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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 enjoy some free time to wander around Pompeii town. Choose the lunch option for a two-course meal consisting of a main course, a dessert, and one drink followed by a round of Limoncello tasting Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano.  From there, enjoy a 30-minute walk to the crater’s edge, where you’ll have some free time to explore. Take the opportunity to savor and photograph unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples from here. Look out for the official alpine guides at the summit who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you.  The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

2. Naples: Underground Entrance Ticket and Guided Tour

Immerse yourself into a world beneath Naples and witness the city's history unfold on a guided tour. See relics of ancient times, including the Hypogeum Gardens and Emperor Nero's dressing room. Descend 40 meters into the honeycombed underground of Naples and discover its haunting history. See several cavities excavated in the 4th century and used as cisterns for the city's water supply for nearly 23 centuries. Step into the past as you explore air-raid shelters from World War II, the War Museum, and the Hypogeum Gardens, as well as the Greek-Roman aqueduct. Hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Witness the remains of the ancient Roman Theater of Neapolis and see where Nero kept a private dressing room for when he performed shows in Naples.

From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

3. From Rome: Round-Trip Transfer to Pompeii and its Ruins

Benefit from round-trip transportation to the archeological ruins of Pompeii from Rome. Along the way, enjoy a short panoramic tour of Naples and discover the beauty of this city from the comfort of your coach. Climb up Vomero Hill, overlooking the Bay of Naples, for majestic views of Mount Vesuvius. Upon arrival at Pompeii, explore this UNESCO World Heritage site at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Walk along the ancient streets of the well-preserved ruins for a glimpse into the lives of ancient Romans. In the afternoon, join the tour leader at the meeting point and relax on the return journey to Rome.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour with Archaeologist

4. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour with Archaeologist

Arrive at the archaeological city of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage site which is considered to be one of the largest archaeological areas ever known. Meet your expert guide and small group, and after benefitting from skip-the-line entrance, begin your exploration of this incredible city that was buried for thousands of years.  Live a unique experience as you stroll through the remaining streets of this ancient city, walking on the original volcanic stone pavement. Receive an introduction to the daily routine of the Roman citizens as the whole city seems to come back to life right in front of your eyes. Imagine the gladiators working out in the gymnasium; the beautiful matronae lying on the marble triclinium while enjoying a feast; the smell of the fresh baked bread rising from the ovens chimneys; people walking through the market stalls and gathering around politicians in the Forum. Your guide will provide you with a detailed depiction of the habits and lifestyle of this Greek-Roman city, whose mysteries and uniqueness will leave you breathless.

Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

5. 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: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

6. Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

Leave the city traffic behind and join a train ride from Sorrento to Pompeii. Skip the line to join a guided walking tour around one of the world's most famous archaeological excavation sites. You will see the well-preserved Roman city of Pompeii, which is located on the slope of the still active Vesuvio. You can also stroll around the ancient ruins, learning about the history of this amazing site. You will later be guided through the roads of a city once trampled by the Pompeiians, a vibrant excursion which will take you back 2000 years in time. Upon your tour's conclusion, you will be free to return to Sorrento or remain in Pompeii to explore further.

Pompeii: Guided Walking Tour With Entrance Ticket

7. 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.

From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

8. From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

Take an amazing journey back in time on this full-day tour to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii: a unique document of Greco-Roman life. Travel through the famous Roman countryside and enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, Mount Vesuvius, and countless historic sites. Discover the seashore and the gulf of Naples as you drive through the city. Stop for a traditional lunch of Neapolitan pizza with a drink before reaching the archaeological site. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Pompeii and enter with skip-the-line tickets. Spend the afternoon exploring this once thriving city that was frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash. Wander through the ancient streets and learn about the history of this place from your guide. After your tour of Pompeii, enjoy the leisurely return trip to Rome.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius Guided Day Trip

9. 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.

Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Naples

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amazing trip would highly recommend. tour guide Alessa and the gentleman (forgot his name) were amazing full of knowledge. Alessa upgraded my booking as I found out I didn't pay for the full tour which was lovely of her she even was willing to book a restaurant for us. she also gave us insight of ruins along the journey pointing oit what fo look at including a fomous paata manufacturing site. the trip includes a full 1 hr guided tour of naples city before going to pompeii. the bus was air-conditioned and state of the art with USB ports etc. we got regular breaks on the journey for snacks/ toilet needs. the journey was split into 1hr/2 hr intervals so it didn't feel long at all.

Vincenzo was excellent (he lived in New York)! He even offered to let us contact him later in our trip for restaurant recommendations. It was a treat to be escorted by a native driver in a clear, cool car. The day was very well organized and efficient — we could not have planned all of these activities ourselves, and each part of the day was just as fun as the last. I recommend paying extra for the guide in Pompeii, as she provided additional context that we would have otherwise missed. Make sure to budget an additional €75-125 per person for the tickets and food (or €225-375 total). All around, it was a fabulous day!

We had a wonderful visit throughout the museum. Our guide Nicoletta met us outside the museum 10 minutes prior to our scheduled time. She ushered us in prioritizing our collection visits so that we had no almost no other people around us! She is a true archeologist that has been on many digs! Her explanations helped us understand our visits to Pompei and Herculaneum. She knew the elevator access helped us secure a lost bag successfully and explained every collection perfectly. Some of the best things are very small! It was a great day in a great museum!

Gennaro, the tourguide, had an excellent approach with some humor along his explanations. He made us feel very comfortable and all information given was explained in a simple and understanding way. Francesco was also an excellent driver that accompanied us throughout the day!

Really nice small museum. Worth visiting when seeing the cathedral.