3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 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 and air-conditioned coach outside your centrally located Sorrento hotel, or at a nearby prearranged location if the coach is unable to access the front of your hotel.

Enjoy your scenic journey along the coastline and through the terracotta towns, arriving in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius after approximately an hour. Then, gape in awe as your head cranes backward and you take in the incredible Mt Vesuvius before you.

As the coach ascends up the side of the volcano, listen to stories from your guide that transport you back some 2,000 years to 79 AD when the violent eruption obliterated the roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The two towns were submerged under torrents of lava and mud, extinguishing an estimated 16,000 lives.

After reaching an altitude of roughly 1,000 meters, climb out of your coach and marvel at the breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, the Sorrento Peninsula and the islands of Capri and Ischia. As you soak up the views, have your camera ready to capture those picture-perfect photos.

If you’re feeling daring, walk up to the top of the crater with your expert guide and listen as they explain the history of this incredible area. As you stroll around the vast rim, peer into the depths of the crater to see plumes of steam rising from the dormant, but still active, volcano.

After some time at the summit of Mt Vesuvius, follow your guide back to the coach, and then sit back and relax as you enjoy the journey back to your hotel in Sorrento.

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 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.

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

The tour guide, Katerina, hardly spoke on the journey and the driver Enrico? did not inspire confidence. We were told there were toilet facilities at the coach park, but that was not true. There is only one toilet and that is in a cafe where the owner will not allow you to use it unless you are a customer. To be fair, why should he be expected to provide facilities for the hundreds of tourists that come through every day? Katerina was able to persuade him to unlock the toilet for me as I was desperate and it was filthy and did not flush. Because of my discomfort I was not able to make the ascent despite having paid the 10 but my husband and daughter went up and said it was worth the steep walk. There was a professional guide up there called Raffaele who my daughter described as awesome he was very knowledgeable and interesting and told them about the 79AD eruption and its effects on Pompeii and Herculaneum.Other reviews have said that it should be stated in the details that suitable footwear and clothing should be worn and that is true. While they were up there the clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped considerably. There were many people unprepared for the rough, steep pathway and the changeable weather. There are at least three gift shops selling trinkets made in China but no toilet facilities. I should like to know what the authorities do with the all the 10 fees they collect. This is a world class attraction, is a properly constructed toilet block or even a row of portaloos too much to ask? Apparently so. The coach driver refused to make a toilet stop on the way back and many people were in discomfort by the time they made it back to their hotels.This was a disappointing trip.

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