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Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

1. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Following your tour pickup, you will make your way south to explore the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Stroll through the streets of the Roman city of Pompeii and check the numerous different UNESCO archaeological sites, such as the Herculaneum. Both archaeological sites feature the excavated ruins of alleyways and homes where you are free to explore. These locations are also fascinating in that archaeologists are still continuing to unearth the remains of a place forever locked in time. Following your exploration of the ruins, drive up to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that destroyed Pompeii 2,000 years ago. You can stop to enjoy the view of the Bay of Naples from the top, as you enjoy a delicious lunch. If you are a hiking and history lover, this Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius tour is all you need.

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From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Trip

2. From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius Trip

Travel from two ancient Roman towns, Pompeii and Herculaneum, to the stunning top of the volcano Mount Vesuvius on this trip through Rome’s past. Enjoy round-trip transportation, live commentary, and free time at each site. Starting with pickup in Naples, stop first in Pompeii for approximately 3 hours. Walk around the archaeological site and admire the beautiful ruins on your own. Get guided to Herculaneum next and enjoy approximately 2 hours of free time. End your adventure at the top of Mount Vesuvius where you can explore and take in views for 1 hour.

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Naples: Day-Trip to Herculaneum and Vesuvius

3. 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.

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Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius Tour in Luxury Bus

4. Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius Tour in Luxury Bus

Relax in comfort and style on board a luxury bus as you embark on a fascinating one-day tour of the Campania Region’s highlights. The first stop of the tour is the ancient ruins of the world-famous Pompeii, a site of excellent preservation following the tragic destruction of the town by volcanic lava almost 2000 years ago. After roughly 2 hours at the site of Pompeii, it’s time to move on to the next destination. Next, visit the fascinating Roman town of Herculaneum, another ancient site destroyed by volcanic flows in 79 AD. Retrace the steps of history as you marvel at the ruins that remain more or less intact after all these years. After 1.5 hours at Herculaneum, travel towards the incredible Mount Vesuvius to marvel at this incredible but daunting volcano. Along the journey to and from each site, enjoy live commentary from your driver and learn about the tales and anecdotes of these three most visit places in the region. This tour is the perfect option for those wishing to see the most popular sites of Campania in one day, aboard a deluxe vehicle with a maximum of 8 guests.

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From Naples: Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius Full-Day Excursion

5. From Naples: Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius Full-Day Excursion

Start your full-day tour at a choice of meeting points on the bus route from Naples to the Herculaneum ruins. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and discover Herculaneum on your own. Afterwards you will continue on to Mt. Vesuvius. Enjoy a drive through a national park that features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. Take a walking path up to the crater, where you can admire area views and learn more about local geology from the park guides. Following your Mt. Vesuvius visit, you’ll head back to Naples. Choose the departure time most convenient for you and the bus stop closest to your destination.

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

6. 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.

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From Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius Private Tour

7. 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.

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Naples: Full-Day Pompeii & Herculaneum Wine Tasting Tour

8. Naples: Full-Day Pompeii & Herculaneum Wine Tasting Tour

Start the tour with pickup from Naples or the Amalfi Coast. Meet your private English-speaking driver who will travel with you for the entire 8-hour tour. Climb into the Mercedes vehicle and set off towards Pompeii & Herculaneum. The itinerary is very flexible and customizable and you can discuss with your guide your preferences. First, head over to the Pompeii archaeological site for 2 hours of free time to explore the ruins on foot. Then, continue the tour to the Volcano within the National Park of Mount Vesuvius. Visit a local vineyard. Enjoy free time for lunch with Neapolitan typical products accompanied by a tasting of different kinds of local wine.  After lunch, or before it, depending on the time, pay a visit to the Herculaneum archaeological area. This site is smaller than Pompeii so the visit will be a bit shorter. Finally, enjoy a convenient return transfer back to your hotel in Naples or the Amalfi Coast.

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Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour

9. Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Private Guided Tour

Herculaneum, together with Pompeii, was violently affected by the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius. However, while Pompeii was buried under a layer of ash and lapilli, Herculaneum was covered under a huge mass of mud and volcanic debris. This huge solid mass allowed a better preservation of perishable materials like wood, remnants of food, fabrics, etc. An expert guide will make the city come to life, offering you the opportunity to imagine the private lives of ancient Romans. On this tour, you will visit the most interesting sites of this ancient city. You will dive into a world apart and go into the Roman houses where you will be able to almost hear the voices of the  owners calling each other. See unique details such as the original doors and all the original furniture of the shops. You also won't miss the place they loved most - the thermal baths. Learn and have fun with your group as you take in the sights of ancient Herculaneum and modern Ercolano. Admire the ever-changing light as it plays off Mount Vesuvius in the background. This Herculaneum walking tour will be a fascinating glimpse into life during the Roman Empire.

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Amalfi Coast: Vesuvius and Herculaneum Private Tour

10. Amalfi Coast: Vesuvius and Herculaneum Private Tour

You will start your full-day private tour from your accommodation on either the Amalfi Coast or the Sorrento Coast. Your professional English-speaking driver will pick you up at the most comfortable time, at which point you will drive to the national park of Mount Vesuvius to visit this famed volcano that destroyed the ancient Roman town nearly 2,000 years ago. Afterwards, you can enjoy a drive through a national park which features amazing views of the Bay of Naples. Upon reaching an altitude of 1,000 meters, you will have free time to tour to the crater of the volcano, walking along a designated path. Once there, you can admire the magnificent panoramic views, and learn more about local geology from your volcanological guides. After this, you will continue on to the Herculaneum ruins. Here a professional tour guide will accompany you for a 2-hour walking tour of Herculaneum, an archaeological site first discovered in the 18th century which 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 and the house of the mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite (which definetely deserve to be visited). At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Ercolano

The car has been excellent, clean and very spacious. We miss the previous information for the climb to the volcano since when climbing there were no tickets available, but we quickly forgot it thanks to the attention and service that the driver Mauro gave us, who was spectacular and made us feel safe despite the madness that it's the traffic in Naples. Mauro top top !!

Beautiful tour to discover Pompeii and Herculaneum accompanied by the super Vicenzo, our super kind and nice driver who told us so much about Naples. Lunch included in the super good package with appetizer, spaghetti with tomato sauce, dessert and also a tasting of three wines. Thanks to Vincenzo and the guides of the two sites. Super recommended this tour!

Beautiful tour to discover Pompeii and Herculaneum accompanied by the super Vicenzo, our super kind and nice driver who told us so much about Naples. Lunch included in the super good package with appetizer, spaghetti with tomato sauce, dessert and also a tasting of three wines. Thanks to Vincenzo and the guides of the two sites. Super recommended this tour!

Very friendly and punctual driver. Very nice and comfortable minibus. Fast and helpful answers from the agency. At my request, the agency organized the entry tickets for the visitor sites for a fee of 1 euro per ticket.

The patrician guide in Herculaneum was very prepared and empathetic.