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Uncover the archeological mysteries of Pompeii and Herculaneum on an enriching full-day excursion from Sorrento. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the devastation of Mt Vesuvius’ ancient eruption first hand as you explore the volcanic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on foot. Delve deep into the tragic history of the region, and then revitalize with a delicious Italian lunch at a traditional restaurant. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 18 people.


  • Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip from Sorrento
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities destroyed by the Mt Vesuvius eruption
  • Learn about these intriguing archaeological sites from an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch with wine at a local Italian restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch

Enjoy a typical Italian ice cream

Climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minibus at a central Sorrento location and relax during the scenic journey to Pompeii and Herculaneum, two ancient cities devastated by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

Feel your excitement heighten as you approach the sites of the miraculously preserved, 2000-year-old ruins and commence a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Herculaneum area. Receive a fascinating introduction to the city and how it was buried under a sea of volcanic ash following Mt Vesuvius’ unexpected eruption. 

Next, travel onward to Pompeii, stopping for a revitalizing Italian lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Please see the Itinerary section for a sample menu. Sated, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins with your expert guide. 

Delve into the encompassing intrigue of the ancient city destroyed by the mighty volcano; see excavations of ancient monuments and admire the perfectly preserved structure of Villa of Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri), so-called because of the frescoes, statues and walls that sustained little damage during the eruption. 

Suitably impressed, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Sorrento, where the tour concludes.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Small tour the best. Kept this busy tourist spot more intimate. Lunch a great break in a well selected restaurant a few steps from Pompeii site. Herculaneum was a perfect mix with Pompeii. The tour really brought to life what happened in each of these locations during this major event as well as how they have been handled in preservation. Moving on to see the Archeological Museum in Naples a few days later gave perspective to the items moved there from Pompeii and their significance. Out guide created a good image as I could place the items when I saw them in the Museum.

Shelley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is a great package--right priced, right sized in terms of number. Excellent guide and went to great lengths to accommodate everyone. Highly recommend.

Shelley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is a great package--just the right size. Our guide was excellent and went to lengths to accommodate everyone. Highly recommended.

Rolf T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a fantastic day out...even in the middle of a thunder storm! Very interesting, excellent guide, good lunch and more Roman history than you can shake a stick at...brilliant!

Stuart B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Definitely the best way to appreciate the archaeology of both sites without feeling part of the 'herd'. Took the tour just out of season to avoid the worst crowds.

Davinia M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic tour given by Anto, she was very knowledgable and able to answer all the questions we raised. She kept everyones attention with interesting stories and anecdotes throughout the day.
The time given in each location was great, just enough to get a feel for the place and visit some of the key sites. Lunch was good though I'd happily have eaten a sandwich and enjoyed a little more time in Pompeii, there is so much to see, but appreciate no all visitors are able to walk in the heat for more than a couple of hours.

Sheldon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was terrific

Linsey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Definitely recommend this trip if you are on a short break away. It provides the traveller with a concise and comprehensive comparison between Pompeii and Herculaneum - with a slightly rushed and average lunch in between. Our tour guide Luciana was absolutely wonderful, her English was fantastic and her historical knowledge fascinating, there wasn't a question we posed she couldn't answer. We dodged the crowds but at no detriment to the tour. Brilliant.

stephen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour is really the perfect way to see both Pompeii and Herculaneum, and it would be difficult to suggest improvements. The balance of timing is perfect between travel, time at the two sites and lunch. To get the most out of the visits, a little prior research or a good guide is essential. Sara was a very knowledgeable tour guide, and went beyond the norm. This added a lot, and we are extremely grateful to her and the organisers. Sara's English language is really excellent, and the use of radio receivers to hear her commentary/directions amidst the background noise is very advantageous.

The weather is hot and the schedule is about the limit for children. Passports are required to provide confirmation of age for children, to give free entry.

Good strong footware and supply of water are recommended.

Kathryn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very informative tour. Desiree, our guide, was very knowledgeable.

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