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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.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Trip

2. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Trip

Travel from two ancient Roman towns, Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the stunning top of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on this trip through Rome’s past. Enjoy round-trip transportation, live commentary, and free time at each site. Starting with pickup in Naples, stop first in Pompeii for approximately 3 hours. Walk around the archaeological site and admire the beautiful ruins on your own. Get guided to Herculaneum next and enjoy approximately 2 hours of free time. End your adventure at the top of Mount Vesuvius where you can explore and take in views for 1 hour.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

3. Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

Experience an unforgettable shore excursion from Naples including a group tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum led by an expert Archaeologist guide. See the major highlights. First, get picked up from Naples Central Station. Enjoy a comfortable transfer to Pompeii in a modern minivan with a maximum of 8 people. When you arrive, benefit from skip-the-line entry and then take a pleasant walk around the ancient Roman city. Learn about how the area was buried by the volcanic ashes of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.  As you walk, learn about the history of the town and how the Romans lived. See all the most important public buildings and private houses on a 2-hour walk. Highlights include the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the Forum Baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the Bakery, the House of Faun, the Termopolium Capuano, the House of Tragic Poet, and the plaster casts. Then, after a 1-hour lunch in downtown Pompeii, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Herculaneum for another 2-hour guided tour. Once again, enter with skip-the-line tickets, and see how Herculaneum is much smaller but better preserved than Pompeii. See how whilst Pompeii was covered by 4 to 5 meters of ashes, Herculaneum was buried under a landslide of 20-meter deep mud. During the tour, discover carbonized wooden objects, intact paintings, and mosaics which are still preserved. Highlights include the Temple of the Augustali, the beach where more than 300 skeletons were found, the Thermal Baths, the Forum, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the Samnite House, the Gymnasium, the House of the Dears, and much more. Finally, get dropped off back at the train station in time for your onward departure.

Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

4. 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.

From Naples: Herculaneum Ruins Discovery Tour

5. From Naples: Herculaneum Ruins Discovery Tour

The tour will start in the morning with the pick-up from the established meeting point and a transfer by land to Herculaneum. Your authorized guide will wait for you at the entrance of the ruins, for a visit of about 2 hours. You will walk together among the cardini (the “hinges” of the city), and decumanus (the ancient Roman roads) within the perfectly preserved streets of the old city. Visit old domus (family homes), including the most famous one known as “The House of Neptune and Amphitrite”. Take in the ancient frescos, and discover ancient thermal baths, where you can admire splendid mosaics. The visit will conclude with an accompaniment back to the starting point of the tour.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Day Trip

6. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Day Trip

Starting with the pick-up in Naples, stop first in Pompeii for approximately 3 hours. Stroll through the archaeological site and see the beautiful ruins for yourself, visiting the ancient houses and discovering the workshops and utensils of the time. Drive to Herculaneum and enjoy approximately 2 hours of free time. After Pompeii, head to Herculaneum, the second stop on the tour. Discovered in the 18th century, Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii and can be visited in an hour and a half. Visiting this site will allow you to see how the Romans lived and to feel the sense of panic that must have surprised its inhabitants when the volcano erupted. Finish your adventure at the top of Mount Vesuvius, where you can explore and admire the views for 1 hour. Finally, return with your driver to Naples to conclude your experience.

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.

Amalfi Coast: Vesuvius and Herculaneum Private Tour

8. Amalfi Coast: Vesuvius and Herculaneum Private Tour

You will start your full-day private tour from your accommodation on either the Amalfi Coast or the Sorrento Coast. Your professional English-speaking driver will pick you up at the most comfortable time, at which point you will drive to the national park of Mount Vesuvius to visit this famed volcano that destroyed the ancient Roman town nearly 2,000 years ago. Afterwards, you can enjoy a drive through a national park which features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. Upon reaching an altitude of 1,000 meters, you will have free time to tour to the crater of the volcano, walking along a designated path. Once there, you can admire the magnificent panoramic views, and learn more about local geology from your volcanological guides. After this, you will continue on to the Herculaneum ruins. Here a professional tour guide will accompany you for a 2-hour walking tour of Herculaneum, an archaeological site first discovered in the 18th century which 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 and the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite (which definetely deserve to be visited). At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Archaeological Site of Herculaneum

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 56 reviews

A great experience with beautiful things to see Vesuvius is breathtaking we had 2 hours of free time at the top, Pompei full of history be careful not to get lost a real labyrinth 2 hours also and finally herculaneum in the heart of the magnificent roman empire 2h also. a big thank you to our punctual driver Mauro thank you for having often slowed down in the minibus to allow us to take additional photos and for having even managed to speak French to us !!

Our driver Francesco was great and the pick ups and drop offs /meeting points were very good. It was brilliant to have Michele the archeologist who has worked on both sites. He was an excellent guide full of terriffic anecdotes and the whole trip was fabulous. We have very many happy memories. It was nice to be in a small group of historical and cultural enthusiasts.

Excursion to do! We traveled as a family with 2 kids who enjoyed both the excursion to Vesuvius and the discovery of two sites like Pompeii and Herculaneum!

Carlo was awesome, he guided us at a leisurely pace through the ruins and explained all. We truly appreciated his expertise!

The patrician guide in Herculaneum was very prepared and empathetic.