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We had a week in Rome and wanted to get outside of the city to experience a different side of Italy. This day trip met our expectations and then some. Our guides kept the long bus ride fun and were extremely knowlegable. When we arrived in Pompeii, we were joined by a local guide who was probably more entertaining than factual, though Im sure he could answer any real questions people had. After touring pompeii we stopped for lunch in a restaurant that seems to only cater to tour buses. We had an extremely long wait for our pizzas, causing our schedule to be off for the rest of the day. This was really the only down side and couldnt be helped. The lunch break was great though because that hike up vesuvious was a bit on the tough side. We were given 80 minutes, presumably 30 minutes up, 20 minutes on top and 30 down. Though Im only 29, I have a bad back and needed the full 40 minutes to get up and another 40 to get down. An extra 10 minutes would have been helpful, especially for my husband who would have liked to linger at the crater for a few more minutes. All in all, it was a good day and worth every penny.
The trip overall was worthwhile however I believe that we should have seen more of Naples by foot rather than touring around in a bus and only catching partial glimpses of significant landmarks. Pompeii was excellent and the local guide gave a thorough explanation of the history associated with the city both pre and post destruction.
After an energetic climb of Mt Vesuvius, a great lunch and a shot of Limoncello we arrived at Pompeii to experience an incredible ancient city.
What was nice about this trip was we had Maria all to ourselves on the first part of the tour so we got very personalized service seeing Naples. The second half was with a different guide in Pompeii and she also did a nice job explaining everything to a now larger group. The nice part about the city tour is it got us situated for the rest of our stay in Naples.
This day trip was superb. Although it was a long day, it was worth every minute. Our tour guides, Antonella and Violet, and bus driver Antonio were just great. Seeing the sights in Pompeii was extremely interesting and the bus ride/hike to the top of Vesuvius was just so beautiful and exciting. The spectacular views at the top of the volcano made the trek to the top well worthwhile. To be prepared for the heat and hike, wear comfortable, closed toed shoes, take the walking stick offered at the beginning of the hike up Vesuvius and bring or buy an ample supply of water. All the members of my family of 5, including three teenagers, had a great day. We were in Rome for a week and this was an excellent way to get out of the city, see some of the countryside, and have one in lifetime experiences that we will always remember.
Trip was wonderful even though our guide had a monotone and our local guide had a very strong accent. we only stayed about half an hour in naples for one short photo stop near the adriatic and did a bus tour through the city part - the pompeii portion was far better then the naples part of the tour. Our tour guide was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. Not the lunch on offer wasnt anything near what you can buy in some local restaurants but if you want something easy and to just relax as everythings being done for you then this is the tour for you. Note: if i was to go to pompeii again i would choose the pompeii only tour
Vesuvius and Pompeii are definately worth a visit! This trip was well organized, pick up and drop off were on time, and the guides were trilingual and easy to follow.
I found the explanations, however, to be a little biased towards the more 'shocking' side of Pompeii. I would have liked more history explained as we went through the city. I would have also liked to spend more time at Vesuvius, it's quite rushed, you get an hour to hike up and down the highest part of the volcano, which doesn't leave enough time to actually go into the caldera or look around the ridge, so adding an hour to the tour definately wouldn't hurt.
All in all, it was good.
This was a waste of a day. The meal was not that good for Italian Fare. The Naples visit was a joke a 10 minute drive around the city in the bus. No need to see the Cameo factory either. Also, 2 20 - 30 minute bathroom breaks that dragged the whole trip on forever. I would recommend taking the train from Rome to Pompeii the station is not far from the entrance and buying a book to expalin Pompeii it would be much cheaper and more informative or just find a trip to only Pompeii
The city was nice, tour was not good!! The coach was very cramped, the driver smoked on the bus and it smelled like smoke. The tour was combo of English, Spanish and Japanese so things were said in 3 different languages continuously, ex- look to the right and you'll see...but by the time it was said in English that thing to see was not on the right because we had already passed it. Not much educated words were said except by the local tour guide who walked extremely slow through Pompeii in the heat. The cameo museum was a nice pit stop. Will not be recommending or booking again
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WE ARRIVED IN POMPEII...GREAT TOUR WONDERFUL TOUR GUIDE...WONDERFUL LUNCH...NO RUSHING...NEW TOUR GUIDE LOVELY LADY, SHE TOOK US TO SORRENTO, BEST SHOPPING GREAT PRICES AND QUALITY. WOULD LIKE TO STAY I SORRENTO, BEAUTIFUL CITY. COULD HAVE SPENT LOTS MORE TIME THERE.
A friend of mine and I booked ourselves on a day trip to Pompeii and Vesuvuis. Both of us enjoyed it immensely. Our guide whom we met in Rome before setting off to Pompeii, was very pleasant and extremely helpful. She has been living in Italy for a couple of years and has got a well round knowledge about the history of the regions we travelled accross. The Italian guide, who walked us through the old city of Pompeii, was good and provided us with interesting information about the city's history and way of everyday life. Thank you very much for such an enjoyable and memorable trip.
The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and friendly. The lunch that was included was also good...I got a whole pizza to myself, when I was just expecting a slice! Pompeii and Vesuvius was amazing, and there is so much history to the city, which was explained very much in detail by the guide. Viator Tours is worth the money!
Pompeii was interesting and well worth seeing. The lunch was very good and loved that it was at a locally owned place with authentic food. The tour guide at Pompeii was knowledgeable but very hard to hear - other groups had the microphone - headset combo which would have been very helpful. We didn't know we were sharing the bus with the people going to Capri - it made a long trip much longer. The return home to the hotel would have been provided but would have added another 2 hours to the trip once we reached the city center. Don't know if it was true but we were clearly being encouraged to find our own way back to the hotel, which we did.
The tour gets a low rating because only 2 hours was spent at Pompeii, which deserves much more. The tour of Naples is really a waste of time...it's not a pretty city, and you only get off the bus for a few minutes...the time would be better spent at Pompeii. The tour staff from Rome was great, but the 'local guide' at Pompeii was very old, slow moving, and hard to hear. In retrospect, I would go with a company that spent the whole day (or at least 4 hours) at Pompeii and skipped Naples. One last criticism...the Jewelry shop tour that seems mandatory for all the tour companies...what a waste of time. My thought is that the tour companies must get a percentage of all the money spent by their clients at this store...an irritating diversion.
This tour was so disappointing and a waste of time and money. To begin we got a tour guide who had English that was so hard to understand. Many people on the bus could not understand her and gave up trying. The guide we picked up in Naples was better. You could understand his English but he spoke really fast. Our group signed up for an English speaking tour and discovered while on the bus that i was made into a bilingual tour. So the guides spoke both English and French. My group is so angry that this was allowed to happen. It was a small group of 3 that spoke French. So the rest of the bus who spoke English had the tour ruined by this. The guides spoke fast to be able to get the same information in both languages. I feel we lost information since the guides had to say the same basic information in two languages. You do not get out in Naples except at one roadside picture opportunity overlooking the bay. Lunch was annoying. It was a cafeteria style seating with several different tour groups. Our group was seated next to a group of middle/high school kids. I thought this arrangement was so tacky! The food was ok. It was a plate of penne pasta; second course was a plate of French fries with two thin slices of pork in mushroom gravy. They had cake for dessert. The tour guide walked and talked really fast in the city of Pompeii . If you fell behind a short distance to take pictures you could no longer hear the guide on the headset. I did not have this distance issue when touring in the Vatican. The headsets we got must have been short ranged or something. Several other people in the group turned their headsets off because there was a lot of interference. It was not the normal blue headsets like we have had on other Viator tours but they were purple/green. I think the guide in Pompeii did the best he could given the circumstance. I would recommend going to Pompeii but not on this tour.