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From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

1. From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

Meet our guide at the Sorrento Train Station and embark on a 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum. Skip the lines with access through a privileged entrance and discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Travel on the local train to Herculaneum, an ancient lavished town, and then join your professional guide for a 2-hour tour to discover this once thriving Roman resort town. Today, many ancient streets and buildings are visible, although over 75% of the Roman town remains covered under the modern towns of Ercolano and Portico. From the tour, you can speculate what the rest of the town of Herculaneum might look like under the rest of the molten rock.

From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

2. From Naples: Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Lunch

Save time with skip-the-line tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum on this day trip from Naples. Spend more time exploring the ruins and less time standing in line. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Be picked up from your accommodation in Naples. Sit back and relax as you take in the scenery on the way to Pompeii. Follow your archaeological guide through the heart of this ancient city as they reveal what daily life was like for people in Pompeii. Find out how the buildings, houses, and temples were made with advanced architectural techniques. Stop for a break at an authentic Italian restaurant for a nice lunch before heading to Herculaneum. Let your guide explain why this city is better preserved than Pompeii. See how the villas in Herculaneum still have their doors and how vividly colored the frescos are in the houses. Go to the boat sheds to see the remains of those who had sought shelter from the eruption in the boat sheds.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius Guided Day Trip

3. From Sorrento: Herculaneum & Mount Vesuvius Guided Day Trip

Herculaneum, the first buried Vesuvian city to be discovered (1709), preserved under pyroclastic material from the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, is our destination today. A fascinating tour of this seaside retreat for the Roman elite with its grand and luxurious houses, baths and carbonized wood objects such as roofs, beds and doors. An easy lunch before our conquest of Vesuvius! Breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples from the summit of the volcano will make this a day to remember. Pick up from your accommodation and transfer by bus to Herculaneum. With a guide you will visit the archaeological park. Transfer to a typical Vineyard for an easy lunch. In the early afternoon the visit will continue to approximately 1,000 m by road, and from here the walk to the crater. Return to your accommodation. Don’t forget: camera & comfortable shoes, identity card or copy of your passport. Green Pass / EU digital COVID certificate / Anti-COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Shore Excursion with Archaeologist

4. 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.

From Sorrento: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour

5. From Sorrento: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tour

Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town situated in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, submerged under a torrent of mud and lava after Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 AD. The buildings have been so well-kept that you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2000 years ago! There are still original timbers in the buildings and clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. Together with your guide, you’ll visit many of the most important sites such as the public baths with their well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, shops and the gymnasium. A tour of possibly one of the best preserved examples of a Roman residential town in the world, brought to life by the years of study and knowledge ofarchaeologists.

From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

6. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Group Tour

See the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum before heading to the top of the volcano that destroyed them on this trip from Naples. Choose from the option to be picked up at Stazione Marittima or from the Hotel Ramada at 8:30 AM. Travel 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, which was 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 Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for the destruction of so many cities. Stroll around its crater and enjoy panoramic views of Naples. 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.

Herculaneum: Half-Day Guided Trip from Naples

7. 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.

From Naples: Herculaneum Ruins Discovery Tour

8. 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.

Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

9. Pompeii & Herculaneum Private Skip-the-Line Tour with Ticket

Explore the beautiful ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on a private 5-hour tour with a licensed guide. This experience will take you on a trip back in time where you’ll see how these two towns were affected by the Vesuvius eruption in their own ways. Thanks to the historical and archeological background of your guide, the stories and facts will bring the cities back to life. If you feel like changing the route a bit, that's no problem—everything can be customized. Your historical journey starts at the Pompeii’s train station where your guide will wait for you. As soon as you set foot in the remains of this city, you’ll be transported to another era. Feel the history as you visit the theater, the sacred area, and a brothel with signs and symbols all around. See the preservation techniques in all its splendor with the plastered casts of some of the victims. Herculaneum offers a different sight to its visitors. Here, you have a panoramic view of the city and its ruins and remains due to how different the eruption and ashes reached the town. See the contrasts between these two cursed cities and how different they were affected by the eruption. While in Pompeii you see more of the public areas, in Herculaneum you have an intimate look into the lives of the people that used to live here. Check out an ancient shore, a private house, a bakery, and more.

Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano Tour with Guide in Pompeii

10. Pompeii, Sorrento, Positano Tour with Guide in Pompeii

On this day tour you can visit three of the most important places of the Campania region. Pompeii, with its ancient ruins, the peaceful Sorrento with its landscape and view on the Naples Gulf and Positano, a beautiful pearl on the Amalfi Coast. This tour is the ideal choice if you are stopping in Naples for just one day and want to visit as many places as possible. In the morning you will visit Positano and Sorrento amd then enjoy some lunch. The Amalfi Coast tour takes you along one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Numerous bends and constant changing views will captivate you, as you witness the fairy tale villages that seem to be stuck to the side of cliffs. It is a coastline, which has inspired many artists, poets, and writers throughout the years. In the afternoon you will visit Pompeii or the Herculaneum site (optional). Pompeii offers a vision of a Roman town frozen in time due to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. You will see Roman shops, baths and brothels. Experience Pompeii before and after the epic eruption 2,000 years ago. Imagine the moment their world vanished and discover the miraculous artifacts unearthed since. Witness the life and death of those frozen in time by ash.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

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.

Luigi, our driver, was great! Went out of his way to call out landmarks and share information about anything we asked about when we were driving around. Marina, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable about everything Pompeii and Herculean! She was awesome. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a way to learn about Pompeii and Herculean!

We were on a cruise, so our time was limited. We were able to see 3 different attractions (most cruise people only saw 1 or 2) in the comfort of a nice air conditioned car. With an excellent driver in the crazy city of Naples. Our driver was very intelligent and knowledgeable on everything Italian! They provided a great guide in Pompei and Herculaneum

This tour was amazing! Diego was such an informative and kind tour guide. I believe without a tour you wouldn’t know what you were looking at. But with Diego, we learned so much and had a great time seeing the two ancient cities. I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in this kind of excursion!

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