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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

From US$ 56.84 per person

Discover Pompeii with an archaeologist on a small-group or private tour. Skip the ticket line and explore the excavations while listening to anecdotes.

About this tour

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish, French, German
Private group available

The Original experience

Highlights
  • Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archeological guide
  • Choose from either a small-group or private experience
  • Beat long waiting times with skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Visit highlights such as the Great Theater and Forum
  • Appreciate preserved frescoes, artwork and mosaics up close
  • Discover the history of the ancient city of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
Full description

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover highlights such as the basilica (business and legal center), thermal baths, temples, bakery and great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii.

Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel.

Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own.

Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Includes
  • Guided tour by an archeologist
  • Entry ticket to Pompeii
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Headsets for listening to the guide (available for groups of 16 or more)
  • Freedom to explore the archeological site on your own after the tour
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • We’re enforcing extra health and safety measures for GetYourGuide Originals
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
    • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sun hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Water

    Know before you go

    • Shared group and private options do not always offer the same languages. Please check all languages of interest to find your preferred option type
    • There may be slight variations in the itinerary due to overcrowding or temporary closure
    • A free cloakroom service is located next to the Porta Marina Superiore entrance (subject to availability)
    • Smoking is not allowed on the site
    • Dogs larger than 5 kg are not allowed on the site
    • Large backpacks, bags or umbrellas and other bulky items are not allowed on the site (maximum 30 x 30 x 15 cm)
    • This tour is not accessible for those with mobility impairments
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 1338 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Service
      4.9/5
    • Organization
      4.8/5

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    Notre guide Francesco est archeologue et a su nous faire partager sa passion de Pompei ou il a grandit puis etudie. Il nous a transporte en 79 apres JC le temps de notre visite grace a son recit detaille des evenements. Un grand professionalisme et une belle generosite, a faire absolument!

    October 17, 2021

    I couldn’t imagine Pompeii coming to life without our guide. She is amazing and very knowledgeable. Pompeii is a must see but audio guide nor any books will not be able to paint a picture as detailed as with guide. I see a lot of tourists getting lost too. Visitors need to understand that this is too massive place to treck alone.

    October 15, 2021

    Antonio was fantastic! Knowledgeable, responsive to questions, generous with his time, and clearly enthusiastic about his home city of Pompeii and it’s rich history. He kept us away from the big crowds, circling back to key places when they were quieter. He knows Pompeii inside and out and made our visit so much richer than a self-guided tour.

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    October 14, 2021

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