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Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

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Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

From US$ 111.73 per person

Experience a guided tour of the two most important roman sites in Italy, in a small group of 15 people. You will explore Pompeii and the Herculaneum, with the aid of a professional English-speaking archaeologist guide.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Small group
Limited to 15 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel back in time to 2,000 years ago with an archaeologist
  • Walk through the ruins with a small group of up to 15 people
  • Avoid the long lines with skip-the-line tickets
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Guidance and assistance for the whole tour
  • Pompeii admission fee
  • Herculaneum admission fee
  • One-way Circumvesuviana train ticket from Pompeii to Herculaneum
  • Pickup and drop off service
  • Meals and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at the main gate of Pompeii, Porta Marina Superiore, Via Villa dei Misteri 2. Your guide will wait by the gate, just in front of the bar-restaurant Hortus with a lot of lemons and oranges hanging outside. The guide will have a sign with Askos Tours written on it. The meeting point is just few steps away the Circumvesuviana train station Pompei-Villa dei Misteri.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses

Know before you go

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Bring sunglasses, a hat, and water in the summer
  •  For larger groups, disposable earphones will be provided to hear the guide better
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 62 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
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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!

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October 22, 2021

We met our guide, Diego, in Pompeii and he gave us an excellent tour of the city, starting with the public baths, then going to the basilica, and then into the shops and houses of the people of Pompeii. He was able to give an archaeologists view of the dig and even showed us places that were excavated as recently as 2019 (which were stunning). We then finished off in the temple of Apollo before having a lunch break. Then he made sure we all got on the train and made it to Herculaneum for another wonderful experience. He was a great guide, engaging, and insightful. My only suggestion would be to tell more personal stories of the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. We loved the tour, thank you, Diego!

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October 5, 2021

Excellent tour!! Pompeii & Herculaneum are both fascinating and we’re particularly brought to life by our passionate guide Diego. He really made the day for us, best guide we’ve had it Italy. He was fun & knowledgeable. Thanks Diego! I would also say the tour is well structured, giving time for lunch etc.

August 30, 2021

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