your own time to discover the ancient Roman ruins at your own pace. Begin your tour by heading to Herculaneum. Here, take some free time to walk around the impressive ruins. Marvel at the ancient thermal baths or the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Then, at the scheduled time, meet your driver to travel to your next sight: the archeological site of Pompeii. Upon arrival, enjoy 3 hours of free time to discover the ancient remains, temples, and villas at your own pace. The historic town was covered in volcanic ash during Mt. Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. Finally, meet your driver and return back to your hotel in Naples.

From Naples: Herculaneum Ruins Discovery Tour

5. 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.

Herculaneum: Wheelchair Friendly Tour

6. Herculaneum: Wheelchair Friendly Tour

Explore Herculaneum, Pompeii's sister city which was destroyed in the same devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Located even closer to the treacherous volcano, Herculaneum was actually better preserved due to the different quality of the ash which buried it. Besides this, Herculaneum was a wealthier town, meaning the remaining architecture and decorative elements are more lavish and impressive.  Take advantage of a site that is easier to explore due to its smaller size and greater accessibility. Two wheelchair ramps lead to an accessible bridge that allows you to cross over the ancient Herculaneum shoreline and into the city. Herculaneum provides step-free access to many of the ancient streets, sidewalks, and buildings so those with restricted mobility will be able to explore the highlights of ancient Roman fishing town.  Individual pickup/drop off and private round trip transfer with wheelchair accessible vehicle and professional driver will be provided. 

From Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum with Lunch

7. 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.

Herculaneum: Half-Day Guided Trip from Naples

8. Herculaneum: Half-Day Guided Trip from Naples

Enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry at the Archaeological Site of Herculaneum on this guided half-day trip from Naples. Follow your guide on a walking tour of Herculaneum and learn about the apocalyptic volcano eruption that turned the town into ruins. After a long sleep, Mount Vesuvius woke on October 24, 79 AD. This eruption destroyed the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Herculaneum was discovered in the 18th century and became one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the House of the Mosaic Atrium, House of the Deer, thermal spas of the Forum, and House of the Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. As you wander through the streets of Herculaneum and see the site’s landmarks, get a unique glimpse into the private lives of the Romans, and sense the panic that surprised its inhabitants when the volcano erupted.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

9. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

Visit the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum before heading to the top of the volcano that destroyed them, Mt. Vesuvius, all on this private trip starting from Naples. Enjoy live commentary on board and free time during stops. Depending on your group size, choose to travel in a sedan vehicle for 1 to 2 passengers or a minivan for 3 to 8 passengers, both air-conditioned for maximum comfort during your tour. Travel first 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, 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 Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of so many cities. Stroll around its crater and enjoy panoramic views of Naples. During the entire tour, your driver will be at your complete disposal, explaining to you on board the vehicle everything you need to know about the places you will visit. At each stop, you’ll get free time to spend as you like.

Herculaneum Ruins Day Trip from Naples

10. Herculaneum Ruins Day Trip from Naples

Travel to the entrance of the Herculaneum ruins on a shuttle bus service from central Naples. Enter the archeological site without delay with your skip-the-line ticket. Spend the day exploring the city that was covered with mud and lava during the explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A. D. Walk past the buildings of the ancient Roman town destroyed by the eruption. See intact wooden structures that were dwellings with expensive furnishings and ornamentation. Beyond the beautiful villas of Herculaneum, visit important public buildings and the thermal baths as well. Take your time as you explore and discover the history, heritage, and beauty of the city.

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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.

Our driver Francesco was great and the pick ups and drop offs /meeting points were very good. It was brilliant to have Michele the archeologist who has worked on both sites. He was an excellent guide full of terriffic anecdotes and the whole trip was fabulous. We have very many happy memories. It was nice to be in a small group of historical and cultural enthusiasts.

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!

Ricardo our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and passionate about archaeology. His English was also excellent. We were late joining the group to start with but Ricardo still hung on for us and made us feel welcome once we arrived. A thoroughly informative and enjoyable tour.

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