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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

1. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

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.

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.

Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

3. Ercolano: Herculaneum Priority Entrance Ticket

Gain instant access to the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum with your priority entrance ticket. Herculaneum was buried under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved: roofs, beds, doors, food, and even 300 skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. Marvel at artifacts that have kept their original form for almost 2000 years.  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 swimming baths that can still be seen today. 

Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

4. Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the line and explore one of Europe's most important archeological sites together with a professional guide. Stroll through the ancient streets and learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city prior to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures that were essential to civic life in Roman times, such as the new Antiquarium, the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, and the Theater. Observe what remains of commercial and residential neighborhoods including a bakery and typical housing blocks.

Herculaneum: 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Herculaneum: 3D Walking Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Wear your Augmented Reality smart glasses and enjoy a unique, innovative, and immersive walking tour at the archaeological site of Herculaneum. Travel back to 79 AC and see what Herculaneum's squares and houses looked like before being destroyed in a volcanic eruption. Meet your tour leader at Herculaneum main entrance and get kitted out with your glasses before listening to a quick introduction to how to use them. Then, begin your tour which has been designed by an archaeologist team to show you what life was like in Herculaneum before the eruption. The software of the glasses creates holograms that overlap the existing ruins, showing what the most significant temples, houses, and buildings originally looked like. Cast yourself into the bygone age of ancient life in Herculaneum, walking through the city to feel like a Roman.

Pompeii: Afternoon to Sunset Guided Tour

6. Pompeii: Afternoon to Sunset Guided Tour

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe with your expert guide. Stroll through the ancient streets and discover more about the daily life of citizens of Pompeii prior to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See many important buildings and structures which were essential for civic life in Roman times, such as the new Antiquarium, the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, and the Theater. Observe what remains of commercial and residential neighborhoods including a bakery and typical housing blocks. After exploring the site, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as the sun sets over Pompeii at the end of your tour.

Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

7. Herculaneum 2-Hour Private Guided Tour

Meet your private guide at Herculaneum for a 2-hour guided tour of the archeological site. Herculaneum was located closer to Vesuvius than Pompeii, and was buried deeper by the lava, which better preserved the architecture. Admire the colorful murals and other artwork of the homes of wealthy nobles, which are reminders that Herculaneum was also richer than Pompeii. Learn about ancient Roman culture as your guide utilizes the ruins to paint a vivid picture of life during that time. Bring the whole family on this private tour, as its flexible structure makes it ideal for families with children.

Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

8. Naples: Spanish Quarters Underground Guided Tour

Delve into the historic site of Underground Naples with entry and a guided tour. Join an adventure from the Spanish Quarters into the hidden depths of the city. Explore the winding tunnels and pass by the ancient Neapolitan aqueduct. Make your way to the Spanish Quarters to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Enjoy listening to a brief introduction as you prepare to enter the tunnels into Underground Naples. Pass beneath the streets as you learn about the history of the city from its first transformations at the hands of the Greeks to the development of the Neapolitan Aqueduct into an air-raid shelter during the Second World War.

Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

9. 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

10. 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.

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The care was very good. Our French-speaking guide was great. We learned a lot of serious things from his explanations. Even if the visit to the ruins of Pompeii lasted less than 2 hours, it was able to show us the essentials and even more. The Naples tour was really nice and with our commentary it was a plus. The visit to the camet factory is mainly to make people buy because it adds nothing to the visit. But that's the game. I recommend without hesitation.

Enjoyed my visit - especially after our visit to Pompeii a few days before. It’s good to have some background regarding the history. We booked our tickets on the day and we got to the museum- there was no line. Grazie

Highly of our visit! This was really cool and unique. Our guide was fantastic too, very personable and funny.

Pompeii is a profoundly moving experience, well worth going to.

The tour was very interesting and the food and wine were great.