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Take a day out of your Rome vacation to get acquainted with Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii. This exciting day trip to Pompeii includes a steady-paced hike up Mt Vesuvius (summer only) or a visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Pompeii, plus a pizza in Naples and a tour of the UNESCO-listed digs at Pompeii. Hear the history from a local guide and admire artifacts that date back to the infamous Mt Vesuvius eruption of AD 79.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii from Rome with an expert guide
  • Hike up the side of the volcano and walk along its ridge, gazing into the crater
  • Drink in dramatic views over the Bay of Naples
  • Experience the world-famous Napolitan pizza
  • Explore the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii in place of Mount Vesuvius (November 20, 2017– March 31, 2018)

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What You Can Expect

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Day Trip from Rome

Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Hop aboard your coach at Piazza del Popolo in Rome, and travel south in air-conditioned comfort to Italy’s Campania region. As you travel, listen to tales about the colorful southern Italian area and Mt Vesuvius.

After the volcano’s infamous AD 79 eruption, lava and volcanic ash destroyed the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Evidence of those ancient streams of lava is still evident in the area, and your guide will show them as you travel.

Step out of your coach for a steady-paced, 20-minute walk to Mt Vesuvius’ summit, from where the most breathtaking views await. Make your way over trails covered in pumice rock and ash, before some free time to gaze down into the caldera and across the Bay of Naples.

Walk back down with your guide, and then head into Naples for a lunch of traditional pizza. From Naples, journey further south to complete your day trip from Rome to Pompeii. Once a thriving Roman city; today the town is best known for its UNESCO-listed archaeological digs, which are home to a wealth of relics. See incredibly preserved fossils and other ruins, plus plaster imprints of the town’s victims who were buried for years.

See the remains of the Forum and Teatro Grande, were some 5,000 people could once be seated. From your Pompeii tour guide, hear about day-to-day life for the Pompeii locals as you wander streets where ancient shops, cafes and even brothels could be found.

Finally, head back to Rome by coach and finish with a drop-off at the start point.

Please note: Mt Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 20, 2017 – March 31, 2018. During this time, the hike is replaced with a walking tour of the National Archaeological Museum of Pompeii. The site is home to an array of relics, excavations and art from Pompeii.

Customer Reviews

Natalie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Claudia our tour guide was amazing. Enjoyed the hike to the crater and Pompeii tour was very informative.

Roger S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great trip. Not only was our main guide Robert knowledgeable and entertaining, but they also lined up a local Pompeii guide who accompanied us into the ruins and explained everything in great detail. On the trip home Robert gave us a primer on how to find and order authentic Roman cuisine without recommending any one restaurant in particular. Just note that Vesuvius can sometimes be shrouded in clouds or fog and your experience on that leg of the trip may vary. It turned out for us to be the best day of the week, warm and dry and no clouds so the view into the crater and the surroundings was fantastic.

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour to Pompeii was excellent. Both informative and well paced. Plenty of photo opportunities to be had. Lunch was good too. For me the highlight of the day was climbing mount vesuvius. It's a leg burner but not a hard climb to the top. I highly recommend giving it a go. There are places to stop and rest on the way up plus gift shops. Weather permitting, the views from the summit are reward enough to make it worth a light sweat. Greatest thanks and respect to Robert, our tour guide. From beginning to end he was energetic, well informed, engaging and went well above and beyond. A very worthwhile trip all round!

Lauren P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had an amazing day trip from Rome, largely due to our phenomenal guide Roberto, who not only shared his expert knowledge but kept us entertained for the whole day. I can't praise him highly enough. From the early morning meeting to the evening drop off, this day was plain sailing and smooth. The meeting point was easy to find and we were quickly registered before making our way to the tour bus. With such an early star, Roberto gave us just a little information before giving us time to snooze. The mid-way 'comfort break' was perfect and the journey to Pompeii went by quickly with history and chat from Roberto. On arrival in Pompeii we were met by a local guide, Enrico, or 'Mario Poppins' as he was also called. This two hour tour flew by with so much knowledge and, again, more humour. Next came lunch, just five minutes away. Tasty, traditional Napoli pizza that could not be faulted. Then off to Vesuvius. Tips were given and then we were off. We made it to the top and on our way back down, Roberto was quick to congratulate us. The weather changed slightly so we were let on the bus to keep dry. The journey back to Rome went by quickly with some 'down time' to rest and some top tips for eating in Rome. We were dropped off in the same pick up location after a brilliant day. Roberto made this day so memorable but recognition should also go to our driver who drove us over 500km. I would recommend this tour to everyone and will use this company again. Thank you City Wonders!

adurso2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing, we had a beautiful day. We loved our guide, she was so awesome and informative. She kept us engaged every bit of the way and never left our side. Pompeii was much more than we expected, so much to see. Unfortunately, due to time restrictions, we didn't see as much as we have would liked and were left no time to buy souvenirs. Lunch was excellent especially since it was included. We got a salad, a personal pizza and one beverage of choice including a glass a wine. Next, we were onto Mt Vesuvius and allotted around 1 1/2hours to hike up and back. The views from Mt Vesuvius were spectacular! The volcano is active and we did get to see a little steam coming out of it. I feel if you go into this tour realizing what a long day its going to be and that you will be spending 6 hours total on a bus with a brief stop each way to use the restrooms, etc you will not be disappointed. This trip was one of the highlights of our vacation to Italy for sure!!

ED

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our Guide for the day, Ana was excellent. Very thorough. At Pompeii, our local guide Enrico was excellent as well. A very nice day outside of Rome. If you want an excellent experience, book with these guides.

Tushar S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was a great tour. Our tour guide Angie was fantastic!

galownias

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

My husband and I had a wonderful day exploring Pompeii, eating pizza, and visiting the museum in Naples. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the day a highlight of our trip to Italy.

Kristina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The experience was truly amazing. Our guide, Roberto from City Wonders, was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the area and offered additional insight on culture and the inner workings of modern day Rome. Even my kids, 15 and 11, did not feel that the 13 hour day was at all boring. I was apprehensive about booking a whole day trip but it was definitely worth it!

mayerem8735

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This was an increidbly well done tour, and our guide Rob was stellar! Our guide was an expert, so we were really able to learn about every aspect of Pompei, and ask plenty of questions. Lunch was delicious and the pace of the day was perfect for our group. City Wonders is a fantastic tour company that gives you deeper understanding of the places you are in. I cant reccommend this tour enough!

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