Private Tour: Pompeii Day Trip from Rome - Reviews

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Helen F Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Our driver David was a lovely person. He had to drive through some heavy rain but kept us amused along the way. On arrival in Pompeii Barbara was there to meet us and gave us a wonderful informative tour of the site. The place David suggested for lunch was excellent, the food and staff were so good. Great day all round.

Choy Foong W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

There were 8 of us and we were driven in a spacious and clean MPV. Davide was our driver and gave us good insights of the surrounding areas on the way there and back. The local guide at Pompeii was knowledgeable and the tour was very interesting.

georgiajenkins

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Driver and drive was wonderful, Roberto was great! Also Santiago our guide in Pompeii was awesome. Would highly recommend this tour.

marilenep Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

We took this tour on our last day in Rome and I have to say it was the cherry on top of our whole week in Italy. Davide was incredibly nice , courteous and professional he arrived on time actually earlier than the call time but he never rushed us. I highly recommend getting a guide at Pompeii, losing your way at the site is highly possible but with a guide that wouldnt be a problem at all. Santiago our guide shared with us a lot of information and more. We enjoyed every minute of the tour and it was all worth it. Lunch just outside the site was great

Nancy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This tour was amazing.

Lisa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

It was nice having a private tour that way you could modify the day. I would highly recommend choosing the tour guide option to see Pompeii. We didn't and regretted it. Yes we got the audio guide but in hindsight I think having a tour guide would of been better. Our driver was extremely nice and professional. We were running a little late from seeing Pompeii and he was very accommodating. We ate lunch ch at the restaurant right outside the entrance which was very good. If you are anchored in Rome it can be a long day, somhaving the private driver saved time.

Gina N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

We just returned from a week in Rome with our children 6, 9, 11 where we scheduled this tour for the midpoint of our trip. A professional driver, Daniele, picked us up promptly outside our apartment as promised. Honestly, this gentleman was just as knowledgeable about Rome as our tour guide was about Pompeii. He was so friendly, engaging, and continuously spouting off interesting facts that the 2.5 hour ride to Pompeii was pleasurably relaxing. Also, his driving was fantastic! In Rome, the driving is absolute controlled chaos, I wouldn't get behind a wheel if you paid me. And after the return trip to the airport using a different service where I was literally crying from fear and I am far from hysterical, I travel quite a bit by myself for work and pleasure so it takes a lot to get me worked up, the contrast between that trip and the Viator car service made the latter heavenly in retrospect!

At Pompeii, Daniele dropped us off with our local tour guide we elected this option. This turned out to be a great choice because it allows you to skip the line and also not worry about where you are I could definitely see us getting lost there by ourselves, and the tour only covered a few blocks of the overall city, watch the kids, and learn about and observe the site. Also, if you have little ones along and are concerned about the body casts upsetting them, there were only a few casts that we saw and this area can be easily skipped - there are plenty of other things to focus on.

Advice to future travelers: bring a backpack with water, snacks, hat/sunscreen/umbrella, and coins the bathrooms outside the site did charge for admittance. Also, this place is assuredly not stroller-friendly!

After the tour, Daniele picked us back up for our return trip. He had a menu for a local restaurant if we wanted to stop there, but we elected to head back although we later decided to stop along the way for another restroom break and a snack, at which point we could have also bought sandwiches if we desired. We were back at our apartment by 4-ish, so all told the outing lasted roughly 8 hours.

In short, I would wholeheartedly recommend this tour. Yes, there are cheaper options. You could travel to Pompeii by train, but then you have to get to Termini in Rome, change trains in Naples, then get from the Pompeii dropoff point to the site's actual entrance. Once there you could i pay for admission individually but you'll have to wait in line with tours you can skip the line and then you may be more focused on wrangling your family members and navigating thus meaning you won't be able to relax, or ii you could split the difference and join a larger tour of 25 or so but Pompeii can be loud and crowded and if you aren't up close you may not be able to hear or ask your own questions or go at your own pace e.g., bathroom breaks. However, private tours were our splurge for the trip and we all agree that they were well worth the price!!!

Burnell H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

Great Trip - Wonderful Guide owner of the company and driver.

Mojo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Another brilliant tour. Max was our driver and he gave a lot of information along the way. Our guide David inPopeii was awesome and again so very knowledgeable. Definitely a tour to take

stephanie m b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

We took the private tour and paid a surplus to have a guided tour. It was amazing! Our driver was fabulous. Taught us things along the way, he was pleasant and insightful by answering any questions we had. As for our tour guide, she was so good too. She knew so much and if we didn't understand, she was more tha willing to explain with patience. We highly recommend this tour!!

Nigel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

A bit of a long journey to get there form Rome, but the driver Claudio was good. Our guide Santiago for the visit was so knowledgeable and able to get across a feeling as if we were there. A fascinating 3 hours touring the town. Well worth the money

Sharon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

We had a fabulous time! We booked the private tour because we wanted to be able to go at our own pace and spend time truly seeing Pompeii. This tour was worth every penny.
Our driver, Massimo, was fantastic! Our guide at Pompeii was very knowledgeable and personable, and tailored the tour to what we wanted to see. I highly recommend this tour.

Michele G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Our guide was so knowledgeable and really was able to make Pompeii come alive for us. We learned so much and had a wonderful day.

Katharine L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

Our tour guide was an archaeologist. He was very interesting and informed. Really nice to have private driver waiting for us with water and ac!

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

It was a beautiful drive to see the Tuscany countryside. Our driver was very friendly and courteous. We visited Siena, San Gimignano, and the quaint small city with only 59 residents (can't remember the name), and lunch with wine tasting at Tenuta Tociano. Wonderful tour. Highly recommend.

Ted J P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

This tour was fantastic. Our tour guides, both on the trip and in Pompeii, were very knowledgeable and interesting.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Loved this tour. Had a great driver Claudio who took us from hotel in Rome to Pompeii and back. Guide was fabulous and passionate about Pompeii. 2 hour private tour probably not long enough so after it concluded we skipped the return stop off lunch and stayed for 2 more hours walking by ourselves.

Nam Mee C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Marco was the best tour driver ever! He was waiting for us with a super comfortable Mercedes van and made us feel like VIP tourists. We'd been in Rome for two days already, but he brought our experience together with interesting and engaging commentary about all the sights we passed as we drove through the city. His knowledge was much more than surface deep, and we learned so much. The six hour round trip car drive could have been uncomfortable, unpleasant, and dead-time, but we enjoyed it the whole time. We'd considered doing a group tour or taking a cab to Termini and then two trains to Pompeii, but that seemed so public and busy and full of potential snafus. We think that we got great value for money.

MARGARET B

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2017

The pick up, driver excellent. the staff at entrance to Pompeii hopeless, gave us no info. We followed the blue trail, very interesting but ended up at the ma in office, saw a film presentation good. Saw that there was available an audio service which we were not informed about. Also no info brochure in English, I went and double checked with entrance office, they justsaid they had no English brochures....
Asked driver to take us down to the waterfront, said yes but it didn't happen. Guide at Pompeii 150 Euro for about one hour. We said No as his English not too good so hard to understand. M.B

Daniel E

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2017

Our driver was excellent and provided a great introduction to Rome as we made our way out of the city. He was informative and a very good driver which by comparison to some other drivers is Rome is a high compliment. He delivered us at the entrance of the facility to meet with our tour guide, who was a trained archeologist. It was a particularly hot day and the tour guide was conscientious of keeping us in the shade as much as possible. She share great information about Pompeii and really helped to develop a picture of the life of it's citizens before the tragic event.
We appreciated our driver's attentiveness so much we invited him to join us for lunch.
All in all it was a great trip and we seem to have top of the line driver and private tour guide.

ERNEST L

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

A long awaited trip to this great space in the world. It was a great day, the driver and guide provided were the best. We thank you.

Wen Qian C

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2017

We had a really wonderful driver taking us to Pompeii. Gave us a bottle of quality olive oil and took us to a wonderful pastry shop to grab a bite. Sadly, things went downhill from there as we really struggled to understand what our Pompeii guide is saying. She spoke very broken Italian-English.

Jeff D

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2016

We had heard on reviews about wonderful informative drivers. Ours was pleasant enough, but he did not give any information on the way or at least not to the group. The tour guide at Pompeii was reasonably informative, but she was inflexible. She gave us her standard tour refusing to deviate to show us the laundry we really wanted to see. She stuck to a two hour program of a standard unremarkable tour. The driver did take us on a side trip we requested to a famous WWII battlefield which we thoroughly appreciated.

Mary R

3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2016

Traveling with teenagers. We had a small amount of time in Italy. This was worth it for the ease of the pickup and drop off. Our driver was very accommodating, even taking us to the pharmacy to get antihistamine medicine for my son. We got to see the new sites that have only recently been opened up at Pompeii this year, which was extremely cool. I'm not sure if there is enough time to visit other cities like the tour description mentions, unless you plan to only take an hour in Pompeii. We didn't because there was so much to see!

Chris A. United States of ... 

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
July 2015

This should be renamed from Private Tour to Private Shuttle. We spent 640 for four people, and were surprised to realize after booking that this amount only got us a shuttle van with no actual tour guide at Pompeii at all. If you don't opt for the upgrade, all you're getting is a ride to and from Pompeii. By time you have spent that much, you will regret not getting the Tour also, since there is not a lot of descriptive signage inside Pompeii so it's difficult to understand the significance of most of what you are seeing. The line to get into Pompeii was also long and unruly when we arrived groups seemed to be permitted to indiscriminately cut in front of us almost without end, so beware that not including the tickets in this Tour is more hassle than just the few extra dollars of ticket price. All those things aside, our driver was fun and friendly, and the ride itself was very comfortable.

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