Pompeii Small Group with an Archaeologist and Skip The Line

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From $82.12

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


The UNESCO-listed Pompeii ruins are spectacular but can be a challenge to interpret. With this tour, join an archaeologist guide to delve into the history and architecture of this ancient buried city and take in the highlights of this vast site in just two hours. Zip past the crowds with skip-the-line tickets and admire the remains of theaters, temples, villas, baths, shops and restaurants, and even brothels.
  • Fast-track skip-the-line tickets to enjoy more time inside the Pompeii ruins
  • An archaeologist guide for insights into the site's history and architecture
  • See the most important ruins inside the vast park in just hours
  • A small-group tour for a more intimate experience and relaxed pace

What's Included

  • Authorized Tourist Guide and assistance during the tour.
  • Group tour for up to 10 people.
  • Main attractions of Pompeii.
  • Tickets entrance
  • Archaeologist & Tour Guide.
  • Fees and taxes for the purchase of the entrance ticket.
  • Food & Drinks
  • Tips
  • Transport

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Ristorante Suisse
    Piazza Esedra, 10/13, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

    Meeting point: near the Restaurant/Bar Suisse in piazza esedra.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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 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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Some Hiccups But A Lot Of Fun
Sirin_A, Dec 2022
Our group had a great time on our tour with Dario! We had some hiccups and ended up with a private tour. Our original guide reached out about an hour before with an issue with her train and asked to reschedule to noon. We were coming from Naples and were already almost to Pompeii so I told the guide that wouldn’t work. She offered to have her assistant Dario guide and he was AMAZING! She also offered a private tour so I’m not sure if that was why our tour was 2 hours instead of 4? But we had a great time!
Customer Service Top Notch
James_N, Nov 2022
Originally booked this as a group tour, but the day before, the host Eliana, messaged to let me know there wasn't enough people for the group. She gave us the option to either cancel or still continue. Begrudgingly, I decided to continue considering I didn't want to cancel what was a surprise experience for my wife on our anniversary. I'm giving them 5 stars, because despite my complaints both the tour guide and Eliana came through on a customer service level. The tour itself was great and our guide was awesome giving us non-recycled talking points which most guides regurgitate lines. Eliana came to meet us in person and we worked everything out in the end including helping us organize a free ride to the Pompeii vineyards nearby (after the vineyard said they were fully booked with rides). Had it not been for her, we would've ended up paying $60 for a cab ride to the vineyard (yikes!). If there was any doubt about which tour company to go with, pick them because they will definitely come through on a customer service and knowledge level.
Eliana is the best!
Leah_S, Jul 2022
Eliana was just fantastic. So communicative and informational. She actually works as an archeologist at Pompeii since she was 18, so cool!
Great tour
Steven_C, Jul 2022
Francisco was great and the love it too, we were caught in traffic and he waited for us and he knew the history of Pompeii
Best. Tour. Ever!
Michael_B, Jun 2022
Tour Guide Eliana is an archeologist and gave us such great information about the ruins and it’s citizens - she brought the village to life! You SHOULD do this tour!!
Great tour
Nikolaus_S, Jun 2022
It was a very informative tour! Eliana was taking into account our priorities and wishes! All the questions where answered professionally! Great tour with a great guide!
Wonderful guide,...
Ellyn_F, Jun 2022
Wonderful guide, knowledgeable, receptive to questions, cant imangine touring site without an educated guide.
Our tour guide &...
lkinomoto, Jun 2022
Our tour guide & archaeologist Eliana Sandretti was wonderful. She texted us the day before to confirm our reservation. Meeting place was easy to find. She is very knowledgeable & personable & you can tell she loves what she does. We will definitely recommend Eliana!
Worth the private tour
Amy_B, Jun 2022
Our group did not fill so we paid $50 euro more for a private tour, we had a 2 year old in a stroller so this was a fantastic option. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and helped carry the stroller over the tough parts!
Great tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide
Dana_J, Jun 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable! You learn so much from these tours and the advantage of having a tour guide is that you can ask questions.
This tour was excellent. ...
sean_O, Jun 2022
This tour was excellent. Our tour guide did a great job and was very knowledgable. My only regret was we did not spend more time there. If you are coming to Italy and planning travel this is a must see.
Very interesting, very informative and lighthearted and humorous we really loved it.
Patricia_J, Jun 2022
We found Eliana Sandretti very helpful and considerate. We particularly appreciated the opportunity she gave us to rearrange out tour to a later time. With temperatures being what they are this was a blessing. We have been on a good number of guided tours in many countries and this was one of the best we have attended.
Highly recommend Eliana!
ElizabethD, Jun 2022
Eliana was so knowledgeable and provided an amazing overview of life in Pompeii in 70 AD. She led us to all the major areas of the city, and described the lives of the wealthy, the prostitutes, and the gladiators, and their roles and lives in Pompeii society. . As an archeologist at Pompeii, she was able to tell us details on current and near term excavations, recent discoveries, and what it is like to work in Pompeii, the qualifications that are required, and the bond the excavators have from working 24/7 on site. While it was extremely hot(come prepared with water, sunscreen, and a hat or umbrella!), we really enjoyed every minute of the tour. Thanks Eliana!!.
I highly recommend this tour!
Chuck_M, Jun 2022
Eliana was an excellent tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. She encouraged questions. This your was the ideal length as we saw the most important sites.
Wonderful and knowledgeable guide
Brian_C, Jun 2022
Francesco was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide! He really shed light on some of the details that I would have never known about. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
Educational but fun! Any and all questions welcome and answered. The absolute BEST!!!!
Amber_J, May 2022
Communication was easy and prompt. One of the best tours I’ve done. Great for people interested in details.
Absolutely amazing
Artemisia_B, May 2022
Eliana was an absolutely perfect guide, she was so knowledgeable and passionate about Pompeii and you really could tell she loved to talk bout it. We were only a small group of 7 so we all got chatting and had a laugh. I've been wanting to see Pomeii for years and it really ended up being a memorable experience because Eliana was such a fantastic tour guide. I would 10000% recommend her tour to anyone :) Thank you Eliana!
Expert tour to Pompeii
Diane_E, May 2022
The history of Pompeii was vividly brought to life by our Archeologist guide Eliana. Would not have been a worthwhile visit without her expertise/knowledge.
Would highly recommend!
Chris_F, May 2022
Met the lovely Francesco just outside the main entrance to the site. Tip: if possible and time allows, go to Pompeii later on in the day. Our tour started at 4pm and the place wasn't busy at all. It was great as it was just the two of us with Francesco who was able to take us through the various types of shops and houses (rich, middle class and poorer) that were present during ancient times in Pompeii. We were able to stop in each house at certain points and explain what each room was and the purpose of various elements without any issues (apparently during busier times this wouldn't be possible). Everything is incredibly well preserved (the frescos in the wealthier houses were truly astonishing), and it definitely helps having a guide explaining small details that if you were on your own you would simply miss. The tour is about 2 hours, but for us Francesco went on a bit longer as we had time, he really was very passionate about the history and you could tell. All in all we would highly recommend!
Tour at Pompeii
Felicity_K, May 2022
Eliana was lovely and extremely informative. I can’t imagine coming here and not doing a tour! It was sometimes a little hard to hear what was being said due to surrounding noise or when Eliana was a bit further away (my hearing is not great) but aside from that we had a great day. I learnt a lot and got a great sense of life in this amazing Roman village. Thank you Eliana 🌸.