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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Ron F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Pompeii was brought to life by our guide Stephania - and lived up to expectations.

Herculaneum was another step up - and with the same guide we saw and heard so much more than we could have expected.

A must do for anyone with real interest.

Lynn E L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was very good as she had great expression and passion about the life and death at that time.

viv i

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a fantastic trip and we enjoyed every minute. The guide sorry but never found out her name! really knew her stuff and was attentive and courteous. The lunch was lovely in a nice restaurant. We would thoroughly this tour.

Nelly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Everything was great, the tour guide was fantastic!!!

Leslie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The trip was fantastic! Lucia was our guide for the am and the pm. She was knowledgeable about both sites.

Georgia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide Lucia was great, it was in August so very hot and she managed to keep us all on track. She was very informative would do it again.

margaret s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guide for Pompeii was very knowledgable and informative, lunch was great, disappointed in the Herculaneum visit. The site itself was impressive but not having anyone to talk about the history and discovery, etc. was disappointing.

phil_sue

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a great tour.We learned so much about Pompeii and Herculaneum, especially as we has a fantastic tour guide called Steph who really made the day enjoyable.

Geri&Pat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a memorable day trip. You actually go back in time and can envision life before the 79a.d. eruption. Everything I learned I brought back to my classroom and shared that knowledge with my students. I highly recommend this trip!

Ana M L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an amazing day of history and archeology. It's a must do while in Naples. Lunch was yummy!

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