Pompeii and Herculaneum Small Group tour with an Archaeologist

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


Pompeii and Herculaneum are among the world’s most important Roman archaeological sites, but the ruins can be hard to interpret to the untrained eye. With this tour, take a deep dive into ancient history by visiting both sites with an archaeologist guide. Learn about the history and architecture of these two cities buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, taking in the highlights in just a few hours.
  • Skip the hassle of following a map by visiting the sites with a guide
  • Explanations of the main villas, temples, and other highlights
  • Assistance during travel between the two archaeological sites by train
  • Admission tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum included

What's Included

  • Guidance at Pompeii and Herculaneum by Archaeologist guide
  • Pompeii skip the line ticket
  • Herculaneum skip the line ticket
  • Circumvesuviana one-way ticket from Pompeii to Herculaneum
  • Pick up and drop off service
  • Meals and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
    Via Villa dei Misteri, 2, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

    The meeting point is the main entrance of Pompeii ruins called Porta Marina Superiore in front of Hortus Bar #If you booked the option "tour + transport" the meeting point is outside the STARHOTELS TERMINUS, just in front of the Naples Central station , in Piazza Garibaldi, 91.

End point

  • Ercolano Scavi
    80056 Ercolano, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

    Drop off after the visit to Herculaneum Ruins

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Operated by Askos Tours

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

I strongly recommend that you wear good walking shoes because the cobbles and walls are very uneven making walking sometimes difficult.
For this reason, you have to really make an effort to keep up and stay close to the guide.
218 reviews
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Great Tour
Matthew_G, Mar 2023
The tour guide here was really helpful in helping us understand the park and the significance of the eruption. The tour was good too and I recommend the getting a driver from the Naples station choice as I was only doing a day trip from Rome and it made it easy to not have to learn an entirely new train system or transportation system just to get to the park. The only thing I wished though was if the tour itself could volunteer some other ideas after the tour was over on what to see in the area or where one might eat. I actually had a worse experience after the tour was fully done and gone, and would have appreciated this additional guide/information about Napoli freely offered.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi, glad that you appreciate the tour and the importance of the site. For any further information, suggestions or ideas on what to see after the tour is over or where to eat, our guide is at your complete disposal to help you.
Worth it!
Annabelle_P, Feb 2023
So happy I booked this tour for me and my family. Worth every penny. We would have been lost without such a knowledgeable guide who is also an archaeologist. His insights were incredible and helped us truly understand what we were looking at and how the people lived.
suziebazire, Feb 2023
Absolutely brilliant. Both sites were fascinating to see but doing it with Michael our guide made it so much better as we heard the details we would have missed using a guidebook. Would definitely recommend this
A fantastic Trip, Giulia = Great Guide, Value for Money
Barak_M, Feb 2023
An excellent tour, Giulia was an amazing guide, definitely try and get her as a guide, she really knew her stuff. Pompeii is breathtaking, I liked also the fact we could explore for Pompeii independently for 30-45min after that portion of the tour. It was a small group (12 in Pompeii and 7 in Herculaneum) and it worked really well, A lot to see in Pompeii but having a guide helps to point out the main sites, but honestly I enjoyed Herculaneum more, a lot less people but it just seemed to be more complete preservations. As for the logistics, asko tours did a great job overall, transport to and from Napoli central station went fine, although make sure you arrive early because the minivan and driver is not the easiest to spot, but they were accomodating in waiting for the final 2 people who were a few minutes late (flexibility is a good thing!). Luckily we had a small group, so were driven between Pompeii and Herculaneum rather than catching the train, this was a much better option. Overall, its not a cheap tour (or day especially if coming from Rome) but well worth it, definitely deserves 5 stars and a strong recommendation!!
Fantastic visit to Pompeii and Herculanum
Esteban_W, Jan 2023
We enjoyed our visit to Pompei and Herculanum. 2 places that should never be missed, and thanks to our great guide Michele Lamberti we learned tons of details. It was a 5 star experience.
Guide/Archaeologist adds so much more to the visit
Dusty_T, Jan 2023
Outstanding focused tour. The guide/archaeologist was tremendously knowlegable and accurate. He stated to be parts of some teams recently helping in the continued excavation and research at Pompeii and that info continued to add more knowledge. Herculaneum was also very interesting and so much more valuable with a guide, rather than self tour.
Excellent experience
Ad_L, Jan 2023
We were guided by Sergio, an excellent teacher. He gave us so much interesting information that there was never a dull moment, bringing Pompeii & Herculaneum alive in our eyes. Well recommended.
Too little time in each place, guide is not there to clarify or respond to questions
Jason_B, Jan 2023
I thought that Michael did a good job of explaining things in both sites when we could understand him. I felt like it was really difficult to hear him at times. We were frequently left behind and the radios would completely cut off. He only asked one time if people had questions at Pompeii. The whole tour in general seemed really rushed which is not what we expected out of a whole day tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Jason We are sorry if the tour you booked didn’t meet your expectations. Our Pompeii and Herculaneum small group tour is designed for people who are interested in visiting both sites in one day: Pompeii in particular, but Herculaneum too, are big archaeological sites and you could spend hours inside to explore and see everything. Our visit tries to include their main highlights respecting the total tour duration (expressed on the website where you have booked) and also needs to take into account the sites’ closure times, which in winter is anticipated. If you didn’t want to feel too rushed, we have many private tours you could book for yourself and be led by a personal guide who would adapt the tour to your pace. Concerning the radios, we are sorry if you struggled in trying to hear Michele. It would have been enough to stay a little closer to the guide so as not to have problems listening to him. We appreciate anyway your feedback and remain at your disposal for any further clarification.
Amazing Historical adventure
Matthew_P, Jan 2023
Being able to experience history, and walk in ancient footsteps. Amazing. Our guide Diego Micieli was very knowledgeable, and a great story teller. Very informative and really enhanced the experience. Highly recommend
Antonio was fantastic!
Diane_R, Dec 2022
Antonio was fantastic! His knowledge and passion for Pompeii and Herculaneum an exceptional experience! One of our best!
Matt_L, Dec 2022
It was a very long day, would prefer to have gone to each site on separate days. Both make for too long of a day. Plus felt rushed seeing Pompeii. Unfortunately there was annoying feedback in headphones a buzzing all day long. By 6 hours I thought I was losing my mind. Guide was okay, too talkative which is weird to say but he talked a lot but was not informative.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Dear Matt We are sorry your experience didn’t meet your expectations. Unfortunately you booked a combined tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum which takes place in one day. If you felt it to be too rushed in one day you could have booked two guided tours in two separate days: we do also offer a guided tour of the single archaeological park for both. As for the guide, they are professional archaeologists: they are all trained to offer the best experience possible and, while they lead our tours, they of course try to give our travelers as many information as they can. If you preferred not having someone explaining you what you were seeing, you could take the visit by yourself. Thanks anyway for your feedback.
Learning about the two...
Sydney_P, Dec 2022
Learning about the two cities and all of the different buildings was the best part. I really enjoyed looking at the ruins and exploring the two lost cities.
Archeology for the Rest of Us.
Michael_B, Dec 2022
Antonio provided an excellent tour. Experiencing two of the great archeological sites in the world with an archeologist is a must. Antonio’s insight and explanations make otherwise normal ruins come to life.
Fantastic tour!
Melita_W, Nov 2022
Fantastic tour! Driver was on time and tour guide was absolutely amazing. Very knowledgeable with great English.
A grand day out
Robin_S, Nov 2022
A very knowledgable guide with good humour made for an enjoyable day. So much to see and would go again.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hello, thanks for you review. Hope to see you soon!
A day of learning
dksteinman, Nov 2022
I never realized the size of Pompeii nor the size of the excavation efforts in both places. Our guide was an expert in this area and made it very interesting.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi, glad to hear this from you!
A great, comprehensive...
Ofir_K, Nov 2022
A great, comprehensive tour of amazing Pompeii and Herculaneum! We were extremely happy with our guide, the group size & the tour length.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi, happy you enjoyed your visit!
Bringing History to Life
Thomas_S, Nov 2022
We traveled across Italy for 3 weeks. The tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum was one of the best experiences. Our guide Paolo brought history to life. He was exceptional! Highly recommended.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Thomas, love to hear that from you! Hope you'll come back soon to discover more!
Tour of Pompeii & Herculaneum
Paul_W, Oct 2022
Pompeii and Herculaneum are completely unique places to visit. There is a lot to take in - with a guide/archaeologist many many details are explained that you would otherwise miss if you visited by yourself. Highly recommended.
Fabulous experience! Very informative and enjoyable
Clare_E, Oct 2022
We were guided by Paolo- he was so knowledgeable, easy to understand, was happy to answer any questions, and brought the towns to life. We learned so much and benefitted from the tour massively. Thank you Paolo!