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From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

1. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket. Enter a time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Let your local expert guide give you a tour of these marvelously-preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the spectacular coastline as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains.

From Positano: Pompeii Ruins Guided Tour

2. From Positano: Pompeii Ruins Guided Tour

Meet your local guide at your accommodation in Positano and start the adventure. Benefit from the comfort of your air-conditioned transportation as you get to Pompeii Archeological Site.  Once there, explore one of the most visited archaeological sites in Italy with the knowledge of an archeological official guide.  Find out what life was like before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Marvel at the well-preserved slice of ancient Roman life as you pass by the Basilica, the Forum, and the thermal baths. Discover some residential houses and picture how people lived 2000 years ago in this city.

From Rome: Amalfi Coast & Pompeii Full-Day Small Group Tour

3. From Rome: Amalfi Coast & Pompeii Full-Day Small Group Tour

Embark on an excursion of the ancient city of Pompeii and the beautiful Amalfi Coast, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Travel in a small group of 6 passengers in an air-conditioned minivan with your own English-speaking tour guide. Start your tour at Pompeii's archeological site and tour the highlights of this ancient Roman city, including the Macellum (food market), the Thermal Baths, the areas where the Romans would gather to have dinner and wine, and the homes of wealthy citizens. Next, head towards the Amalfi Coast, stopping for lunch in Positano. In winter, most of the businesses in Positano town are closed in which case you will visit Amalfi town instead. Enjoy time in these towns to try local cuisine and browse the shops.

From Naples: Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

4. From Naples: Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a morning pickup from downtown Naples before driving to Pompeii to visit the ruins. During this section of the tour, there will be an assistant on the bus to answer your questions. Arrive in Pompeii and join a tour guide. Located under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted in the last 100 years, Pompeii is as fascinating as it is mysterious.  With its perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, a Forum, and theaters, it provides an almost complete picture of what was once a thriving Roman city. You will tour the ruins for approximately 2 hours, as your guide leads you through the theater, the necropolis, the Thermae, and some aristocratic houses that were owned by the city’s richest citizens. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Continue after lunch with a drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Sit back and relax as panoramic vista after vista passes you by. Stop on a panoramic terrace overlooking Positano, before heading to the queen of the Coast, Amalfi. End your tour with a 30-minute break in the town of Amalfi. Lying at the foot of a deep ravine, and surrounded by steep cliffs, it is a dramatic location to grab a coffee, or gelato, and simply watch the world go-by. Your driver will take you back to Naples.

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

5. 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.

From Naples: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

6. From Naples: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

Depart from Naples at the Stazione Marittima or Hotel Ramada and arrive at the impressive open-air museum and archeological site of Pompeii. Travel the panoramic road of the Sorrento coast to its namesake town. Freely walk through the streets of Positano. Allow your driver to be your guide. Explore the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and learn about its 2000-year-old impressive history and amazing discovery. See a huge clock that stopped in 79 AD, and find out what's guarding a treasure chest on this extraordinary journey through time. Take in the scenery of the Sorrento coast on the way to its most famous town, Sorrento. Walk the alleys, admire the meticulous woodwork, and indulge in some limoncello or a delicious ice cream while capturing views of the sea. Finish at the panoramic terrace of Positano, the vertical town that looks like a crib. Soak in the views of the vividly colored houses set within the rock. The driver will be at your complete disposal during the tour, explaining to you onboard the vehicle, everything you need to know about the places you will visit, and once on site, he will give you free time to spend as you like.

Amalfi Coast: Pompeii & Vesuvius Trip with Tickets and Lunch

7. Amalfi Coast: Pompeii & Vesuvius Trip with Tickets and Lunch

Discover the wonders of the archaeological site of Pompeii and the famous Mount Vesuvius on this trip from the Amalfi Coast. Take advantage of an all-inclusive trip including round-trip transportation, skip-the-line entry tickets, a guided tour, and lunch with a wine tasting. Head to Pompeii first and find out what life was like before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Observe important buildings and structures such as the basilica, the forum, the thermal baths, the bakery, residential houses, and more. Drive up to Mt. Vesuvius to explore one of the most famous volcanoes in the world while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Gulf of Naples. Start from 1000 m above sea level, then continue walking along the Gran Cono path leading to the crater. Afterward, visit an authentic winery and vineyard for lunch and a wine tasting before getting driven back to your accommodation.

Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

8. Pompeii and Vesuvius Full-Day Tour from Amalfi Coast

Discover the beauty of the Amalfi coast, climb Mount Vesuvius, and see the excavation site at Pompeii, all on one tour! Drive along the coastal road and pass the picturesque towns that make Italy's Campania region unforgettable, then explore the ancient city of Pompeii. In Pompeii, explore one of Europe's most compelling excavation sites. This Roman city was lost for 1700 years, partially destroyed and buried under ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, get unique insight into ancient city life. After lunch, depart for Mount Vesuvius. Take the minibus up the volcano, and be escorted by a guide to the summit. From here, enjoy views over the southern part of the volcano, and, during days with good visibility, the entire gulf of Naples. On the journey back, visit one of the most prestigious cameo and coral factories in the region to see the production of typical Italian carvings.

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast: Full-Day Private Tour

9. Pompeii and Amalfi Coast: Full-Day Private Tour

Enjoy a full-day excursion to two of Italy’s best-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. Your English-speaking driver will show you the extraordinary beauty of the coast of south-western Italy during this tour. Our first stop of the day is Pompeii, which was at one time a thriving Roman town and is now an important archaeological site. You can walk along the town’s streets and visit houses, shops, bars, and even a Roman brothel, and marvel at how well the town was preserved. Pompeii was engulfed by ash and soot from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The entire town was buried, and more than 20,000 residents were killed.  Today, Pompeii is an outdoor museum and one of the few sites where an ancient city was so well preserved by volcanic ash. You’ll have the unique opportunity of seeing how the residents lived 2,000 years ago. You’ll marvel at the spectacular views along the coast. We’ll make a stop overlooking Positano and its bay for photos before continuing to Amalfi. We’ll ensure that you have plenty of time to enjoy the clear blue waters as well. The Amalfi Coast lies in the southwestern region of Campania and is best known for its iconic medieval fishing villages, perched atop hills overlooking the Mediterranean.

From Naples: Amalfi Coast Private Full-Day Trip

10. From Naples: Amalfi Coast Private Full-Day Trip

Your driver will meet you in the lobby of your hotel, your cruise port or your train station to begin your private tour along the Amalfi coast. Your first stop will be in the town of Sorrento, approximately a 1-hour car journey. In Sorrento, your driver will drop you off in Piazza Tasso - the main square - from here you will have 1-hour of free time to stroll around the town, taking in the picturesque sights before heading back to your private car which will then depart for Positano.  On your way to Positano, you will cross the Sorrentina Peninsula and be given the opportunity to stop in this stunning landscape to take beautiful pictures that will last a lifetime. When you reach Positano, you will be greeted by characteristically quaint narrow streets, which you will be invited to wander during your 1-hour of free time. It is advised that you stop for lunch in Positano, your driver will suggest some local favorites.  After lunch, you will proceed to Amalfi where you will be dropped off in the Flavio Gioia square, close to the famous Cathedral of Saint Andrew (Duomo di Sant'Andrea). Your driver will wait while you explore the local surroundings before heading on to your final stop in the town of Ravello, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast where you will be given an hour to stroll around the gorgeous old streets before returning to Naples.

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4.6 / 5

based on 825 reviews

My teenage daughter and I had a great day! Our guide Peter, organised this trip very well. All stops were well timed so that we got the most out of this exciting day. We had sufficient time to wander around Positano and its beach, and enjoy amazing colours and views there. We were lucky with weather and traffic. In Pompeii we had an excellent local guide. She used our precious time very efficiently to show us around and tell many facts. Time on the bus passed quickly too. Thanks to our kind and professional coach driver, we had a very comfortable travel. I would highly recommend this trip.

Our tour guide Peter was great, really, he was very knowledgeable about the areas we were going through and seeing, he was very informative about subjects pertaining to the tour, he knows his history. Peter was good about prepping us to know when we would break for food, restrooms etc.. The drive was cumfy in a clean bus and didn’t seem as lengthy as it would seem on paper at all, so don’t shy away from the hours this tour runs, it was fun, didn’t seem heavy at all and there was a really good restaurant at the end of the day drop off point at 2 min walking distance.

JB and Luigi were excellent at getting us to all the places we needed to be at and for being really friendly and helpful. Hector was a very informative guide for Pompeii ruins. Overall would recommend!

The tour guide was excellent and very very nice! I still do not know how the bus drivers drive on those windy roads. But he did! The other people were also great!

The guide Robert was so good and made our tour very interesting and well worth it