• Location: Sorrento, Italy
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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This 4-hour tour of Herculaneum leaves from Sorrento and takes you on a historical journey you won’t soon forget. With a knowledgeable guide at your side the entire time, you'll visit the famed archaeological site where a once-thriving port town existed until it was buried by the Mt Vesuvius volcanic explosion of 79 AD. See the amazing mosaics in the public bath and the gymnasium. Stroll through the streets and gawk at the ruins and statues that survived the eruption. Get a glimpse of what daily life was like and learn all about the history of the area.


  • 4-hour tour of Herculaneum Archeological Site from Sorrento with an expert guide
  • Stroll through the well-preserved streets of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum
  • Visit some of the most important sites of the UNESCO-listed site including the public baths and gymnasium
  • Learn about the volcanic eruption that buried Herculaneum, Pompeii and other nearby areas
  • Enjoy round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach from your hotel to the site

What You Can Expect

Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento

Admire the wonderfully preserved ancient town of Herculaneum on this tour from Sorrento

Meet up with your guide in front of your central hotel in Sorrento and hop in the air-conditioned vehicle for the trip to Herculaneum.  During the journey, take in the scenic nature and terracotta-roofed villages while learning about the history of Herculaneum and the volcanic eruption that sealed its fate. 

Once there, about an hour from Sorrento, marvel as you approach the statuesque archway that serves as the site's entrance.

It was once believed the denizens of Herculaneum had successfully fled the eruption, unlike those from Pompeii who were instantly covered in mud and lava, freezing them there for centuries. But, alas, Herculaneum suffered a similar fate, as 300 skeletons — likely locals running for their lives — were unearthed near the port, buried under layers of dirt. 

Visit the ‘fast’ food restaurant where you’ll see clay jars that were used for storing food. See the gymnasium and the colorful mosaics in the public bathhouse. 

After exploring the Herculaneum Archaeological Site, your tour concludes back at your Sorrento hotel in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

As Herculaneum is smaller than Pompii you can see most of it on this tour. The guide was very good and it helped the set Pompeii in context. Recommend this tour first or instead of Pompeii.

Margaret C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

It was an amazing half day trip. Roberta our guide was superb and so knowledgeable. She was so generous in her approach to the day and was very helpful. Thank you Roberta for giving us such a wonderful trip to Herculaneum.

Shweta A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This tour is very interesting and informative. Our guide was Roberta. She is fantastic! Kept the energy level high and very knowledgeable. Thank you!!

Lucy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Everything about our tour was good. Our guide, Roberta, was very good and considerate to all the members of our group.

Laura United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a fantastic tour, I would recommend it. the tour company were brilliant, they picked us up and dropped us off on time, the group was small which meant we could hear the guides easily and could get round more of the site.
We had a good guide on the bus, who gave us lots of information as we were travelling to the site. Once we arrived we were shown around the site by an archaeologist, who was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the site. There are toilet facilities at the site, both in the car park and at the visitors centre. Make sure you collect your map and guide book which are part of your ticket price. The site is smaller than Pompeii, but has been well preserved due to the volcanic mud, and you can still see mosaics, colourful murals, and second stories on the buildings. Don't forget your camera!

Peter F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great trip out. Our guide Paulo was superb so well informed and a great communicator made the day special


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great Trip! We were advised this was a good alternative to Pompeii so thought we would give it a go instead and we were very happy with our decision. The site is very interesting and very well preserved, we saw many fascinating sights and learnt a lot of very interesting facts. Our tour guide 'Vincenzo' was excellent. He was amusing, considerate finding shady spots to talk to us on a very hot day and he was very knowledgeable. He explained things very well and helped to build a picture of the past. Would give this tour 10/10 and recommend everyone to do it. We didn't do Pompeii so can't really compare but unless you are very keen on your archeology I cannot imagine this could be better. Hotel pick up, journey, coach, time etc were all perfect too. Well done Viator and Vincenzo.

Sophia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a terrific tour. Lots of beauty most of the way to Herculaneum, and the guide gave us background and history as we rode. Once we arrived at Herculaneum, which is an amazing experience, we were met by a local guide who took us through the ruins. There is lots to see, including beautiful mosaics and frescos and the guide was excellent. I have no hesitation recommending this tour to anyone.

Noel P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Highly recommend this tour. The guide was excellent. Herculaneum is much smaller than Pompeii and less crowded.

Deborah D L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our local tour hostess, Clementina was a delight! Our tour guide, Vincenzo was engaging, knowledgeable and passionate down to details that brought Ercolano to life. If you and #39;re really into this stuff, do yourself a favor and book this tour! Worth every euro.

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