Guided tour

Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

Activity provider: Askos S.r.l.

Pompeii: Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour

Activity provider: Askos S.r.l.
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From US$ 97.03 per person

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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


  • 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.

  • 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 124 reviews

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First, I'm glad I booked this tour. Second, Sergio Pisco, our guide, was excellent and a learned fellow. Third, Pompeii actually exceeded my expectations, yet I'd still prefer all day learning about and visiting Herculaneum. Fourth, my suggestion would be for guides to explicitly tell their guests that their responsibility is to move quickly (keep up) while the guides' responsibility is to wait until all the guests are present before providing a description of the room, item, artwork, site, etc. Fifth. a better fitting ear piece would enhance the audio experience as guests must multitask to sift through extraneous conversations around them, observe the terrain in order to avoid tripping, and monitor other tourists to avoid unintended collisions. Sixth, for this combined Pompeii and Herculaneum tour, it would be helpful to guests to have a dedicated hour and a half break at the end of the Pompeii tour, separate from transportation to Herculaneum.

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September 22, 2022

The tour, especially of Pompeii, is very fast (about 2 hours), but if you want to see both sites, you need to run a little and give up something. For us who stayed a few days it was perfect. The sites (both, not just Pompeii) are very beautiful and the guide (I can't remember his name, a young archaeologist) was very good.

June 7, 2022

The tours and tour guides were great! Alessandra was so knowledgeable and friendly, made the whole tour interesting! My only complaint was the time we had to wait in the heat after we arrived at Herculaneum! The machine at the visitor center was out of water and we waited a long time before the second tour started.

June 1, 2022

Product ID: 220821