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Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

1. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Following your tour pickup, you will make your way south to explore the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stroll through the streets of the Roman city of Pompeii and check the numerous different UNESCO archaeological sites, such as the Herculaneum. Both archaeological sites feature the excavated ruins of alleyways and homes where you are free to explore. These locations are also fascinating in that archaeologists are still continuing to unearth the remains of a place forever locked in time. Following your exploration of the ruins, drive up to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii 2,000 years ago. You can stop to enjoy the view of the Bay of Naples from the top, as you enjoy a delicious lunch. If you are a hiking and history lover, this Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius tour is all you need.

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Pompeii & Herculaneum: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Naples

2. Pompeii & Herculaneum: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Naples

This full-day tour of the World Heritage Sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum begins with a pick up at your hotel in Naples and a transfer by bus to the ruins at Pompeii. There will be a tour assistant on the bus during this part of the excursion. On arriving in Pompeii you’ll meet your tour guide and then explore the ruins for around 2 hours. Your guide will show you the traditions and daily life of ancient Pompeii. You’ll see the large theater, the necropolis, the thermal baths, and some of the amazing houses that were owned by the richest residents. At the end of the Pompeii tour, you’ll visit a cameo and coral factory that’s located close to the ruins, where you’ll see the manufacturing processes used and have a chance to do a bit of shopping. Lunch will be at the restaurant, which is just a short walk from the factory. After lunch the tour heads to Herculaneum where you’ll have the chance to explore the ruins on your own. It’s possible to observe the daily life of the population here in even more detail than in Pompeii, as the mud and volcanic debris that covered the city preserved the structures and artifacts of Herculaneum incredibly well.

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Naples & Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

3. Naples & Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Enjoy a full-day tour of Naples and Pompeii follwing the "Highway of the Sun," through the fertile Roman countryside of the "Castelli Romani." Approximately halfway along the highway, you will see the Abbey of Montecassino, which was destroyed in a famous battle during the Second World War. Descend towards the port of Mergellina, and follow the coastal road to the ancient fishing quarter of Santa Lucia. Enjoy the views of Naples' impressive Castel dell’Ovo. Continue to Naples' historic city center, where your city tour will include all the major highlights, such as the Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, San Carlo Opera House, Gallery of Umberto I, and the imposing Maschio Angioino. Depart Naples and cross the valley of Mount Vesuvius, passing the towns of Ercolano, Torre del Greco, and Torre Annunziata before arriving at Pompeii, where you will break for lunch. Continue after lunch with a guided visit to the extraordinary excavations. A local guide will explain Pompeii's tragic story from an archaeological perspective and uncover what has lain beneath the ashes since the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Your Pompeii tour lasts about 2 hours, covering all the highlights of the scientific discoveries made 1,700 years after the devastating volcanic eruption. At the end of your Pompeii tour, return by coach to Rome. Along the way, you will stop to visit a coral and cameo factory, where you can admire and purchase items of the ancient craft that dates back to Greek times.

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From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum with Traditional Lunch

4. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum with Traditional Lunch

Enjoy morning pick-up from your hotel or accommodation in the city center of Naples and visit two of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Travel to your starting point at the ruins of Pompeii. Arrive at Pompeii and experience the atmosphere of the ancient site. Follow your expert, local tour guide around the ruins on a guided tour that lasts around 2-hours. Discover the traditions of ancient Pompeii and understand what day to day life would have been like for its citizens. View the Pompeii Necropolis, the thermal baths, and the Theatre Area. Enjoy a delicious Mediterranean lunch and continue on your way to the ruins of Herculaneum. Explore the historical site and observe the complete artifacts and structures, preserved by the volcanic flow.

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Naples and Pompeii Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

5. Naples and Pompeii Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Pompeii and Naples, starting with an exploration of the historic heart of Naples. Departing from the port of Da Mole Beverello, go to the city’s most famous highlights, including the Piazza del Plebiscito, Royal Palace, and Basilica of San Francesco di Paola. See the colonnades and porticoes of the San Carlo Opera House, the oldest continuously active venue for public opera in Europe. Marvel at the glass ceiling of the Galleria Umberto I shopping arcade, and the imposing castle of Maschio Angioino (Castel Nuovo). Then, travel across the fertile valley of Mt. Vesuvius, passing Ercolano, Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata en route to Pompeii. After a break for lunch, explore the archaeological excavations with a local guide. Listen to the tragic tale of how Pompeii was buried beneath the ashes of Vesuvius after it erupted in 79 AD. See all the highlights of the discoveries so far made to build a picture of everyday life in the Imperial Age. Imagine the panic felt in those last few minutes before the city was buried for centuries, and see remarkably intact ruins, such as mosaics, cooking implements, and even the casts of pets and humans in the exact poses they died.

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Naples: Neapolitan Hands On Cooking Class at Herculaneum

6. Naples: Neapolitan Hands On Cooking Class at Herculaneum

The day will start with a pickup from the established meeting point. You will be transferred to Herculaneum, where your experience will take place. During the cooking class you will learn local recipes and also learn about the Neapolitan cooking tradition. You will prepare a 3 course menu with the assistance of an expert chef. At the end of the experience you will enjoy your hand made dishes and taste a glass of wine, admiring the panoramic views of Naples and of the majestic Vesuvius. Monday: Gnocchi alla sorrentina – Codfish – Shortcrust pastry Wednesday: Fresella with seafood – Stuffed Calamari – Zeppola di San Giuseppe Friday: Pizza – Crocchè- Torta caprese

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Naples: Full-Day Pompeii & Herculaneum Wine Tasting Tour

7. Naples: Full-Day Pompeii & Herculaneum Wine Tasting Tour

Start the tour with pickup from Naples or the Amalfi Coast. Meet your private English-speaking driver who will travel with you for the entire 8-hour tour. Climb into the Mercedes vehicle and set off towards Pompeii & Herculaneum. The itinerary is very flexible and customizable and you can discuss with your guide your preferences. First, head over to the Pompeii archaeological site for 2 hours of free time to explore the ruins on foot. Then, continue the tour to the Volcano within the National Park of Mount Vesuvius. Visit a local vineyard. Enjoy free time for lunch with Neapolitan typical products accompanied by a tasting of different kinds of local wine.  After lunch, or before it, depending on the time, pay a visit to the Herculaneum archaeological area. This site is smaller than Pompeii so the visit will be a bit shorter. Finally, enjoy a convenient return transfer back to your hotel in Naples or the Amalfi Coast.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

Beautiful tour to discover Pompeii and Herculaneum accompanied by the super Vicenzo, our super kind and nice driver who told us so much about Naples. Lunch included in the super good package with appetizer, spaghetti with tomato sauce, dessert and also a tasting of three wines. Thanks to Vincenzo and the guides of the two sites. Super recommended this tour!

Beautiful tour to discover Pompeii and Herculaneum accompanied by the super Vicenzo, our super kind and nice driver who told us so much about Naples. Lunch included in the super good package with appetizer, spaghetti with tomato sauce, dessert and also a tasting of three wines. Thanks to Vincenzo and the guides of the two sites. Super recommended this tour!

Great trip very nice driver, timing worked out perfectly, we came in December so there were no crowds and the weather was nice the day we went.

Everything went smoothly. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. It was a great experience!

The patrician guide in Herculaneum was very prepared and empathetic.