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Pompeii is a great place to see! Incredible history!!
To set expectations: We got off the cruise ship and walked past all the tour buses in search for our bus, we had to exit the port secure area - where all the Taxis were hanging out. The tour guide Maria was there holding a sign with our name on it. She led us to the main street to get on the bus, which was a bit of a walk. The bus stopped several times along the way to pick up other tourists. We got to Pompeii within 35 minutes. We collected our headphones or earphones so you don't have to crowd the tour guide. There is a chance to stop and use the restroom/bathroom/WC/toilet before we set off on the tour. Wear sensible shoes and if you get thirsty - bring a bottle of water. You will walk up hill, down, and on rock bumpy roads. To say the road is cobble stones - its not the tiny cobbles but large boulders so take care in walking!! The tour lasted about 2 hours and in the end we were exhausted. The tour guide took us to a local restaurant bit of a walk for lunch. The pre-arranged lunch offered pizza or spaghetti with a cold soda, water, or coffee/tea included. There were bathrooms available and were clean too. The group split into two - we paid to go to Sorrento and the other group paid to Mount Vesuvius.
Following lunch we took off to Sorrento - a beautiful town located on the side of a hill and overlooked the ocean. WOW it was spectacular! The tour included a stop to taste Limoncello which is made local. On the way back to town if you sit on the ocean side of the bus you may get lucky to catch a glimpse of the sunset. Our lovely tour guide returned us to the ship with an hour to spare before the ship departed.
The trip is very well worth it and since we were NOT interested in the cheap tourist shopping we felt the time spent in Sorrento was just right!
This was my first trip to Italy. I booked several excursions through Viator and was very pleased. The excursion to Pompeii was a trip of a life time, I was not disappointed. The coach bus was clean, the driver and tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable, and the sites were interesting.
We also visited Sorrento, this is a city I would like to visit again. It was a small quaint city along the Mediterranean countryside, the views of the mountains and M. sea were spectacular.
The one recommendation I do have is there should be signage directing customers to the Viator excursion meeting area. There was none resulting in my having to search for the pickup area in a country I was unfamiliar with.
OK, so this was the absolute BEST experience!! Luca was our driver. He was AWESOME!!! was at the port early and from the first moment his only priority was to make us happy and comfortable! He mainly took the back roads so that he could provide us the opportunity to see the TRUE small towns as we were heading to our main destinations. He was a true Tuscan local and had great pride in his region. He WAS THE BEST GUIDE WE HAD THE ENTIRE TRIP!!
Tour was great ,organized well, guides were very informative and friendly really enjoyed it
This was a wonderful tour, and well organized. The only thing was the crowd of cruise passengers coming off the boat and all the tours trying to gather up the passengers. It was just a bit confusing, but, we found each other just fine. The bus ride took us to Pompeii, where the guide gathered us all up and gave us head sets, then there was bit of a wait while some went to the rest room. Be sure to be in hats, and have some water, if you go on a hot day. Pompeii was very crowded, so stay close to your guide. After the tour, we went for Pizza. This was great, and refreshing after a hot day. Then we split up, as some of the of the group chose to hike the volcano, and some took the Sorrento trip. I was with the Sorrento trip. What a lovely drive to this seaside town. We were able to follow our guide as he took us thru the town, and let us stop in a cute shop to taste Limoncelo. I only wished that we had a little more time to discover Sorrento,, all the shops looked inviting.. The tour got us back to the ship with plenty of time left. I highly recommend this tour. I always use Viator.
Amazing site!! Incredible what was created at that time! Guide was awesome! Didn't spend much time in Sorrento though so didn't see much but the drive to/from Pompeii to Sorrento was very nice!
Once again, our tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable. This is the only way to go if visiting Sorrento and Pompeii...Fantastic tour!
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Pompeii and Sorento was one of our favorite trips in Italy, very well managed and we loved the whole day. Maria our English speaking guide was amazing, and looked after us well, just enough time as every stop.
Awesome tour and amazing sights! I was worried about the timing to get us back to the cruise port but that was never any issue. Everything was smooth and I would recommend this tour to anyone!
We had a fantastic time during this trip, we got off the cruise ship, and they were waiting for us in the parking lot, all of the tours and taxi cabs were waiting there, and there was a lady with a sign I think her name is Maria and the sign had like 20 last names in there, in small letters so you needed to get really close to see your name written there. Let me say this tour company is really clever, their logistics are amazing, they took a whole bus of people to Pompeii, they gave us coloured stickers to each continue on our different trips, for instance some people went to Vesuvius, others to Sorrento, so from Pompeii we departed in smaller but very adequate vehicles to our destinations. At Pompeii our admission tickets were included so we didn't need to do any lines, we entered as a group, the guide gave us audio devices so we could listen to everything she was saying, that was really good. She was very knowledgeable, funny, and very professional, we really enjoyed listening to her explanations. Pompeii is a very big place, so keep close to the group because you can get lost easily, I think it was very adequate everything we saw in there, bring adequate footwear because the floor is rocky and uneven. After that they took us to lunch, near the archaeological site of Pompeii, you could choose between pizza and pasta spaghetti... I have to disagree here with other reviews I read which said the pizza was wonderful, it wasn't for me.. the pizza had too much tomato salsa and very little cheese, almost non-existent, the crust was good and it was quite large. I wonder if the pasta would have been a better option. 1 drink was also included, I saw people drinking beer. After that, they took us to Sorrento, which was beautiful, and I'm glad they took us there in the smaller vehicle because the winding roads there are scary, they are too narrow. In Sorrento we had a little free time to shop around. They took us to a shop to try Limoncello and cookies and sweets made out of lemons... please try the lemon cookies! the ones that have a lemon filling, they are superb! although a bit expensive. It was a whole day trip and they took us back to the ship, it was a wonderful experience, we highly recommend booking this tour.
The tour was really good. We went to Pompeii first and spent 2 hours there with a tour guide. The guide is a must if you go there as they tell you about life in Pompeii before the eruption. It was very interesting. Then we had lunch there. We had a choice of Margherita Pizza or spaghetti. We had the pizza which was good. Then we drove to Sorrento where we had an hour to wander through the shops. Very pretty town. So the tour was a nice contrast of old and new.
an ethusiastic guide made the trip to Pompeii very interesting. It was very hot, so if you are doing this trip, don't forget a hat and plenty of water. The trip to sorrento had some gorgeous views over the bay of naples.
The tour guide in Pompeii has very good English. She showed us every details about the history of Pompeii. The trip is well organized.
The tour guide in Sorrento is another girl. She is also friendly and tried to satisfy each customer's needs. There are 4 people in this small group in Sorrento and I'm the only passenger from cruise ship. So the driver sent me first to the port in order to catch the ship abroad time. I am very satisfied with this trip.
Great tours. Did this rather then doing it off the cruise ship. Easy peasy!! Both tours were outstanding.
We enjoyed our tour in Pompeii, and Sorrento. The tour guide in Pompeii was excellent, provided us with very thorough information on the history of Pompeii. The lunch was delicious, choice of pizza, spaghetti, lasagna with soda, beer or wine. We had a different guide to Sorrento, Maria, was not as friendly and knowledgeable, beautiful scenic drive to Sorrento, tasted and bought Limoncello to take home.
Wonderful tour. Our guide was very good. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Highly recommend
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