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Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

1. Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

This tour consists of a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried by the ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Your tour will be conducted in English, and will cater only to a small group with a maximum of 15 people. During the infamous eruption, Pompeii and its inhabitants were buried by tons of pumice and volcanic ash, which preserved many things and materials in amazing conditions. Following your tour in Pompeii, you will have time to grab some lunch, or to stroll through the souvenir shops outside the ruins. Afterwards, take the Circumesuviana train leading to Ercolano (a 20 minute trip), where you will start your walk through the ruins. There, discover that Herculaneum is much smaller, but better preserved than Pompeii. While Pompeii had been covered in four meters of ashes, an avalanche of mud 20 meters thick had buried Herculaneum. Second floors of the buildings, carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics are still preserved and on display. The site gives a vivid impression of the opulent lifestyle which was enjoyed by the wealthier citizens of the Roman Empire.

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Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

2. Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

Start your full-day trip from the historical city center of Naples from where you will venture to the Herculaneum ruins. After approximately 40 minutes of driving, the bus will drop you off nearby the main entrance of the ruins. You can enjoy skip-the-line entrance with your voucher, before being able to discover Herculaneum on your own. Herculaneum was the first archaeological site discovered in the 18th century, and became one of the most famous sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the house with the mosaic atrium, the house of the deer, the thermal spas of the forum, the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite, which definitely deserves to be visited. Afterwards you will continue on to Mount Vesuvius, enjoying a drive through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. The bus will climb to a height of 1,000 meters, from where you will take a walking path up to the crater where you can admire area views and learn more about local geology from the volcanological guides. Following your Mt. Vesuvius visit, you’ll head back to Naples.

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Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius Tour in Luxury Bus

3. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius Tour in Luxury Bus

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.

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Herculaneum Private Tour With an Expert Guide

4. Herculaneum Private Tour With an Expert Guide

Book this 3-hour private tour to discover the fascinating archaeological site of Herculaneum with a dedicated private guide. Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum (Italian: Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Unlike Pompeii, the deep pyroclastic material which covered it preserved wooden and other organic-based objects such as roofs, beds, doors, food and even some 300 skeletons which were discovered in recent years along the seashore.  You'll see the Northern Cardo (road oriented north-south), the House of the Skeleton, Thermopolium (restaurant), Men's Thermal Bath, Temple of Augustali, Forum (main square), House of the Black Saloon, House of Neptune and Amphitrite, House of Bel Cortile, the Samnite House, the House of the Wooden Partition, the Bakery, the Gym, the Home of the Bucks, the Marina gate, terrace of Marcus Nonius Balbus and the beach where the skeletons of the victims of the eruption were discovered.

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Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

5. Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

Explore the beautiful ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on a private 5-hour tour with a licensed guide. This experience will take you on a trip back in time where you’ll see how these two towns were affected by the Vesuvius eruption in their own ways. Thanks to the historical and archeological background of your guide, the stories and facts will bring the cities back to life. If you feel like changing the route a bit, that's no problem—everything can be customized. Your historical journey starts at the Pompeii’s train station where your guide will wait for you. As soon as you set foot in the remains of this city, you’ll be transported to another era. Feel the history as you visit the theater, the sacred area, and a brothel with signs and symbols all around. See the preservation techniques in all its splendor with the plastered casts of some of the victims. Herculaneum offers a different sight to its visitors. Here, you have a panoramic view of the city and its ruins and remains due to how different the eruption and ashes reached the town. See the contrasts between these two cursed cities and how different they were affected by the eruption. While in Pompeii you see more of the public areas, in Herculaneum you have an intimate look into the lives of the people that used to live here. Check out an ancient shore, a private house, a bakery, and more.

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Transfer from Naples to Sorrento with Tour in Herculaneum

6. Transfer from Naples to Sorrento with Tour in Herculaneum

Relax with a direct pick-up from your hotel or airport or central station at Naples, to begin your tour. Your driver will provide you with information along the journey as you drive to Sorrento.  There will be one major stop along the trip at the Herculaneum. This will give you the opportunity to walk around with an Archaeologist guide to explore the sites and hear the history. Your guide will be waiting for you at the ticket office of the Herculaneum ruins. The tour will cover the most important monuments of the site, such as the baths, the House of the Skeleton, the House of the Black Saloon, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite and many of the temples. See the remains of how daily life was spent and how it ended.  After the visit, you will climb back into your luxury ride and be driven to Sorrento Peninsula where your specified new accommodation is located. 

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What people are saying about Ercolano

I do highly recommend to do this tour. The comparison between both places on the same day is very enlightening. I certainly had the feeling that I had seen enough, i.e. the most important parts of both places. I'm sure one could spend more time in Pompeji, which is much larger, but I don't think I have missed anything important. I was fully satisfied - and I'm a history buff!

Michele was great very knowledgeable and very friendly! He made this experience fantastic! We learned a lot about Pompei and Herculaneum and we highly recommend this tour! We were also given a quick break in between to eat and rest and move along to the next site.

The trip was fantastically organised and the guide was brilliant and incredibly knowledgeable. Lots of walking so make sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Great tour with loads to see! Our guide Michele was incredibly knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm! Highly recommended!

Diego was a passionate student of archeology and made the entire tour interesting and enjoyable.