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  • Location: Sorrento, Italy
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Be transported back in time on this 4-hour tour of Herculaneum Archeological Site from Sorrento. Visit the well-preserved ruins of Herculaneum with an expert guide and discover the history behind this once-thriving fishing town that was buried under layers of molten lava and mud in the same volcanic eruption that destroyed Pompeii. From the gymnasium to the beautifully conserved mosaics that decorate the public baths, see the area’s most impressive sites and get a glimpse of daily life in ancient Italy on this incredible trip.

Highlights

  • 4-hour tour of Herculaneum Archeological Site from Sorrento with an expert guide
  • Stroll through the well-preserved streets of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum
  • Visit some of the most important sites of the UNESCO-listed site including the public baths and gymnasium
  • Learn about the volcanic eruption that buried Herculaneum, Pompeii and other nearby areas
  • Enjoy round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach from your hotel to the site

What You Can Expect

Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento

Admire the wonderfully preserved ancient town of Herculaneum on this tour from Sorrento

Meet your expert guide and air-conditioned coach outside your centrally located Sorrento hotel, or at a nearby prearranged location if the coach is unable to access the narrow streets in front of your hotel.

Enjoy your scenic journey through the terracotta towns and along the coastline. Arriving in Herculaneum after roughly an hour, marvel as you approach the statuesque whitewashed plaster– and red-brick archway that serves as the site's entrance.

An ancient Roman town set in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius, Herculaneum was submerged under a torrent of lava and mud in 79 AD when the volcano violently erupted. Unlike the unfortunate souls who perished in Pompeii, it was originally believed that the town’s inhabitants were able to flee successfully. However, a few decades ago, some 300 skeletons were discovered by the coastline, buried under layers of mud.

As you stroll through the well preserved streets with your guide, pass historical buildings with clay pots and other artifacts still stored inside, as they would have been before Mt Vesuvius flooded the town with lava some 2,000 years ago. Visit the most important sites of the UNESCO-listed Herculaneum Archeological Site, from the gymnasium to the well-preserved murals and mosaics at the public baths, and listen as your guide brings the ancient history of the area to life with interesting facts and tales from millennia ago.

After exploring the Herculaneum Archeological Site, your tour concludes back at your Sorrento hotel in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Really enjoyed this, excellent for someone like me who is a rome and history fanatic.
Fairly quiet so no problem getting in or seeing anything. Tour could have been longer as start was delayed by waiting for everyone to use the two toilets!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our bus picked us up from our hotel at 08.25 and, due to a road accident on one road and a broken down lorry on the other road, we didn't reach Herculaneum until 10.30! However, this was the only downside to the whole trip. Herculaneum regulates the number of visitors in the site and so occasionally they will stop entrance for a while but we only waited about 20 mins and, if I'm honest, it does make the whole experience more enjoyable as you are not fighting through the crowds. Nello, our guide, was passionate and knowledgeable about his subject and his tour was extremely good. The site itself was very interesting although some of the best preserved houses were closed to the public for restoration. All in all, a very good tour and one I would thoroughly recommend. I would especially recommend Nello for his wonderful narrative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Tour guide passionate and knowledgeable.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

We enjoyed our half day tour to Herculaneum and found the tour a great way to see the highlights of this smaller excavation compared to Pompeii. We did this tour first to ease ourselves into our hectic time seeing the sights of Sorrento area and I am pleased we did as I think it was my least favourite of all the tours we joined in our weeks stay. There was nothing special about our day but also nothing wrong either. I would just say it was okay and a good way to begin to see the area. The guide was pleasant but just felt there was no one thing that made the tour stand out and no real passion, just facts about Herclaneum and a few local points about the journey to the site.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Excellent guide, very good tour

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Tour was good, but I wish there was more uncovered. Apparently a lot of Herculaneum still remains under the modern city. Interesting information provided by guide!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

This tour was definitely a to do tour. Very informative.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

The AVI Travel half day tour began with coach pick up from Parking Lauro, just outside the centre of Sorrento. Our tour guide was Katerina, who handed us over to a local specialist guide at Herculaneum itself.
The Herculaneum excavation site was fascinating, but clearly the reception centre was overwhelmed by the volume of visitors. This was mid morning, mid week. Our party were admitted under a group ticket, but there was still considerable delay before actual entry into the site area. We understood that there was a two hour wait for other queuing customers and that this was not unusual.
Our local guide was well informed and humorous, but we couldn't help but suspect that our tour was shorter than usual, due to the entry delay. This was our only opportunity to visit this marvellous site, but there were clearly sections, such as the boat yards and skeletons, which we did not explore, despite seeing other groups being shown around these areas.
I would suggest that the itinerary be changed to arrive at the site earlier in the day or extended in duration to take account of possible entry delays, so that all of the important areas can be covered.

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