Trip was good but guide was not necessary and organization of transport from Mt.Vesuvius to Naples was a little bit confusing.
The trip itself was brilliant from the bus trip (with sing along) and the 'climb'. My only issue is that we had to rush as other members had to get back for trains and their cruise ship. I felt this was unfair as we did not get the full time allowance due to the pressure placed on us by the other people. I also felt it an unreasonable demand on the guide and driver as the days timings are made very clear on booking. I would recommend it however as it was very enjoyable and the view was amazing.
an easy way to see the volcano altho the guide didnt accompany us up the final (walkable) stretch there was probably little for her to tell us at the top that she hadn't already told us.
We really should have combined our tour with the tour of Pompeii, but we didn't as we weren't sure if our incoming train to Naples would allow us enough time to check in and make the combined tour on time. Regardless, this part of the tour is really only transport to Vesuvius which you climb on your own without the guide. Vesuvius really is worth going to, so would really recommend.
A bit of difficulty phoning to re-confirm but a fantastic trip, well organized, and very slick!
A nice way to climb Vesuvius at your own pace. Tour guide gets you through the gate, and then you are on your own. Only annoying thing was that the guide spent most of his time talking about women being stupid, useless, etc. Our group was mostly comprised of women.
The view is spectacular from the top of Mt. Vesuvius! Although we had to hike up a mile to get to the summit, but it was worth every step. The crater is amazing to see, and phosphorous and sulfur gas are seeping out of the crater, which was really cool to see. Remember to wear hiking shoes and be ready for a climb. The guy at the bottom who offers hiking sticks is a savior! Make sure to bring tip money for him. This tour gives you more than enough time to even visit the little shops on the way to the top.
Las vistas desde la cima valen la pena. La subida al volcán es un poco difícil y casi no da tiempo a descansar hay que estar en buena condición física para hacerlo en el tiempo que te dejan. Todo muy puntual y buen servicio así como el almuerzo. El guía muy simpático aunque se limita a acompañarte en el bus y no te da casi información. El tour simplemente te soluciona el tranporte lo cual no es sencillo en ese lugar.
The initial walk up Mount Vesuvius was a little strenuous, but after the first 10 minutes or so, you will get used to it and it gets easier. Of course, the fitter you are, the easier it will be. Especially if you walk up hills or mountains regularly.
Very dusty path up, so good walking shoes which you don't mind getting dusty is recommended.
There are 2 checkpoints along the way, of shops which sell souveniers / refreshments. One halfway up, the other all the way up. There is also a shop at the entrance.
Peering down Vesuvius is just a large crater, with white smoke still exiting on one of the sides.
Views of Pompeii, Naples and its surroundings are incredible, so take your camera for that.
I would recommend booking the trip for the minibus ride up to the entrance of Mount Vesuvius itself, as it is about a 30 minute ride up the hill from Pompeii.
After reading various reviews about the fitness levels required for climbing Vesuvius, I was extremely apprehensive about taking my 65 year old, rather overweight Mother on this trip. However, although it is pretty hard going at times, we made it with no problems and I certainly wouldn't class myself as "fit" either! My only complaint about the trip is that it is so rushed. We were given just 90 minutes to get up the Volcano and back down to the bus. The tour guide was lovely and very funny, but didnt actually tell us anything about the history of Vesuvius and just kept repeating that we needed to be back at the bus by 4.30... If we had longer to do the trek then it would have been amazing. Even just half an hour more would have meant being able to walk up a little slower then have longer to take in the views at the top. But I would still recommend this trip, just dont expect to have very long at the top!
Fantastic opportunity to see the crater of Vesuvius. Be aware you are taken to the Pompeii ticket area first, so if coming from Naples or Amalfi be prepared for a lengthy wait there before you join the main group up the mountain.
This was just transport from Naples hotel to Vesuvius so don't expect anything more.Good if you don't know how else to get there and don't won't to combine it with a visit to Pompeii (we did Pompeii in another tour). Mini-van from our hotel to outside Pompeii where we picked up another couple (so 4 of us in total) then we drove most of the way up Vesuvius. Not much commentary from the "guide" so thats why this isn't really a tour. We were given about 40 mins to walk from the carpark at the top to the crater and back to the van so felt a bit rushed. If you can make your own way to Vesuvius or work out the public transport then do so otherwise this is adequate.
We didn't have enough time at the mountain. Wasted too much time waiting and picking up people in Pompeii.
the guide was very knowledgeable but trip felt a bit rushed - woiuld have liked a bit longer at the top. the driver was also very helpful .
The pick up and drop off from hotel were very convinient, and the guide had a lot of interesting facts to share. However I felt very rushed since she only gave us 45 minutes to go to the top and meet her again at the bottom, that left us less then 10 minutes at the top to actually look at the volcano and enjoy the breathtaking views! I would have liked a lot more time to enjoy the sights and not felt like I had to run down the mountain to get back to her in time, which was unfortunate.
Heidi O USA
This tour was great fun and our guide was wonderful. Wear your walking shoes. The view is awesome but don't expect to see lava flowing and bubbling down the mountain.
I booked this tour a week in advance after first checking that the weather forecast was for a sunny day. Of course, on the day the forecast was wrong and we were unlucky to have cloudy, drizzly weather. However, this is not the reason for my low rating. At the restaurant our guide assured everybody not to worry - because of the weather, he said, we would not be able to enjoy the views over the bay but the crater was above the cloud and was clear. Of course it wasn't. It was completely shrouded in mist and we saw nothing. The disappointment for me was that during the bus trip up the guide said very little and gave virtually no insight into the history of the volcano. Most people were disappointed with the weather and I felt the guide could at least have used some enthusiasm to brighten the mood a bit. Then when we arrived at the gate to the Vesuvius National Park the guide announced, almost with relief I sensed, that, happily, the gate was open. Really? What would have happened if we'd got there to find it closed? It was clear the guide did not know the conditions at the top. Of course, we are disappointed that the tour did not work out as expected because of the weather, however, at least my wife and I can now claim that we've been to the top.
Trip was nice but confusing. Pickup as great. Time to Vesuvius and lunch was good.
Return was a problem. Bus was not able to leave in time to return us to the cruise ship.
We were loaded onto a van which hurried in order to arrive at the port before the ship sailed.
If we were left on the bus we would have been left behind as the ship would have sailed.
I'm sure this tour would have been nice, but the weather was terrible and we couldn't see anything. It would be nice if the tour operator offered another day. I know weather is difficult to control, but this was a wast for us. In retrospect I would do an adhoc tour for this depending on the weather.
The guides don't really do much except drive you up 2/3 of the mountain, drop you off as they wait in the car. You have 20 minutes to walk up, 20 minutes to walk around at the top of Mt Vesuvius, and 20 minutes to walk down. It wasn't that grand of an experience.
We did get some information about the area and Vesuvius on the way up, which was interesting. It was a good hike up anf it was pretty amazing to see. I am glad I went but I am not certain a person or small group couldn't find their own transportation and accomplish the same thing. Not enough time is allowed for this. You have to hustle up to the top, look quick and get right back down.