Visit the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum and walk up to the crater of the volcano that destroyed the town nearly 2,000 years ago.
See the ancient Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum on a full-day excursion from Naples. Explore the ancient town of Pompeii that was buried by…
Spend a day discovering the history and local flavours of Mount Vesuvius with a private driver. Explore the archaeological areas of Pompeii and…
Enjoy full transportation from Naples to Herculaneum and Mt. Vesuvius, complete with skip-the-line access and free time to explore the sites on your…
What people are saying about Herculaneum
It was a very full day but well worth it. Our driver Angelo was awesome, his English was excellent, and his driving was careful and amazing - he negotiated us through the crazy Naples peak hour traffic, and some very hairy situations involving coaches on hairpin bends on Mt Vesuvius! He personally walked us to where we had to go each time, and was able to get us in front of the line for most things which saved a lot of time. Pompeii was incredible, but we found the audio guide a bit confusing and feel like we missed out on a bit, even with the 2 1/2 hours we had. We hired a guide to take us around Herculaneum later in the day and that was completely worth it, we wished we'd taken up the offer of a guide for Pompeii too. The hike up Vesuvius was tough but not too long, and the views of the crater and the towns below were amazing. Angelo also booked our lunch at a restaurant on the mountain where the service was slow but the food was fantastic. A very worthwhile and interesting day.
Lino Simeone was super considerate. It was looking to be a very hot day so instead of Pompeii, he suggested climbing Vesuvius 1st. GREAT CALL. The breeze definitely made the high rocky hike more bearable. Wear good shoes for this. Then at Pompeii we lost track of time, took a bit too long and he was in no way perturbed. In fact after the hike & 3hours in the sun at Pompeii, he took us to this beautiful winery at the foot of Vesuvius for a delicious lunch, Vesuvius wine tasting & a mini tour of the winery, which was very interesting! Perfect timing & enriched the ecperience further. Next was Herculaneum, which is a smaller site & just breathtaking with bodies frozen in time. Spent about an hour 15 there. At the end he dropped us off where we needed. Overall it's understandable why most people only see 2 out of the 3 (especially since Pompeii is HUGE) but well well worth us being beat. SUPER worth it! Plus Lino gave us some interesting information on Naples & had a GREAT personality
Loved both the ruins and the volcano, could have done with a bit longer in herculanium, but fantastic. The walk, and or climb, to the top of the volcano could floor some people, as some older people were attempting to do it, this might need to be made a bit clearer as it would catch people out and did I think for some, the walk being long and quite steep too. Well worth it when you get to the top though, and the views are to die for... A bit worrying when you think about it afterwards that this volcano is very active and could blow again at any time, that wouldn't stop me going up though... The history behind this sleeping giant is too rich to want to miss out on. The only downside was the lack of toilets on the whole site of the volcano, this could be catered for better, with the amount of people going, and the exercise they do to get to the top, does fill your bladder somewhat, and with no where to go, makes the trip back to Naples a bit uncomfortable. A toilet block please.
Herculaneum is well worth a visit, the site is much smaller than Pompeii and although the allocated time is 2 hours, to do it justice 3 hours would be better. We didn't get 2 hours, because the bus was late and the skip the line queue was long! Suggest you hire an audio guide or buy a guidebook. There were no free 'English' leaflets on the day we visited which was a bit disappointing. Vesuvius is also well worth a visit, you need to be fit and able to walk uphill for about 30 minutes on loose volcanic stone, and you need good sturdy walking shoes. It provides for a good workout though, I certainly ached after the climb! Note this is not an organised tour. This tour uses the services of a local hop on bus service. The bus transfer from Herculaneum to Vesuvius was packed and people had to stand. The bus was changed enroute, at the wine tasting stop, this was supposed to have been a 30 minute stop, but they only stopped for 15 minutes. No time to buy lunch.
Although u never got a guide on the trip to take you on the bus it was well worth doing. The bus had a guided talk as u went along and the driver always helped with meeting times and information needed. Both places were great.