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  • Location: Naples, Italy
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Experience legendary Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius, the only active volcano in continental Europe, on this fully guided day trip from Naples. Visit Pompeii’s haunting ancient ruins, enjoy lunch with your group and then hike to the smoking summit of Mt Vesuvius for panoramic views of the Bay of Naples.


  • Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius day trip from Naples
  • Explore the fascinating ancient ruins of Pompeii with a guide
  • See the destruction of Mt Vesuvius's massive eruption thousands of years ago
  • Enjoy a pizza lunch with your fellow travelers
  • Hike to the summit of Mt Vesuvius and peer into the crater
  • Soak up views of the Bay of Naples from the volcano’s summit

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What You Can Expect

Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

Pompeii, Italy

After pickup from your hotel or the Naples train station, take a 30-minute drive to Pompeii, an ancient Roman city that was entirely destroyed by the sudden eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. The largest archaeological site in Europe, today Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When you arrive, your guide will pick up your group’s pre-ordered tickets and lead you on a 2-hour walking tour of the fascinating grounds. Witness the destruction first-hand as you visit Pompeii’s most famous sites, including the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Vetti's House and the Lupanare brothel, giving you a glimpse into daily life during the Pax Romana. Today you can see shapes of objects — even bodies — that were buried beneath the volcanic ash and pumice.

After your tour, enjoy a pizza lunch with your group followed by some free time to browse the shops. Then board the coach and drive 40 minutes to legendary Mt Vesuvius.

Embark on a moderate hike up the volcano with your guide. When you reach the summit at 3,900 feet (1,200 meters), you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the picturesque Bay of Naples from east to west. Peer down into the crater and see plumes of steam issuing from the sleeping, but still active, volcano!

There is a rest point where you can choose to wait for your group if you do not wish to climb all the way to the top, but the hike is worth the effort.

After your Mt Vesuvius hike, relax on the drive back to Naples in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

From start to finish the tour was fantastic. I was picked up and returned to my hotel by friendly staff, Andrea was the guide for the tour, he speaks excellent English, was very informative and fun, the lunch was delicious, I would recommend the trip to all age groups, singles, couples and families.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This trip was fantastic. It was very well organised and we were looked after all day. It was quite tight with the timescales, but considering it was very busy everywhere, the team did a good job to give us the full experience.
We were picked up from our Naples hotel at 10:15 and taken to Pompeii with Maria who was very friendly. There we joined the rest of the group of about 40 people. We were taken on the tour of Pompeii with Gino who was great - he spoke excellent English and was a good laugh. He was very knowledgeable about Pompeii and took us around the main areas in the hour and a half that we had with him. There were loads of other tours at the same time, so it was a bit hectic to keep up and beat the crowds, but Gino did a great job.

After Pompeii we had a nice pizza lunch with a drink, then it was back on the coach to go to Vesuvius. The coach was comfortable and we had Maria again for this part of the tour where she gave us lots of information (in English) about Vesuvius and its history, so the journey didn't seem to take too long. Once the coach stops you walks the final mile to the summit, it is pretty steep so you need good sturdy walking shoes/trainers. The ground is very loose too. There are a few souvenir stalls and shops and you can get drinks and light snacks at the bottom and at the top. It took around 20 minutes to get to the top with a good walking pace, it is worth it as the views are stunning! It was very special for me as my boyfriend proposed at the top, so this trip will definitely be unforgettable. We got back to our Naples hotel around 6pm.
I looked at the cost of this trip if you were do it yourself, travelling from Naples. It wasn't too much difference in cost (around 20 Euros each) but I would recommend it through Viator as you get lovely guides and the ease of being picked up and taken back is worth it.

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