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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.


  • 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
  • Ice cream
  • 1 glass of local wine
  • Mineral water

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing day which was in no way spoilt by the rain. Lucia was our extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide who brought history to life as we went round the historic sites. Pick up was on time and we were left right back to our hotel although that hadn't been included in the itinerary. We had a brilliant day. Thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Outstanding and an outstanding guide who was exceptionally passionate about the ruins. Even in the terrible heat and sun and people passing out from heat stroke bring water! she still made it an exceptionally worthwhile tour. It's too bad that almost all of the casts have removed to Milan for the Expo.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide, Ludovica was excellent. She was extremely knowledgable and made the whole trip fun, even in the extreme humidity.

Also good to be in a small group. It meant that you could move around the crowded bits most of Pompeii easily.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour guide was excel t. We were lucky that neither site was crowded and we had plenty of time to see them., the tour was very enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The guide was outstanding! He provided excellent, pertinent information, and he spoke slowly and enunciated extremely well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a brilliant tour, our wonderful guide Rafael showed us so many things we would have missed and not known about if we'd gone there by ourselves. It was well organised and a nice lunch. A great trip that I would highly recommend.

United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great guide -- Detailed history of both sites -- Highly recomended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Tour guide was knowledgable and the tour was both interesting and fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

It rained a lot during the tour especially in Pompeii but it was still worth it! Our guide Claudio was amazing and very knowledgeable. Being in such a small group is always nice so I would highly recommend this anyone.

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.

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