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Go back in time two millennia with this intriguing half-day private guided walking tour of Pompeii from Naples. Get the most out of your visit to this incredibly preserved Roman city, which has been frozen since Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Some of the highlights include, the Forum, a theater, a ‘fast food’ restaurant and even a brothel. Your private guide will illustrate Pompeii’s tragic fate through captivating stories, facts and anecdotes while taking you to the main highlights of the place. Choose to have the guide show you around or opt for the transportation-only option, giving the chance to check out Pompeii on your own. 

Highlights

  • Private tour of Pompeii with round-trip private transport from Naples
  • Explore the fascinating archaeological remnants of Pompeii with a private guide
  • Learn about the devastating Mt Vesuvius eruption in the 1st century that wiped out the entire city
  • Visit the House of Vetti, the thermal baths, the Lupanare brothel and more
  • Transport-only option available for those who prefer to explore Pompeii independently
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples

Explore the ruins of Pompeii on this private tour!

On August 24 in the year 79 AD, nearly 2,000 years ago, the volcano Mt. Vesuvius began erupting. It blanked the nearby town of Pompeii, freezing the 20,000 denizens with its ash and molten lava, thus perfectly preserving this ancient Roman city. With this half-day guided walking tour, you can see the best that the archeological site has to offer. 

After your driver picks you up from your hotel in Naples, the railways station in Naples or the Naples cruise terminal, enjoy the ride to Pompeii, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. 

Meet your guide at the entrance and prepare to be dazzled by this UNESCO World Heritage site. See the city walls and the Porta Marina gate that was once the entryway to the harbor of Pompeii. Explore the ancient theater where performances were regularly given. Gawk at what once was a Roman version of a ‘fast food’ restaurant, where vast vases still stand that were used for storing food. Stop at the Forum and learn about the political system in Pompeii and what the Forum was used for. Walk down the basalt-laden streets and squares of the city. 

See the blocks that provided stepping-stones across the often-flooded and sewage-filled streets; and view must-sees such as the Temple of Apollo, the Macellum market, and the public weighing scales.

And, intriguingly, see the casts of victims who were immediately frozen by the volcanic eruption. Stop by the thermal baths, a popular pastime in ancient Roman times. And even visit an old brothel, also a much-enjoyed proclivity among Roman men. 

Transport-Only Option
If you prefer to explore the Pompeii ruins independently, the transport-only option offers private round-trip transportation from Naples and lets you spend time in Pompeii on your own. Your driver will wait for you while you wander around Pompeii for a couple of hours, and then take you back to Naples. There is also an audio guide available (additional cost).

Customer Reviews

Eve L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Simply great. A beautiful big, shiny car picked us up from our hotel and took us to Pompeii with our lovely guide. She spoke excellent English and was very well informed, enthusiastic and friendly too. We learned a lot and enoyed the whole tour very much.

michelle_naftzger

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour! Our tour guide, Margarita was fun, knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. Our two kids ages 11 and 14 loved her.

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great time on this private tour for seven of us. In particular, Paula was excellent as a tour guide--we threaded our way through much larger tour groups and she was knowledgable and interesting in her descriptions.
Many thanks for a great day.

Allison P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Tour was amazing! Mula was sooo knowledgeable! Truly a private tour was so great! We all learned so much! Miula english was great too! Highly recommend! We had ages 11 to 73 and we all enjoyed!

Connie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Fantastic. Our guide, Sofia, was knowledgable and very engaging. We highly recommend her.

Krishnan N

4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

Tour guide and driver were great. Expensive.

Barbara L P

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

We enjoyed the tour of Pompeii. We were picked up from our ship by a great driver that spoke English and shared a lot of information about Naples and the area. We met out tour guide, Susie at Pompeii. Admission tickets were not included so Suzie bought them for us at a cheaper price then we expected. This process did take a while because of the Pompeii facilities lack of organization. The 6 of us enjoyed the tour but because of the warm weather, we were anxious for it to end. We entered at opening and it was still hot. Suzie's information was very informative and she spoke great English. We wish we would have gone to the museum since Pompeii was so similar to touring other historic buildings that you did not get the feeling it had been covered by a volcano. Trip back to ship was with a non English speaking driver who did not share any info. A little disappointing for us.

scotdok56

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Our Pompeii guide, Francesca, was excellent. The skip the line claim is valid she got our tickets in a special line that was very short, so our wait was only a few minutes. Be aware that this tour price does NOT include admission to Pompeii. The only glitch we had was that our driver was late for the pick-up at the port, so this necessitated a call to the local operator, who responded that he is on his way, which meant 20 minutes late.

David Roy L

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Very professional and well organised. We had a very polite, punctual driver and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and imparted the information in an informative easy to understand manner. We were travelling with children so it was well pitched and well paced. Would definitely recommend.

Nicole G

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

It was not a tour, just transportation from and to the port. Chauffeur was on time.

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