Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples

Naples, Italy

From $117.77

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Go back in time two millennia on this intriguing half-day private guided walking tour of Pompeii from Naples. Get the most out of your visit to this incredibly preserved Roman city, which has been frozen since Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Some of the highlights include the Forum, a theater, a ‘fast food’ restaurant, and even a brothel. Your private guide will illustrate Pompeii’s tragic fate through captivating stories, facts, and anecdotes while taking you to the main highlights of the place. Choose to have the guide show you around or opt for the transportation-only option, giving the chance to check out Pompeii on your own. 
  • Private tour of Pompeii with round-trip private transport from Naples
  • Explore the fascinating archaeological remnants of Pompeii with a private guide
  • Learn about the devastating Mt Vesuvius eruption in the 1st century that wiped out the entire city
  • Visit the House of Vetti, the thermal baths, the Lupanare brothel and more
  • Transport-only option available for those who prefer to explore Pompeii independently
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour

What's Included

  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Private guide (if option selected)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance Ticket to Pompeii Archaeological Site (15 euros per person)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Tour departs from your chosen pickup location: your Naples accommodation (hotel, b&b, airbnb - we can offer a meeting point nearby if we cannot reach you at your exact address), Naples Central Station or the Naples cruise terminal; please advise at time of booking under the "Special Requirements" section which one you prefer

What To Expect

On August 24 in the year 79 AD, nearly 2,000 years ago, the volcano Mt. Vesuvius began erupting. It blanketed the nearby town of Pompeii, freezing the 20,000 denizens with its ash and molten lava, thus perfectly preserving this ancient Roman city. On this half-day guided walking tour, you can see the best that the archeological site has to offer. 

After your driver picks you up from your hotel in Naples, the railway station in Naples, or the Naples cruise terminal, enjoy the ride to Pompeii, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. 

Meet your guide at the entrance and prepare to be dazzled by this UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the city walls and the Porta Marina gate that was once the entryway to the harbor of Pompeii. Explore the ancient theater where performances were regularly given. Gawk at what once was a Roman version of a ‘fast food’ restaurant, where vast vases still stand that were used for storing food. Stop at the Forum and learn about the political system in Pompeii and what the Forum was used for. Walk down the basalt-laden streets and squares of the city. 

See the blocks that provided stepping-stones across the often-flooded and sewage-filled streets; and view must-sees such as the Temple of Apollo, the Macellum market, and the public weighing scales.

And, intriguingly, see the casts of victims who were immediately frozen by the volcanic eruption. Stop by the thermal baths, a popular pastime in ancient Roman times. And even visit an old brothel, also a much-enjoyed proclivity among Roman men. 

Transport-Only Option: If you prefer to explore the Pompeii ruins independently, the transport-only option offers private round-trip transportation from Naples and lets you spend time in Pompeii on your own. Your driver will wait for you while you wander around Pompeii for a couple of hours and then take you back to Naples. There is also an audio guide available (additional cost).

Pompeii Archaeological Park

Driver and Guide option: Your driver will pick you up from your Naples hotel, the Naples railway station or the Naples cruise terminal at your selected departure time and take you to Pompeii, located about 30 minutes away. Here, you’ll be greeted by your private guide and given an introduction to Pompeii. On your 2-hour visit of this famous archaeological site, you’ll learn about what happened here one fateful summer’s day in 79 AD, when Mt Vesuvius erupted and volcanic ash spewed over the entire city. Unaware of the imminent danger, most people continued on with their daily lives and, as a result, the entire town and around 20,000 of its inhabitants were buried under tons of ash and pumice. Nearly 2,000 years later, you can explore the site of this infamous disaster and see first-hand the houses, streets and public buildings miraculously preserved by the volcanic ash. Your private guide, an expert archaeologist, will take you on a private tour of the excavated city, which offers a snapshot of 1st-century Roman life frozen at the moment Pompeii was buried. Explore fascinating sites such as the forum, the thermal baths, several houses and villas, the Lupanare brothel and the House of Vetti with its beautiful frescoes. After your visit to Pompeii, you’ll have some free time to explore more on your own before hopping in the car and heading back to Naples. Driver Only Option: If you prefer to explore the Pompeii ruins independently, the transport-only option offers private round-trip transportation from Naples and lets you spend time in Pompeii on your own. Your driver will wait for you while you wander around Pompeii for a couple of hours, and then take you back to Naples. There is also an audio guide available (additional cost).

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Price is shown per person, based on 11 adults per vehicle
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Lead Traveler's document ID picture required (tour purpose only)
  • 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.
23 reviews
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Expensive taxi
Tonya_M, Mar 2022
Driver was great. Please note, nothing but transportation is included. Very expensive to take a glorified taxi to the site. Site was nice but not having a guide was a drawback. Pay the extra money for a guide.
Private Tour: Pompeii Half-Day Trip from Naples
Carole H, Jul 2019
I truly enjoyed our half-day trip to Pompeii. This particular tour through Project Napoli Service worked very well for my family because they were able to pick us up close to our rented villa and bring us back to that location. To clarify, our villa was on a pedestrian only street so we did have to arrange to meet the driver at the corner of our street. Our driver was Jean Franc. He was pleasant and helped us meet up with our tour guide. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very helpful as one in our party is in a wheelchair. I would recommend this tour!
I have always wanted to see Pompeii...
Frederick B, May 2018
I have always wanted to see Pompeii. Good weather is a blessing, so we were very fortunate. Our guide was wonderful, Lilli R. For some reason i thought that Pompeii would be frozen in time, with people frozen in place. Due to weather and in order to preserve, all has been sealed inside glass. The vivid fright and shock is so real. Make sure you go early so that you miss the crowds. We paid extra for a private tour and it was worth EVERY penny.
Loved the tour! So happy with our...
Tracy_L, Nov 2017
Loved the tour! So happy with our Driver and our Tour Guide!
Absolute "rip off" you promote pick...
MARTIN F, Nov 2017
Absolute "rip off" you promote pick up and your own guide ( both of which were excellent) pay big sum of money for this, then when you get to meet your guide she tells you that you can't go into Pompeii until you all pay another 14 euros each BE WARNED entrance is EXTRA yes ON TOP of what you pay !!!
The trip to Pompeii was wonderful...
foreverday, Oct 2017
The trip to Pompeii was wonderful. We were picked up at the Naples train station and transported to Pompeii for our tour. We had a small group and our tour guide was very thorough, informative and accommodating. On the return trip we were able to be dropped off at a museum so they were flexible in pick up and drop off locations.
Amazing tour and guide. Well worth...
Lisa D, Sep 2017
Amazing tour and guide. Well worth the money spent for it to be a private tour - so much to see. All quite fascinating.
Our driver and tour guide were...
Peter H, Aug 2017
Our driver and tour guide were great. We had a delay with being able to get off our cruise ship but they still made sure we were able to complete the tour. Lily, our tour guide, was very informative and took us to the more interesting parts of Pompei. A very interesting place to visit.
Pompeii is truly an amazing site...
saragriggs03, Oct 2016
Pompeii is truly an amazing site - which is why this review gets two stars instead of one. It is incredible to see how people lived so very long ago. Unfortunately, it was absolutely overrun with tours. Our tour guide was not friendly, ran through the talking points in an annoyed and bored tone. Her knowledge was tourist pamphlet level at best. She was just going through the motions. At the end she tried to say good bye to us without showing us the main square where the famous petrified dog is and other artifacts. It was a very hot day and I hate to say it but her body odor was unbearable. We had to hold our pamphlets in front of our faces to avoid the smell. Our driver from Naples to Pompeii and back was very friendly and helpful.
Wonderful Tour guide and Tour. Private...
Marc C, Oct 2016
Wonderful Tour guide and Tour. Private Tour is the way to see Pompeii.
Simply great. A beautiful big, shiny...
Eve L, Apr 2016
Simply great. A beautiful big, shiny car picked us up from our hotel and took us to Pompeii with our lovely guide. She spoke excellent English and was very well informed, enthusiastic and friendly too. We learned a lot and enoyed the whole tour very much.
It was not a tour, just transportation...
Nicole G, Nov 2015
It was not a tour, just transportation from and to the port. Chauffeur was on time.
Great tour! Our tour guide...
michelle_naftzger, Jul 2015
Great tour! Our tour guide, Margarita was fun, knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions. Our two kids ages 11 and 14 loved her.
Our Pompeii guide, Francesca, was...
scotdok56, Jul 2015
Our Pompeii guide, Francesca, was excellent. The skip the line claim is valid she got our tickets in a special line that was very short, so our wait was only a few minutes. Be aware that this tour price does NOT include admission to Pompeii. The only glitch we had was that our driver was late for the pick-up at the port, so this necessitated a call to the local operator, who responded that he is on his way, which meant 20 minutes late.
Very professional and well...
David Roy L, Jul 2015
Very professional and well organised. We had a very polite, punctual driver and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and imparted the information in an informative easy to understand manner. We were travelling with children so it was well pitched and well paced. Would definitely recommend.
We had a great time on this private...
James H, Jul 2015
We had a great time on this private tour for seven of us. In particular, Paula was excellent as a tour guide--we threaded our way through much larger tour groups and she was knowledgable and interesting in her descriptions. Many thanks for a great day.
Tour was amazing! Mula was sooo...
Allison P, Apr 2015
Tour was amazing! Mula was sooo knowledgeable! Truly a private tour was so great! We all learned so much! Miula english was great too! Highly recommend! We had ages 11 to 73 and we all enjoyed!
Fantastic. Our guide, Sofia, was...
Connie G, Apr 2015
Fantastic. Our guide, Sofia, was knowledgable and very engaging. We highly recommend her.
This tour was a major...
vofo, Oct 2014
This tour was a major dissapointment. Basically you`ve got a transport, a guide waiting at the Pompei and transport back. All of this for huge price premium. Way different experience from other Viator private tours. Hiring a taxi from Naples and a Pompei guide in advance would do the same for fraction of the price. BTW the guide was good - very good in explanations yet shortened the tour by about 20min. The driver was rude, couldn`t speak english at all, on the way back he left us waiting for 20minutes in front of the car being on phone all the time. Days before the tour we have asked the tour provider to extend it with visit to Vesuv on the way back from Pompei. The tour provider asked about details, we answered and he newer came back to us. There was no contact from the tour provider to us once in Pompei and when we asked about it on the way back (the driver called him) he explained that it is Viator mistake as no of our messages came back to him. Simply a big mess. We`ve had two private tours with Viator this yeare before this one, the last happened just a day before this one in Naples as well and the experience was way different.
Excelnte mañana
MariaIsabel_S, Jul 2018
Nuestra guia Margherita fue excelente y más que complaciente. Dominio perfecto del español y su recuento de datos buenísimo. En dos horas vimos lo más importante. Y en el albor del verano esta es el tiempo suficiente. Puntual. Media hora de viaje con Paolo 2 horas de tour, tiempo para baño comprar agua snack. Una maravillosa mañana.0