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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.
Really enjoyed this, excellent for someone like me who is a rome and history fanatic.
Fairly quiet so no problem getting in or seeing anything. Tour could have been longer as start was delayed by waiting for everyone to use the two toilets!
Our bus picked us up from our hotel at 08.25 and, due to a road accident on one road and a broken down lorry on the other road, we didn't reach Herculaneum until 10.30! However, this was the only downside to the whole trip. Herculaneum regulates the number of visitors in the site and so occasionally they will stop entrance for a while but we only waited about 20 mins and, if I'm honest, it does make the whole experience more enjoyable as you are not fighting through the crowds. Nello, our guide, was passionate and knowledgeable about his subject and his tour was extremely good. The site itself was very interesting although some of the best preserved houses were closed to the public for restoration. All in all, a very good tour and one I would thoroughly recommend. I would especially recommend Nello for his wonderful narrative.
Excellent guide! Herculaneum compared to Pompei is smaller but reveals more of interesting building technique and the daily life of upper class inhabitants. The fear of people about to be drowned by mud is memorably exposed by groups of skeletons.
Excellent tour well worth the money. The guide was very informative throughout the visit. Herculaneum is a place everyone has to see if they visit this area. It was as if the people had just gone.
Herculaneum is smaller than Pompeii but goodness me, there is a LOT to explore! Our guide Michael was so knowledgable and gave us valuable insights into the life and times when the town was at its' peak. It should be noted that entrance fees aren't included in the tour price it's stated on the Viator site, but some people on our bus purchased the tour via their hotel and they weren't told. We had Katrina as our host on the bus for both this tour and the Amalfi coast tour and she's lovely! The driver Alberto was great too.
Basically, this is a group bus ride to and from Herculaneum where you skip the line to get in. They also do hotel pick-up/drop-off, so for those who are less able to walk around, it's great. Be warned though - there are a few steps and the walk out of Herculaneum after the tour gives your legs a good workout!
Highly recommend visiting this place!
well worth doing guide was very knowlegeable and moved at an easy pace on a very hot day.
We enjoyed our half day tour to Herculaneum and found the tour a great way to see the highlights of this smaller excavation compared to Pompeii. We did this tour first to ease ourselves into our hectic time seeing the sights of Sorrento area and I am pleased we did as I think it was my least favourite of all the tours we joined in our weeks stay. There was nothing special about our day but also nothing wrong either. I would just say it was okay and a good way to begin to see the area. The guide was pleasant but just felt there was no one thing that made the tour stand out and no real passion, just facts about Herclaneum and a few local points about the journey to the site.
Tour was good, but I wish there was more uncovered. Apparently a lot of Herculaneum still remains under the modern city. Interesting information provided by guide!
The AVI Travel half day tour began with coach pick up from Parking Lauro, just outside the centre of Sorrento. Our tour guide was Katerina, who handed us over to a local specialist guide at Herculaneum itself.
The Herculaneum excavation site was fascinating, but clearly the reception centre was overwhelmed by the volume of visitors. This was mid morning, mid week. Our party were admitted under a group ticket, but there was still considerable delay before actual entry into the site area. We understood that there was a two hour wait for other queuing customers and that this was not unusual.
Our local guide was well informed and humorous, but we couldn't help but suspect that our tour was shorter than usual, due to the entry delay. This was our only opportunity to visit this marvellous site, but there were clearly sections, such as the boat yards and skeletons, which we did not explore, despite seeing other groups being shown around these areas.
I would suggest that the itinerary be changed to arrive at the site earlier in the day or extended in duration to take account of possible entry delays, so that all of the important areas can be covered.
We were due to be picked up from our hotel but had to walk to a car park to catch the coach. We were then told we would have to pay another 11entrance fee whilst on coach. We thought the charge. Included everything. We were not issued with radio receivers so we couldn't hear the guide whilst on the tour. Very disappointed.
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