5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2089 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 August 2015

Antonella was a very good guide along with her partner forget the name currently They gave us a nice account of history along the bus route with much information about the areas we drove through. They helped us out with restaurant choices in Rome. They even talked to us about Venice and Florence. They were very good with English. The actual tour through Pompeii was incredible. The insite into the development of the city of Pompeii, the recount of the eruption, the relics shown were all amazing. The tour was the highlight of our Rome vacation. We made the trek from the bus stop to the top of Vesuvius. It was a good view of the Volcano no lava or steam and vista of Naples though cloudy. This trip is well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good and spectacular experience.The entire organization was excellent and extremely reliable .We are Portuguese a couple and two children of 11 and 16 years and we were in a group with large numbers of Australians and Americans, all friendly .A Special word for the guides : in Pompeii , Al Alfredo very good and knowledgeable of their culture. On the bus , Antonella and Andrew excellent , always available for any information and always concerned about the well being of all visitors. So fo rthis two Antonella and Andrew our special thank you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Guide was great

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent day trip by bus from Rome to Pompeii, including a vigorous hike up to the crater of Mt Vesuvius. Our guide spoke perfect English and shared many stories and much information on trip both to and from Pompeii. She was also personally very helpful providing me with train information and protocol for our next day's journey. The guide who showed us around Pompeii was excellent, pointing out many interesting facts that we would have missed had we toured on our own. One could spend days exploring Pompeii, but he made the visit both efficient and thorough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour company and tour guides were excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing guides....sweet, knowledgeable, funny, endearing. Took care of us the entire time and were very clear with instructions, meeting times. They were punctual as well, which is always much appreciated on an organized tour. Thank you!

poitras
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had a great day out on this tour. Our tour guide Robert was infectious with his enthusiasm about the area we were visiting. He has a real gift of teaching us everything from political history to culinary, religious, geological and anything else you can think of. Not boring in the least... Thanks Robert..so glad we took this tour and not a train trip to Pompeii instead!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent Tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great day. The guides had the day perfectly organized. They were easy to understand and very knowledgeable. They gave us time to be quiet on the bus and rest. We stopped halfway about 1.5 hours into the drive at Casino for a snack and potty break both coming and going back to Rome. We were happy to be able to leave a bag with extra shoes on the bus instead of having to carry everything all day. Lunch was good but we were happy the restaurant let my husband chose spaghetti instead of pizza. They actually seemed happy about that as their ovens must have been overwhelmed with pizzas. I think that should be offered-three choices: two kinds of pizza or spaghetti. We liked the salads too. The climb to Mount Vesuvius was not too bad even in the heat with the breeze off the water. The guides were right that you need about 30 minutes to get down the Mount too. It's slippery on loose gravel coming down so you have to be slow and steady about it. Pompeii was wonderful. They have a local guide who takes you through Pompeii and the other guide stays along as well. It was very interesting and full of many facts. We went to five cities in three countries and this was definitely one of our favorite days. Definitely worth the bus ride. We wished the bus had wifi as our bus did on a day trip in London.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guides were awesome and very knowledgeable. The tour itself was amazing! My kids and I enjoyed it so much!!

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