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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Tour guide Lucia was great and added a lot to our experience. Lunch was pretty mediocre but nice to have it and a break on a hot day. Nice experience overall
Guide was fantastic , very interesting trip would not be the same walking around on your own not knowing the history of the place worth the money
Jackdog United Kingdom
Long day in the sun but very interesting very good lunch
Fantastic trip which far exceeded our expectations. Marianne was our guide for the entire day including on the coach and her boundless historical knowledge of both Pompeii and Herculaneum along with her enthusiasm was first class. She was diligent in ensuring all 12 of us were included and followed her along at all times, yet she made it easy to chat to her on a 1:1 and ask questions. I surprised myself at how absorbed I became as the day unfolded and have since been researching more online. We now realise how much wed have missed had we just got the train and looked around these sites ourselves as wed initially considered, in fact i would say that would have been a waste of time. I would also mention that the included lunch was really good - 3 courses set menu, waiter table service in a hotel dining-room at Pompeii which included plenty of bottled water and soft drinks and a glass of wine. To be honest I'd expected a dried up burger / sandwich or slice of cold pizza but this was a really lovely meal. Finally, one slight negative: the coach was about 20 - 25 mins late picking us up that morning, however, once we got underway this turned into a thoroughly enjoyable day and in my view very well worth the price.
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Lucia was very knowledgeable and told us lots of very interesting things from the minute we got on the minibus.
The sites of both Pompeii and Herculaneum were fascinating although Herculaneum was our favourite, it is so beautifully preserved and being a smaller, more condensed site it had a greater impact, but we thoroughly enjoyed both sites. The tour went at quite a quick pace. It is a walking tour around the sites and the tour guide keeps moving most of the time, so you have to try to keep up, we were fine with this, but it is definitely something to be aware of.
Lunch wasn't quite how it sounded in the description. Instead of being in an Italian restaurant we were taken to a restaurant in a hotel at Pompeii. The food was fine, nothing special but perfectly okay, but there was no choice from any sort of menu. We sat down at large tables with other people from the same minibus tour and were each brought a salad, a small plate of tomato pasta, and a scoop of ice cream, fairly simple stuff, but it arrived quickly and we were able to get on with the tour quickly after eating, and the tour is really about visiting the sites rather than the lunch.
We enjoyed the day and would happily recommend this tour.
Laura was an excellent guide, providing many historical details and some humor all along the way! It was early spring and it wasn't hot, making the tour very comfortable. Cant imagine doing this tour in the middle of an Italian summer. The driver was great and the two of them got us in and out of the bus, the sites and back on the road to Sorrento to avoid return traffic jams. Wish the advert for the tour had made it very clear on the FIRST page that the entrance fees are EXTRA--either that or include them in the price of the tour. not everyone had cash on hand and some felt it was a 'bait and switch' tactic and didn't appreciate the last minute scramble for cash. The restaurant meal was very nice and included beverages.
This was an excellent tour that I would recommend for sure. It was well organized and we fit a lot into the day and received great information from our guide. Totally worth the money!
The only way to see Pompeii and Herculaneum is on a tour. Our guide knew everything about the history and what we were looking at.....no way we could have done justice to either place with just a guide. There are too many people trying to do the same thing, and it would have been frustrating. The key is having a great guide, and our guide was that person.
Excellent and very knowledgeable guide lunch too was very nice 5 Star rating
Excellent guide very informative, very good at avoiding queues, lovely meal at lunchtime, well worth it
Our guide was really knowledgeable and the overall experience was great. Pompeii is very tiring in the afternoon sun there's no real shade or respite so make sure you bring a water bottle there are plenty of places to fill up while you're there. It really drives home how sudden the eruption was and gives an insight into how the Roman's lived. Very worthwhile
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide was fantasic, her english was great and gave us some great stories. All round a great tour and a must do.
Our tour guide, Valeria was just delightful! She was very knowledgeable, informative and conversational. On the bus drive up to the ruins, she gave a history of Sorrento, Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii and Ercolana. She kept us on schedule through the ruins, but it was not rushed and she gave us time to stop and take photos. Lunch was great and we even stopped on the way back to take pictures of a breathtaking cliff-side drop. I would definitely recommend this tour!
Our guide was excellent, well organised, spoke great English, very friendly and approachable and was very knowledgeable as she had obviously put a lot of effort in to studying both sites.
My only complaint was that we did not have enough time at Pompeii as there is so much to see. Pompeii is much bigger than expected and is very popular, we were given a 2 hour tour by our guide but she had to miss out several places due to queues and the time restriction. In my opinion we should have had nearer to 4 hours at Pompeii, having said that I was not disappointed with either site, our guide got our imaginations running wild and everyone enjoyed this trip immensely. I would recommend visiting both sites to anyone but must say our guide made this trip extra special.
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