Sorrento, Italy

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Overview

Experience UNESCO-listed Herculaneum and Pompeii on a private 8-hour trip from Sorrento. Travel to both archaeological parks in turn by private, air-conditioned vehicle, and explore them as you wish. Walk Pompeii’s 2,000-year-old streets to see age-old houses, body casts, shops, and the Forum and brothel. Plus, discover the ruins of Herculaneum, destroyed by the same AD 79 Mt. Vesuvius eruption. Includes return private transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off, with entrance fees at own expense.
  • Private Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip from Sorrento
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Herculaneum and Pompeii independently
  • Wander through well-preserved Herculaneum, buried by mud after Vesuvius’ eruption
  • See the mosaic-coated House of Neptune, garden of the House of Argos, and more
  • Walk the paved streets of Pompeii, buried by ash after the AD 79 disaster
  • View the plaster casts of victims, grand houses, and buildings such as the Forum and brothel
  • Round-trip private transfers including hotel pickup and drop-off, with entrance fees at own expense
Begin your private tour with pickup at your Sorrento hotel. Meet your driver and hop inside your private, air-conditioned car or minivan, depending on the numbers in your group.

Then, catch glimpses of Mt. Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples as you travel northward toward Pompeii and Herculaneum, both destroyed by the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79.

On arrival at Herculaneum, leave your driver and head inside (own expense) the excavated site to explore independently. While Pompeii was buried in hot ash, this ancient port was submerged in mud loosened by Vesuvius’ eruption.

The mud served to ‘fossilize’ many building timbers and domestic items, leaving some incredibly well-preserved remnants, including furniture and clay utensils. Tragically, Herculaneum’s 4,000 inhabitants didn’t fare so well: while many managed to flee, others were suffocated by Vesuvius’ poisonous gases.

Inspect the remnants of this once-bustling town, seeing highlights like the House of Argos, complete with its still-standing columns, garden area, and courtyard.

Admire the frescoes and mosaics at the baths complex, and explore the House of Carbonized Furniture, dotted with the remains of furniture including a marital bed. Other must-sees include shops, a gymnasium, and the House of Neptune, still bearing mosaics and paintings depicting hunting scenes, fountains, and plants.

From here, continue to Pompeii and enter the archaeological park (own expense) to stroll around on your own. Walk along stone-paved streets, view the casts of the victims’ bodies, and delve into grand houses, shops, temples, and more. Take in the Theater area (Teatro Grande) and the Lupanare, the 2-story house that was once Pompeii’s brothel, still adorned with erotic frescoes.

After exploring the UNESCO-listed site, reconvene with your driver and ride back to Sorrento, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

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, Mar 2018

The Pompeii portion of our tour was wonderful and our driver was very pleasant. Since this was a private tour and 100 paid we were extremely disappointed when we were unable to revise our afternoon from touring Herculaneum to a drive down the Almafi coast. We are both seniors and were exhausted and didnt feel the request was at all unreasonable. As a result we were very disappointed and will remember the inflexibility for future tours.


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