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POMPEII & HERCULANEUM Day Trip from Naples

Napoli, Italy
POMPEII & HERCULANEUM Day Trip from Naples

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Explore the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii on this day trip from Naples. Led by a local guide, marvel at the UNESCO-listed site of Pompeii (own expense), which lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Afterward, head to a cameo and coral factory to watch the craftsmen at work before sitting down to a traditional Italian lunch. Top off the afternoon with a trip to Ercolano to discover the ruins of Herculaneum (own expense.) Your trip will conclude with transportation back to Naples.
  • Full-day Pompeii and Herculaneum excursion from Naples
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii with a guide
  • Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ AD 79 eruption that buried many of Campania’s towns for centuries
  • Visit a coral and cameo factory, and then enjoy lunch in Ristorante Vesuvio
  • Travel to Ercolano and explore the ruins of Herculaneum at leisure, seeing monuments, fossils and mosaics
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Round-trip transfer from the meeting point
Comment on board
Authorized guide with skip-the-line entrance (with more than 6 participants)
Audio guides (with groups of up to 5 participants)
Walking tour to the ruins of Pompeii (2h)
Walking tours to the ruins of Herculaneum (1h 30m)
Light Lunch
Entrance tickets to Pompei and Herculaneum

Departure Point

Porto Di, Molo Beverello, 80133 Napoli NA, Italy

Meeting in front of the Picnic Bar entrance at 8:10am.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your trip with pickup from your select Naples hotel and hop aboard your coach toward Pompeii. Once buried under a blanket of ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, the city wasn't unearthed until the 18th century.

As you enter (own expense), follow your guide through the ruins and learn the fascinating history behind the ancient city. Pass excavations of the Teatro Grande, which once housed up to 5,000 spectators, and the Forum.

Continue to a family-run corals and cameo factory to learn more about the jewelry-making process. Afterward, walk to the 18th-century Ristorante Vesuvio for a delicious, Italian-style lunch.

Journey next to the coastal town of Ercolana, where the ruins of Herculaneum reside, another town struck during the infamous eruption. Though Pompeii is more widely-known, Herculaneum hosts a wealth of archaeological treasures. Enter (own expense) and explore at leisure, admiring the ancient monuments, preserved mosaics and fossils nearly 2,000 years old.

Your day trip will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point.
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
At the time of the dramatic eruption, Pompeii counted about 11.000 inhabitants, while Herculaneum had a population of some 5.000 people. A number of emperors and aristocrats had their holiday villas in these cities. One day, in 79 AD, several meters of ashes buried the whole area in a matter of few hours. Centuries later, in 1748, under the Bourbons government, excavation works started. The discovery was greeted with enthusiasm as it added great wealth to the kingdom and inspired the neoclassicism movement in Europe. Nowadays, the ruins of Pompeii are amongst the most visited archaeological sites in the world, while Herculaneum is renewed for its Villa dei Papiri containing a library of over 1800 papyruses. Included in this tour there is a stop to a Cameos and Corals workshop, to learn more about this ancient art-craft, for which the Neapolitan school is still considered of great importance. Cameos in particular are carved sea shells representing scenes of mythological deities.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Lunch break
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
After lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be heading towards the ruins of Herculaneum.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If less than five people are in your group, your tour will operate with an audio guide in place of an actual local guide in Pompeii
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Sconsigliato a persone con difficoltà deambulatorie
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Napoli City Vision
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during POMPEII & HERCULANEUM Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during POMPEII & HERCULANEUM Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during POMPEII & HERCULANEUM Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during POMPEII & HERCULANEUM Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "This is very convenient for the tour to swap around us cattle/tourists but adds an hour to the day." See review
  • "The included lunch was fine, but took almost an hour and a half." See review


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Learned a lot from the archeologist.t
, Feb 2020
The pick up was a little confusing because we picked up at a lot of places and they kept switch vehicles for some of the tourist. However, the actual tour went off without a hitch. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and pleasant. The food was good as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour
, Feb 2020
The guides was terrific (Sorry cannot remember name) .food was very good in restaurant.would highly recommend
Tour guide was good. Pickup was messy
, Jan 2020
Pickup was messy. It was raining hard and the hotel pickup area did not even have cover from the rain. Pickups were disorganized and we had to drive to another location to wait for people to pickup one of the guides into another car. Guides did not speak at all for the ride and just chatted with each other. Actual tour was better and guide had good nuggets of information. Most likely will not recommend this tour though.
A nice day out
, Nov 2019
The bus driver very friendly and staff on bus very friendly. We picked up alot of people so the bus seemed to take forever to get out of Naples and Naples traffic. We had perfect weather for seeing the ancient ruins. The guided tour of Pompeii not ideal as the audio to the ear phones kept cutting out so we couldn't always hear what the guide was saying. The tour group was too big and tour was done in both English and Italian meaning it took twice as long and made the tour guide's dialogue harder to follow. There was also alot of standing around waiting for things to be organised. The standing around time could have been better spent as break time as it was a hot day so going without a drink refreshment break from 8:30 am when bus picked us up til 2:15pm when we finally got our lunch break was too long. I was parched! The tour should advise to bring a bottle of water or offer bottles of water on the bus like other tours do. The Herculaneum tour very good. The tour was done only in English and could be heard better and the ruins themselves were better preserved than Pompeii and not as big an area to walk around.
Great tour!
, Nov 2019
We had a great time at this tour! Our guide Silvana was passionate about her job and made sure we had a good time walking around and learning the history behind those sights. I wish there were more professionals like her! Food was ok but the portions were ridiculously small. I suggest the office take care of this.
Convenient pickup and knowledgeable guides
, Nov 2019
We wee picked up by black car service to our bus then to pompei. Pompei tour was short but precise. We would have preferred more Tim in pompei as it is a huge site but we seen a lot. Then Herculaneum which was amazing. Sylvannia, our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the site and the tour was thorough.
Interesting and well covering historical experience
, Oct 2019
Easy to book on line and to get the necessary information. The trip is well organised and covers the main points of such a visit. Our guide was engaged and did a good work. The start of the day picking up the rest of the participating visitors was although a bit complicated and too long, but we did come away at the end.
Great comparison of the 2 sites... but avoid the Cameo retailer
, Oct 2019
Chose this over the cruise ships vastly overpriced shore excursion. After the initial lack of communication and attendance by the coordinator at the advised time (welcome to Italy 😁) all went well. Pompeii was better than expected and not as crowded as we were warned about. God tour if not a little rushed. However, avoid the Cameo factory and there overpriced rip off. Herculaneum was even better and is a lot quieter in terms of tourists but far more intact and will give you a real sense of life in the times
Knowledgable guide who made it personal
Leonore N
, Oct 2019
The pick-up and transportation were fine. Lunch was also very good. Pompeii was interesting but Herculaneum felt so much more real . In my opinion, if you only could do one of these tours, I suggest that you visit Herculaneum. Sylvana the guide was excellent with her knowledge and friendliness.
Great guide
, Oct 2019
We spent the right amount of time at each site. We had a great lunch experience. The only minus was we left a medical device on the bus and did not recover it.

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