This was an amazing experience with our tour guide, Raffi. Things to know: a 4x4 is not as I assumed an ATV, but rather a Jurassic Park-esque army bus with wild suspension and rough and tumble look. The ride up the side of Vesuvius is fast, turbulent, and a little stomach-churning. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Once the busses can no longer drive, everyone disembarks and hikes the rest of the journey. Prepare for weather- we were there in early September, but on an overcast day. It was cold, and windy! I was glad to have a sweatshirt. I have heard the opposite, that on very sunny days it feels as though you're being fried! Wear good walking shoes, the hike is steep! The second half of the excursion, lunch and wine tasting, was fabulous. Great food and portions, and great wine! Super hospitable family vineyard that we were happy to support. Definitely takes the majority of your day, but well worth it. Highly recommend!
A brilliant day out....even if we didn't have the weather, low cloud and drizzle...the 4x4 trip up the lower slopes was hilarious, just remember to hold on! The walk to the crater was ok, however if you have any issues with walking you may want to think twice, quite steep in places and walking over loose shale and volcanic sand. The meal at the vineyard was excellent, as was the wine and the homemade apricot schnapps...I may have dozed on the way back to Sorrento :-
Everything you could want and more - superb guide added value
Excellent guide, Vito, great access to the volcano and lunch at the Winery was excellent. All in all a really good day and highly recommended.
This was a great experience start to finish and well worth the money....make sure you are able to walk steep inclines and for about a mile...insure you have hiking shoes...you will be trekking straight up on a sandy rocky trail. The ride on the 4x4 was very unstable. It was great....enjoyed it very much...
Great day - good tour guide - nice lunch - good group size and freedom to explore - steep hike to rim but so worth it - only negative was our jeep driver who was going way too fast and blew a tire in a pot hole on the descent. We survived and enjoyed the day very much.
First class from the air conditioned coach, the 4X4 wheel drive quite exciting and the lunch was lovely and the wines perfect.
My only reqret that we did not have more time to enjoy each course of food and wine it felt rushed at the end which was a shame.
Pasquale our quide was very helpful and informated and there were a few older ones with us and he took great care with them to make sure they did not excert themselves too much the walk was nice and steady to the top.
This tour was amazing!
Two of us enjoyed this awesome tour August 2016! Vito was our tour guide and he was nice, humorous and shared great information about the area, the history and Mt. Vesuvius. Our pick-up location was a Sorrento bus area and it was a close 8 min walk from our Sorrento Lodgings. There was a little confusion at the bus stop, as there are several tour companies and various tours happening at the same time and no specific area for your bus. Since we got there early we asked around. You just have to look at each bus, most buses have a 8x12 sign with the tour names so you need to look for that and then ask around. Once Vito and our bus showed up we drove from Sorrento towards Mr. Vesuvius and Vito discussed the plan for the day as well as the history. We picked up our 4X4 and drove upwards awesome pics. At the base, we began our walk up to the crater. Vito lead the way at a brisk pace. He stopped twice to point out a couple of specific things. Most were able to keep up, although a few people stopped on their own to catch their breath. Definitely recommend good walking/hiking shoes... there were a few people in sandals who were able to hike it, but most complained afterwards as it was rocky/sandy and a steep climb. At the top, a guide from Mt. Vesuvius explained it's history and current state more in depth. Vito told us what time to reconvene at the base and we were given personal time to walk the crater, take pictures and for those interested shop at the 3 little hut shops. We enjoyed the 4X4 back down the mountain, then headed to the winery where we were given a tour of the vineyard and the machinery. We then had one of the best lunches of our 2 weeks in Italy. With lunch there was an appetizer, dessert and 4 wines. We were able to purchase wine as well. If you're looking for something to do in Italy that is adventurous, educational and includes a great Italian meal this is it!
The organisation was excellent and the guide Vito very knowledgeable. The 4x4 ride was good fun and it was well worth the walk to the top. It was a bit cloudy but we could still see a long way. The lunch and wine tasting were the perfect way to spend the afternoon. The staff at the vineyard were very accommodating of our food preferences. The wine was lovely - especially the riserva.
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