5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2041 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  13 hours (approx.)

If you take one day trip from Rome, make it an action-packed excursion that combines a hike up Mount Vesuvius with exploration of the Pompeii ruins, plus a lunch of traditional pizza in Naples. Your trek up the volcano is at a steady pace, and includes a walk along the crater ridge so you can gaze deep into the caldera. Take a break for a midday meal in Naples, and then head to Pompeii to see the incredibly preserved fossils and artifacts that date back to AD 79, when Mount Vesuvius erupted. It’s a fascinating, first-hand look at ancient history.

Between November 1 and March 8, Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible. During this time, you will not hike the volcano, but rather tour the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii from Rome with an expert guide
  • Hike up the side of the volcano and walk along its ridge, gazing into the crater
  • Drink in dramatic views over the Bay of Naples
  • Visit Naples to enjoy its acclaimed pizza for lunch
  • Explore the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii in place of Mount Vesuvius (November 1 - March 8)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The hike to the crater of Mt Vesuvius is rewarded by phenomenal views and the guide for the Pompeii tour really brings the ruins to life. Stopping in Naples for pizza is a wonderful break from an active day.

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What You Can Expect

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Walk up Mount Vesuvius on your day trip from Rome!

Head to Rome’s Piazza del Popolo to meet your guide and board your luxury, air-conditioned coach. As you make your way south to the Campania area of Italy, your entertaining guide will regale you with stories about the region and its notorious volcano, Mount Vesuvius.

When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, its lava flows and ash completely decimated two thriving towns: Pompeii and Herculaneum. The scars of the ancient lava flows are still visible, and your guide will point them out as you drive to the foothills. The most magical views of Mount Vesuvius are from the top of the crater, reached via a 20-minute walk at a steady pace along a trail covered in pumice stone and soft volcanic ash.

You’ll have some leisure time to peer into the caldera and snap photos of the crater and panoramic vistas that include the Bay of Naples. Continue your tour by walking down the volcano for the short trip to Naples to enjoy a traditional pizza lunch.

Finally, motor south to Pompeii. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but nearly 2,000 years ago it was a flourishing city. This fascinating, well-preserved archeological site was “discovered” in the 18th century, and it features well-preserved ruins and fossils, as well as plaster death casts of the volcano’s victims, who laid beneath volcanic ash for hundreds and hundreds of years.

Your guide will point out the ruins of the Forum and Teatro Grande, a theater that once seated more than 5,000 people. You’ll also learn what daily life was like for the residents of Pompeii by exploring the sites where restaurants, shops and brothels once stood.

Once you’ve toured the excavation site, you’ll return to Rome via coach, finishing your excursion in the early evening at your starting point in the city.

Please note: From November 1 till March 8, Mount Vesuvius is inaccessible. If you take the tour during these months, your hike up Vesuvius is substituted with a tour of the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii. With an impressive collection of excavated Pompeii artifacts, statues and artwork, the museum is a wonderful complement to a Pompeii visit.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Trip was great. I rate it a 5. I enjoy this trip very much The guide is knowledgeable .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic tour! I 100 recommend doing this tour, the guides are very knowledgable, friendly and helpful. Every part of the tour is well done and planned and the lunch is great. It's amazing value for the day you get and enjoyable. My family and I had a great day and would easily do it again!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Outstanding and informative

Veronica F
Honduras

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was my favorite tour of all we did in Italy! Climbing Mount Vesuvius was a workout but well worth it! The views from there are great - if you don't get a cloudy day as we did - but still climbing the volcano and seeing the crater up close was awesome.

Going into the Pompeii Ruins was also awesome. Our guide there was very cool, knowledgable and fun. He gave us time to look at all the sites and take pictures, while still moving the group along at a good pace. Take this tour on your trip. It is an experience unlike any other!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was one of our favorite days on our vacation. Julia and Julio were perfect, as well as the bus driver. Energetic, lively, informative...a lot of fun to be around. We took a subway ride a block from our hotel right to the meeting point, and were assigned a guide to follow for the day. Two small groups were put together on each bus, and the ride was comfortable. As promised, we were able to nap if we wanted to on the three-hour drive, with a stop along the way. Mt. Vesuvius was a challenge on such a hot day, but thankfully it was first on the list. But what an experience. And Julia and Julio made sure they had enough water to distribute to anyone several times during the day 1 euro per bottle was very reasonable. Lunch was prepared and ready, again, as promised, with beverage of choice, and we got to sit and talk with some of our travel companions. We weren't rushed, and got to cool down. Then off to Pompeii where a guide, Bernadette, from that site took us around. Very entertaining, and you knew she loved her work! Got back on the bus for return drive and back to original meeting point. Very happy with tour in every aspect. Booked three events through Viator on our trip, and everything went as planned.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Anna and Antonella from City Wonders were excellent guides and provided so much useful information about both the tour and about Rome. The tour was really well run and there were no problems. The tour guide of Pompeii was also excellent and informative and the radio system worked well. We were given adequate time to have lunch, and to get to the top of Vesuvius and back we made it to the 3rd shop at the top! It was a fun day out and was definitely worth it. I would recommend it to friends and family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Lots of fun, our guide Lucca was very professional and charming. It was a great option for a one day trip out of Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was fantastic, one of the absolute highlights of my trip!! We departed on time from our meeting point in Rome in a comfortable bus. Our guide, Andy, was FABULOUS and kept us entertained with stories during the 3-hour drive down to Vesuvius and back. On the way down, we stopped at a very nice cafe with clean bathrooms for a bathroom break and optional coffee and croissants RECOMMENDED. Andy pointed out various sights along the way and told us stories of the volcanic eruption, the Appian Way, Spartacus' Revolt, and other stories relating to landmarks that we passed. We then had a very winding drive up most of Mount Vesuvius, followed by a 40 minute hike up Vesuvius to see the crater. Next, a delicious pizza lunch in Naples, after which we drove to Pompeii where an Italian guide took over and gave us a 2-hour walking tour of the remains with intriguing commentary, creating vivid scenes in our minds about how life used to be in 79 A.D. Make sure you see the erotic frescoes. Finally, we hopped back on our bus for the 3-hour drive home, with another rest stop at the same plush cafe. We heard plenty more historical stories on the way back, so all the driving didn't seem burdensome in any way. This tour was the final icing on the cake of my 10 days in Italy, a real treat not to be missed!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic day out! Our guide, Antonella was fabulous and very knowledgable. The hike up Mount Vesuvius was amazing and the guided tour through Pompeii was outstanding. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guides were wonderful, entertaining and informative. Enjoyed the whole day.

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