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Mount Vesuvius: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

1. 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.

Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

2. Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

Travel back in time to the devastating day in 79 AD the brooding volcano of Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash.  On arrival, your expert guide will take you on a tour through the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Hear stories about The Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare, Greek Theater, and plaster casts of the bodies of Pompeii people. Following a typical Naples lunch of pizza at one of Pompeii’s cafés, you will then be driven close to the summit of the mountain that destroyed it. From there, it's just a walk to the lip of the crater. The only active volcano in continental Europe, Vesuvius has erupted many times, but it was the destruction of Pompeii and its surrounding towns that made it most famous. Climb to the top, and walk around the crater, taking in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Sorrento, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, the cruise ship, or the railway station.

Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

3. Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

This full-day tour from Sorrento visits the 2 towns destroyed by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Departing from Sorrento at 09:00, you will head up the motorway to Naples, from where it is a short drive to Herculaneum. A residential coastal town during Roman times, Herculaneum was completely buried by a devastating eruption of the volcanic Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was superbly preserved by the volcanic mud throughout the centuries. Its discovery by archaeologists in the 1700s stunned the world. Today, the ruins are among the most important sites in Italy, if not the world. The buildings have been so well preserved, you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2,000 years ago. Upon arrival, you will get a 1-hour guided tour of the amazing remains and see original timbers in the buildings, as well as clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. The tour takes in the courtyard of the grand House of the Argus, dwarfed by the hotel across the street. You will also see the public baths, with well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, and the house of carbonized furniture, where a marital bed still remains intact! Following the guided tour, enjoy some free time to take a coffee, before departing to nearby Pompeii. The former Roman city remains one the most stunning archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula, and one of the most visited ruins in the world. Experience it much as it existed more than 2,000 years ago, as you wander with your guide through perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, the Forum, and theaters. At the end of this full-day of ancient history, walking in the footsteps of Roman citizens, relax as you are whisked back to Sorrento.

From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

4. From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

Embark on a guided boat cruise to the island Capri from Naples. Explore Capri and take in the views of the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Swim in the crystal water near the Faraglioni Rocks. Begin the tour with a pickup from the meeting point. Cross the Gulf of Naples, and take in views of the majestic Mount Vesuvius which dominates the skyline. Start the boat tour around the island from the port of Marina Grande. Go inside several stunning sea caves including the White and Green Grotto. Along the way, admire the Natural Arch, the Villa of Curzio Malaparte, the lighthouse of Punta Carena, and the Faraglioni, passing through the famous Arch of Love. Get all the information you need to know more about the island of Capri from your captain. If you choose the option with a swimming stop, drop anchor at Marina Piccola near the Faraglioni Rocks. Jump in the water to go swimming and enjoy a view of the towering rock formations. Explore the island on foot during your 3-4 hours of leisure time. Depart from Capri in the late afternoon. Once you have arrived at the port, enjoy a return transfer back to the starting point.

From Sorrento: Mount Vesuvius Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

5. From Sorrento: Mount Vesuvius Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

Enjoy a half-day tour from Sorrento to Vesuvius. Walk along the lip of the volcanic crater while gazing out over the Bay of Naples. Uncover the secrets of the winemaking process and stroll through vineyards with a stop at a winery for lunch and wine tasting. Be picked up at a centrally-located meeting point in Sorrento and take in views of the Italian countryside on the drive. Pass by unique volcanic landscapes as you make your way to Vesuvius. Get off the bus and walk to the summit where you can peer into the crater that once destroyed Pomepii. Capture pictures of the surrounding valley's and sea before heading back to the bus and travelling to a local winery at the foot of the mountain. Take a walk through vineyards where heavy grapes ripen in the sun and learn about the winemaking process. Sit down to a leisurely lunch of bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, local cheese, salami, tomato spaghetti, and Neapolitan pie served with grappa liquor. Compliment your local meal with a tasting of 3 wines from the farm’s own cellars. Sip on a white, a red, and a rosé, and savor the unique flavors produced by the mineral rich volcanic soil. Return to your meeting point in Sorrento after your meal.

From Naples: All-Inclusive Mount Vesuvius Half-Day Tour

6. From Naples: All-Inclusive Mount Vesuvius Half-Day Tour

Have your transport and entry ticket sorted for you for a hassle-free trip to Mount Vesuvius. Take in incredible views and sights from this still-active volcano. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel, the train station, or at the cruise port of Naples. Meet your driver and climb into a comfortable air-conditioned minibus to begin your adventure. Follow the highway directly to Torre del Greco village, admiring beautiful views through the window. Begin the climb through Vesuvius National Park up to an altitude of 1,000 meters. When you arrive, set off to explore the park on foot, home to the only still-active volcano in continental Europe, the iconic Mount Vesuvius.  Walk around the crater at 1,200 meters and marvel at the breathtaking view of the charming Bay of Naples with Sorrento, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Capri in the distance. Be back at the parking lot at the time fixed by your driver and return to Naples city center, where you will be dropped off back at your hotel, the station, or the cruise port.

Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius

7. Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius

Your tour will begin from the historical city center of Naples, from where you will head to Mount Vesuvius. This tour provides you with a unique opportunity to reach the most characteristic locations of this historic region. After about 1 hour of driving through the city, you will begin to pass through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. You will ascend to 1,000 meters in your bus, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater. Once here you can admire breathtaking views, and learn more about local geology from your volcanological guide. You can listen to explanations about the many transformations of the mountain due to its volcanic nature from a professional alpine guide, who will provide great insight as to how and why this great nature force was able to destroy Pompeii and Herculaneum. You will then have time to walk around and take pictures before re-boarding your bus and returning to Naples.

Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

8. Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

See the iconic Amalfi and Sorrento coastlines from the comfort of a boat on a full-day trip. Get picked up from Sorrento before setting sail from Piano di Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Sit back and admire the enchanting beauty of the Sorrento Coast with the iconic Mount Vesuvius in the background as you glide over the Mediterranean Sea.  See terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the protected marine area of Punta Campanella on your journey. Hug the coastline to then admire the iconic Amalfi Coast, passing by Li Galli Island, the charming towns of Nerano and Praiano, and the Fjord of Furore before docking in Amalfi.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace, soaking in its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the Amalfi Cathedral. Choose to hop onto a minivan to visit the village of Ravello, where you can see the splendid Villa Rufolo and its verdant gardens, or choose to spend your time getting to know Amalfi. Next, set sail again to make your way to Positano, also known as the pearl of the Amalfi Coast.  Discover the town's famous narrow streets, traditional shops, and colorful pottery in your own time before jumping back on the boat for a relaxed sail back to Piano di Sorrento, from where you will be dropped off back at the starting point.

From Naples: Wine Tasting Tour on Vesuvius Volcano

9. From Naples: Wine Tasting Tour on Vesuvius Volcano

Escape the hustle and bustle of central Naples on a guided tour of the vineyards on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius. Experience the passion of a notable wine company, the Campania Ars Vinearia, a family of winemakers with viticulture in their blood. Be picked up from one of several centrally-located meeting points in Naples. Board an airconditioned bus with plenty of legroom and relax on the drive through the Italian countryside on the way to the winery.  Find out what makes this region special for producing wine from unique characteristics like the sunburnt ground and fertilization from Vesuvius lava flows. Hear the story of wines like Sorrentino’s “Lacryma Christi.” Listen to the story of a tenacious family that knew how to cultivate a territory rich in precious fruit.After exploring the vineyards on the volcanic slopes, relax over a delicious Mediterranean lunch. Delight your senses as you try the wines of the region, such as “Falanghina,” “Lacryma Christi,” “Aglianico” and many other renowned varieties. Return to your meeting point in Naples at the end of your tour. 

Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Mount Vesuvius

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 10,096 reviews

The guide was very attentive and welcoming. The walk up Vesuvius was comfortable and the wine tasting and food were delicious. The one thing that I would say is that the sampling of the wine could have been slower and more relaxed as there eas a long gap between our fourth and fifth wines

A one day trip in a new clean air conditioned bus and two boat trips guided by our knowledgeable and friendly leader Lisa and our skilled driver Giovanni. Driving in this region is out of the question so we were able to see the historic sites and natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Pompei is huge, better hore a profesional guide at the emtrance. Take a protecțion lotion and a hat. At Vesuvio tickets are selled only on-line and with a margin of 1 hour maximum,

A really worthwhile & fun morning .. Ladyguide excellent describing some of places & history as we sailed past … also . homes of film stars etc & stopped for a lively swim

Very well organised day. Comfortable transport and pleased to have all tickets arranged. Roberta did a great job in looking after us throughout the day.