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Herculaneum Small Group tour with an Archaeologist

Badge of ExcellenceErcolano, Italy
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From $53.01

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The ancient Roman city of Herculaneum is a UNESCO World Heritage site and lies just north of Pompeii. On this tour, explore the ruins with an archaeologist guide and benefit from a smaller group size, meaning more chance to ask your guide questions. Visit the Samnite house and the Temple of the Augustales, see the remains of the thermal baths and gymnasium, and learn how the city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
  • Guided walking tour of Herculaneum
  • Gain historical insight from an archaeologist guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets means no waiting in long queues
  • Group tour with a maximum of 18 people
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What's Included

  • Guidance and assistance
  • Herculaneum skip the line admission fee
  • Small Group (maximum 20 people per guide)
  • Licensed guide with archaeological background
  • Meals/drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via dei Papiri Ercolanesi
    Via dei Papiri Ercolanesi, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy

    Meeting place Ticket Office of the Herculaneum ruins. You can get there as follows: - By car in via Pignalver (There is a not guarded parking very close the meeting place) - By train in Corso Resina 1 (Circumvesuviana train station is 10 minutes walk away)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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 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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It is definitely worth paying for an archaeologist guide like Daniella.
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Amazing tour - The guide,...
Ian_M, Jan 2023
Amazing tour - The guide, Archaeologist Alessandra, who had gained her PhD recently was exceptional, and made the experience great, especially for my 14 year old daughter
A must-do!
Dominika_O, Nov 2022
Luciano is an amazing tour guide and his fascinating stories brought the history of Herculaneum to life! He is also very considerate and will ensure everyone gets the best out of their time there. Thank you Luciano for sharing your knowledge and passion for Herculaneum. This was a very memorable trip for us.
Best way to discover Herculaneum
Nicola_D, Nov 2022
We had the most amazing morning in Herculaneum with Diego. He was passionate, knowledgeable, and friendly. I am so glad we did this tour instead of taking ourselves around the site - he added colour and interest and meaning to the ruins. His archaeological knowledge meant this was much better than any general tour of Herculaneum. I can't sing the tour's praises enough.
Fantastic and informative
Eileen_C, Nov 2022
Excellent tour! Really knowledgable guide, her archaeological focus is in wall paintings and so she added a lot of extra detail from her expertise. It was super interesting the whole time. Highly recommend!
Excellent tour
PETER_B, Nov 2022
The guide ? Andrea was excellent and gave us a lot of great information he was helpful and interesting. We thought that Herculaneum was much more interesting than Pompeii
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi, love to hear that!
Guide Luciano is great
Pieter_V, Nov 2022
Luciano is really a top guide that we recommend to everybody. Very knowledgable and gives a lot of insights. The practical jokes you get for free 😎
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi, glad you enjoyed your visit!
Best tour on Herculaneum
Suzanne_R, Oct 2022
Our tour with Luciano, the archeologist, was wonderful. He was extremely knowledgeable about Herculaneum and Pompeii. He kept saying his english is not great, but he would do everything possible to explain the sites so that we would understand. He answered all our questions. He was very passionate about his work and excited to share that knowledge. Absolutely wonderful experience. Thank you Luciano for a amazing tour.
Great tour with Luciano!
Denise_C, Oct 2022
Luciano was very informative! We really enjoyed listening to all the facts he presented in an entertaining way.
Don't miss out on his knowledge!
Stefanie_G, Oct 2022
Absolutely loved our tour with lucciano. So much knowledge and he made sure kids in our group were involved and that me and my husband were included even though we were taking care of our 5 month old during the visit. The site is not as big as Pompeii but we would have missed so much of the most interesting facts and artifacts without lucciano. Also super interesting when he highlighted the difference between Pompeii and ercolano!!
Carlos_M, Oct 2022
Luciano is probably the best tour guide we ever had, the tour was just perfect with a lot of detailed information..100% recommended!
Sandra_B, Oct 2022
Very good tour with knowledgable guide. Saw the majority of the site and he gave suggestions for our time after too.
Amazing tour
Philippa_C, Oct 2022
Luciano was so interesting and animated the stories of Herculaneum magnificently. His English is much better than he realises. Grazie Mille Luciano!
Herculaneum is must see.
Jackie_O, Sep 2022
Very much enjoyed our guide Luciano - he shared interesting facts, was humorous and very passionate. He made the tour terrific. It is incredible how well preserved this archeological site is!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much Jackie! :)
Excellent guide!
Kathleen_M, Sep 2022
Luciano was an expert guide. He was so Knowledgeable and connected very well with our group. Grazie Luciano!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much K! :)
Great tour of the ruins
Elizabeth_O, Sep 2022
The ruins were amazing, and out or guide brought the city to life. Highly recommend visiting Herculaneum if your are interested in ancient history.
Excellent tour, excellent guide, I’d pay for a longer tour.
Mitch_G, Sep 2022
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Mr Leone was excited about the information and brought other pictures and maps that helped us to understand. My only suggestion would be maybe offer a 2.5 or 3 hour tour for a little more money. It seems like there was a lot of the ruins that we missed as part of the tour. But overall, an excellent tour and guide.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks a lot!
Excellent guide and tour
Steven_F, Sep 2022
Sergio was a fantastic guide, the tour was packed top to bottom with interesting information and you could tell how passionate he was about the subjects he was describing. Also answered all questions with further interesting info. We’ll try to view Pompei with him as well because of how good he was.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks a lot!
Excellent, excellent, excellent
Caitlin_K, Sep 2022
What can I say? Book this tour! Luciano is a fantastic tour guide - highly passionate and engaging. His broad knowledge on Herculaneum shines through and makes the time pass so quickly. Thank you Luciano - a highlight of our trip!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks a lot!
Must do tour!
Arushi_B, Sep 2022
Fantastic tour!! Highly recommend it!! Hiring a real archaeologist (Mr Leone) who has worked in the area provided us with insights that we would never come across on our own! I do not recommend going to the ruins by yourself and miss our on the opportunity to discover the interesting history of the beautiful city of Elcorano!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you!
Excellent Guide
Ronald_S, Sep 2022
The guide was excellent, knowledgeable, and brought Herculaneum to life with imagery and stories. Wonderful and very professional guide.