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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: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour

3. Pompeii: Reserved Entrance and Guided Tour

Transport yourself back to Roman times on a guided tour of Pompeii. Explore this famous UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert guide. Discover the city preserved by volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius. Start by visiting the Porta Marina Superiore, one of the city’s seven gates. Walk the main streets and wander around the forum, the heart of Pompeii. Admire views of Mount Vesuvius overlooking the city. Discover the baths and temples, as well as a bakery, the great theater, and a brothel. See well-preserved artworks, mosaics, and frescoes throughout the city. Listen to anecdotes and learn about the ancient inhabitants from your guide.

Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

4. Pompeii Ruins Skip-the-Line Small Group Tour

Walk through the ruins of Pompeii with your small group of maximum 20 people and explore this ancient city, buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. Learn about one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world on this 2-hour walking tour led by an archaeologist and professional local guide. Visit where the most important public buildings, homes, and shops are located. You will see the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the baths, the Lupanar (brothel), the bakery, the house of Faun, the Termopolium, the main street, the Plaster Casts of the dead, and the Theaters. At the end of the tour, the guide will give you great suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day exploring the ruins or the modern city of Pompeii if you want the best directions.

From Rome: Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Positano Day Trip

5. 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.

Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting

6. Naples: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius with Pizza or Wine Tasting

Experience how the ancient Romans lived and the immense and beautiful Italian landscape on this combination tour by minivan or car of the Pompeii ruins and Mount Vesuvius. See the Forum, the Stabian Baths, a brothel, the House of the Faun, the House of the Tragic Poet, and more. Then, drive up Mount Vesuvius with a volcanologist guide. After visiting Pompeii, take a half-hour break before beginning the second part of the tour. Head off on a drive to the top of Mount Vesuvius through the natural beauty of pine forests and lush woods and bright yellow flowers. Enjoy stunning views of the Bay of Naples. Enjoy a walk with a volcanologist guide who will tell you about the geological history of the volcano and its eruptions.

Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

7. Pompeii: Archaeological Park Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

Skip the long ticket lines on this 2-hour guided tour and discover the remains of the Roman city. See ancient ruins, destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, leaving the city buried under mountains of volcanic ash. Your guide will take you to see houses and everyday items that were still almost intact when the city was unearthed. Experience this everyday Roman town, almost like it was under the Roman Empire. Highlights include the Roman Amphitheater, small theater, and public gymnasium. See places where the Romans had their fun and held banquets, and discover frescoes frozen in time, and poignant casts of citizens and their pets.

From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

8. From Naples: Pompeii Ruins & Mount Vesuvius Day Tour

Revisit where Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii beneath molten ash on a day trip by minivan or bus. Follow your licensed guide through the remains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. Enjoy a local pizza lunch along your route. Hear stories about the Forum, Thermal Baths, the Lupanare, the Greek Theatre, and plaster casts of bodies burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli. Savor a typical Naples pizza lunch at one of Pompeii’s cafés. Then, be driven close to the mountain's summit that destroyed the city. From there, take a short walk to the lip of the crater and take in the atmosphere of the smoking mountain. Revisit the devastating day in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman city of Pompeii beneath molten ash. On arrival, discover the remains of this UNESCO world heritage site remarkably frozen in time for almost 2,000 years. It is the only active volcano in continental Europe. Enjoy the stunning views over the Bay of Naples. Return to Naples at approximately 5 PM and be dropped off at your hotel, your cruise ship, or the railway station.

Pompeii: Group Tour with an Archeologist Guide

9. Pompeii: Group Tour with an Archeologist Guide

Walk through the ruins of Pompeii in the company of a professional guide and explore this ancient city, buried by Vesuvius in 79 AD. Skip the long lines of tourists and enjoy direct access to this iconic archaeological site.  Visit the western part of the town, where the most important buildings are located. See monuments such as the Marina Gate, the Basilica, the Forum, the baths, the Lupanar brothel, the main street, and the theaters. You will also get to see plaster casts of Pompeii's tragic citizens. Discover the fascinating Garden of the Fugitives, Villa of the Mysteries, House of the Tragic Poet, House of the Golden Cupid, and other famous named houses. At the end of the tour, your guide will give you some suggestions on how to spend the rest of the day in the modern city of Pompeii and can direct you towards the Sanctuary Dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, which is just a few steps from the archeological site.

Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

10. Pompeii: Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket with Audio Guide

Avoid the long lines of tourists at the ticket office and enjoy skip-the-line access to Pompeii. Benefit from an audio guide service and explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own pace. Learn more about the history of this tragic site from your audio guide's expert commentary. Visit highlights such as the Roman amphitheater, small theater, and public gym. See the places where the Romans lived daily life and held banquets. Discover frescoes frozen in time and moving casts of citizens and their pets on an exclusive self-guided tour that you can customize according to your needs.

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Sasa our guide was phenomenal!! He was a wealth of knowledge and had great energy and sense of humor. His passion for the content was evident and I only wish he had been my history teacher when I was learning about Pompeii!! We wish we had more time with him. Completely worth the money and time!!

Beautiful trip . Our guide Francesco was very informative and friendly man . Amalfi coast is mind blowing . Great food and history of Pimpeii . It was a great experience . Good value for a money . I am happy customer . Highly recommended .

Amazing guide, clearly full of knowledge and will to talk about the subject. If you’re not a native English speaker, sometimes it might be a bit fast paced for understanding. I recommend it! Me and my father left amazed!

Excellent day tour with amazing views of Mount Vesuvius and excellent informative walk in Pompeii.

The driver was good and our tour guide gave us a lot of good information