Pompeii, Italy
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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.
  • 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
Climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minibus at a central Sorrento location and relax during the scenic journey to Pompeii and Herculaneum, two ancient cities devastated by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. 
Feel your excitement heighten as you approach the sites of the miraculously preserved, 2000-year-old ruins and commence a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Herculaneum area. Receive a fascinating introduction to the city and how it was buried under a sea of volcanic ash following Mt Vesuvius’ unexpected eruption. 
Next, travel onward to Pompeii, stopping for a revitalizing Italian lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Please see the Itinerary section for a sample menu. Sated, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins with your expert guide. 
Delve into the encompassing intrigue of the ancient city destroyed by the mighty volcano; see excavations of ancient monuments and admire the perfectly preserved structure of Villa of Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri), so-called because of the frescoes, statues and walls that sustained little damage during the eruption. 
Suitably impressed, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Sorrento, where the tour concludes.


Sample Menu:First course:

• Caprese saladMain 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


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, Nov 2018

This tour was a great way to see Pompeii and Herculaneum, definitely the way to go. Desiree made this a fun and informational tour, I learned a lot about both locations and nothing felt forced or gimmicky.

, Jul 2018

The tour guide was knowledgeable and passionate about the history/subject matter. Organized experience. This was an amazing, not-to-be missed experience when in the area...powerful to be present and surrounded by so much history! The break between the two with lunch was fabulous...great restaurant!

, Jul 2018

It was hard to find a tour that covered both locations. It was either one or the other. I was happy to find one that covered both and had lunch in between. We were picked up near our hotel so that was a nice inclusion. There were only a few people in our minivan, which was a relief specially having been on cramped and crowded tour buses before. The van ride was long (about an hour or so) but comfortable. Our guide was friendly and spoke good English. We first headed to Pompeii and had 2 hours guided tour. It was a very comprehensive informative tour. The walking along the ancient rugged roads could be a problem to older or walk-averse people but otherwise a breeze for most. They say it is always crowded in Pompeii. Yes, there were a lot of people but Pompeii is vast and open so it did not feel claustrophobic, like in the Sistine Chapel tour (if you have been, you know what I mean). After 2 hours, we went for lunch at a nearby restaurant. The food was mediocre at best, but it nourished us for the day. We then headed to Ercolano for yet another 2 hours of sad and catastrophic stories. The empath in me made the tour hard to endure. Overall, the tour was all worth it, time and money wise. I recommend this 2 in 1 tour. It would have even been better if we did the Naples Archeological museum tour the next day as well. It would have tied it all together. Plus, we would have had the opportunity on the side to eat the famous and authentic napolitan pizza and caprese cake. Oh well, next time. This tour is definitely a big bang for your buck that I highly recommend.p

, Jun 2018

Nice small gorup trip to Pompeii and Herculaneaum. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job.

, May 2018

Fantastic with a well informed and interesting guide. Walking the streets of Pompeii and then Herculaneum was remarkable. A good introduction to these time capsules but each will have to be revisited because they are far more extensive that we had imagined and each requires at least a day.

, May 2018

This tour was amazing - as someone who loves history and archaeology, this is a great way to scratch the surface of Pompeii and Herculaneum. My time in Italy was really limiting, but with this tour I was able to get a great overview of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum! Our tour guide sorry I forget her name was also very knowledgeable and really made the history come alive - something I never would have been able to do if I had tried to visit Pompeii on my own. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!!

, Feb 2018

After being on my to do list for many years, I finally had the chance to take this great day trip. The Pompeii sight is huge and I like to see everything, but once there realized that walking around over the course of the guided tour, one does not HAVE to see everything to appreciate what it was and is today. Especially in you do some research before the visit, you can see and experience much in the allotted time. It is truly amazing and well worth any kind of a visit. Herculaneum is small and compact and easy to grasp in a short time, and just as amazing as Pompeii. The present city is virtually on top of the excavation, which lends an extra dimension of understanding of the history and evolution of the ancient city. The guide was terrific, with information, stories, told in an entertaining way. If someone has more time, I would recommend visiting Pompeii for a whole day, but if time for this is short as in my case, seeing the two sites in one day is a great way to go. Lunch is pretty good, a convenience more than a great meal but worth while.

, Dec 2017

I was so glad we saw both sights. It was a long day but well worth it

, Nov 2017

Another fantastic tour. Were shown many areas and given enough time to look around. Lunch was also great.

, Oct 2017

This was quite good, but rather pricey once you factor in the additional 24 euros for entrances. You can easily get the train to Pompeii and get an audio guide. That would be quite a nice day out at a fraction of the cost.

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