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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 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.

Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting

2. Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting

Experience how the ancient Romans lived and the immense and beautiful Italian landscape on this combination tour by minivan or car of the Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius. See the Forum, the Stabian Baths, a brothel, the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poet, and more. Then, drive up Mount Vesuvius with a volcanologist guide. After visiting Pompeii, take a half-hour break before beginning the second part of the tour. Head off on a drive to the top of Mount Vesuvius through the natural beauty of pine forests and lush woods and bright yellow flowers. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a walk with a volcanologist guide who will tell you about the geological history of the volcano and its eruptions.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

3. From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Revisit where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii beneath molten ash on a day trip by minivan or bus. Follow your licensed guide through the remains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Enjoy a local pizza lunch along your route. Hear stories about the Forum, Thermal Baths, the Lupanare, the Greek Theatre, and plaster casts of bodies burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli. Savor a typical Naples pizza lunch at one of Pompeii’s cafés. Then, be driven close to the mountain's summit that destroyed the city. From there, take a short walk to the lip of the crater and take in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash. On arrival, discover the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. It is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Naples at approximately 5 PM and be dropped off at your hotel, your cruise ship, or the railway station.

Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Tour by Minivan

4. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Tour by Minivan

Relax in comfort and style on board a luxury bus as you embark on a fascinating one-day tour of the Campania Region’s highlights. The first stop of the tour is the ancient ruins of the world-famous Pompeii, a site of excellent preservation following the tragic destruction of the town by volcanic lava almost 2000 years ago. After roughly 2 hours at the site of Pompeii, it’s time to move on to the next destination. Next, visit the fascinating Roman town of Herculaneum, another ancient site destroyed by volcanic flows in 79 AD. Retrace the steps of history as you marvel at the ruins that remain more or less intact after all these years. After 1.5 hours at Herculaneum, travel towards the incredible Mount Vesuvius to marvel at this incredible but daunting volcano. Along the journey to and from each site, enjoy live commentary from your driver and learn about the tales and anecdotes of these three most visit places in the region. This tour is the perfect option for those wishing to see the most popular sites of Campania in one day, aboard a deluxe vehicle with a maximum of 8 guests.

From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

5. From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

Travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private bus, accompanied by an archaeologist guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city. Throughout the ruins, come across a death cast, a plaster recreation of an unfortunate citizen preserved by the superheated volcanic ash. After visiting Pompeii, drive up the slope of Mt. Vesuvius, (from April to mid-November), one of Europe’s few active volcanoes located in the Vesuvius National Park. From here, take a short hike up to the steaming crater for stunning views of Capri and Sorrento. During the winter season between November and March, Mt. Vesuvius is closed, so your tour will follow the coastline and take you to the city of Naples. Explore the iconic Castle Nuovo, the famous art deco Umberto I Gallery, or simply wander around the monumental Plebiscito Square.

From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

6. From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

Join a guided day trip from Sorrento and see iconic places like Mount Vesuvius, the Roman city of Pompeii, and more. Travel back in time and know about the history of this Unesco World Heritage Site from your knowledgeable guide.  Upon arrival at Pompeii, 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 the 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.

From Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius with Alpine Guide

7. From Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius with Alpine Guide

Enjoy a full-day bus trip to Mount Vesuvius from the city of Naples with a guide. Learn about the geological history of the volcano, feast your eyes on stunning views of the Bay of Naples, and watch for local wildlife including deer, eagles, and foxes. Your tour begins with a bus pick-up from your hotel. Watch as the bustling city streets melt away as you near the Bay of Naples. Here, look for majestic vistas of Mount Vesuvius, the Mediterranean Sea, and the city center of Naples as the bus ascends 1,000 meters up the steep mountainside. Upon arrival, exit the bus and hike to the lip of the crater. Listen as your volcanological and alpine guide explain the unique geology of the volcano as well as the overall formation of the nearby mountains. Take a photo with family or friends and then board the bus to return to Naples.

Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

8. Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

Discover the beauty of the Amalfi coast, climb Mount Vesuvius, and see the excavation site at Pompeii, all on one tour! Drive along the coastal road and pass the picturesque towns that make Italy's Campania region unforgettable, then explore the ancient city of Pompeii. In Pompeii, explore one of Europe's most compelling excavation sites. This Roman city was lost for 1700 years, partially destroyed and buried under ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, get unique insight into ancient city life. After lunch, depart for Mount Vesuvius. Take the minibus up the volcano, and be escorted by a guide to the summit. From here, enjoy views over the southern part of the volcano, and, during days with good visibility, the entire gulf of Naples. On the journey back, visit one of the most prestigious cameo and coral factories in the region to see the production of typical Italian carvings.

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

9. 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: Pompeii and Wine Tasting Tour

10. From Naples: Pompeii and Wine Tasting Tour

Visit the ruins of Pompeii and discover the shops, brothels, baths and villas of an everyday town of the Roman Republic, buried under lava and ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Gain unique insight into the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the ancient town. Then, take a guided tour of the vineyards on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius, and experience the passion of Sorrentino wines, with viticulture in their DNA. Learn about the origins of the wines. Hear about their unique characteristics from the sunburnt ground, and fertilized with periodical lava flows. Discover the story of wines like “Lacryma Christi”, written by the hand of nature at her most violent. It’s a story that has gone on for decades, thanks to a tenacious family that knew how to support a territory rich in precious fruit. After exploring the vineyards on the “violent” slopes, relax over a delicious Mediterranean lunch, served with wines of the region, such as “Falanghina,” “Lacryma Christi,” “Aglianico” and many other renowned varieties.

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based on 12,516 reviews

Gabriel and Genaro were an amazing team! Gabriel was so funny and friendly. It was awesome not to worry about logistics and spend our time enjoying Pompeii and Vesuvius. Lunch was also delicious!

It was really great Sandra from world tours was a blast and allessandor doing the pompeij tour in English was an amazing guide. thanks

Excellent day tour with amazing views of Mount Vesuvius and excellent informative walk in Pompeii.

Perfect experience both in itinerary and organization. Italo perfect and efficient escort.

Wish there would also be a bit more free time, but overall was fantastic.