This tour was a major dissapointment. Basically you`ve got a transport, a guide waiting at the Pompei and transport back. All of this for huge price premium. Way different experience from other Viator private tours. Hiring a taxi from Naples and a Pompei guide in advance would do the same for fraction of the price. BTW the guide was good - very good in explanations yet shortened the tour by about 20min. The driver was rude, couldn`t speak english at all, on the way back he left us waiting for 20minutes in front of the car being on phone all the time. Days before the tour we have asked the tour provider to extend it with visit to Vesuv on the way back from Pompei. The tour provider asked about details, we answered and he newer came back to us. There was no contact from the tour provider to us once in Pompei and when we asked about it on the way back (the driver called him) he explained that it is Viator mistake as no of our messages came back to him. Simply a big mess. We`ve had two private tours with Viator this yeare before this one, the last happened just a day before this one in Naples as well and the experience was way different.
Are you foodie enough? Don`t you mind hiking slippery paths up and down the hills? Our kids loved the dogs hunting (in reality the dogs have eaten most of the found truffles ... turning kids to laugh about a lot). Best time to go is in November - January when winter truffles are aplenty. The hunter himself doesn`t speak English, but in tandem with the tour guide they have offered extensive information on truffle hunting, the region where we were, history of the area - exactly what we expect from private tour. They offered us a possibility to visit local food festival (Sagra) after the hunting which turned into hours long feast of small bites from hundreds of food stands. A day every foodie will remember for long. The only improvement could be the people carrier used to drive us over 1h from Naples to the woods. It has been old cargo car. We`ve been told that local transport companies doesn`t want better cars (i.e. Mac Viano) to go to the woods.
Our tourguide Agostina has been great. We have travelled with 2 kids and she helped us to find everywhere in Vatican Museum a calm spot (it"s really crowdy at Easter there), where explanation adjusted for kids have been given. We expected the kids to be bored after first hour, but this way they enjoyed the whole excursion.
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