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Discover the wonder of Europe’s only active volcano on this Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii day trip from Naples. Follow your local guide through the ancient ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Enjoy a traditional Italian pizza lunch with your small group and then hike to the top of the notorious volcano, where you’ll find stunning views of the Bay of Naples and the surrounding landscapes.

Highlights

  • Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius day trip from Naples
  • Explore the fascinating ancient ruins of Pompeii with a guide
  • See the destruction of Mt Vesuvius' massive eruption thousands of years ago
  • Enjoy a pizza lunch with your fellow travelers
  • Hike to the summit of Mt Vesuvius and peer into the crater
  • Soak up views of the Bay of Naples from the volcano’s summit

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What You Can Expect

Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip from Naples

Pompeii, Italy

Your guide will collect you from your hotel or train station to kick off this Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii day trip from Naples. Venture into the ancient Roman city of Pompeii on a half-hour coach ride and learn the history behind the area that was infamously covered by ash nearly 2000 years ago. 

Follow your guide on a 2-hour walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site and learn about Europe’s largest archeological grounds. Stop at the Forum, Thermal Baths, Vetti’s House and the Lupanare brothel. Your guide will offer historical context and insight into local life here back in 79 AD. Once you’ve explored the grounds, savor an Italian pizza lunch with your group before enjoying time to wander the shops.

Afterward, travel by air-conditioned coach to Mt Vesuvius and journey on a moderate hike to the top of the active volcano with your guide. At the summit, some 3,900 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level, take in panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. Roam around the volcano's mammoth crater and keep an eye out for plumes of escaping steam. If you prefer to skip the hike, you'll enjoy free time while waiting for the group, but the trip to the top is definitely worth the effort.

After successfully climbing the top of Mt Vesuvius, relax with a ride back to your Naples hotel in your comfortable coach.

Customer Reviews

rmye.agrawal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip was everything as advertised and more. Our guides were knowledgeable about the history and legends of the sites that helped make this a memorable experience. Would highly recommend it.

econn02

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic tour of Pompeii and opportunity to hike Mt. Vesuvius. Guides were very knowledgeable! Highly recommended!

Christina W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were staying in Sorrento and took the train to meet the group in Naples at 10:30. Group was easy to locate near the train station. The tour guides were great!! The tour of Pompeii was fascinating and our guide did a great job keeping everyone together while moving forward the whole time. We had lunch at a restaurant with great Neapolitan pizza before going on to Mt. Vesuvius. Hiking 900 m up to the top of the volcano was an incredible experience! My husband and I were very happy we did this tour to see both amazing sites. We got back to Naples at 5:30 exactly and had time to explore some more of Naples, eat more pizza, and catch the last train back to Sorrento!

Jason O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

One of the best tours I have ever done. Organised and very informational, was great having all the transport already done. The tour guide for the Pompeii was average, not very personable in her delivery. But that just might be her, she was very knowledgeable. The guide for the Mt Vesuvius was great, funny, and hiked up with us in high heels. Such a great trip and I would totally do it again.

ratza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I think the pick-up and transportation alone were worth the day trip, considering the limited time we had in Naples.

The guide was very knowledgeable and even though the Pompeii part of the tour was short, for me it was just right. There were only three or four plaster casts of the victims, kept far behind bars making Maria essential in explaining the otherwise empty foundations and giving us a glimpse of everyday roman life.

The lunch was as expected a pizza margherita and a soda, though I picked pasta since all pizzas kind of tasted the same. It's not something to remember but it is welcoming shade and a snack after walking around in the sun and dust.

The Vesuvius part was a bit short, you have about 30 minutes to climb from where the bus stops and 20 minutes to climb down in about an hour, leaving 10 minutes for going around the top. Fortunately, as you might see from online images, the caldera is no more impressive than a rock quarry and unless you'd have a drone or something, you can't take a proper picture of it. The weather was very cloudy during our visit so the panorama was pretty grey, but you might have better luck.

I recommend this tour if you're short on time and find a day with clear skiesfor Vesuvius and no windsfor the sand/dust in Pompeii

Kyle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed our Trip to Pompeii and up Mount Vesuvius.
Our guide for Pompeii was very knowledgable and Humerous. Took us around all of the key points of Pompeii and gave us an insight into the lives of the people who lived there.
Included with the tour was lunch at a local restaurant. My partner and I both had pizzawhich was nothing to write home about, but fine for a quick meal before the second half of the tour.
In the second half on the bus we travelled most of the way up Mount Vesuvius. There was a 25 minute climb up a gravel path to get to the top for some amazing views! Make sure you bring good outdoor shoes, and a large water bottle! Although water and refreshments are sold at certain points along the hike up.

CONSTANCE K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent walk through your seeing all angles of the ancient city. Guide was very easy to understand, took a good amount of time to explain the sites. Also hike up to Mt Vesuvius was a great experience to look into the mouth of the volcano.

Donna N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guides were right at the exit of the port as soon as we got off the cruise ship. The buses are air conditioned and very comfortable. We visited Pompeii first and were given about 20 minutes to purchase souvenirs or water for our tour. We were given radios and headsets to be able to listen to our guide along the roads in Pompeii. The tour was not rushed but note there is a lot of walking on stones and sometimes the ground is uneven. After the Pompeii tour it was a short walk to a local restaurant and we could choose between pizza, spaghetti or salad. All selections were large and they also had complementary bottled water, wine or pop. We then had another short walk to get back on the bus to go to Mt. Vesuvius. There is a small shop that you pass thru and a man offers walking sticks for a donation upon completion of your walking up/down the mountain. I took a stick and am glad I did as it is steep. Beautiful views but it is a difficult walk as the path is loose gravel and dirt. For those that make it up to the top you can have a wine in the bar and sit for a little while. Once we finished we got back on the bus to return to the cruise port. Pay attention when returning as our bus made several stops and when we didn't get up immediately and they started to pull away from the cruise port. They do make an announcement but it is usually only announced once so pay attention.

carol r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a wonderful day. I was picked up at hotel and returned at the end of the day by Amiel and Sylvia who were marvelous. Everything was included as well as lunch. Susannah the tour guide for Pompeii was very interesting and bought the place to life. It was hard climbing the last stretch of Vesuvius but well worth it. I made some new friends on the coach an thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Kimberly C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I don't know how they do it, but this outfit has figured out how to unravel the knot that is Naples, and get you where you need to be comfortably, and on-time. We made our excursion to Pompeii on surely one of the busiest days of the tourist season. Pompeii was super-crowded and HOT, but the tour guides kept their cool and kept us moving. The tour guide was excellent--she gave the tour in both English and Spanish, and defended her territory with other guides on-site in Italian. I was super-impressed. Everything just worked: the shuttle pick-up worked, the bus worked, the sound/mike system worked, the lunch worked. The pacing was just right. Enough time to see the ruins and hike the volcano, but kept things moving along so that we were back to our hotel by 5:30. Lunch was so-so, but it was freshly made, the service was friendly, and the dining room was pleasant and air-conditioned. It was the break we sorely needed. If I had only one complaint, it would be that the emailed instructions about our morning pick-up were not precise, and it nearly caused us to miss our ride. The email said the van would pick us up IN Piazza Bellini, NEAR the Hotel Bellini. Well, we were on-time and waiting IN the piazza, but unbeknownst to us, the van was waiting IN FRONT of the Hotel Bellini, hidden from our view in the piazza. When the van didn't show up on time, my husband took a run around the block and thankfully spotted the van. The email should've said, the van will be IN FRONT of the Hotel Bellini, NEAR the Piazza Bellini. It all worked out, and we caught our ride by the skin of our teeth, but it made all the other pick-ups late. Anyway, a minor hiccup thankfully. The tour was definitely worth the money, very enjoyable and informative.

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