Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

1. From Naples: Skip-the-Line Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

Experience how the ancient Romans lived and the immense and beautiful Italian landscape on this combination tour by minivan or car of the Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius. See the Forum, the Stabian Baths, a brothel, the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poet, and more. Then, drive up Mount Vesuvius with a volcanologist guide. After visiting Pompeii, take a half-hour break before beginning the second part of the tour. Head off on a drive to the top of Mount Vesuvius through the natural beauty of pine forests and lush woods and bright yellow flowers. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a walk with a volcanologist guide who will tell you about the geological history of the volcano and its eruptions.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

2. From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Revisit where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii beneath molten ash on a day trip by minivan or bus. Follow your licensed guide through the remains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Enjoy a local pizza lunch along your route. Hear stories about the Forum, Thermal Baths, the Lupanare, the Greek Theatre, and plaster casts of bodies burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli. Savor a typical Naples pizza lunch at one of Pompeii’s cafés. Then, be driven close to the mountain's summit that destroyed the city. From there, take a short walk to the lip of the crater and take in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash. On arrival, discover the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. It is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Naples at approximately 5 PM and be dropped off at your hotel, your cruise ship, or the railway station.

From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

3. From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

Join a guided day trip from Sorrento and see iconic places like Mount Vesuvius, the Roman city of Pompeii, and more. Travel back in time and know about the history of this Unesco World Heritage Site from your knowledgeable guide.  Upon arrival at Pompeii, your expert guide will take you on a tour through the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Hear stories about The Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare, Greek Theater, and plaster casts of the bodies of Pompeii people. Following a typical Naples lunch of pizza at one of Pompeii’s cafés, you will then be driven close to the summit of the mountain that destroyed it. From there, it's just a walk to the lip of the crater. The only active volcano in continental Europe, Vesuvius has erupted many times, but it was the destruction of Pompeii and its surrounding towns that made it the most famous. Climb to the top, and walk around the crater, taking in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Sorrento, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, the cruise ship, or the railway station.

From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

4. From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip

Travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private bus, accompanied by an archaeologist guide. Benefit from skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city. Throughout the ruins, come across a death cast, a plaster recreation of an unfortunate citizen preserved by the superheated volcanic ash. After visiting Pompeii, drive up the slope of Mt. Vesuvius, (from April to mid-November), one of Europe’s few active volcanoes located in the Vesuvius National Park. From here, take a short hike up to the steaming crater for stunning views of Capri and Sorrento. During the winter season between November and March, Mt. Vesuvius is closed, so your tour will follow the coastline and take you to the city of Naples. Explore the iconic Castle Nuovo, the famous art deco Umberto I Gallery, or simply wander around the monumental Plebiscito Square.

From Naples: All-Inclusive Mount Vesuvius Half-Day Tour

5. From Naples: All-Inclusive Mount Vesuvius Half-Day Tour

Have your transport and entry ticket sorted for you for a hassle-free trip to Mount Vesuvius. Take in incredible views and sights from this still-active volcano. Start the tour with pick up from your hotel, the train station, or at the cruise port of Naples. Meet your driver and climb into a comfortable air-conditioned minibus to begin your adventure. Follow the highway directly to Torre del Greco village, admiring beautiful views through the window. Begin the climb through Vesuvius National Park up to an altitude of 1,000 meters. When you arrive, set off to explore the park on foot, home to the only still-active volcano in continental Europe, the iconic Mount Vesuvius.  Walk around the crater at 1,200 meters and marvel at the breathtaking view of the charming Bay of Naples with Sorrento, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Capri in the distance. Be back at the parking lot at the time fixed by your driver and return to Naples city center, where you will be dropped off back at your hotel, the station, or the cruise port.

Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

6. Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

This full-day tour from Sorrento visits the 2 towns destroyed by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Departing from Sorrento at 09:00, you will head up the motorway to Naples, from where it is a short drive to Herculaneum. A residential coastal town during Roman times, Herculaneum was completely buried by a devastating eruption of the volcanic Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was superbly preserved by the volcanic mud throughout the centuries. Its discovery by archaeologists in the 1700s stunned the world. Today, the ruins are among the most important sites in Italy, if not the world. The buildings have been so well preserved, you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2,000 years ago. Upon arrival, you will get a 1-hour guided tour of the amazing remains and see original timbers in the buildings, as well as clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. The tour takes in the courtyard of the grand House of the Argus, dwarfed by the hotel across the street. You will also see the public baths, with well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, and the house of carbonized furniture, where a marital bed still remains intact! Following the guided tour, enjoy some free time to take a coffee, before departing to nearby Pompeii. The former Roman city remains one the most stunning archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula, and one of the most visited ruins in the world. Experience it much as it existed more than 2,000 years ago, as you wander with your guide through perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, the Forum, and theaters. At the end of this full-day of ancient history, walking in the footsteps of Roman citizens, relax as you are whisked back to Sorrento.

From Sorrento: Mount Vesuvius Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

7. From Sorrento: Mount Vesuvius Tour with Lunch & Wine Tasting

Enjoy a half-day tour from Sorrento to Vesuvius. Walk along the lip of the volcanic crater while gazing out over the Bay of Naples. Uncover the secrets of the winemaking process and stroll through vineyards with a stop at a winery for lunch and wine tasting. Be picked up at a centrally-located meeting point in Sorrento and take in views of the Italian countryside on the drive. Pass by unique volcanic landscapes as you make your way to Vesuvius. Get off the bus and walk to the summit where you can peer into the crater that once destroyed Pomepii. Capture pictures of the surrounding valley's and sea before heading back to the bus and travelling to a local winery at the foot of the mountain. Take a walk through vineyards where heavy grapes ripen in the sun and learn about the winemaking process. Sit down to a leisurely lunch of bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, local cheese, salami, tomato spaghetti, and Neapolitan pie served with grappa liquor. Compliment your local meal with a tasting of 3 wines from the farm’s own cellars. Sip on a white, a red, and a rosé, and savor the unique flavors produced by the mineral rich volcanic soil. Return to your meeting point in Sorrento after your meal.

From Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius with Alpine Guide

8. From Naples: Day Trip to Mount Vesuvius with Alpine Guide

Enjoy a full-day bus trip to Mount Vesuvius from the city of Naples with a guide. Learn about the geological history of the volcano, feast your eyes on stunning views of the Bay of Naples, and watch for local wildlife including deer, eagles, and foxes. Your tour begins with a bus pick-up from your hotel. Watch as the bustling city streets melt away as you near the Bay of Naples. Here, look for majestic vistas of Mount Vesuvius, the Mediterranean Sea, and the city center of Naples as the bus ascends 1,000 meters up the steep mountainside. Upon arrival, exit the bus and hike to the lip of the crater. Listen as your volcanological and alpine guide explain the unique geology of the volcano as well as the overall formation of the nearby mountains. Take a photo with family or friends and then board the bus to return to Naples.

Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

9. Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Italian coast on this full-day trip by boat from Sorrento. Cruise around Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, with plenty of time to explore the islands and experience their unique way and pace of life. See the iconic Amalfi and Sorrento coastlines from the comfort of a boat on a full-day trip. Get picked up from Sorrento before setting sail from Piano di Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Sit back and admire the enchanting beauty of the Sorrento Coast with the iconic Mount Vesuvius in the background as you glide over the Mediterranean Sea.  See terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the protected marine area of Punta Campanella on your journey. Hug the coastline to then admire the iconic Amalfi Coast, passing by Li Galli Island, the charming towns of Nerano and Praiano, and the Fjord of Furore before docking in Amalfi.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace, soaking in its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the Amalfi Cathedral. Choose to hop onto a minivan to visit the village of Ravello, where you can see the splendid Villa Rufolo and its verdant gardens, or choose to spend your time getting to know Amalfi. Next, set sail again to make your way to Positano, also known as the pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Discover the town's famous narrow streets, traditional shops, and colorful pottery in your own time before jumping back on the boat for a relaxed sail back to Piano di Sorrento, from where you will be dropped off back at the starting point.

Pompeii & Vesuvius: Tour from Naples

10. Pompeii & Vesuvius: Tour from Naples

Discover the wonders of ancient Pompeii and the majesty of Mount Vesuvius on this combined full-day guided tour from Naples. Explore the ruins, enjoy a light lunch, and experience astonishing views of the whole Gulf of Naples from the top of the volcano. Begin with a pickup from the centrally located meeting point 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 arrival in Pompeii, meet your guide and then explore the ruins for around 2 hours to discover 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. Savor a light lunch in a typical restaurant in the area before making your way to Mount Vesuvius. Take a relaxing stroll through the nature reserve before embarking on a leisurely walk to the top to experience breathtaking panoramic views of the whole Gulf of Naples.

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What people are saying about Mount Vesuvius

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A long but very doable day. The coach journey is broken up there and back with a stop where they sell delicious donuts! Pompeii is very interesting - our 11 year old said it was her favourite trip of our stay in Rome. Mount Vesuvius gave spectacular views. The climb is tiring though - definitely not to be taken lightly if you struggle with fitness. The day was well organised and we had fantastic guides - both with us on the coach and for Pompeii.

Very well organized, all the staff on the trip was great and professional, the lunch is delicious (you can have pizza or lazagna or salad). In general very much recommended for your trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius.

This was a great trip. Our guide very friendly and funny. Let me know about Pommeii Ruins history and very enjoy hiked to the top of Mount Vesuvius. its magnificent scenery.

Watching snippets of old life and the volcano was a beautiful day. I love it

Awesome tour guides, very organized. Great excursions.