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Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

1. Pompeii: Small-Group Tour with an Archeologist

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii led by an archeologist. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site for 2 hours with the help of your expert guide, who will take you around the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. Choose the experience you would like to have, with the choice of either a shared small-group tour or a private tour for your and your group alone. Skip the line when you enter the city at Porta Marina Superiore, one of the ancient city’s 7 gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the Forum, the old heart of the city and the center of public life. From here you can see Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover highlights such as the basilica (business and legal center), thermal baths, temples, bakery and great Theater of Pompeii. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your archeological guide, who will tell you about people who lived in Pompeii. Peek at plaster casts of those who were in the city at the time of the eruption. See well-maintained artworks, mosaics, and frescoes and travel back nearly 2000 years. Highlights include the House of the Vetti and the Lupanar Brothel. Find out how this famous brothel got its name and see its preserved stone beds and frescoes. Get great tips from your guide at the end of the tour about how to spend the rest of your day, or even choose to stay inside the archeological site longer to explore on your own. Get directions to the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, the local cathedral that is located close to the excavation site. You can also get directed to the Amphitheater and Orto dei Fuggiaschi.

Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

2. Naples or Sorrento: Full-Day Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Tour

Explore the world-famous Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius on a guided day trip starting from Naples or Sorrento. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to Pompeii and admire the Bay of Naples from Vesuvius’ summit. Start at Pompeii, where you can skip the ticket line before your guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, inspect well-preserved ruins, artworks, mosaics, and frescoes, including the Roman Forum, and Temple of Apollo. Even glance at plaster casts of people in the city at the time of Vesuvius’ eruption in AD 79. Exit the archeological site with your guide and visit the surrounding shops and cafes. Choose the lunch option for a three-course meal consisting of a starter, main course, dessert, and one drink. Next up is Mount Vesuvius. Skip the majority of the arduous climb, with your vehicle taking you 1000m up the volcano. From there, step out and make your own way to the crater’s edge on a 30-minute ascent. On the way, you may come across an official alpine guide who can share the volcano’s turbulent history with you. Arrive at the summit where you can enjoy and photograph the unforgettable views over the whole of the Bay of Naples. The day trip ends with a transfer back to Naples or Sorrento.

Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

3. Pompeii: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the line and explore one of Europe's most important archeological sites together with a professional guide. Stroll through the ancient streets and learn about the daily life of those who lived in the ancient city prior to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See the buildings and structures that were essential to civic life in Roman times, such as the new Antiquarium, the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, and the Theater. Observe what remains of commercial and residential neighborhoods including a bakery and typical housing blocks.

From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

4. From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

Hop aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minibus and start your journey down to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii. Upon arrival at Pompeii, breeze past the long lines with your Skip-the-Line ticket. Enter a time capsule of the ancient Roman world. Let your local expert guide give you a tour of these marvelously-preserved ruins. Go to Positano, where the houses tumble down the hillside and stroll among the boutique stores. Purchase some of the local limoncello liqueur, visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or people watch from a restaurant terrace. After some free time and lunch (own expense) in Pompeii, continue further south along the picturesque seaside roads of the Amalfi Coast. Marvel at the spectacular coastline as the mountains cascade into the sea and romantic villages climb up the mountains.

Pompeii: Afternoon to Sunset Guided Tour

5. Pompeii: Afternoon to Sunset Guided Tour

Explore one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe with your expert guide. Stroll through the ancient streets and discover more about the daily life of citizens of Pompeii prior to the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. See many important buildings and structures which were essential for civic life in Roman times, such as the new Antiquarium, the Basilica, the Forum, the thermal baths, and the Theater. Observe what remains of commercial and residential neighborhoods including a bakery and typical housing blocks. After exploring the site, enjoy the tranquil atmosphere as the sun sets over Pompeii at the end of your tour.

From Naples: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

6. From Naples: Group Tour to Pompeii, Sorrento, and Positano

Depart from Naples at the Stazione Marittima or Hotel Ramada and arrive at the impressive open-air museum and archeological site of Pompeii. Travel the panoramic road of the Sorrento coast to its namesake town. Freely walk through the streets of Positano. Allow your driver to be your guide. Explore the ancient Roman city of Pompeii and learn about its 2000-year-old impressive history and amazing discovery. See a huge clock that stopped in 79 AD, and find out what's guarding a treasure chest on this extraordinary journey through time. Take in the scenery of the Sorrento coast on the way to its most famous town, Sorrento. Walk the alleys, admire the meticulous woodwork, and indulge in some limoncello or a delicious ice cream while capturing views of the sea. Finish at the panoramic terrace of Positano, the vertical town that looks like a crib. Soak in the views of the vividly colored houses set within the rock. The driver will be at your complete disposal during the tour, explaining to you onboard the vehicle, everything you need to know about the places you will visit, and once on site, he will give you free time to spend as you like.

Amalfi Coast: Pompeii Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

7. Amalfi Coast: Pompeii Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Enjoy a hotel pick-up from your accommodation on the Amalfi Coast and go off to explore the famous ruins of Pompeii. Let your guide bring this ancient Roman city back to life. See the major highlights of the excavated city, including the ancient streets, temples, shops, and houses. Visit the impressive thermal baths and get a glimpse of ancient Roman social life. Explore the ruins at your own pace after the tour.

From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

8. From Rome: Day Trip to Pompeii with Lunch and Guide

Take an amazing journey back in time on this full-day tour to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii from Rome. Travel through the Italian countryside and enjoy incredible views of the Mediterranean, Mount Vesuvius, and countless historic sites. Be picked up at a central location in Rome and board an airconditioned bus with plenty of legroom. Enjoy rolling hills on the drive to Naples. Stop to take in the this Mediterranean city which is famous for its rich history, art, culture, and gastronomy.  Drive up the Vomero hill for views of the city, the bay of Naples, the Sorrento peninsula, and the volcanic area of Phlegrean fields. The skyline is dominated by the majestic and still-active volcano Vesuvius, the perfect spot to take photos of this stunning landmark. Continue down towards the port of Mergellina, travel south towards Mount Vesuvius and the town of Pompeii. Stop for a traditional lunch of Neapolitan pizza with a drink before reaching the archaeological site.  Head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pompeii and enter with skip-the-line tickets. Spend the afternoon exploring this once thriving city that was frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash.  Wander through the ancient streets and learn about the history of this place from your guide. After your tour of Pompeii, enjoy the leisurely return trip to your meeting point in Rome.

Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

9. Sorrento: Skip-the-Line Pompeii Express Tour by Train

Leave the city traffic behind and take a train from Sorrento to Pompeii. Save time on your Italian vacation with skip-the-line tickets to the popular Pompeii Archeological Site. Discover this world-famous archaeological excavation site on a guided walking tour.  Meet an assistant at the CIrcumvesuviana train station and get help locating your train. Hop aboard and take in views of the countryside on the ride to Pompeii. Avoid long-wait times with your skip-the-line access to the Pompeii Archeological Site.  Meet your guide and stroll through ancient ruins that have been well-preserved by volcanic ash from the Vesuvius volcano which looms over the town in the distance. Uncover the history of ancient life from your guide. See sights like the market, forum, and lavish villas.  Upon your tour's conclusion, you will be free to return to Sorrento or remain in Pompeii to explore further.

From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

10. From Naples: Gulf of Naples & Capri Sightseeing Boat Tour

Embark on a guided boat cruise to the island Capri from Naples. Explore Capri and take in the views of the Gulf of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius. Swim in the crystal water near the Faraglioni Rocks. Begin the tour with a pickup from the meeting point. Cross the Gulf of Naples, and take in views of the majestic Mount Vesuvius which dominates the skyline. Start the boat tour around the island from the port of Marina Grande. Go inside several stunning sea caves including the White and Green Grotto. Along the way, admire the Natural Arch, the Villa of Curzio Malaparte, the lighthouse of Punta Carena, and the Faraglioni, passing through the famous Arch of Love. Get all the information you need to know more about the island of Capri from your captain. If you choose the option with a swimming stop, drop anchor at Marina Piccola near the Faraglioni Rocks. Jump in the water to go swimming and enjoy a view of the towering rock formations. Explore the island on foot during your 3-4 hours of leisure time. Depart from Capri in the late afternoon. Once you have arrived at the port, enjoy a return transfer back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Pompei

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 27,869 reviews

The highlight of our trip were the guides, Rob (local) and Vincenzo (Pompeii)! A lot of walking but totally worth it and mind blowing the size of Pompeii! Take an umbrella, although we luckily missed the rain (: Positano was beautiful, but quite expensive, which we did expect. The bus had good aircon and appropriate stops. It has no wifi though, so be prepared! Departure is from a very good location. Antonio, the bus driver, was a real champion!

A one day trip in a new clean air conditioned bus and two boat trips guided by our knowledgeable and friendly leader Lisa and our skilled driver Giovanni. Driving in this region is out of the question so we were able to see the historic sites and natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. When the tour was finished, he pointed us in the directions of plenty of other things worth seeing after the tour. I was also very late and they were very accommodating to my tardiness! I would definitely go again

Pompei is huge, better hore a profesional guide at the emtrance. Take a protecțion lotion and a hat. At Vesuvio tickets are selled only on-line and with a margin of 1 hour maximum,

Josef was wonderful! He brought the era and the people who lived in Pompeii to life! He was eloquent and we really enjoyed him and the beautiful ruins that remain.,. Excellent!!!