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Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

1. 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.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

2. 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.

Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

3. Herculaneum: Tickets & Tour with a Local Archaeologist

Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities. Herculaneum was buried under volcanic material after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD but, unlike the nearby site of Pompeii, a lot of the town was preserved, such as roofs, beds, doors, food, and even skeletons. Walk the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with an expert archaeologist and get a glimpse of what life was like before the devastating eruption. 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 thermal baths that can still be seen today.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

4. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Self-Guided Van Trip

Embark on a day trip from Naples and discover two of the Campania Region's gems: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Sit back and relax as your driver skilfully transports you from one location to the next. Once at each sight, take your own time to discover the ancient Roman ruins at your own pace. Begin your tour by heading to Herculaneum. Here, take some free time to walk around the impressive ruins. Marvel at the ancient thermal baths or the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. Then, at the scheduled time, meet your driver to travel to your next sight: the archeological site of Pompeii. Upon arrival, enjoy 3 hours of free time to discover the ancient remains, temples, and villas at your own pace. The historic town was covered in volcanic ash during Mt. Vesuvius' eruption in 79 A.D. Finally, meet your driver and return back to your hotel in Naples.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

5. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

Visit the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum before heading to the top of the volcano that destroyed them, Mt. Vesuvius, all on this private trip starting from Naples. Enjoy live commentary on board and free time during stops. Depending on your group size, choose to travel in a sedan vehicle for 1 to 2 passengers or a minivan for 3 to 8 passengers, both air-conditioned for maximum comfort during your tour. Travel first to Pompeii, the impressive open-air museum that holds more than 2000 years of history. Step into the past as you walk through streets that have been preserved by volcanic material from Vesuvius. Continue to Herculaneum, named after Hercules and completely submerged by volcanic mud. Wander through the streets and see colorful mosaics. View the ancient summer residences of Roman Patricians. Finally, stop at Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of so many cities. Stroll around its crater and enjoy panoramic views of Naples. During the entire tour, your driver will be at your complete disposal, explaining to you on board the vehicle everything you need to know about the places you will visit. At each stop, you’ll get free time to spend as you like.

Naples: Highlights City Pass Ticket

6. Naples: Highlights City Pass Ticket

Save and see more with the Naples Pass which grants you a digital ticket to world-class attractions like the Archaeological Park of Herculaneum, the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, and the Royal Palace of Caserta. Get around the city with ease using the 3-day pass for the public metro, funicular, tramway, and bus. Simply download the pass to your phone and show the pass at the ticketing center for each attraction that you want to visit. Have the flexibility to decide what you want to see on the day. Avoid the hassle of waiting in line to purchase tickets. Uncover the cities that were well-preserved under ash from Vesuvius a the Archaeological Park of Herculaneum and the Archaeological Park of Pompeii. Step into the past and walk through ancient streets to unlock the secrets of Roman life. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the city with a visit to the Greek, Roman and Renaissance collections at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples. Discover the largest palace erected in Europe during the 18th century at the Royal Palace of Caserta. Uncover one of the biggest and richest art collections in Italy at the Museum and Royal Wood of Capodimonte. 

From Naples: Herculaneum Ruins Discovery Tour

7. 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 Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum with Lunch

8. From Sorrento: Day Trip to Pompeii & Herculaneum with Lunch

Travel from Sorrento to see Pompeii and Herculaneum, and enjoy skip-the-line access to two important archaeological sites, discovered and excavated in the 18th century that tell the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Spend two hours at each site, led by a knowledgeable guide. Begin the tour by meeting the guide at the set meeting point in Sorrento. Travel by coach to see the town of Pompeii, where victims of the eruption were covered by ash and their last moments preserved. Explore the ruins of Pompeii, hear about its history, and see its surviving buildings. Enjoy a light lunch between the site visits, and then travel to Herculaneum. Learn about this town, once a fishing community that by the time of the eruption was becoming a fashionable holiday resort town. Compare building techniques and lifestyle with what was seen in Pompeii, and learn about how the eruption affected Herculaneum, which was buried by mud and lava rather than ash. Return to the bus to be driven back to Sorrento in the afternoon.

From Sorrento: Campania Full-Day Customized Tour with Driver

9. From Sorrento: Campania Full-Day Customized Tour with Driver

You will be free to explore everything you want in Campania with just an easy step. Book this tour and write the number of the persons. Afterwards, you will receive a car or minivan with your driver. Everything is included and you will not have to pay anything as an extra fee. Of course at all the locations if you also require a guide or the entrance fee, these two things are not included but the driver can help you to arrange and book the same days and also the local guides. Regarding the entrance fees, you are suggested to pay directly on the spot at the ticket offices of the monuments and sights.

Herculaneum: Half-Day Guided Trip from Naples

10. Herculaneum: Half-Day Guided Trip from Naples

Enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry at the Archaeological Site of Herculaneum on this guided half-day trip from Naples. Follow your guide on a walking tour of Herculaneum and learn about the apocalyptic volcano eruption that turned the town into ruins. After a long sleep, Mount Vesuvius woke on October 24, 79 AD. This eruption destroyed the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Herculaneum was discovered in the 18th century and became one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Nowadays, Herculaneum boasts several landmarks such as the House of the Mosaic Atrium, House of the Deer, thermal spas of the Forum, and House of the Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite. As you wander through the streets of Herculaneum and see the site’s landmarks, get a unique glimpse into the private lives of the Romans, and sense the panic that surprised its inhabitants when the volcano erupted.

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Would definitely recommend this tour. Ernie was lovely as our tour guide and it is worth seeing Herculaneum! Both places hold a lot interesting facts and it’s lovely to see the difference between the two. If you’re going in August time I would recommend taking an umbrella for sun protection as you are very exposed and it’s extremely hot.

Fantastic tour. Really fascinating places to visit and Michele the guide was full of knowledge and experience. The day flew by so quickly we were all so engrossed. Very highly recommended and excellent value for money.

I liked it a lot, punctual, friendly, very well organized for such a visited place. There is not much time to see the cities but I understand that it is to be able to see both. Amazing experience.

Amazing tour guide! Funny and full of information. I think the tour was well paced and we saw a lot without feeling rushed. Would 100% recommend!

The tour delivered what had been promised. The driver was punctual and helpful. Vesuvius and Herculaneum were worth the visit.