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  • Location:Naples, Italy
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Best Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples

Take a private tour of the famous ruins of Pompeii on this half-day trip from Naples. Italy's most famous archaeological site, Pompeii is an excavated city full of fascinating and haunting remnants of daily Roman life before the sudden eruption of Mt Vesuvius in the 1st century. Your private guide will illustrate Pompeii’s tragic fate through captivating stories, facts and anecdotes while taking you to the House of Vetti, the Lupanare brothel, the thermal baths and more. You can choose to have a private guide to show you around Pompeii or you can opt for the transport-only option, allowing you to explore Pompeii on your own while still enjoying round-trip private transport from Naples.


  • Private tour of Pompeii with round-trip private transport from Naples
  • Explore the fascinating archaeological remnants of Pompeii with a private guide
  • Learn about the devastating Mt Vesuvius eruption in the 1st century that wiped out the entire city
  • Visit the House of Vetti, the thermal baths, the Lupanare brothel and more
  • Transport-only option available for those who prefer to explore Pompeii independently
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour

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What You Can Expect

Best Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples

Explore the ruins of Pompeii on this private tour!

Your driver will pick you up from your Naples hotel, the Naples railway station or the Naples cruise terminal at your selected departure time and take you to Pompeii, located about 30 minutes away. Here, you’ll be greeted by your private guide and given an introduction to Pompeii.

On your 2-hour visit of this famous archaeological site, you’ll learn about what happened here one fateful summer’s day in 79 AD, when Mt Vesuvius erupted and volcanic ash spewed over the entire city. Unaware of the imminent danger, most people continued on with their daily lives and, as a result, the entire town and around 20,000 of its inhabitants were buried under tons of ash and pumice.

Nearly 2,000 years later, you can explore the site of this infamous disaster and see first-hand the houses, streets and public buildings miraculously preserved by the volcanic ash. Your private guide, an expert archaeologist, will take you on a private tour of the excavated city, which offers a snapshot of 1st-century Roman life frozen at the moment Pompeii was buried. Explore fascinating sites such as the forum, the thermal baths, several houses and villas, the Lupanare brothel and the House of Vetti with its beautiful frescoes.

After your visit to Pompeii, you’ll have some free time to explore more on your own before hopping in the car and heading back to Naples.

Transport-Only Option
If you prefer to explore the Pompeii ruins independently, the transport-only option offers private round-trip transportation from Naples and lets you spend time in Pompeii on your own. Your driver will wait for you while you wander around Pompeii for a couple of hours, and then take you back to Naples. There is also an audio guide available (additional cost).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour! Our tour guide, Margarita was fun, knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. Our two kids ages 11 and 14 loved her.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time on this private tour for seven of us. In particular, Paula was excellent as a tour guide--we threaded our way through much larger tour groups and she was knowledgable and interesting in her descriptions.
Many thanks for a great day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Tour was amazing! Mula was sooo knowledgeable! Truly a private tour was so great! We all learned so much! Miula english was great too! Highly recommend! We had ages 11 to 73 and we all enjoyed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Fantastic. Our guide, Sofia, was knowledgable and very engaging. We highly recommend her.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Our Pompeii guide, Francesca, was excellent. The skip the line claim is valid she got our tickets in a special line that was very short, so our wait was only a few minutes. Be aware that this tour price does NOT include admission to Pompeii. The only glitch we had was that our driver was late for the pick-up at the port, so this necessitated a call to the local operator, who responded that he is on his way, which meant 20 minutes late.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Very professional and well organised. We had a very polite, punctual driver and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and imparted the information in an informative easy to understand manner. We were travelling with children so it was well pitched and well paced. Would definitely recommend.

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

It was not a tour, just transportation from and to the port. Chauffeur was on time.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2014

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.

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