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Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

1. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and visit the surrounding shops and cafes. Choose the lunch option for a three-course meal consisting of a starter, main course, dessert, and one drink. Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano. From there, step out and make your own way to the crater’s edge on a 30-minute ascent. On the way, you may come across an official alpine guide who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you. Arrive at the summit where you can enjoy and photograph the unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples. The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

2. Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius

Travel back in time to the devastating day in 79 AD the brooding volcano of Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash.  On arrival, 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 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.

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

3. 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.

Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

4. Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

Leave the city traffic behind and take a train from Sorrento to Pompeii. Save time on your Italian vacation with skip-the-line tickets to the popular Pompeii Archeological Site. Discover this world-famous archaeological excavation site on a guided walking tour.  Meet an assistant at the CIrcumvesuviana train station and get help locating your train. Hop aboard and take in views of the countryside on the ride to Pompeii. Avoid long-wait times with your skip-the-line access to the Pompeii Archeological Site.  Meet your guide and stroll through ancient ruins that have been well-preserved by volcanic ash from the Vesuvius volcano which looms over the town in the distance. Uncover the history of ancient life from your guide. See sights like the market, forum, and lavish villas.  Upon your tour's conclusion, you will be free to return to Sorrento or remain in Pompeii to explore further.

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

5. 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.

Capri Island Full Day Trip from Sorrento & Boat Ride

6. Capri Island Full Day Trip from Sorrento & Boat Ride

Discover the natural wonders of Capri on this guided full-day tour from Sorrento. Visit shops on the island and explore on your own time. Enjoy the beaches and sights like grottos and rock formations, as well as man-made landmarks like the lighthouse and marina. Leave Sorrento in the morning and drive to Nerano to board the boat and sail along the coastline along the Punta Campanella Marine Reserve. Take in views of Massa Lubrense and Leranto's Bay on your way to Capri. Dock at Capri at about 10:00 AM and begin your adventure. Take your time exploring the island, relaxing on the beach, or shopping at local boutiques. Board the boat at 3:45 PM and sail past the island’s highlights like the green and white grottos, lighthouse, Marina Piccola, Faraglioni Rocks, and Natural Arch.  Sail back to Nerano and get dropped off between 6:15 - 6:30 PM.

Naples: Sorrento & Pompeii Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

7. Naples: Sorrento & Pompeii Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Meet your tour leader at Naples port and get ready for an unforgettable journey to Sorrento. Admire breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast as you head towards your destination.  Explore the beautiful alleys of the city, breathe in the authenticity of southern Italy and make a stop-off at a quaint local business. Taste some delicious local cuisine and sip on a Limoncello, a famous regional alcoholic beverage. After touring Sorrento, visit one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, the Ruins of Pompeii, and discover the history of this ancient Roman city buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano. Stroll through the cobbled alleys of Pompeii at your own pace and step back in time. Examine the ruins of what was once a dynamic and prosperous city, immortalized by the fire of the Vesuvius volcano.  Immerse yourself in the sensation of mystery and nostalgia as you enjoy a fascinating day brimming with history, culture, and stunning landscapes.

From Sorrento: Half-Day Herculaneum Express by Local Train

8. 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 Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii & Wine Tasting Tour

9. From Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii & Wine Tasting Tour

Depart from Sorrento by minibus and an authorized English-speaking guide to explore the main features of the area: the suggestive history of Pompeii and wine tasting in Vesuvius National Park. The first part of the day will be dedicated to a visit of the archaeological site of Pompeii, where an authorized guide will lead you through the remains of this extraordinary city immortalized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Pompeii is renowned all over the world for the exceptional relics, buildings and infrastructure of the site as it is well-preserved due to the city's burial under meters of ash and lava fragments. Visitors will be able to have a glimpse of what it must have been like to have actually lived there. The tour will then continue to Vesuvius National Park, where you will visit an enchanting vineyard located on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, after a short walk among the grapes and a visit to the winery, there will be lunch with typical dishes from the Neapolitan tradition matched with tasting of the famous wine Lacryma Christi of Vesuvius. At the end of the excursion, return back to Sorrento.

From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tour and Vineyard Lunch

10. From Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tour and Vineyard Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Sorrento behind and head to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, get skip-the-line entry and enjoy a guided tour. Visit a vineyard, learn the process of wine tasting, eat a delicious 3-course lunch, and enjoy wine tasting. Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, relax and enjoy the ride. Enjoy a skip-the-line ticket to the old town of Pompeii, one of the world's most important historical sites because of how volcanic ash preserved the city and its people. Walk through the ancient streets and learn all the history and culture from your guide. Get an insight into Roman life in the town over 2,000 years ago. Feeling thirsty? No worries, your next stop is a traditional winery. Discover the wine production process and admire the epic views. Tuck into a 3-course meal and enjoy tasting Sorrento wines to wash it down. Please note: tour in German language available on Tuesdays only.

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Well organised trip. Good information provided in the preparation for the trip. Meeting point is central to Sorrento. Would definitely recommend an organised tour as Pompeii is a large area and you would easily become lost. Most importantly is the knowledge that your guide is able to share with you about the history of Pompeii. I would recommend this company to anyone.

A one day trip in a new clean air conditioned bus and two boat trips guided by our knowledgeable and friendly leader Lisa and our skilled driver Giovanni. Driving in this region is out of the question so we were able to see the historic sites and natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Very well organised excursion from the station. Our guide Gino was really knowledgeable, funny and likeable. Pompeii is amazing but there is no information plates outside so you need a good guide or you don’t really get to know enough about it. I’d highly recommend this tour.

Josef was wonderful! He brought the era and the people who lived in Pompeii to life! He was eloquent and we really enjoyed him and the beautiful ruins that remain.,. Excellent!!!

Very well organised day. Comfortable transport and pleased to have all tickets arranged. Roberta did a great job in looking after us throughout the day.