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From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

1. From Sorrento: Day Tour to Pompeii Ruins and Mount Vesuvius

Join a guided day trip from Sorrento and see iconic places like Mount Vesuvius, the Roman city of Pompeii, and more. Travel back in time and know about the history of this Unesco World Heritage Site from your knowledgeable guide.  Upon arrival at Pompeii, your expert guide will take you on a tour through the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Hear stories about The Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare, Greek Theater, and plaster casts of the bodies of Pompeii people. Following a typical Naples lunch of pizza at one of Pompeii’s cafés, you will then be driven close to the summit of the mountain that destroyed it. From there, it's just a walk to the lip of the crater. The only active volcano in continental Europe, Vesuvius has erupted many times, but it was the destruction of Pompeii and its surrounding towns that made it the most famous. Climb to the top, and walk around the crater, taking in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Sorrento, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, the cruise ship, or the railway station.

From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

2. From Naples or Sorrento: Pompei Half-Day Tour

Explore the ruins of Pompeii with skip-the-line entrance tickets and learn about life there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. See what remains of the markets, Forum, thermal baths, and more. Choose from a list of designated pickup points of departure and travel by a comfortable vehicle to Pompeii on this half-day tour. Explore the ancient ruins of this famous Roman town. Once at the archaeological site, skip the lines and follow your tour guide to the most interesting places, such as the Forum, the thermal baths, the luxurious House of the Vettii and the Lupanar, or a famous brothel. Learn about the settlement of the ancient Greeks in the area in the 8th century B.C. and how Pompeii became a flourishing resort for Rome’s most distinguished citizens, with elegant houses and elaborate villas lining the paved streets. See the ruins of the factories and artisan shops, taverns, cafés, and bathhouses where tourists and townspeople once bustled in and out of, along with the 20,000-seat arena and open-air marketplaces. Enjoy some leisure time to explore the Archaeological Park of Pompeii on your own before your return trip to Sorrento or Naples.

Naples: Sorrento & Pompeii Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

3. Naples: Sorrento & Pompeii Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

Meet your tour leader at Naples port and get ready for an unforgettable journey to Sorrento. Admire breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast as you head towards your destination.  Explore the beautiful alleys of the city, breathe in the authenticity of southern Italy and make a stop-off at a quaint local business. Taste some delicious local cuisine and sip on a Limoncello, a famous regional alcoholic beverage. After touring Sorrento, visit one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, the Ruins of Pompeii, and discover the history of this ancient Roman city buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano. Stroll through the cobbled alleys of Pompeii at your own pace and step back in time. Examine the ruins of what was once a dynamic and prosperous city, immortalized by the fire of the Vesuvius volcano.  Immerse yourself in the sensation of mystery and nostalgia as you enjoy a fascinating day brimming with history, culture, and stunning landscapes.

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

4. 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: Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

5. From Naples: Pompeii & Amalfi Coast Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a morning pickup from downtown Naples before driving to Pompeii to visit the ruins. During this section of the tour, there will be an assistant on the bus to answer your questions. Arrive in Pompeii and join a tour guide. Located under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the only volcano on the European mainland to have erupted in the last 100 years, Pompeii is as fascinating as it is mysterious.  With its perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, a Forum, and theaters, it provides an almost complete picture of what was once a thriving Roman city. You will tour the ruins for approximately 2 hours, as your guide leads you through the theater, the necropolis, the Thermae, and some aristocratic houses that were owned by the city’s richest citizens. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Continue after lunch with a drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast. Sit back and relax as panoramic vista after vista passes you by. Stop on a panoramic terrace overlooking Positano, before heading to the queen of the Coast, Amalfi. End your tour with a 30-minute break in the town of Amalfi. Lying at the foot of a deep ravine, and surrounded by steep cliffs, it is a dramatic location to grab a coffee, or gelato, and simply watch the world go-by. Your driver will take you back to Naples.

Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

6. Sorrento: Full-Day Boat Tour to Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Italian coast on this full-day trip by boat from Sorrento. Cruise around Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, with plenty of time to explore the islands and experience their unique way and pace of life. See the iconic Amalfi and Sorrento coastlines from the comfort of a boat on a full-day trip. Get picked up from Sorrento before setting sail from Piano di Sorrento along the Amalfi Coast. Sit back and admire the enchanting beauty of the Sorrento Coast with the iconic Mount Vesuvius in the background as you glide over the Mediterranean Sea.  See terraces overhanging the sea, the Baths of Queen Giovanna, the Bay of Jeranto, and the protected marine area of Punta Campanella on your journey. Hug the coastline to then admire the iconic Amalfi Coast, passing by Li Galli Island, the charming towns of Nerano and Praiano, and the Fjord of Furore before docking in Amalfi.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace, soaking in its picturesque views, romantic landscapes, and the Amalfi Cathedral. Choose to hop onto a minivan to visit the village of Ravello, where you can see the splendid Villa Rufolo and its verdant gardens, or choose to spend your time getting to know Amalfi. Next, set sail again to make your way to Positano, also known as the pearl of the Amalfi Coast. Discover the town's famous narrow streets, traditional shops, and colorful pottery in your own time before jumping back on the boat for a relaxed sail back to Piano di Sorrento, from where you will be dropped off back at the starting point.

Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

7. Sorrento: Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour with Skip-the-Line

This full-day tour from Sorrento visits the 2 towns destroyed by the dramatic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Departing from Sorrento at 09:00, you will head up the motorway to Naples, from where it is a short drive to Herculaneum. A residential coastal town during Roman times, Herculaneum was completely buried by a devastating eruption of the volcanic Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was superbly preserved by the volcanic mud throughout the centuries. Its discovery by archaeologists in the 1700s stunned the world. Today, the ruins are among the most important sites in Italy, if not the world. The buildings have been so well preserved, you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2,000 years ago. Upon arrival, you will get a 1-hour guided tour of the amazing remains and see original timbers in the buildings, as well as clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption. The tour takes in the courtyard of the grand House of the Argus, dwarfed by the hotel across the street. You will also see the public baths, with well-preserved frescoes and mosaics, and the house of carbonized furniture, where a marital bed still remains intact! Following the guided tour, enjoy some free time to take a coffee, before departing to nearby Pompeii. The former Roman city remains one the most stunning archaeological sites on the Italian peninsula, and one of the most visited ruins in the world. Experience it much as it existed more than 2,000 years ago, as you wander with your guide through perfect stone-paved streets, houses, temples, the Forum, and theaters. At the end of this full-day of ancient history, walking in the footsteps of Roman citizens, relax as you are whisked back to Sorrento.

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

8. 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.

From Naples: Pompeii and Sorrento Full-Day Tour

9. From Naples: Pompeii and Sorrento Full-Day Tour

On this full-day tour from Naples you will visit the ancient city of Pompeii and the town of Sorrento. You will be picked up either at your hotel or one of the meeting points in the morning. Head to Pompeii to explore one of the most fascinating places in the Province of Naples with a professional guide. Here you can learn the history of the rich and populated Roman town that was buried under tons of volcanic ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. Almost 2,000 years later, you have the opportunity to discover the everyday life of the Imperial Age and imagine the panic of the people before the city was so disastrously buried. On the 2-hour walking tour, your guide will show you fascinating places such as the Forum, the Thermal Baths, the Lupanar, and House of the Vettii with its beautiful frescos. After visiting Pompeii, you will take a brief stop for lunch before heading towards the Sorrento coast. On the way there you can admire the medieval castle, the town of Castellammare di Stabia Comes, the small and enchanting beaches of Vico Equense and Seiano, and the typical Mediterranean vegetation of lemon and orange trees. You will also stop at the panoramic viewpoint in Meta di Sorrento to look up to the wonderful sight of the bay overlooking the sea. You will visit Sorrento and take a 1-hour tour of the town. Here you will walk through the narrow streets and see the stores and little workshops as the guide shows you around the most renowned places. Visit the Villa Comunale, from where you can admire the breathtaking scenery and the beauty of the coast as far as Punta Campanella and Capri Island.

Naples: Transfer to Sorrento with Pompeii Visit

10. Naples: Transfer to Sorrento with Pompeii Visit

This private transfer gives you the opportunity to enjoy a private transfer from Naples to Sorrento, stopping on the way for two hours to visit the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Your private driver will be waiting to pick you up from either the airport, train station, or your accommodation, holding a sign stating your name on it. From there you will make your way in your comfortable vehicle to Pompeii, where you will be given 2 hours to explore the ruins. Once you are done with your exploration of Pompeii, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Sorrento at which point your guide will assist you with your luggage before bidding you a friendly farewell.

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Great communication before trip, told when to expect to be picked up in front of the hotel and reassured we would be dropped off in same place at end of outing. Our guide Francesca was fantastic! Witty, well-informed, answered questions each person had throughout the visit. She walked us through specific sites and explained each one before and during, with time to get pictures. The entire visit was informative and paced well. I knew going into it that I was at a disadvantage, some issues that can slow me down on some days and unfortunately this was one of those days. With my usual self-supports (braces, cane, supportive partner!) it went just fine and I kept up. Those who find uneven surfaces challenging, be prepared with appropriate footwear and a cane or similar for steadying yourself. Only negative was the return: had to walk quite a long distance to the waiting bus, then it dropped us off a fair distance from our hotel. We chose this tour because of hotel pick up/drop off.

Brilliant trip, great value for money. Our guide was excellent, well informed with an excellent sense of humour. So glad that we had a guide to explain the history of the site.

One of the best tours I have ever been on. The tour guide provided all the fascinating history of the site. Highly recommended!

our guide was considerate, humorous, and deeply informative! also very enthusiastic.

Great tour! Long walk but wonderful views and history.