3.5 star rating: Worth doing 14 Reviews

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

Mt Vesuvius Tour from Sorrento

Venture to the top of Mt Vesuvius on this 4-tour from Sorrento. Enjoy a scenic journey along the coastline and through sun-baked southern Italian towns before arriving in the dark shadows of the mighty Mt Vesuvius, the volcano that wiped out Pompeii and Herculaneum some 2,000 years ago. Creep up the towering sides of the volcano in your coach, before disembarking near the summit for sweeping vistas of the Bay of Naples and Sorrento Peninsula, and for your chance to peer into the steaming belly of the dormant beast.


  • 4-hour trip to Mt Vesuvius from Sorrento by air-conditioned coach
  • Enjoy a scenic journey along the coastline and through traditional Italian towns
  • Admire sweeping views of the Bay of Naples and the Sorrento Peninsula from the summit
  • Explore the top of the crater with an expert guide
  • Learn about the infamous eruption that destroyed the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum

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What You Can Expect

Mt Vesuvius Tour from Sorrento

Explore the crater of Mt Vesuvius!

Meet your expert guide outside your central Sorrento hotel or other pre-arranged pick-up location to board an air-conditioned coach, then relax as you are transported up a mountain and back in time.

Wind along a scenic coastline beside pretty towns, and then after about an hour, begin the ascent up Mt. Vesuvius.  As the coach makes its way up the mountain, your guide sets the scene with the story of the massive eruptions that took place here more than 2,000 years ago. The thriving ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were both inundated with ash, killing roughly 16,000 people and burying entire towns.

The coach climbs to nearly 3,300 feet (1,000 meters), where you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy a thrilling 360-degree view that includes the Sorrentine Peninsula, the Bay of Naples, the island of Capri, and the city of Naples far below.

You can even join your guide for a walk up to the crater itself, learning about the geology and history of the area along the way. Look into the crater of this dormant - but still active - volcano and marvel at the devastation it once created.

After exploring on your own at the summit of Mt Vesuvius, follow your guide back to the coach for a relaxing drive back to Sorrento where you’ll be dropped off where you were picked up.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

the trip was enjoyable and the tour guide Gus was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Climbing Mt Vesuvius was one of my highlights of my trip. The tour is essentially a taxi service, but a very good one. We were picked up from Sorrento and driven to the Mt Vesuvius coach park, stopping along the way to collect other members of our group. There is commentary from the guide on the coach journey but once at Vesuvius the guide does not come with you, you are free to climb alone and the 10 euro ticket to climb is not included in the price of the tour. I was quite happy to go at my own pace and loved every second of this tour!

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Great half day tour very interesting and great views. definitely worth the money good tour

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

We had a small group of about 10 people on this trip which was ideal. The guide joined us on the climb to the crater we didn't realise how steep the climb would be so comfortable trainers and lots of water are a must! The guide arranged the Vesuvius tour guide once we got to the top of the mountain and allowed us to explore at our leisure once the talk was over. Definitely worth doing as part of a smaller group as opposed to a large excursion.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Good tour, very steep so no good if you have mobility problems. Did see two people at start hoping to take the kids up In A pushchair! Don't think that will have been possible. Only way to get to top is under your own steam!
Also I will point out that when we arrived we were told there were two toilets. In fact only one was open, and apprently it was disgusting, no running water or loo paper, so I didn't bother. Thought to use at decent, but then it was closed. So if you have problems with needing toilet, don't go, as there is nowhere discreet for you to take a pee.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Great experience but expected more information from tour guide on mt vesuvio. You're really just paying for return bus fare to the mountain as you have to pay seperately for entry into the grounds anyway.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Very enjoyable tour. Tour guide Vincenzo was very informative.

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

Recommend for you to list on your website "suggested attire" in order to be more prepared for this excursion. Wish we had known ahead of time, to wear hiking shoes and or simply closed sturdy walking shoes and wear layers of clothing to adapt to changing temperatures. Also think the guide should accompany the travelers on the walk to ensure they all get from start to finish. Viator should include the $10 euro to complete the hike within the cost , this is the most important aspect of seeing Mt Vesuvius should not be in addtion , just make a part of the overall fee. Lastly, we were more than a bit turned off at the workers that were charging euro to use a port -a -potty. Certainly did not leave a memorable impression of the excursion.

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

We got there but that is really all I can say.

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

Unfortunately our guides English was not great but she managed to get all the information across fine all the same. I felt we were not given enough time on this trip as unfortunately traffic was pretty heavy getting to Vesuvius and took an hour longer than expected. The guide and driver were aware of the traffic problems around this area at this time of year September but no alterations were made. We were given 75 minutes to get from the parking area to the summit, look around and get back again. It takes around 25 to 30 minutes to walk to the summit depending on how fit you are some of our group took 35 minutes. This does not give you much time to look around or go that little further and gives you no time at all for a guided tour at the top which would have been very interesting.

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