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  • Location:Naples, Italy
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

Visit the ruins of two fossilized ancient towns – Pompeii and Herculaneum – in one day on this must-do tour from Naples! After exploring Pompeii’s UNESCO-listed archeological site with an expert guide, stop to see an ancient local trade in action at a cameo and coral factory, and then relax over lunch. Spend your afternoon in the coastal town of Ercolano, exploring the lesser-known (but equally captivating) ruins of Herculaneum at leisure. Entry to both sites is payable at your own expense.


  • Full-day Pompeii and Herculaneum excursion from Naples
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii with a guide
  • Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ AD 79 eruption that buried many of Campania’s towns for centuries
  • Visit a coral and cameo factory, and then enjoy lunch in Ristorante Vesuvio
  • Travel to Ercolano and explore the ruins of Herculaneum at leisure, seeing monuments, fossils and mosaics

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What You Can Expect

Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum

Leave central Naples hotel in the morning and head southeast to the ancient town of Pompeii by air-conditioned coach – roughly 40 minutes away. Once buried under a sea of Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic ash and rubble, the town was ‘rediscovered’ in the mid-18th century when King Charles III of Naples ordered a new palace to be built.

After entering the site at your own expense, hear about the history of Pompeii on a walking tour of its ruins, and learn little-known tales about the people who perished in the ancient town. See fascinating excavations of monuments like the Forum and Teatro Grande – a colossal 5,000-seat theater.

After your tour, hop back on board your coach and travel to a family-owned cameo and corals factory to see carved coral jewelry being made. Watch craftsmen in work, and then visit the factory’s shop where you can browse for gifts to take home, if you wish. Stop for lunch in the nearby 18th-century Ristorante Vesuvio – designed in authentic Pompeiana style, and then hop back aboard your coach and travel the short distance north to the fishing town of Ercolana to visit the ruins of Herculaneum – another ancient town that fell ‘victim’ to Mount Vesuvius’ AD 79 eruption.

Unfairly overshadowed by Pompeii in the fame stakes, Herculaneum actually boasts a wealth of archeological treasures to rival its better-known neighbor, and many visitors find the ruins a lot easier to navigate. After entering at your own expense, explore at leisure, seeing incredibly preserved monuments – many complete with original mosaics -- as well as poignant fossils of the villagers in their terrifying final moments.

Return to your coach at the pre-arranged time and continue your journey north to Naples. Your tour finishes in central Naples in the late afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent day out, tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable ,lunch was good and lots of time to take photos.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guides, Lucia and Anna, were very knowledgeable and friendly and spoke English quite well. The tour gave many interesting facts about the ruins and about life in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The bus ride was comfortable, and the mid-day lunch in a large, pleasant restaurant was ample and tasty. If you're visiting in mid-summer, bring sunglasses, umbrella, fan, and plenty of bottled water, because it's HOT and there is little shade.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Breathtaking! To walk streets and to go in to buildings that people were in thousands of years ago is something you just can't comprehend. Guides were great and definitely worth a day trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The day was well planned and our guide, Lucia, was extraordinary helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was incredible! Value for money and very informative and interesting. I'm really glad that I booked with Viator.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Pompeii is a trip most people have on their bucket list and it was an amazing trip but many miss out on going to Herculaneum which is a shame as i though it was so much more interesting. Herculaneaum is a smaller area and better preserved due to the circumstances that buried it in the first place and you get the better idea of how it functioned as a town. Brilliant trip, loved it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great trip and guide, probably the best way to explore these ancient sites. The lunch was vey good too! Watch out for centipedes on the walls!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our Pompei and Herculaneum day trip was great from the get go. The driver, Mario, was very entertaining. While we were on the way to pick up the other people in the group, he gave us a brief history of Naples and pointed out interesting sites and buildings. He even played Italian music which elevated the ambience of the tour. Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. Great day trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Pompeii is MUCH bigger than I had expected, very interesting to learn their lives. The tour guide was knowledgable and added humour along the way which is always a winner. Herculaneum is smaller but still a must do

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