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  • Location: Sorrento, Italy
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Visit the fascinating archeological ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on this leisurely paced day trip from Sorrento. Hear about the infamous eruption of Mt Vesuvius thousands of years ago, and witness its destruction first hand as you explore the ruins by foot with an expert guide. At midday, enjoy an Italian lunch at a local restaurant in Pompeii. Numbers are limited to 18 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip from Sorrento
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities destroyed by the Mt Vesuvius eruption
  • Learn about these intriguing archaeological sites from an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch with wine at a local Italian restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

Enjoy a typical Italian ice cream

Board your minibus in central Sorrento in the morning for your day trip to Herculaneum and Pompeii, two sites that were destroyed by the infamous eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. Almost 2,000 years later, you can explore these sites by foot and see the houses, streets and public buildings that have been miraculously preserved.

After a 45-minute journey, arrive at the Herculaneum archaeological area for a 1.5-hour guided visit. The ancient Roman town of Herculaneum was buried under a sea of volcanic ash following the volcano’s unexpected eruption, and is one of the few ancient cities that can now be seen in its nearly original splendor. Unlike Pompeii, it was buried deeply enough to preserve the upper stories of its buildings and, because it was a wealthy city, it had a density of nice houses with strong marble interiors.

Continue for roughly 20 minutes by minibus to the city of Pompeii. Stop for a light lunch at a local Italian restaurant, and then take a 2-hour afternoon tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pompeii ruins.

Following your guide, discover an ancient city that was completely destroyed by Mt Vesuvius’ volcanic ash. Hear stories of the tragic disaster that wiped out some 20,000 inhabitants, and see incredible excavations of old monuments. Another highlight is the Villa of Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri), a well-preserved ruin just outside the city walls. This Roman villa sustained only minor damage, so the walls, ceilings, frescoes and statues from ancient times are still visible.

After your 2-hour tour of Pompeii, return to Sorrento, arriving in the early evening.

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Caprese salad
Main course (choice of one):
  • Pizza
  • Pasta with Bolognese sauce
  • Pork escalope with mushroom sauce and French fries
Dessert:
  • Ice cream
Drinks:
  • 1 glass of local wine
  • Mineral water

Customer Reviews

Stephen H
New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Fantastic day and an excellent guide. Herculaneum is definitely worth visiting as there are significantly more complete buildings to view compared to Pompeii, including many with original roofs, staircases etc.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was amazing!

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