Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour
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- Duration: 8 hours
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I'm not one who usually does overpriced tours but after reading many reviews I decided that this was the type of trip that warranted a guide, transport and local knowledge. I wasn't disappointed. Hugo was very informed, had an excellent command of English and seemed genuinely delighted to be hosting our tour. Coach pickup was precise, and we arrived at Pompeii 9:01. Our journey through the vast site was informative and enjoyable. Hugo was able to truly portray the events of the time and the pre and post history that accompanied the event. We were fortunate with the weather and light crowds due to Covid but nonetheless, Hugo was able to convey and show us a true sense of history on the tour. Vesuvius was likewise a wonderful experience. No opportunity for Hugo to accompany us but drop off and pick up was on spot and we arrived back in Sorrento fully appreciative if the whole day event. Would highly recommend the tour. Money well spent.
Pick up was spot on time and the guide was very knowledgeable. Weather stayed fine despite threats of thunderstorm. Pompeii is a huge area so a guide is really essential. The Pompeii tour was 2 hours long which was a little tiring but there was a 1 hour break for lunch before rejoining the coach to go to Mount Vesuvius. The coach cannot go to the summit so there is a hike up a steep zig-zag path to the top. I could not manage that but my younger companion said the view from the top and into the crater was worth the effort.
The communication to know the location of where to pick us up was very good, although the Starhotel Terminus is in a very deprived area so watch your belongings. The drive to Vesuvius was pleasant and the driver was friendly. When we arrived we had to wait for 40minutes before entering the trail which was frustrating to better time management is needed here. The trail to the top was great and the views were incredible.
We covered a lot of interesting sites, but didn’t feel too rushed. I liked that we had earpieces so even at the back of the crowd we could hear everything he was saying. The guide was engaging and entertaining, and did a good job of keeping certain topics “PG” for my younger children (phallic symbols and brothel). Fascinating and well organized. Would recommend.
We had a great time visiting Pompeii and Vesuvius. Our guide Vito was very knowledgeable about the sites and made the most of our time. Pompeii is much bigger than I thought and I'm very glad we chose to go with a guide who knew the sites we would want to see. It was a good mix of guided and free time, we never felt rushed. 10/10 would definitely book again.