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Get an insider’s view of ancient Rome with this private, half-day Herculaneum tour. Meet your guide at the railway station in sunny Sorrento and board a train bound for the ancient Roman site. In addition, see the UNESCO World Heritage town’s highlight’s, especially the ancient marina, where hundreds of skeletons were discovered, and the House of Neptune. If availability allows, stop by the House of the Wooden Partition, a structure with a preserved wooden screen. Learn about the history of the the town and hear about the Mt Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD.


  • Private half-day Herculaneum tour from Sorrento
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Roman town, frozen in time since the 79 AD eruption of Mt Vesuvius
  • See the Hall of the Augustales, the House of Neptune, the baths, food shop and more
  • Visit the House of the Wooden Partition (depending on availability) to see its wooden screen
  • Hear about Mt Vesuvius’ eruption and look down at the original marina, where 300 skeletons were found
  • Enjoy the undivided attention of a guide on this private tour

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento

Discover Herculaneum on this tour from Sorrento

After meeting your private guide at the railway station in Sorrento (your choice: in the morning or afternoon), buy a train ticket and hop on the train for the 45-minute ride to Herculaneum. On the way, learn about the history of the place from your knowledgeable guide. Discover what the town was like as it was blanketed in lava from the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. 
Take in incredible views as the train rides alongside the azure-colored sea and admire sights of Mt Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. Once you’re there, walk down a hill to the entrance of Herculaneum. Be sure to mention to the guide if there is anything in particular you want to see so she or he can customize the tour to you.
Begin the tour by entering the site (ticket at own expense) and gawk at all the ruins, most of which made up the center of town. At the marina, 300 skeletons were found, likely residents who were fleeing the volcanic blast. 
Walk down the ancient streets, fossilized by the eruption, and listen to your guide recount interesting historical anecdotes about the town. Some of the ruins worth looking out for include the House of Neptune and Amfitrite. Also, don’t miss the the public baths, the outdoor gym and the food store. Admire the shop counter, which still contains the jars of fast food, or ready-to-eat treats, for customers.
If availability permits, you’ll also visit the House of the Wooden Partition, famous for its remarkable, nearly intact wooden partition screen.
Finally, pop into the bookshop at Herculaneum and then walk or hail a cab (at own expense) to the station. Get on a train, and then finish your tour back in Sorrento.

Customer Reviews

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We have an impatient 8yo who tires easily so we picked Herculaneum over Pompeii. Right decision. Paolo taught us so much more walking through the ruins than we would have learned alone. Not just about the site but about the region, history, day in the life, what it sounded and smelled like. Amazing.

Dwight M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide met us at the Sorrento train station as scheduled. She was a very pleasant person and conducted an excellent and thorough tour. Well recommended!

Peter T

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2016

You are only really paying for the guide on this trip. Train and entrance tickets on top!!!! However having said that the guide was excellent and Herculaneum much better than Pompeii.

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