4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

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  • Location:Sorrento, Italy
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

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 October 2015

It was good!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Valeria was just delightful! She was very knowledgeable, informative and conversational. On the bus drive up to the ruins, she gave a history of Sorrento, Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii and Ercolana. She kept us on schedule through the ruins, but it was not rushed and she gave us time to stop and take photos. Lunch was great and we even stopped on the way back to take pictures of a breathtaking cliff-side drop. I would definitely recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was excellent, well organised, spoke great English, very friendly and approachable and was very knowledgeable as she had obviously put a lot of effort in to studying both sites.
My only complaint was that we did not have enough time at Pompeii as there is so much to see. Pompeii is much bigger than expected and is very popular, we were given a 2 hour tour by our guide but she had to miss out several places due to queues and the time restriction. In my opinion we should have had nearer to 4 hours at Pompeii, having said that I was not disappointed with either site, our guide got our imaginations running wild and everyone enjoyed this trip immensely. I would recommend visiting both sites to anyone but must say our guide made this trip extra special.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an absolutely wonderful tour thanks mostly to our guide Ludovica whose knowledge and appreciation about the sites was incredible. We were met at the pick up point on time and our group of 17 went first to Pompeii. Unfortunately for us, the first Sunday of the month is free and so the crowds were huge - we stood in line for about 1/2 hour to see the brothel. However Ludovica took us through the site pointing out the most interesting places and providing information about how the Romans lived and the devastation from the eruption. The included lunch was more than I had expected. Our table set for 8 had two bottles of water and two bottles of wine. Lunch was a huge caprese salad, a pizza or pasta which we didn't choose and a lemon gelato dessert. The highlight of the day was the visit to Herculaneum. This intact site gives you a more realistic sense of how the people lived having been preserved so well. I would highly recommend this tour - it was probably one of the most memorable events of our trip to Italy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Herculeum was the highlight of the tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide Ludovica was very knowledgeable and courteous. She paced our tours of the two sites well on a sweltering hot day. Lunch was most enjoyable. I would recommend this tour.

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.

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