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Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

Napoli, Italy
Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples

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icon7 to 8 hours  (approx.)
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This tour focus on the visit of the two main archaeological sites of the region: Pompeii and Herculaneum, the ancient roman cities swept away by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Considered of great importance for the Roman Empire, they were at their social and economic peak at the time of the disaster. The main difference between the two places is that Pompeii was a bustling city, gateway for merchants and travellers, while the latter was more of a residential village for aristocrats and intellectuals. Lunch break to a local restaurant, drinks not included. After lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be heading towards the ruins of Herculaneum.
  • Full-day Pompeii and Herculaneum excursion from Naples
  • Tour the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii with a guide
  • Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ AD 79 eruption that buried many of Campania’s towns for centuries
  • Visit a coral and cameo factory, and then enjoy lunch in Ristorante Vesuvio
  • Travel to Ercolano and explore the ruins of Herculaneum at leisure, seeing monuments, fossils and mosaics
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Transportation by modern coaches for the entire trip
Comment on board
Authorized guide in Pompeii with skip-the-line entrance (with more than 6 participants)
Audio guides in Pompeii (with groups of up to 5 participants)
Walking tours to the ruins of Herculaneum (1h 30m) by audioguides
Light Lunch
Entrance tickets to Pompei and Herculaneum
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Starhotels Terminus , Giuseppe Garibaldi, 91, 80142 Napoli NA, Italy

Meeting outside hotel main entrance @ 8:45am

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8:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Grand Hotel Santa Lucia - 8:00am Molo Beverello pier (PIC NIC bar kiosk) - 8:10am NH Panorama hotel - 8:20am Naples Hotel - 8:30am Starhotels Terminus - 8:45am Please be ready at designated meeting point 10 minutes before the scheduled time. Pick up time can be affected by trafic conditions.
Begin your trip with pickup from your select Naples hotel and hop aboard your coach toward Pompeii. Once buried under a blanket of ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, the city wasn't unearthed until the 18th century.

As you enter (own expense), follow your guide through the ruins and learn the fascinating history behind the ancient city. Pass excavations of the Teatro Grande, which once housed up to 5,000 spectators, and the Forum.

Continue to a family-run corals and cameo factory to learn more about the jewelry-making process. Afterward, walk to the 18th-century Ristorante Vesuvio for a delicious, Italian-style lunch.

Journey next to the coastal town of Ercolana, where the ruins of Herculaneum reside, another town struck during the infamous eruption. Though Pompeii is more widely-known, Herculaneum hosts a wealth of archaeological treasures. Enter (own expense) and explore at leisure, admiring the ancient monuments, preserved mosaics and fossils nearly 2,000 years old.

Your day trip will conclude with transportation back to your original departure point.
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
At the time of the dramatic eruption, Pompeii counted about 11.000 inhabitants, while Herculaneum had a population of some 5.000 people. A number of emperors and aristocrats had their holiday villas in these cities. One day, in 79 AD, several meters of ashes buried the whole area in a matter of few hours. Centuries later, in 1748, under the Bourbons government, excavation works started. The discovery was greeted with enthusiasm as it added great wealth to the kingdom and inspired the neoclassicism movement in Europe. Nowadays, the ruins of Pompeii are amongst the most visited archaeological sites in the world, while Herculaneum is renewed for its Villa dei Papiri containing a library of over 1800 papyruses. Visit of the excavations (approx 2 hrs) and if time permits also of a coral and cameos factory to admire the production procedure carried on by expert artisans
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Lunch break
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
After lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will be heading towards the ruins of Herculaneum.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If there are fewer than six people in your group, the tour will operate with an audio guide instead of a real local guide.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Napoli City Vision
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the pick up location?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples.
What is the policy on sanitization during Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples.
What is the social distancing policy during Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples.

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  • "This is very convenient for the tour to swap around us cattle/tourists but adds an hour to the day." See review
  • "The included lunch was fine, but took almost an hour and a half." See review


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Value for the money tour that you should use
, Jun 2022
Tour guides were very faithful about their job, even we were very exhausted and lost interest during that hot day. Tour bus operators were professional and good, and really appreciate it that they have performed duties accordingly to take us around during the heat. Lunch with pizza and salad was better than expected as we sat down in a restaurant.
Great tour....good guides...Laura and Rosanna
, May 2022
Great tour. Everething is professionally and pleasantly done. Guides Laura i Rosanna are the best, they make tour even more beutiful and interesting. All recommendations....Sanja&Petar from Croatia❤👋💯💯💯
1 traveler found this review helpful
Pompeii & Herculaneum Day Trip from Naples
, May 2022
this was a great way to see both sites with a guide in Pompei, you don't really need one for the smaller site Herculaneum as there is an audio guide.
Easy, unforgettable experience
, Apr 2022
Easy to contact, smooth ride to pompeii then Herculaneum then home. Our tour guide at pompeii was very knowledgeable and made the experience extremely pleasant. At Herculaneum, the tour required a 2€ audio guide download
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Dear customer, we hope you enjoyed your experience. In Herculeneum we download audio guides on your mobile phone, (we refund the cost) because often the app is more up to date than conventional audio guides. Thank you for appreciating our tour. We sincerely hope to have you on board again in your next visit to Naples.
Learned a lot from the archeologist.t
, Feb 2020
The pick up was a little confusing because we picked up at a lot of places and they kept switch vehicles for some of the tourist. However, the actual tour went off without a hitch. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and pleasant. The food was good as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour
, Feb 2020
The guides was terrific (Sorry cannot remember name) .food was very good in restaurant.would highly recommend
Tour guide was good. Pickup was messy
, Jan 2020
Pickup was messy. It was raining hard and the hotel pickup area did not even have cover from the rain. Pickups were disorganized and we had to drive to another location to wait for people to pickup one of the guides into another car. Guides did not speak at all for the ride and just chatted with each other. Actual tour was better and guide had good nuggets of information. Most likely will not recommend this tour though.
A nice day out
, Nov 2019
The bus driver very friendly and staff on bus very friendly. We picked up alot of people so the bus seemed to take forever to get out of Naples and Naples traffic. We had perfect weather for seeing the ancient ruins. The guided tour of Pompeii not ideal as the audio to the ear phones kept cutting out so we couldn't always hear what the guide was saying. The tour group was too big and tour was done in both English and Italian meaning it took twice as long and made the tour guide's dialogue harder to follow. There was also alot of standing around waiting for things to be organised. The standing around time could have been better spent as break time as it was a hot day so going without a drink refreshment break from 8:30 am when bus picked us up til 2:15pm when we finally got our lunch break was too long. I was parched! The tour should advise to bring a bottle of water or offer bottles of water on the bus like other tours do. The Herculaneum tour very good. The tour was done only in English and could be heard better and the ruins themselves were better preserved than Pompeii and not as big an area to walk around.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour!
, Nov 2019
We had a great time at this tour! Our guide Silvana was passionate about her job and made sure we had a good time walking around and learning the history behind those sights. I wish there were more professionals like her! Food was ok but the portions were ridiculously small. I suggest the office take care of this.
Convenient pickup and knowledgeable guides
, Nov 2019
We wee picked up by black car service to our bus then to pompei. Pompei tour was short but precise. We would have preferred more Tim in pompei as it is a huge site but we seen a lot. Then Herculaneum which was amazing. Sylvannia, our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the site and the tour was thorough.
Interesting and well covering historical experience
, Oct 2019
Easy to book on line and to get the necessary information. The trip is well organised and covers the main points of such a visit. Our guide was engaged and did a good work. The start of the day picking up the rest of the participating visitors was although a bit complicated and too long, but we did come away at the end.
Great comparison of the 2 sites... but avoid the Cameo retailer
, Oct 2019
Chose this over the cruise ships vastly overpriced shore excursion. After the initial lack of communication and attendance by the coordinator at the advised time (welcome to Italy 😁) all went well. Pompeii was better than expected and not as crowded as we were warned about. God tour if not a little rushed. However, avoid the Cameo factory and there overpriced rip off. Herculaneum was even better and is a lot quieter in terms of tourists but far more intact and will give you a real sense of life in the times
Knowledgable guide who made it personal
Leonore N
, Oct 2019
The pick-up and transportation were fine. Lunch was also very good. Pompeii was interesting but Herculaneum felt so much more real . In my opinion, if you only could do one of these tours, I suggest that you visit Herculaneum. Sylvana the guide was excellent with her knowledge and friendliness.
Great guide
, Oct 2019
We spent the right amount of time at each site. We had a great lunch experience. The only minus was we left a medical device on the bus and did not recover it.
Brilliant locations, not very well organised
Samantha G
, Aug 2019
Great locations visited, and our tour guide was really informative. However, it was not well organised. We stood around for some time whilst they decided to go to a different restaurant for lunch, which was ok, not great.
Great history
, Jun 2019
Great History Very knowledgeable Guide, Eliana was very passionate about ruins Would recommend this tour
The tour was awesome and so were the travel guides: MARCELLA, ROSANNA, SICVADA & FRANCESCO the van driver
, May 2019
I tried to walk to Hotel Naples, my meeting point. I got really, really lost. I fell down, because, I was trying to read the building numbers, and there was literally, a hole in the sidewalk. It was almost time to be at Hotel Naples, and I was now frantic, I was running late, I fell and cut both my knees and elbow and ripped my Capri's. Luckily, I stopped at a small hotel and a nice lady from Brazil, was using the same company. I was able to use the hotels internet, and I let the tour people, my name and where I was at. They told me to stay put, and MARCELLA, a tour guide, was coming to collect the lady from Brazil and her Mother. Francesco, the van driver, would take me with them, and switch me to the right tour bus. They, switched me and a few other people to our right tour buses. I can never say "THANK YOU" enough to Marcella and Francesco. Rosanna and Sicvada, were great in getting us all on and off of the bus. I really enjoyed having the tour guide at Pompeii and Herculaneum, I believe that was Rosanna. It was nice to hear the history of both places and to be able to ask questions. I felt that this tour was well worth the money. Plus, all of the above mentioned workers, "went above and beyond, to make my dream of seeing Pompei and Herculaneum". I will never forget their kindness.
Terrific Full Day Trip to Pompeii & Herculaeum
, May 2019
This tour was fabulous because it covered all the basic important buildings ad streets at Pompeii in the morning followed by a fantastic visit to Herculaneum in the afternoon. The contrast between them was startling due to the difference between the pyroclastic materials burning Pompeii's buildings and people versus a mud slide covering over Herculaneum which left many buildings/objects to look as they did pre-volcano blast.
Go see these places!
, Mar 2019
Fantastic places but this felt like being herded with a bus carrying at least three or four different tours. At lunchtime between the two destinations we shuttled back to Naples to a restaurant for lunch. This is very convenient for the tour to swap around us cattle/tourists but adds an hour to the day. Our guide Fabiana was lovely but her English so heavily accented that it was very hard work to follow her commentary which was a shame. The speed of the tour was set at a very gentle pace and on reflection I would have preferred to make my own way and use the available audioguides and go at my/our own pace. Having been to both these places well worth going to the Naples Archeological Museum to see some of the art work in reality.
Pompeii and Herculaneum daytrip from Naples
, Oct 2018
An excellent tour of both sites and a highlight of our cruise - our guide was very knowledgeable and we managed to see a great deal in the few hours available - despite the horrendous crowds at Pompeii!

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