Herculaneum Tours

Herculaneum
The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum (Ercolano) live in the shadow of their more famous neighbor, Pompeii. But many enthusiasts consider this smaller archaeological site—one of Italy’s most important UNESCO-listed spots—to be equally interesting and engaging. 

The Basics
Herculaneum, like Pompeii, was buried by the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Unlike Pompeii, however, Herculaneum was preserved rather than destroyed by the blast, so many of the original Roman buildings are still standing—including a few that have an intact second story—giving visitors a more accurate feel for what the city looked like before the eruption. The volcanic ash and mud that covered Herculaneum sealed frescoes and mosaics decorating the homes and baths, protected wooden furniture, and even encased food in household kitchens. Today, the modern city of Ercolano sits above sections of the ancient city that haven’t yet been unearthed.

To fully understand the history and importance of the ruins, it’s best to visit Herculaneum as part of a private tour led by an expert tour guide. Herculaneum is an incredibly popular attraction, so tours including skip-the-line tickets are a must in the busy summer months. As the ruins are located near Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius, all three sights can easily be combined in a single full-day tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Herculaneum is a must-see for ancient history buffs.
  • Kids especially enjoy exploring the Herculaneum ruins—choose a tour with an expert guide who is adept at engaging the whole family.
  • Almost all of the remains of the ancient town are outdoors, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen in summer, as well as comfortable shoes.
  • Most of the archaeological site at Herculaneum is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Herculaneum is located just north of Naples along the Bay of Naples. It’s centrally located for an easy day tour or shore excursion from Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and even Rome.

When to Get There
The archaeological site is almost entirely outdoors, so is best to avoid visiting on the hot days. In summer, visit in early morning or late afternoon to avoid midday heat.

Choosing Herculaneum over Pompeii
Where much of Pompeii is off-limits to visitors due to the dangerous instability of the structures, almost all of Herculaneum is open to the public, and you can walk into many of the ancient Roman town’s buildings. The experience is eerie and poignant, as it can feel as though the owners have just stepped out for the moment rather than having died in an volcanic eruption two millennia ago.
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Skip-the-Line Herculaneum Ruins Ticket

Wander amid the ancient ruins of Herculaneum with this entrance ticket to the archaeological site. Buried by the Mt. Vesuvius eruption of AD 79 like the nearby city of Pompeii, the ancient city was preserved for centuries by volcanic mud and dust, so exploring it today is like stepping back in time to Roman days. Skip past the main entrance line with your fast-access ticket, then explore the ruins of Roman bakeries, thermal baths, and houses at your own pace.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Herculaneum Ruins Private Half-Day Tour

Enjoy convenient private transportation to Herculaneaum, an ancient Roman town buried in volcanic flow after the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. Travel by private vehicle from either Naples or Sorrento, and then explore the archaeological site independently to marvel at its UNESCO World Heritage–listed remains. This is a transfer service only; entrance fees and a guide are not included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Full-Day Tour Vesuvius Herculaneum

Explore one of the world's best-known volcanoes on a full-day tour from Naples. Set out for Mount Vesuvius, whose fiery eruption destroyed the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. You'll also visit Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town that Vesuvius destroyed simultaneously. Wander its well-preserved streets and marvel at wooden roofs held intact under layers of mud for centuries. See the remains of villas and bath houses and step back in time to a place that Mother Nature literally stopped in its tracks.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

Explore the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii on this day trip from Naples. Led by a local guide, marvel at the UNESCO-listed site of Pompeii (own expense), which lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Afterward, head to a cameo and coral factory to watch the craftsmen at work before sitting down to a traditional Italian lunch. Top off the afternoon with a trip to Ercolano to discover the ruins of Herculaneum (own expense.) Your trip will conclude with transportation back to Naples.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii

Explore the incredible excavation sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the volcano that buried both cities in the 1st century, with this private tour. Drive to nearly the top of Mt Vesuvius for a walk to the crater. Travel back in time to see what remains of Herculaneum and Pompeii, both cities remarkably well-preserved by the volcanic eruption.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Tour

Get an unmatched glimpse into life in the Roman Empire with this private tour of the Pompeii and Herculaneum ruins. Explore the two cities that thrived more than 2,000 years ago and were remarkably preserved by the ash and debris spewed by Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. See villas, marketplaces, temples and frescoes while learning about daily life in the cities and their destruction from your private guide. Customize your day with hotel pickup anywhere in the area and a stop for lunch at your choice of a local restaurant or winery.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

Uncover the archeological mysteries of Pompeii and Herculaneum on an enriching full-day excursion from Sorrento. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the devastation of Mt Vesuvius’ ancient eruption first hand as you explore the volcanic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on foot. Delve deep into the tragic history of the region, and then revitalize with a delicious Italian lunch at a traditional restaurant. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 18 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Tour: Pompeii, Positano, Sorrento

Embark on a scenic drive along Italy’s Amalfi Coast and visit the ancient city of Pompeii on this private full-day tour from Naples. First explore the UNESCO-listed archeological site of Pompeii and get a sense of life in ancient Rome as you stride through the Forum and see the world’s oldest surviving Roman amphitheater. Then, admire the natural wonders of the Amalfi Coast, stopping along the way to browse the shops in lively Sorrento or snap photos of colorful Positano.
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
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Private Shore Excursion from Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt Vesuvius

Visit Pompeii and Herculaneum, then access the crater of Mt. Vesuvius to learn about the eruption that buried them. With your own private driver, you’ll travel from Naples and enjoy free time to explore the town’s beguiling ruins at your leisure. Later, you’ll check out the crater of the infamous volcano, and learn about its inner workings from a volcanologist. If you want to know more about ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum, upgrade to include walking tours with a local archaeologist. Numbers are limited to just three people per group.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour Pompeii, Vesuvius and Herculaneum

The ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum are two of the most remarkably preserved in Italy and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On this tour, visit both on a day trip from Naples and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Explore the archaeological sites on a walking tour and discover how they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano in 79AD. Then, visit the notorious Mt Vesuvius itself and take in the views from the crater rim.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Tour from Rome To Pompeii and Sorrento

Discover the UNESCO-listed wonders of Pompeii and the lively resort town of Sorrento on this full-day private tour from Rome. First, learn about life in ancient Rome as you explore the mighty ruins of Pompeii and stand in awe before the world’s oldest surviving Roman amphitheater. Then, marvel at the startling scenery of the Amalfi Coast, another UNESCO World Heritage site, before visiting historic Sorrento, famous for its magnificent cathedral and lively harbor.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento

This 4-hour tour of Herculaneum leaves from Sorrento and takes you on a historical journey you won’t soon forget. With a knowledgeable guide at your side the entire time, you'll visit the famed archaeological site where a once-thriving port town existed until it was buried by the Mt Vesuvius volcanic explosion of 79 AD. See the amazing mosaics in the public bath and the gymnasium. Stroll through the streets and gawk at the ruins and statues that survived the eruption. Get a glimpse of what daily life was like and learn all about the history of the area.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Ercolano Fullday from Rome

Explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum Ercolano on this all-day tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by private minivan with an English-speaking guide. Visit neighboring cities covered in ash, volcanic rock, and lava nearly 2,000 years ago by Mt. Vesuvius and learn their respective histories. Enjoy a tasting of the local specialty, buffalo mozzarella, in the heartland of this celebrated Italian delicacy.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Herculaneum Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour through the eerily well-preserved ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. Walk through the impressive archaeological site buried in the same volcanic eruption as Pompeii for a look at how the ancient Romans lived. See how frescoes, mosaics and even some wooden items were preserved.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum from Amalfi, Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Maiori or Minori

Explore the two famous ancient cities buried by the volcanic blast of Mt Vesuvius in 79 BC with this 8-hour tour to both Pompeii and Herculaneum. See the archaeological sites of an ancient Roman bustling commercial center and a wealthy residential town.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Herculaneum, Positano and Sorrento

Tick off two of Italy’s UNESCO-listed wonders on this full-day private tour from Naples. First, explore the archaeological wonders of ancient Herculaneum, the less visited but equally fascinating rival to nearby Pompeii. Then, journey along the scenic Amalfi coast, stopping to admire the colorfully painted buildings of Positano village and explore the lively Mediterranean resort of Sorrento.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Herculaneum Walking Tour

Make the most of your visit to Herculaneum with this 2-hour private walking tour. Immerse yourself in the history of this ancient Roman city buried by a volcanic eruption. Walk through the remarkably well-preserved town, among shops, baths, taverns and homes. Admire the ancient frescoes and mosaics. Get an in-depth experience at Herculaneum which is smaller than Pompeii, but better preserved.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Herculaneum Tour for Kids and Families

Visit the Ruins of Herculaneum with a private guide on this 2-hour tour designed with families in mind. As you explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed archaeological site and learn about the destruction of the Roman city by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, your kids will stay interested and engaged with trivia, games, photo contests, and more. Select a departure time and the option that corresponds to the size of your family when booking.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip to Herchulaneum Ruins

Pompeii is the city most associated with the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, but it wasn’t the only place buried and preserved in ash. Visit the neighboring town of Herculaneum, which was also wiped out during the infamous eruption. Tour the ruins on your own with skip-the-line access. Audio guides can be purchased on-site.
  • Duration: 4 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 8 hours
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Herculaneum and Pompeii Tour from Sorrento

Spend a day digging into some of Italy's most fascinating history with a tour of Herculaneum and Pompeii from Sorrento. Travel in a comfortable bus from Sorrento to the archaeological sites. Walk through each one with an expert guide to get the feeling of going back in time.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Pompeii and Herculaneum Private Walking Tour led by an Archaeologist

Explore the two areas most devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii and Herculaneum. This half-day tour explores the two archaeological sites where visitors can see the remains of the cities such as shops, the Forum, the courthouse, thermal baths, the Temple of Augustali, and more. Spend 2 hours at each site and learn about the daily life of the ancient Romans from your informative guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Guided Tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum

Visit two of the most important Archaeological sites of Italy, Pompeii and Herculaneum. With your Guide you will Skip the line. Discover the mysteries, the history with the Licensed Tour Guide who knows the secrets, the habits of the ancient Roman culture.Meeting Point at Porta Marina Superiore Pompeii.After the Tour of Pompeii you will go to Herculaneum by the local train. Once in Herculaneum expect to 10 minutes walking to reach the Archaeological Site
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Herculaneum Express Tour by Train from Sorrento

Most day-trippers from Sorrento head straight to Pompeii, but nearby Herculaneum is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to some impressive Roman ruins. This 4-hour express tour includes round-trip transport by train from Sorrento, skip-the-line access, and a 2-hour walking tour of the ancient ruins, visiting highlights such as the Forum, the Thermal Baths, the House of the Mosaic Atrium, and the Decumanus.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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2-Hour Private Guided Tour of Herculaneum

The UNESCO-listed ruins of Herculaneum are often missed out by visitors to nearby Pompeii, but the ancient site is home to some remarkably preserved Roman ruins. This 2-hour private tour lets you explore at your own pace with a private guide to point out highlights such as the Roman Baths, Gymnasium, and House of Neptune and Amphitrite.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento

Get an insider’s view of ancient Rome with this private, half-day Herculaneum tour. Meet your guide at the railway station in sunny Sorrento and board a train bound for the ancient Roman site. In addition, see the UNESCO World Heritage town’s highlight’s, especially the ancient marina, where hundreds of skeletons were discovered, and the House of Neptune. If availability allows, stop by the House of the Wooden Partition, a structure with a preserved wooden screen. Learn about the history of the the town and hear about the Mt Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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