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Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii

Badge of ExcellenceNaples, Italy

From $98.28

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 to 9 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the incredible excavation sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the volcano that buried both cities in the first century, on this private tour. Drive to nearly the top of Mt. Vesuvius for a walk to the crater. Travel back in time to see what remains of Herculaneum and Pompeii, both cities remarkably well-preserved by the volcanic eruption. If you'd like to know more about the history of the sites, upgrade your tour to include a guide.
  • Climb to the crater of Mt. Vesuvius from the uppermost parking area
  • Explore the archaeological excavation sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii
  • Walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans in these well-preserved cities
  • Upgrade to include a tour guide at the archaeological sites
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What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Accommodation - Port - Train station - Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide (if option selected)
  • Driver
  • Tickets to Pompeii and Herculaneum (if option selected)
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Tickets at Mount Vesuvius

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Departure Point: if streets allow, straight from your accommodation, otherwise at the spot accessible by car closest to your accommodation. Cruise docking (if coming on a Cruise ship) in the Naples area, Salerno & Amalfi coast area, Sorrento's area. From the train platform (if you come by train). Dates: Daily Return point: Pickup point or any different requested drop off point located in the area of the excursion

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If passenger are on a Cruise ship, at time of booking, They must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Traveler Tips

Though there are soft drink stands and sounvenir stores at the crater, carry plenty of liquid for the climb up and down and use the toilet at the base of the volcano before you journey up.
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kristajunesproul, Jan 2023
Everything was fabulous! Even in the rain we got quality time at each stop. Our driver handled the weather driving conditions perfectly. He even had umbrellas for us.
Great Tour
Chad_E, Jan 2023
Tony was excellent. You cannot go wrong with this tour. He is extremely knowledgeable and made the tour interesting for the adults and kids on our tour. If you have any designs on seeing Pompeii, Herculaneum and a hike up Vesuvious, you would be foolish not to book this tour.
A Great Guided Private Tour
bryan_m, Nov 2022
Tony was an awesome guide for our private tour!! He was professional and his knowledge and passion for history was evident!! He tailored our tour to whatever we wanted and he even let us stop for a great lunch!! Tony was a great guide who gave us good background information about each place even before we arrived. He had a tablet on our tour which allowed us to associate the ruins we saw with what the actual site looked like before it’s destruction!! A great tour made special by a very informative guide!! Thanks Tony!!!
Our guide, Tonio. was...
Kathryn_L, Nov 2022
Our guide, Tonio. was excellent..friendly, very knowledgeable. energetic and spoke excellent English.
Loved it!
Samara_F, Aug 2022
Tony, our guide, was phenomenal. His knowledge of history and his enthusiasm for the area, made this tour an incredible experience for us. Pompeii, in particular, is so large and without a guide, you would definitely miss the more important and interesting sights. We also needed to make a change in drop off location at the end of the tour, and despite being difficult logistically, Tony made it happen. We are so appreciative of him taking us through these amazing sites and also making the logistics all work out for us. I highly recommend this tour and Tony, in particular.
Vesuvius WOW! Pompeii WOW! Herculaneum WOW!
Daniel_B, Aug 2022
The whole trip was very memorable, from hiking to the top of Vesuvius, to seeing Pompeii and Herculaneum and the massive undertaking to excavate what was once completely buried. It was definitely a life-changing experience seeing it all.
An Absolute Must
Gabriella_L, Aug 2022
Book this tour! From the door to door service, plus the communication prior to the tour- the admin side was flawless. But when we met Antonino (Tony), oh my god. Mt Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii have been on my bucket list since I was a child, and Antonino fizzed with as much excitement as me. He was knowledgable, friendly, and checked if we wanted more history in between when driving (we did, obviously). Antonino was the absolute best tour guide I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I cannot recommend him or this tour enough.
Fantastic Tour
Daniel_F, Jul 2022
Fantastic tour. Antonio was an excellent and very knowledgable guide. Could not have been better. Highly recommend!
Perfect trip
Lucille_T, Jul 2022
We had such a wonderful trip. Our guide, Antonino, was fantastic, he was so knowledgeable and a great story teller, as well as being very friendly and attentive. The car was comfortable with blissfully effective air conditioning! I thoroughly recommend this company to anyone.
Great tour
justin_t, Jul 2022
Tony was an awesome tour guide and driver. He was so knowledgeable in the history of Pompeii and Herculaneum. He also had a great passion for the history.
Great historical tour
Jonathan_B, Jul 2022
Our driver Tony was attentive and informative. It was a tremendous experience. Peering into the volcano then seeing the towns it destroyed and preserved was unforgettable.
Great day
Stephanie_T, Jul 2022
The guide was very knowledgeable and both guide and driver were friendly. Since this was a private tour, we were able to adjust the itinerary to fit our needs. Cold water bottles were provided after Mt. Vesuvius and at Pompeii. Highly recommend.
Brian_K, Jun 2022
Great experience with our driver, Nino. He picked up promptly in the morning directly in front of our hotel and was a joy to drive with. He let us choose how long we spent at each location and where we wanted to be dropped for lunch. He also made sure pickups were quick and we were never waiting around to ensure we made the most of our scheduled time together. He even stopped at a road-side fruit market to take pictures of us before we returned to our hotel. 10/10 would recommend!!
One of the best guided tours we’ve taken
Jasmin_H, May 2022
Antonio was the BEST. From the time he picked us up to when he dropped us off, he was such a joy and had interesting facts throughout the whole day. He made the task of seeing Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius so easy and enjoyable. After experiencing this tour, I would recommend this experience to anyone who wants to see the historical sites.
Book With Antonio!
Julie_S, May 2022
Antonio has my highest recommendation. He is knowledgeable, courteous, professional, and very enjoyable as a guide. We’d love to have him as a guide again.
Worth the money. The experience was immeasurable.
KLeslie_H, May 2022
The guide for Pompeii and Herculaneum was just wonderful! We were glad we chose private. We were able to ask more questions and receive more attention.
Private tour/exceptional experience
Claudia_S, Apr 2022
This was a great tour! Our driver was amazing. He picked us up at our Airbnb and was very prompt and attentive. Then we met our tour guide at Herculaneum. He gave us a great tour, very informative and adding interesting details to the sights we were seeing. He suggested a great place for us to have lunch before we headed to Pompeii. He met us there very promptly and continued the tour. It’s was a great experience and highly recommend this tour.
Educational, fun family tour
Tracy_S, Apr 2022
Fantastic tour for our family. Tony was a great guide - passionate about knowledge and sharing that information along the tour. He was accommodating, friendly and easy to talk to. We truly enjoyed our time and learned a ton!
Worth every penny - a highlight of our holiday.
Jamie_N, Apr 2022
This was the last booked experience of our trip and it did not disappoint. Antonino was a superlative driver and guide. He collected us as and when planned before driving us to Vesuvius. On the way he told us about the history of the region and the volcano. We then walked up as a family while he remained with the car. The walk is fairly easy, but the surface is like a gravel beach, so I would recommend hiring a stick to make sure you don’t slip, particularly on the way down. That said, we saw elderly visitors and also those with toddlers making the trip without difficulty. Next we went to Herculaneum and then on to Pompeii. Antonino guided us through both sites, telling us the history and pointing out important features. He was a walking encyclopaedia and answered all our many questions whilst also keeping our children interested. Between the two sites there was time for a lovely meal at a restaurant just near Herculaneum. As the final trip of our holiday this experience has a lot to live up to, but it managed to succeed it. Absolutely fantastic.
Excellent tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius.
Mark_B, Apr 2022
We had an wonderful experience in Naples with our tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius. Our guide and driver were excellent. Pompeii and Herculaneum were both fascinating to see and explore. We could not go to the top of Vesuvius as it was covered with snow. However, our driver took us to a lovely restaurant on the slope of the volcano where we had a very good meal. He even pampered us with a stop for gelato.