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3 parts, Pompeii, lunch, Vesuvius. Tour was compressed to 6 hours so we could get back to our ship on time, which meant our Pompeii tour was rushed. Pompeii is huge, we took the quick route through, but as we walked we looked down side streets - more buildings and streets everywhere. Tour guide was a bit inexperienced, kept having to ask her where we are on the map. Lots of stepping up and down from high curbs, paving stones are rough. Pompeii really needs a full day plus to completely see everything. Lunch was thin-shell pizza or pasta, free drinks, good rest break. Vesuvius was a real hike, the bus goes to the top of the tree line, then it is about a one-mile hike on a 10-foot wide fenced path at about a steady 10%+ grade to the top, 30 minutes up, 20 minutes down. Going up, the back of your legs and buttocks wear out and coming down your thighs wear out. Take one of the staffs offered at the start - they're free (donations please). At the top, they ask you to wait for a free guide, but you can continue on your own - ours was a geologist. I have a problem with heights, so the crater was scary - 500 foot vertical cliffs to the bottom. The only sign of activity was a steam vent in one side. Easy walk 1/3-way around the rim, view Pompeii, etc. Easy walk back down, but the path is loose volcanic material, my legs were trembling afterward. Very first time I've seen a volcano close up.
Andre, the tour guide, was terrific in showing us the sites and keeping us together. We totally enjoyed both Pompeii (with the pizza lunch) and Mt Vesuvius. We'd love to come back when we could spend more time at both. Thanks for being there, Viator!
Pompeii is really interesting. Unfortunately, we did not climb Mt Vesuvius as it was raining too much and they closed it. Our guide was really good!
Picked up on time, comfortable transport and an excellent guide in Andrea. Pompeii was wonderful, especially at this time of year, early November, not overcrowded, bright clear skies and very pleasant temperature for walking around such a historic treasure. Well, done Viator, another excellent trip.
Our tour guide was hilarious on this tour. He made the trip. Pompeii is very busy with lots of tourists but we defiately enjoyed seeing the history. A must see if you are in the area. Mt Vesuvius is a nice little hike. Not very challenging for us. The 4 gift shops on the trail on the way u were a bit much. Overall though stunning mountain and worth going to experience while in Naples.
Excellent trip and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Radio contact was good and Andreas was brilliant with with knowledge, information and humour! The pizza meal was very good as well. Mount Vesuvious trip to the top was breathtaking, even though i had to stop to look at the view occasionally! Back to the ship in plenty of time as well. Everything very well organised and would thoroughly recommend trip to anyone
My husband and I loved this tour. Great service. Highly recommended!
Enjoyed the day. Some confusion with other groups being added and divided from ours. Content and meal was great.
My grandson and I took a lesiurly trip to Naples to pick up other passengers and then proceded to Pompeii. I was amazed at how it has changed since the last time I was here five years ago. From 1 stand selling cameos to a bunch of businesses selling everything. The tour was was well structured and Andrea was very animated and kept us moviing. He knew all the short cuts and moved us into the heart of the various ruins to provide us with up close contact with the various antiquities to see. There was time for picture taking and discussions. I wish I had more time. I want to go back.
We had an amazing day! Andy was a GREAT tour guide! He was very professional, knowledgeable and fun. We had no worries in regards to getting back to our cruise ship on time. We can not wait to go back and would use Viator again. We would also request Andy again as well.
Tour guides were great, very enthusiastic and interesting. Prompt in leaving and returning to ship. Lunch was excellent.
Pompeii is amazing. Our guide, Andrew, was extremely knowledgable and ready to answer all questions.
Can't fault it. Guides, driver, vehicle, punctuality all very good.
Excellent! Loved our guides, both were very funny and knowledgeable. Had a great time!
We were there on June 20, 2011. This was an excellent excursion at a very good price. The tour guide was extraordinary. We were picked up at our cruise ship dock on time and taken to Pompeii for a very informative tour. Not rushed at all. Pizza lunch was delicious, then a tour to the top of Vesuvius. Taken back to cruise ship dock on time. We would highly recommend this tour
Really good day though lunch was a bit too long so had less time on Mt Vesuvius then would have liked.
The tour was very good. Pompeii was one of our favorite cities/excursions on our 16 day vacation in the Mediterranean. Mt. Vesuvius was a challenging hike and we were short on time, so had to hustle to get the top in time. But, the views once you were there were worth it. The downside is that the tour group was large 20 people that we had to drive all over Naples to pick up which wasted time, but once we were all collected it was good.
This trip was sensational, the guide was fantastic and the scenery spectacular!
I enjoyed all parts of this trip.. the guided tour of Pompeii, the delicious lunch, and the visit to Mt. Vesuvius. But I wish the tour had started earlier in the day, so we didn't feel so rushed to get back to our cruise ship. We made it back with only 15 minutes to spare, which created unnecessary stress during the excursion. I also wish we had been able to stay with one guide throughout the day, instead of being handed off from one person to the next when our groups split up.
The tour guide was excellent! Really 4.5 stars, but that's not an option. It was difficult to hear the guide from the headsets. To not have to choose between Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius was great. Both were wonderful in their own right.
Our group was picked up near our tour ship. Then traveled through heavy traffic to pick up several small groups in Naples. Our tour guide spoke in a heavy accent. Our large group needed the transmitters the host provided. Pompeii was good with the tour guide explaining much. A full lunch was provided at a restaurant but the food was plentiful but not good. The walk up to Mount Vesuvius was strenuous but well worth it. There was no guide up there. On our own for about 90 minutes. Long day but well worth it.
Would have given you 5 stars but for the fact that your guides forgot a cardinal rule, people come to these places to see, touch, experience, not listen to someone albeit a knowledgeable someone, talk about it. We spent a significant portion of our very limited time in Pompeii, standing around while our guide talked and talked and talked. We did not see several things that we expected to see whether that is because they were barricaded off or our guide skipped them because we ran out of time. Mt. Vesuvius was much better. Our lady guide entertained us with song and information on the drive to the beginning of the climbing trail. Once there, she gave us a time and set us free. The climb up was amazing. Seeing a storm rolling across the opposing mountain and hearing the roll of thunder just added to the intensity of the experience. Smelling the faint odor of sulphur and hot rock in the steam from the numerous fumaroles served to remind that this volcano wasn't dead, it was only sleeping. To anyone thinking of visiting these places, I recommend this tour.