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Naples Shore Excursion: Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples

Pompeii, Italy

From $68.73

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


Visit Europe’s largest archeological site and one of Italy’s top attractions on this half-day Naples shore excursion to Pompeii. Your expert local guide offers a comprehensive look at the haunting highlights of Pompeii. See the thermal baths, the Forum, and Lupanare on this tour that is not to be missed, and explore worry-free thanks to Viator’s guaranteed on-time arrival to your ship. If time in Naples is limited, this it the best way to see it all!
  • Guided tour of Pompeii with included admission tickets
  • The Forum, Thermal Baths, and the Lupanare brothel
  • Narration by a professional driver-guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by shared air-conditioned minibus
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entrance Ticket to Pompeii Archaeological Site (16 euros)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup point

  • Naples port

Start time

09:45 AM

Pickup details

pick up will be outside the dock of your cruise ship, driver will show a sign with your name

What To Expect

Experience the haunting history of Europe’s largest archeological site on this guided tour from Naples. Explore the site of the famous disaster nearly 2,000 years after is occurred and follow your expert local guide through the city’s key landmarks. Explore the Forum, Thermal Baths, and Lupanare brothel as you learn about how some 20,000 inhabitants of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed destination were buried under ash. 

Your tour includes narration from a professional guide, plenty of time to explore Pompeii, round-trip transportation from your ship port and guaranteed on-time return to your boat. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:

We will ensure your timely return to the Naples port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Pompeii Archaeological Park

On a fateful summer's day in 79 A.D., Mt. Vesuvius erupted, spewing volcanic ash over the prosperous city of Pompeii. 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. Almost 2,000 years later, you have the opportunity to explore the site of this famous disaster and see first-hand the houses, streets and public buildings miraculously preserved by the volcanic ash. Accompanied by your guide, you'll see such fascinating places such as the Forum, Thermal Baths and Lupanare brothel.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • We require a minimum of 2 participants in total every day to operate this tour. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not at least 2 participants for this tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Naples Shore Excursion: Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Naples Shore Excursion: Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Naples Shore Excursion: Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Naples Shore Excursion: Pompeii Half-day Trip from Naples?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

It was a very hot sunny day, so many get an umbrella.
We did not climb Vesuvius but apparently this is available as an add on.
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Great way to see Pompeii....
bernergirl27, Aug 2022
Great way to see Pompeii. It was so so hot that day and so busy! But it was still nice to have a guide to give us the history behind all the buildings. Definitely worth doing!!
The whole experience ...
vivienne_g, Nov 2022
The whole experience Walking where others have once walked in history. I found the whole experience remarkable. I was able to visualise fully the scenario of being in the streets of Pompeii , after listening to our guide .
Amazing guide
Courtney_M, Oct 2022
Mattei, our guide was FANTASTIC!!!! His passion for Pompeii was contagious and he taught us more than we could ever have imagined!!!! Also the Pompeii city is beautifully preserved and easy to navigate.
Above and beyond
Linda_R, Sep 2022
The guide who took us through Pompeii was very good - informative, kept a good pace, managed the group well. Then, when I tore a ligament in my knee and couldn't walk, she arranged for medics to take me out of the city in a wheelchair. The guide who was on the bus with us then took over. He convinced the medics to let him use the wheelchair to get me back to the bus. Without his intervention, it would have been next to impossible for me to get back to the bus. I can't thank the Viator guides enough for helping me when I was in need.
Taylor at Pompeii
Timothy_T, Jun 2022
Seeing Pompeii through the eyes of my Granddaughter was thrilling to me the experience is something we we both remember forever, and Rita our tour guide was great
Pompeii, what a day
Susan_R, Jun 2022
Pompeii was amazing! How they were able to dig up the city, it was a must see. The only bad was it was very hot. I loved the market there also.
Chaotic but got the job done
Nancy_S, Apr 2022
We had limited time for a shore excursion on a cruise that stopped in Naples and had hoped to book an excursion to Pompeii with a small group, but sadly they were sold out. So we booked with a larger group and it happened to be the Thursday before Easter. Glad we found a way to Pompeii but what chaos! At least 4 language groups were herded down there on the same bus then split up among different guides by language once we arrived. Given that it was a holiday and many travelers were out and about, the experience was one of massive crowds. Our English-speaking tour guide had a group of about 30. She was good and managed well given the group size and crowds. Once we were to leave we were gain divided into those who went on to Mt Vesuvius and those who returned to Naples. There was a lot of standing around waiting and guessing where we were going and when. But it all happened. Glad we had the opportunity to see Pompeii but I would never do it again on a holiday or in a large group!
Hot time summer in the city
Jerard H, Aug 2019
We were picked up at our cruise ship and taken to The bus terminal and rail station to pick up additional parties who are going on the tour. Upon arriving at Pompeii we were split into groups depending on which languages we spoke. Our guide was terrific and was able to communicate clearly in our language. She explained all the highlights of Pompeii. Although it said it was a half-day It was almost 7 hours. August is a brutally hot time to visit Pompeii.
Great Tour of Pompeii
Gordon_W, Aug 2019
This half day tour of Pompeii in Naples was eye opening. The air-conditioned bus was great especially in the hot weather and the hours of walking in the heat. Our tour guide Maria spoke in English and was very knowledgeable in the history of Pompeii. We had headsets to hear her clearly as there were crowds of people from other tours at the site. My family and I really enjoyed this tour and would recommend this to everyone.
Great time!
Jerzzygirl, Aug 2019
We just got off the NCL Epic & used Viator to book our Pompeii excursion. It was an amazing experience. Comfortable bus, & a GREAT tour guide, Maria! She gave us a lot of information, her English was clear to understand & I would definitely recommend seeing Pompeii if you are interested in history.
Great walking tour of Pompeii
Vasant_J, Aug 2019
Our guide spoke excellent English and gave a great walking tour of Pompeii. She covered a tremendous amount of history and provided insight into the local culture at the time of the eruption. We did not climb Vesuvius but apparently this is available as an add on. The only negative for us was pickup at the cruise ship dock was chaotic and delayed. We were supposed to leave at 9 40 but actually the bus left at 1030. Pompeii had no shade so being plenty of water inside, avaliable just outside of the entrance for purchase.
Great knowledge
mirnaelcheikh, Aug 2019
Loved the tour! Easier to look around with a knowlegable tour guide! Pompeii is huge! Amazing place to visit. It was a very hot sunny day, so many get an umbrella. Not very stroller friendly but manageable.
Tremendous experience
Matt_F, Jul 2018
Pompeii is probably the most incredible site I've ever visited. My wife and I went on this excursion during our honeymoon cruise from the Naples port. The bus picked us up right at the port, which made things very convenient. The bus then drives through Naples and makes other stops at hotels to pick up other patrons, and then heads south to Pompeii; this took roughly 45-60 minutes. The guides were helpful and knowledgable. If you are at all a history or archaeology buff, you have to visit Pompeii. We would definitely recommend this tour.
Our trip to Pompeii was extremely...
stephen.dorrington, Aug 2018
Our trip to Pompeii was extremely enjoyable, with many thanks to our guide Maria who was very knowledgeable - consequently we were able to learn a lot about the history of Pompeii - this is definitely a not-to-be-missed opportunity to visit one of the most historic sites in the world!
Manuela waited for us at the port...
MarieEve_C, Oct 2016
Manuela waited for us at the port when we got off our cruise ship. It was very easy to find her, she had a paper with our name on it. Then we picked up a few people and went to Pompeii where our tourguide Gino did the guided visit. His english was sadly not perfect, he had a strong accent and we were a large group. I wouldn't recommend going in the summer, it must be overcrowded. Pompeii is superb, def worth it. After the tour, we were escorted back to our ship by Manuela again and it went very smoothly.
We booked our first Viatour tour in...
David C, Apr 2017
We booked our first Viatour tour in order to see Pompeii. The booking was a positive experience. It was the second day of our cruise so we met some nice people from the ship right off the bat. Our tour guide was excellent. We learned so much from Elisa sp?. She was informative and had a wry sense of humor. She paced us so that we never felt rushed, but we got to explore, explore, explore. I talked to other people who had toured with Viatour and they were all very happy with the guides who conducted them. Viatour had been a last minute idea and I wish we had investigated them for more of the places to which we journeyed. They will definitely be my first choice next time.
Polite, punctual, friendly. safe...
Chriso, Dec 2015
Polite, punctual, friendly. safe, helpful driver. Friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining guide. A great tour. We learned so much that would have passed us by without Maria to explain it. The best way to see Pompeii if time is limited.
Excellent, guide very informative...
Annette D, Dec 2014
Excellent, guide very informative, we had always wanted to see Pompeii, it was amazing. Would use your company again and will recommend to other people. Thank you very much.
We came by cruise liner and were met...
A_W, Jun 2013
We came by cruise liner and were met at the terminal as promised on time with my name clearly displayed. The tour guide for Pompeii, we think his name was Antonio, was excellent. He had a very good and clear command of the english language, with an in depth knowledge of Pompeii spiced with plenty of humour. Good value for money, certainly compared to the on-board excursion price.
The actual tour of Pompeii was...
kberz, Oct 2011
The actual tour of Pompeii was spectacular. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave a great tour. My only criticism is that there was NO time built in to look at the vendors who lined the street before going in the gates. All in our group due to ride back to Naples wanted 15 minutes or so to see what was for sale and the driver said there was no time for it and we had to leave. We also were given 10 minutes to look into a cameo shop; while that was nice, it was much too short. Our "1/2 day tour" was really a bit less than 3 1/2 hours, as the driver had another group to meet at 2 p.m. and he didn't pick us up until 10:30 a.m.