- 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
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.
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!
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.