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Fully Guided Pompeii Day Trip with Option for Mount Vesuvius or Amalfi Coast

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  • 13 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English

Overview

Take a day out of your Rome vacation to get acquainted with Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii. This day trip to Pompeii includes a steady-paced hike up Mt. Vesuvius (summer only) or a visit to Naples (in winter) and an expert guided tour of the UNESCO-listed digs at Pompeii. Breath in the history of the ancient city and admire artifacts that date back to the infamous Mt. Vesu. You also have the option to select a Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano day trip from Rome, which combines three of the most famous and beautiful sites in Italy in a single day.
  • Day trip to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii from Rome with a Skip-the-Line Access
  • Hike up the side of the volcano and walk along its ridge, gazing into the crater
  • Drink in dramatic views over the Bay of Naples
  • Upgrade to Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Small-Group Day Trip from Rome in a private, air-conditioned coach (visit to Mount Vesuvius or Naples not included).
  • Explore the ruins of Pompeii with a local expert archaeologist guide
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What's Included

  • Round-trip transport from Rome in a private, air-conditioned coach
  • Skip-the-Line Access & an expert archaeologist guide at Pompeii
  • Mt. Vesuvius National Park Entry (April to mid-November), if Pompeii & Vesuvius option selected
  • Free time in Naples (mid-November to March), if Pompeii & Naples option selected
  • Amalfi Coast drive and Positano, if Pompeii, Amalfi & Positano option selected
  • English-speaking expert tour leader for the day
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Piazza del Popolo
    Piazza del Popolo, Roma RM, Italy

    At the center of Piazza del Popolo, by the large fountain with the lions and the obelisk. The nearest metro stop is Flaminio (Line A). Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets to be easily recognizable at the meeting point.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Hop aboard your coach in central Rome, and travel south in air-conditioned comfort to Italy’s Campania region. As you travel, listen to tales about the colorful southern Italian area and Mt. Vesuvius.

After the volcano’s infamous AD 79 eruption, lava and volcanic ash destroyed the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Evidence of those ancient streams of lava is still evident in the area.

First head from Rome to Pompeii. Once a thriving Roman city; today the town is best known for its UNESCO-listed archaeological digs, which are home to a wealth of relics. See incredibly preserved fossils and other ruins, plus plaster imprints of the town’s victims who were buried for years.

See the remains of the Forum and Teatro Grande, where some 5,000 people could once be seated. During your self-guided tour, learn about day-to-day life for the Pompeii locals as you wander streets where ancient shops, cafes and even brothels could be found.

Enjoy free time for sightseeing.

Then, journey to the infamous volcano. Step out of your coach for a steady-paced, walk to Mt Vesuvius’ summit, from where the most breathtaking views await. Make your way over trails covered in pumice rock and ash, before some free time to gaze down into the caldera and across the Bay of Naples.

Finally, head back to Rome by coach and finish with a drop-off at the start point.

Please note: Mt Vesuvius is inaccessible from mid-November to March. During this time, the hike is replaced with a visit to the iconic City of Naples. Take a panoramic bus tour and have some free time to walk around the city center.

City Wonders (Pass By)

Location

Pompeii Archaeological Park

The eruption in AD 79 spelled a fiery end for Pompeii, but the catastrophe also almost perfectly preserved the port city under layers of Volcanic ash. Thousands of years later, you can still explore the eerie streets and step inside homes, bathhouses and fast food places on your self-guided tour. You’ll travel from Rome to Pompeii in an air-conditioned private coach, accompanied and entertained all the way by your expert tour co-ordinator. Skip the line at Pompeii and head for a leisurely self-led tour around the city which paints a vivid picture of life in final days before the eruption. Throughout the ruins, you’ll come across harrowing death casts: plaster recreations of unfortunate citizens preserved by the superheated volcanic ash.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION REQUIRED FROM ALL PASSENGERS: You MUST provide all passenger names at the time of booking in order to visit Mount Vesuvius or you may be refused entry.
  • During summer months in rare cases of inclement weather or strikes, the crater of Vesuvius may be closed to visitors. In this case, an alternative visit to the city of Naples will be included.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • From late November to March the Vesuvius isn't accessible and it is replaced with a visit to the city of Naples with panoramic bus tour and free time.
  • Option to upgrade to Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Small-Group Day Trip from Rome with private coach (Mt Vesuvius or Naples not included)
  • The hike up to the crater of Vesuvius requires a good level of general fitness. The walk is uphill at a 14 degree angle and takes roughly 20 minutes.
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


Make sure to bring water with you, which is necessary anywhere in Rome during it's hot seasons.
Make sure to wear sun block, hat, and comfortable gym shoes.
A long day but worthwhile if it's your only way to fit Pompeii into your schedule.
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Enjoyed our tour!
Patience_D, Jan 2023
Our guides were excellent and we were informed and entertained throughout the trip. Even our bus driver was great, making it back in record time and never swerving or braking hard. The little restaurant our guide recommended outside the gate at Pompeii was a good but not excellent. We would rather have had more time in Pompeii and less in Naples but overall the trip was a good value and we enjoyed it.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Patience_D, Every team member at City Wonders would like to thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review on Viator! It means a lot to us. We wish your tour could have been a bit more perfect, and we'll definitely communicate your comments to our product development team for review. We would love to see you another time on any of our other amazing experiences in the future. Thank you again for choosing City Wonders. Kindest regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
10/10 Trip!
Caitlin_B, Jan 2023
Heather was an amazing tour guide!! We had a very excellent day and she made such an effort for us to have the best time. Appreciated her recommendations in Rome too! I learned a lot.
Amazing!
Alana_B, Jan 2023
Absolutely loved Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast! Pompeii was filled with so much history. The pizza was absolutely delicious! The Amalfi Coast was breathtaking. The tour guide was very helpful and accommodating. Definitely recommend this trip!
Absolutely Epic Tour!
Jason_B, Jan 2023
This tour was amazing. First of all, a shout out to our guides Rob and Heather. These were two of the kindest, most caring guides I have ever had. They were constantly asking us how we were, checking in with us, asking if there was anything we need. They shared wonderful stories and jokes to pass the time on the bus. Thank you Rob and Heater. This tour took us to Postiano and then on to Pompei. The tour was very well organized - they had smaller busses waiting for us on the Amalfi coast, and we transferred to those buses to take us to Postiano with no delay. Positano was stunning. Then it was on to Pompei, and the Pompei tour was probably the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. Our tour guide Enrico was absolutely fantastic - knowledgeable, funny, kind. This tour should be on everyone's bucket list - I cannot say enough about how amazing it was.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We had a great day out...
Aisling_H, Jan 2023
We had a great day out with a brilliant tour guide, Heather was so helpful and full of knowledge a pleasure to listen to all day and we had a brilliant bus driver. Would highly recommend a great day out!
Great way to make the most of a one day trip to Pompeii
Jackie_C, Jan 2023
We had an amazing day with Rob, Marco and Lilia at Pompeii and Naples. The tour was extremely prompt and efficient. The bus was comfortable and Marco negotiated the drive seamlessly. We had a perfect, clear January day and plenty of time to see the main sites of Pompeii. Lilia did a great job of explaining the sites and showing us the highlights. Our time in Naples was on our own which suited us just fine. It’s amazing how fast 2 hours can go. If you are trying to do a quick one day trip to Pompeii from Rome this is the way to do it and make the most of the time you have. Rob’s commentary about Roman life, customs and foods was a great addition to the day.
I'm happy I did this
Stacey_H, Jan 2023
Rob the guide and Andre the bus driver were superb. Rob did an excellent job of explaining what to expect during the day and reminding us of the agenda. It is a long and full day, but worth it. You are paired with local guides at Pompeii that know the history very well. It was a trip worth the time, money, and energy if you only have a day to give.
Pompeii great, Naples not so much
Kim_R, Jan 2023
Pompeii was cool. Our local guide was very informative. Naples was rushed and not any fun. This was a winter trip, so perhaps the other options would be more fun.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Hello Kim_R, Thank you for taking the time to leave us an honest review on Viator. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time in Pompeii, however we must apologize as you did not have the same experience in Naples. If there was anything specifically we could have done to make your time in Naples more enjoyable, please feel free to let us know. We hope to get the chance to provide you with a more perfect experience on one of our other unique excursions in the future. Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
1 traveler found this review helpful
Martha = <3
Phillip_B, Jan 2023
Pompeii tour was great. Tour guide was one of best parts. Martha kept every moment interesting, great personality, funny, and attentive.
Great Pompeii tour
Paul_C, Jan 2023
Tour was wonderful. All guides were very informative, especially our guide at pompeii. Bus driver was a great, safe driver. All communications pre-trip were good. Pompeii tour is something my family will remember forever.
Pompeii and Naples
Yaremi_M, Dec 2022
Amazing tour! Barbara was so engaging and knowledgeable of the history of Pompeii, the food!!, and Naples. She kept the bus ride interesting and lively.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Nice trip. Our guid tour...
Ewa_M, Dec 2022
Nice trip. Our guid tour team had very good knowledge about place where we go and lots interesting facts they told us during the trip
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent day trip to Pompeii and Positano!
Sankar_B, Dec 2022
An excellent tour and we highly recommend it. Martha was our guide, and very knowledgeable. Martha, her partner (the young lady, sorry forgot her name!) in the bus, and Enrico, the guide inside Pompeii, each one was superb. Very well-coordinated tour. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Amazing experience
SOUMYA_P, Dec 2022
I don’t usually write reviews but I went back and searched up my booking history to write this. Roberto was amazing!!!! I cannot speak highly enough about him. Super friendly, knowledgeable and personable. He is a great storyteller. Our Pompeii guide was phenomenal as well. It was a wonderful excursions. Yes it was long but the tour guides made the trip seamless and pleasurable. A highly recommended group!
Average at Best
Hyrum_A, Dec 2022
Honest Review: Pros- Started and ended on time Your guides hired to guide AT Pompeii we’re incredibly knowledgeable, polite, and helpful. Cons- Tour guide/host provided very little value. It was if it was her chance to share her personal beliefs and values without enriching the experience with knowledge. It was a moment to seek attention for herself. I didn’t see anyone on the tour enjoying her antics. In fact, most people rolled their eyes when she came on the speaker. - The tour is 13 hours long. Despite the length, there was no reasonable plan to have time to eat a good meal. After the tour of Pompeii, there was 25 minutes left to eat (during lunch). It’s a shame because it’s an incredible place to enjoy. - Again for dinner time, awkward timing without time to enjoy. - Lastly the “stop” we made on the way there and back was at a tragically old and non useful stop that must be a favorite for the bus driver or tour operator. - This was the least favorite excursion we had across Europe. Lastly- the bus was uncomfortable, with the suspension being rough.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hello Hyrum_A, We really want to thank you for taking the time to leave us an honest review on Viator. While we're disappointed that one of your guides could not convey important information in a more engaging manner, your feedback will only help us improve the quality of our service experience. We will be communicating your comments to our product teams to make sure that every point you brought up is heard to the fullest. Thank you again from all of us at City Wonders. Kind regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
A fantastic day
Jennifer_B, Dec 2022
Rob, the tour guide, was so amazing. The way he explained the history, the way he checked in with us throughout the day, it was amazing. Would recommend to anyone. Then at Pompei we had Enzo. He was amazing and so knowledgeable. Fantastic day and I left smarter than I came. Thank you to all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Most wonderful trip ....
SooHwang_N, Dec 2022
Most wonderful trip . Value for money. Enjoyed this trip . Both guides were knowledgeable and caring. Thanks both for the lovely memorable trip .
Excellent experience
Kirdson_S, Dec 2022
excellent experience, is a must do activity when in Italy, tour guy (Rob) was excellent very knowledgeable, he explained everything in advance, also the driver Andrea and the tour person in Pompeii (Enrico?) were excellent, very good team.
Fantastic lovely tour with Barbara
MohamedAdnan_I, Dec 2022
Barbara is an awesome, fantastic, kind and funny tour. She makes the whole trip lively with jokes. She shared good information about Italy apart from the tour which serves us well as tourist. The tour itself is mesmerizinlng. Pompeii is certainly a sight to behold. Amazing engineering work. Sad to know what happened to it. Lots of shops outside the entrance. Make sure u bargain for the merchandise. Amalfi Coast is a very expensive place to eat. Especially the restaurant, Black which is by the sea. Instead you should eat at the restaurant up the hill.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Thanks
clintonhodgetts, Dec 2022
Just fantastic, so pleased we did the tour. It is a long day BUT worth every moment. Our guides were great and very informative. Thank again for a great day 🙏
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