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From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

From Sorrento: Pompeii Half-Day Skip-the-Line Tour

3. From Sorrento: Pompeii Half-Day Skip-the-Line Tour

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous archaeological site of Pompeii with an expert official guide. Thanks to your priority entry tickets you will skip the stress of the long line, leaving more time to explore. Accompanied by the guide, you'll explore the main features of the ancient city including the baths, bakeries and much more. Pompeii holds an intense fascination for visitors today. Following the eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius in the 79 A.D., Pompeii lay buried and forgotten for hundreds of years. The town is high on the list of the wonders of the world, and the excavations begun in the 18th century still continues to this day. Your guide will take you through some of the ancient streets of Pompeii, where you can see baths, forums and villas built by the prosperous Romans in the year 80 B.C. Marvel at the fabulously preserved frescoes which adorned the walls and floors of the villas. Even if your interests do not lie in history, this is an archaeological site that cannot fail to impress you.

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

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

Leave the city traffic behind and take a train from Sorrento to Pompeii. Save time on your Italian vacation with skip-the-line tickets to the popular Pompeii Archeological Site. Discover this world-famous archaeological excavation site on a guided walking tour.  Meet an assistant at the CIrcumvesuviana train station and get help locating your train. Hop aboard and take in views of the countryside on the ride to Pompeii. Avoid long-wait times with your skip-the-line access to the Pompeii Archeological Site.  Meet your guide and stroll through ancient ruins that have been well-preserved by volcanic ash from the Vesuvius volcano which looms over the town in the distance. Uncover the history of ancient life from your guide. See sights like the market, forum, and lavish villas.  Upon your tour's conclusion, you will be free to return to Sorrento or remain in Pompeii to explore further.

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

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

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Italian coast on this full-day trip by boat from Sorrento. Cruise around Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, with plenty of time to explore the islands and experience their unique way and pace of life. 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: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

6. From Naples: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

Depart from Naples at the Stazione Marittima or Hotel Ramada and arrive at the impressive open-air museum and archeological site of Pompeii. Travel the panoramic road of the Sorrento coast to its namesake town. Freely walk through the streets of Positano. Allow your driver to be your guide. Explore the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and learn about its 2000-year-old impressive history and amazing discovery. See a huge clock that stopped in 79 AD, and find out what's guarding a treasure chest on this extraordinary journey through time. Take in the scenery of the Sorrento coast on the way to its most famous town, Sorrento. Walk the alleys, admire the meticulous woodwork, and indulge in some limoncello or a delicious ice cream while capturing views of the sea. Finish at the panoramic terrace of Positano, the vertical town that looks like a crib. Soak in the views of the vividly colored houses set within the rock. The driver will be at your complete disposal during the tour, explaining to you onboard the vehicle, everything you need to know about the places you will visit, and once on site, he will give you free time to spend as you like.

From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

7. From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

Meet our guide at the Sorrento Train Station and embark on a 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum. Skip the lines with access through a privileged entrance and discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Travel on the local train to Herculaneum, an ancient lavished town, and then join your professional guide for a 2-hour tour to discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Today, many ancient streets and buildings are visible, although over 75% of the Roman town remains covered under the modern towns of Ercolano and Portico. From the tour, you can speculate what the rest of the town of Herculaneum might look like under the rest of the molten rock.

From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

8. From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

Explore the ruins of Pompeii with skip-the-line entrance tickets and learn about life there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. See what remains of the markets, Forum, thermal baths, and more. Choose from a list of designated pickup points of departure and travel by a comfortable vehicle to Pompeii on this half-day tour. Explore the ancient ruins of this famous Roman town. Once at the archaeological site, skip the lines and follow your tour guide to the most interesting places, such as the Forum, the thermal baths, the luxurious House of the Vettii and the Lupanar, or a famous brothel. Learn about the settlement of the ancient Greeks in the area in the 8th century B.C. and how Pompeii became a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens, with elegant houses and elaborate villas lining the paved streets. See the ruins of the factories and artisan shops, taverns, cafés, and bathhouses where tourists and townspeople once bustled in and out of, along with the 20,000-seat arena and open-air marketplaces. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the Archaeological Park of Pompeii on your own before your return trip to Sorrento or Naples.

From Naples: Pompeii and Sorrento Full-Day Tour

9. From Naples: Pompeii and Sorrento Full-Day Tour

On this full-day tour from Naples you will visit the ancient city of Pompeii and the town of Sorrento. You will be picked up either at your hotel or one of the meeting points in the morning. Head to Pompeii to explore one of the most fascinating places in the Province of Naples with a professional guide. Here you can learn the history of the rich and populated Roman town that was buried under tons of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. Almost 2,000 years later, you have the opportunity to discover the everyday life of the Imperial Age and imagine the panic of the people before the city was so disastrously buried. On the 2-hour walking tour, your guide will show you fascinating places such as the Forum, the Thermal Baths, the Lupanar, and House of the Vettii with its beautiful frescos. After visiting Pompeii, you will take a brief stop for lunch before heading towards the Sorrento coast. On the way there you can admire the medieval castle, the town of Castellammare di Stabia Comes, the small and enchanting beaches of Vico Equense and Seiano, and the typical Mediterranean vegetation of lemon and orange trees. You will also stop at the panoramic viewpoint in Meta di Sorrento to look up to the wonderful sight of the bay overlooking the sea. You will visit Sorrento and take a 1-hour tour of the town. Here you will walk through the narrow streets and see the stores and little workshops as the guide shows you around the most renowned places. Visit the Villa Comunale, from where you can admire the breathtaking scenery and the beauty of the coast as far as Punta Campanella and Capri Island.

From Sorrento: Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

10. From Sorrento: Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

Depart Sorrento and journey by air-conditioned bus to the legendary archaeological site of Pompeii. Follow your guide along paths once walked by everyday citizens of the Roman Empire and encounter the remains of villas, temples, the amphitheater and more. Learn about the former flourishing commercial town of the Roman Republic, and how it was reduced to rubble by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. Get a unique look at life in the town over 2,000 years ago. Then, go by bus to Mount Vesuvius to explore the volcano where it all started. Hike up the mountain from an altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level to the edge of the crater high above the Bay of Naples.  

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Communication after booking was excellent. Made sure we were confident in where we was being collected. Journey was very comfortable too and from. Was all organised so efficiently that we lost no time. Now our tour guide, Alissia (unsure of spelling) well. just WOW! She made that tour for us. Excellent language skills, very clear. Her knowledge was brilliant, and she also had the most amazing sense of humour. Obviously skilled in dealing with wanderers and pulling them back to the group to make sure we saw as much as possible, and gave just the right time for each area. If we go again and was lucky enough to have her, we'd be chuffed. You won't be disappointed booking with these guys. Highly recommend.

Pick up and drop off was very prompt right at my hotel doorstep. Guide was great and took time to explain and her energy was very high throughout the 2hr tour. The radio works well and I could hear the guide very clearly even from a distance. I had a great time learning about the history of the site. Tour agency only confirmed timing of pick up the night before as stated on the booking. May be a bit unnerving for the anxious personalities who likes to pre-plan well in advance.

The day before the trip, around 7pm, I received a confirmation with the pick up time. The pick up and drop off were perfect. I was lucky as we were only 3 for the French tour and the guide was fantastic. We learnt a lot!

A perfect tour with a perfect guide. This is truly a must-see for any visitor to Naples. All recommendations!

the guide was great her name is Elisa, she was funny and interesting