Herculaneum Private Tour with an Archaeologist

Badge of ExcellenceErcolano, Italy

From $139.61

Price varies by group size

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


Enjoy a private walking tour through the eerily well-preserved ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. Walk through the impressive archaeological site buried in the same volcanic eruption as Pompeii for a look at how the ancient Romans lived. See how frescoes, mosaics and even some wooden items were preserved.
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Family friendly
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day

What's Included

  • Guidance and assistance by an Archaeologist guide
  • Private Tour
  • Herculaneum Entrance Ticket
  • Transportation
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

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

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At the meeting place there is a Left Luggage for free
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.

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Traveler Tips

You can get the train here from Sorrento and Pompeii which is the cheapest way to travel.
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Best Visit ever.
SERGIO_V, Oct 2022
Wonderful place where you can actually feel Roman life style so close. Everything is so neat and clear. Excellent work of archeologist that can show as a vivid past.
Great private 2 hour tour
Brad_R, Sep 2022
This was a great tour. Having a private guide is the best way to go. Alfredo was knowledgeable and interesting.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thanks a lot Brad!
Worth it
Tiffany_R, Aug 2022
A private tour with our archeologist (Rafaelle) was amazing! So knowledgeable and great to have our own family tour. An experience we won't forget!
Ivan was a great tour...
Jonathan_M, Jul 2022
Ivan was a great tour guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. He answered all of our numerous questions with precision. The town of Herculaneum itself is absolutely amazing. The level of preservation is mind blowing. I highly recommend that you visit!
Archeological Treasure
Ronald_S, Jul 2022
Our guide Rafael, was hilarious and fun! We learned a tremendous amount from this talented archeologist! Very enjoyable! Highly recommend!
Fascinating your!
Brenda_H, Jun 2022
Thank you Maria for your knowledge and friendliness. We enjoyed your company and the explanations of the site history.
Great tour guide makes site come alive
Marlene_M, May 2022
We had a mesmerizing two hours with our fabulous tour guide Sylvia, herself an archeologist. Highly recommend—honestly cannot imagine experiencing the site any other way.
Highly recommend
Susan_G, Dec 2019
We had a private tour with Sergio who was excellent. Very informed and passionate. This is a great place - the excavated buildings are more intact than Pompeii and there were far fewer people though this was a great, quieter time of year for both places. We did an afternoon tour as we did Pompeii in the morning. All doable but I would have liked to have spent a bit longer here. Well worth getting a guide though.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you so much Susan, Sergio is a great guide and we're happy he managed to share his passion with you. Come back to visit Herculaneum with us! Askos Tours
So knowledgeable and passionate about his work - a brilliant tour
Sarah_R, Oct 2019
We did the 2 hour private tour which was well worth it and just the right amount of time. Our guide Luciano was excellent. He knew everything there is to know about the site and it truly passionate about his work. The sight is much more preserved than Pompeii and is smaller. You can get the train here from Sorrento and Pompeii which is the cheapest way to travel. The station is approx 10-15mins walk.
Absolutely fabulous tour with a...
Laurie N, Dec 2016
Absolutely fabulous tour with a guide who was passionate about excavation and Herculaneum. He brought it to life, took us through a typical day at the sea resort, discussed life style, and the fabulous architecture. It was a perfect day.
I loved this tour! it was one of the...
Sabatino_A, Aug 2016
I loved this tour! it was one of the highlights of our holiday in Italy. The guide Chiara was the best, you could see she studied it all and that she really enjoyed it. We asked her a lot of questions and she never seemed to mind. She was really the best! Thank you for a life time experience!
This was a great tour. We would...
KathrynP_F, Jul 2016
This was a great tour. We would highly recommend Herculaneum, with Paolo as a guide. We were very hot and tired when we began the tour, and I did not think I would last long. But Paolo was so engaged with his subject, and so engaging, that we enjoyed every minute. As an archeologist himself, he has a depth of knowledge and interest that could not be matched.
Gian Carlo was an excellent guide...
george h, Jun 2016
Gian Carlo was an excellent guide. He brought the Herculaneum to life and was incredibly knowledgable on the whole area. I really enjoyed every moment of the tour. George
Instructif et intéressant.
Florent_G, Aug 2022
Visite très sympa et intéressante sur l’histoire de la tragédie liée au Vésuve et de la vie qui s’y passait avant cette tragédie. Ni trop ni trop courte, avec une guide très agréable et très compétente.
Herculanum en famille
CORINNE_L, Jul 2022
Tres bon guide, visite enrichissante et enjouée avec Ilaria. Nous avons passé un très bon moment en famille. Je recommande
Immersion dans les merveilles de la "Riviera" de l'Empire romain du premier siècle !
Yvan_d, Apr 2022
Merveilleuse expérience en compagnie de notre guide Alfredo pour une visite privée du site d'Herculanum. Un complément indispensable à la visite de Pompéi car plus intime et mieux préservé car ,contrairement à Pompéi, cette ville (à l'époque en bord de mer) à été ensevelie par de la lave qui l'a réellement figée pour des siècles jusqu'à se redécouverte au 18ième siècle. Petite mention pour Alfredo, très patient car nous nous étions perdus sur la route, mais aussi archéologue érudit connaissant le site comme sa poche !
Diego un guía excepcional!
Sandra L, Jan 2020
Diego ha sido un guía excelente!! Mi pareja es una persona muy preguntona y curiosa y Diego ha demostrado una pasión por su trabajo y profesionalidad única!! Gracias Diego!! Miguel y yo hemos disfrutado de tu compañía y tu experiencia!!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Muchas gracias Sandra por tu comentario, nos alegra que hayas disfrutado de la gira con Diego. ¡Vuelve a buscarnos!