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Explore the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii on this day trip from Naples. Led by a local guide, marvel at the UNESCO-listed site of Pompeii (own expense), which lay buried under volcanic ash for centuries following Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Afterward, head to a cameo and coral factory to watch the craftsmen at work before sitting down to a traditional Italian lunch. Top off the afternoon with a trip to Ercolano to discover the ruins of Herculaneum (own expense.) Your trip will conclude with transportation back to Naples.


  • Full-day Pompeii and Herculaneum excursion from Naples
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii with a guide
  • Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ AD 79 eruption that buried many of Campania’s towns for centuries
  • Visit a coral and cameo factory, and then enjoy lunch in Ristorante Vesuvio
  • Travel to Ercolano and explore the ruins of Herculaneum at leisure, seeing monuments, fossils and mosaics

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What You Can Expect

Pompeii and Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum

Begin your trip with pickup from your select Naples hotel and hop aboard your coach toward Pompeii. Once buried under a blanket of ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, the city wasn't unearthed until the 18th century.

As you enter (own expense), follow your guide through the ruins and learn the fascinating history behind the ancient city. Pass excavations of the Teatro Grande, which once housed up to 5,000 spectators, and the Forum.

Continue to a family-run corals and cameo factory to learn more about the jewelry-making process. Afterward, walk to the 18th-century Ristorante Vesuvio for a delicious, Italian-style lunch.

Journey next to the coastal town of Ercolana, where the ruins of Herculaneum reside, another town struck during the infamous eruption. Though Pompeii is more widely-known, Herculaneum hosts a wealth of archaeological treasures. Enter (own expense) and explore at leisure, admiring the ancient monuments, preserved mosaics and fossils nearly 2,000 years old.

Your day trip will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point.

Customer Reviews

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very thorough

Antoinette G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic tour!

Edgar B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guide was an archaeologist who did a wonderful job at both Pompeii and Hurculaneum. He has a great style in bringing the history in contemporary terms that helped the info really stick with you, and used good humor at times to help with that. In Herculaneum there were only six of us in the tour group with him so it was very personalized. Extremely professional and informative, and he tolerated some of us lagging to take pictures of this amazing history. Thanks.

Nanya United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Wonderful day. Great guides!!

Hugo L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Pompeii by itself is a must - bigger than the Roman forum with more to see and with a tour guide who knows the ins and outs it's both fun and educational. With Herculaneum it completes the whole tour package - smaller site but more detail and definitely get more intimate with how the Roman's lived.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

always wanted to do this . the guide was great . Lunch was included , great choices , The visit to the cameo I thought was a bit rushed . I could have bought heaps more . Lots of walking so strong shoes , but I managed and I had climbed Mt Versuvus the day before .
Watch your wallet, got robbed 2 days later in Florence


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing!

Peter B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

An excellent trip notwithstanding torrential rain in Herculaneum. Our guide Stephania was genuinely omniscient and very personable to boot. Fascinating but too short !

Jacqueline W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is a great tour, highly recommended. Even through a little rain Pompeii is amazing! We've been to many ancient sites and this is right up with the best of them. The tour takes about 2 hours and delivers all the most important things to see. Lots of the group weren't going on to Herculaneum which is a pity. Although only 20 of Herculaneum has been uncovered it is an incredible example of a Roman holiday city. Just fabulous, don't do one without the other.

Deborah M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

All day tour to both places is well worth it. Starting at Pompeii, we were able to go into a coral sales room. There are some really beautiful pieces of jewelry here and a wide price range so there is something for everyone. Next Pompeii was toured. You really have to use your imagination for a lot of the ruins. Of the two locations, this is the largest but most destroyed by Vesuvius. The brothel area was most interesting as well as the sauna room and how it was heated. Lunch was provided and the choices were delicious. Herculaneum was our next stop and while it is much smaller, it is far more preserved. Again, our guide was fabulous and knew not just the history but the interesting stories that went with it. I think we enjoyed Herculaneum more since we could actually see how the people lived at that time. Great tour.

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