Leave your Sorrento hotel at 8am, and relax on the hour-long journey inland to Pompeii. Once you arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed archaeological digs, you’ll meet your guide and head off on a 2-hour tour to discover Pompeii’s highlights.
As you explore, learn about the destructive volcanic eruption of AD 79 that buried the ancient city for centuries. The ash and molten lava that streamed out of Mt. Vesuvius preserved the town remarkably, and many original landmarks can be found around the site. See the old public baths, the Macellum (market), and the Temple of Jupiter, and hear about their history from your guide.
After a break for lunch at your own expense, continue with a drive up the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius. Stretch your legs on a 30-minute hike up to the crater’s lip and learn about the infamous volcano from a mountain guide. Make use of some free time to gaze out over the Bay of Naples, then return to your transport for the drive back to Sorrento.
Your day trip ends with a hotel drop-off around 5:30pm in the evening.