Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii

Badge of ExcellenceNaples, Italy

From USD 97.51

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 to 9 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the incredible excavation sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the volcano that buried both cities in the first century, on this private tour. Drive to nearly the top of Mt. Vesuvius for a walk to the crater. Travel back in time to see what remains of Herculaneum and Pompeii, both cities remarkably well-preserved by the volcanic eruption. If you'd like to know more about the history of the sites, upgrade your tour to include a guide.
  • Climb to the crater of Mt. Vesuvius from the uppermost parking area
  • Explore the archaeological excavation sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii
  • Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in these well-preserved cities
  • Upgrade to include a tour guide at the archaeological sites

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Accommodation - Port - Train station - Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide (if option selected)
  • Driver
  • Tickets to Pompeii and Herculaneum (if option selected)
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tickets at Mount Vesuvius

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Departure Point: if streets allow, straight from your accommodation, otherwise at the spot accessible by car closest to your accommodation. Cruise docking (if coming on a Cruise ship) in the Naples area, Salerno & Amalfi coast area, Sorrento's area. From the train platform (if you come by train). Dates: Daily Return point: Pickup point or any different requested drop off point located in the area of the excursion

What To Expect

Pompeii Archaeological Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Piazza Porta Marina

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Casa del Fauno

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

House of the Vettii

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Stabian Baths (Terme Stabiane)

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Teatro Grande

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano

1 hour 40 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Salone della Barca di Ercolano

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Vesuvio National Park

1 hour 10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Vesuvio National Park

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Casa dei Cervi

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If passenger are on a Cruise ship, at time of booking, They must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

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 good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Though there are soft drink stands and sounvenir stores at the crater, carry plenty of liquid for the climb up and down and use the toilet at the base of the volcano before you journey up.


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Knowledgeable guide
Mahnaz_Q, June 2023
Excellent knowledgeable guide. Antonio was amazing. Highly recommend. You’ll need a lot of stamina though.!
Best tour ever!
Melissa_B, May 2023
Antonio was such a gift to our family! His knowledge of the history of Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum was beyond impressive. He had tons of pictures to show us what areas used to look like so we could picture it while looking at the ruins. My 12 and 14 year old enjoyed the trip as well. We started by hiking up Mt. Vesuvius, then we explored Pompeii for a couple of hours. He said it could take 2-3 full days to explore it all so I super appreciated him taking us to the highlights and some of them off the beaten path. After that we had lunch and then on to Herculaneum which was just as impressive! We learned so much and the private tour was 100% worth every cent. I would recommend this tour for everyone!
The highlight of our five weeks in Italy! 🫶🏼 Grazie Mille Antonio?
Sarah_B, May 2023
What an amazing experience. This was the highlight of our entire five weeks in Italy. Our host, Antonio, was amazing very informative, super friendly and easy-going and we couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide. If you’re contemplating doing this tour and are concerned about the cost, don’t…it is well worth the money for the one-on-one guidance and information let alone the comfort!
Perfect day with wonderful guide!
Elaine_S, May 2023
Absolutely perfect day with a wonderful guide! We saw everything we hoped to see and had a very thorough discussion about what we were seeing. Our many questions were answered. Couldn’t ask for more. In advance our questions were answered with no delay which gave me confidence about my booking
Take a private tour, it’s worth it!
Kimberly_M, May 2023
This was a great trip made even better with a great tour guide. I went with my mom, who is 76 and walks with a cane. She was able to walk to the top of Mt Vesuvius… slow and steady. But we did it. Then we spent a couple of hours at Herculaneum, which I thoroughly enjoyed and about an hour at Pompeii. Antonio, our guide was helpful with my mom and he taught us so much about the two cities and the history of the eruption.
Excellent experience!
Noel_R, May 2023
Seeing the crater and learning about Roman life. Just a fantastic and interesting experience. Our guide was excellent. He had wealth of knowledge and took extra time in areas that we were interested in. Our guide had great communication skills and answered many questions.
Wonderful experience
William_N, Apr 2023
We had a great tour and tour guide. He was so courteous, and knowledgeable especially on Pompei and Herculaneum and he was so excited to share he sensed our appetite for the information and gave so much you could tell he was doing something he enjoyed he also was willing to help other travelers needing guidance or information. We enjoyed the entire experience about 8 hours
Amazing tour guide!
Kathia_P, Apr 2023
Antonini is a great tour guide! From the time he picked us up until he dropped us off he was a wealth of information and knowledge. Pompeii was beautiful and having Antonini to share the history was amazing.
Very very informative
Kim_U, Apr 2023
Our guide Tony could not have been more passionate about the area and the wealth of information he passed on was just so interesting. Going to both Pompei ruins and Ercolona ruins was a little redundant although both were quite interesting. Please make sure you understand that you must secure tickets to walk up Mt Vesuvius online BEFOREHAND-that was not clear in the description.
Wonderful Trip
Thomas_C, Mar 2023
Had a great day with Antonio. He is very knowledgeable on Pompei/Herculaneum and very entertaining. Unfortunately Vesuvius was closed in the morning due to bad weather.
First Class Tour!
Michelle_T, Mar 2023
Antonino was the perfect guide. Excellent English and extremely knowledgeable. Made everything interesting. Also excellent driving on those small windy roads. Definitely recommend.
Anthony_F, Mar 2023
Antonio “Tony” was super great! He knew so many details and interesting facts. He was friendly! Best
Lucia our guide was AMAZING
Lauren_M, Mar 2023
Lucia was phenomenal she took the time to explain all the little details of each site which we loved!! Herculaneum is one not to miss, and was our favourite part, it even stood out against Pompeii. Absolutely loved this tour. Highly recommend!!!
Fantastic tour, awesome guide
Christopher_J, Mar 2023
I absolutely loved this trip. Pompeii was on all the tours - private and otherwise - but I was determined to see Herculaneum, which was much less common on the tours, especially if you wanted to also visit Pompeii. I’m not sure why this is. Doing a completely private tour for an all day trip like this was definitely not cheap, but I was so glad that we did it this way. It was a completely curated experience, without any of the hassles of having to deal with other people. In any case, I was so incredibly glad that we went to Herculaneum, and went there first in the morning after we arrived in Naples. It was practically empty, completely serene, and gave a glimpse into Roman life that was mesmerizing. Tony is knowledgeable, friendly, and seems to really enjoy what he does. We had all the time we needed at both sites and he was thrilled to help us understand anything we wanted to know. In hindsight, I would have been perfectly happy to see Herculaneum and skip Pompeii. Pompeii is much more crowded with tourists and while it’s great to see such a large city (Herc is much smaller), everything you see there is more “commercial” - think reconstructions and signage and walkways, etc. Herculaneum has a certain natural feel to it. Of course, it’s been touched and cleaned up, and most of the relics have been taken and put in museums, but you still have the feeling that, otherwise, it’s as it was left, which is really cool. So I would say - don’t skip Herculaneum! It is incredible. And thanks so much to Tony for his gracious hosting, comfortable driving, and hospitable personality. We had a wonderful time.
Perfect experience to Pompeii & Herculaneum
Adam_A, Feb 2023
Our tour guide was incredible! Very knowledgeable of not only Pompeii & Herculaneum but also of the surrounding areas, which made the drive around Naples more enjoyable. He was very nice and funny and accommodated anything we needed. Would definitely book again!
kristajunesproul, Jan 2023
Everything was fabulous! Even in the rain we got quality time at each stop. Our driver handled the weather driving conditions perfectly. He even had umbrellas for us.
Great Tour
Chad_E, Jan 2023
Tony was excellent. You cannot go wrong with this tour. He is extremely knowledgeable and made the tour interesting for the adults and kids on our tour. If you have any designs on seeing Pompeii, Herculaneum and a hike up Vesuvious, you would be foolish not to book this tour.
A Great Guided Private Tour
bryan_m, Nov 2022
Tony was an awesome guide for our private tour!! He was professional and his knowledge and passion for history was evident!! He tailored our tour to whatever we wanted and he even let us stop for a great lunch!! Tony was a great guide who gave us good background information about each place even before we arrived. He had a tablet on our tour which allowed us to associate the ruins we saw with what the actual site looked like before it’s destruction!! A great tour made special by a very informative guide!! Thanks Tony!!!
Our guide, Tonio. was...
Kathryn_L, Nov 2022
Our guide, Tonio. was excellent..friendly, very knowledgeable. energetic and spoke excellent English.
Loved it!
Samara_F, Aug 2022
Tony, our guide, was phenomenal. His knowledge of history and his enthusiasm for the area, made this tour an incredible experience for us. Pompeii, in particular, is so large and without a guide, you would definitely miss the more important and interesting sights. We also needed to make a change in drop off location at the end of the tour, and despite being difficult logistically, Tony made it happen. We are so appreciative of him taking us through these amazing sites and also making the logistics all work out for us. I highly recommend this tour and Tony, in particular.

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