Half-Day Pompeii Sightseeing Tour from Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy

From $83.54

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


Explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on this half-day trip from Sorrento. Led by an expert guide, pass the remains of the Thermal Baths, Lupanare, and the Forum as you learn the unique history behind Mt. Vesuvius’ deadly eruption in AD 79. After wandering this fascinating piece of history, enjoy some free time for lunch before concluding back at your original departure point.
  • Half-day Pompeii sightseeing tour from Sorrento
  • Guided tour of Pompeii's most famous sites
  • Tour the Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare and more
  • Professional commentary and guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by shared air-conditioned van
  • Narration by a professional guide
  • Entrance ticket to Pompeii Archaeological Site (16 euros)
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Food and drink, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Porto di Sorrento
    Via Marina Piccola, 35, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

    If arriving in Sorrento by cruise we meet you on the dock in front of the restaurant RUCCIO at 9:45, our driver will show a sign with your name on it.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Please insert your accommodation address in Sorrento (hotel, b&b, airbnb) in the "Special Requirements" section when booking, then call the local supplier the evening before your tour after 7PM to know your pick up time and if your pick up will be at your accommodation or nearby. If arriving by cruise ship, please let us know the name of your ship.

What To Expect

Begin your half-day trip with pickup from your hotel or cruise port in Sorrento. Meet your guide and travel to the massive archaeological site of Pompeii, where Mt. Vesuvius spewed tons of volcanic ash in AD 79, burying the prosperous city along with 20,000 of its residents.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hop out of your coach and explore the preserved ruins 2,000 years after the eruption. Follow your guide past preserve locations like the Forum, Thermal Baths, and the famous Lupanare brothel. As you go, hear the history behind the ancient city and each of the surviving locations.

Afterward, enjoy time to spend at your leisure. Purchase lunch, shop or people-watch before making the return trip back to Sorrento.

Pompeii Archaeological Park

Pick-up and drop off door to door service. Transfer from Sorrento to Pompei and from Pompei to Sorrento by new and confortable minibus, tickets in Pompei (euro 16,00 per person included), professional guide in English, French, Spanish or Italian inside the ruins, who will show you in a 2 hours walking tour the most fascinating places like the Forum, Thermal Baths, Lupanare burnt by volcanic ashes and lapilli during the eruption in 79 A.D. You have the opportunity to discover the everyday life of the Imperial age and imagine the panic of the people before the city was so disastrously buried. Departure from Pompei at around 13:30 and return around 14:00-14:30 (depending on traffic conditions you can return at 15:00); drop off where we picked you up in the morning. It's a trip not to be missed for any visitor coming into this region of Italy.

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
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking, please contact local provider the day before around 19:00 to have more details about pick up point and time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please insert your accommodation address in Sorrento (hotel, b&b, airbnb) in the "Special Requirements" section when booking, then call the local supplier the evening before your tour after 7PM to know your pick up time and if your pick up will be at your accommodation or nearby. If arriving by cruise ship, please let us know the name of your ship.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Lead Traveler's document ID picture required (tour purpose only)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 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.

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Traveler Tips

Many uneven areas for walking so keep in mind if you have challenges with that.
If a really good tour of Pompeii is required, based on my other experiences in Italy, the full day private tour might well be worth the extra money.
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Brilliant service.
John_K, Mar 2023
We had a great day. Our driver Gian Franco was brilliant. The tour guide Libia, was excellent, she made the day fun and learning which we would never have got on our own.
Roman Engineering - wow!
Steve_L, Mar 2023
The ruins and their their excellent condition were astounding. The guide did an excellent job communicating the stories associated with the many rooms and structures.
Glimpse of ancient Pompeii
Kathy_M, Feb 2023
Great option for a glimpse into the ancient Pompeii life. Very informative and just the right amount of time to get a taste of the experience
Great overview of Pompeiian life
Elizabeth_K, Feb 2023
Such a great day out in Pompeii getting to learn about life during that time. Our tour guide Elisa was so friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating to all in our group from 3 yrs old to 70. Took us to see many different buildings and landmarks and give great historical information about them all. Would recommend and love to do it again or do the tour then stay on your own after since there is so much more to see than in a guided tour.
Love Pompeii but this tour was not good
Lisa_C, Feb 2023
The tour included a pickup at our hotel. This was the main reason I booked so we didn’t have to deal with the train. Our driver picked us up right on time. Once we got to the next stop he asked for our passports. Why he wouldn’t do that at our hotel. I have no Idea. We didn’t have them with us and I have no idea why he would need them. I asked the tour company later and they say it states on the sign up that we needed to bring them. I didn’t see it. Then he didn’t ask the other people on the tour for theirs. There was a very severe accident on the road ahead so to no fault of the driver we were definitely about 45 min late. He had what could only be called a road rage moment and went down the wrong way of a two way street. Scaring everyone on the tour. It was completely unnecessary. By the time we arrived we had missed the tour time and had to wait another 25 min to get the tour. It was hard to tell if our driver was connected to our tour. Our guide did a very nice job. But he told our group and the other people on our tour that they could at the end of the tour stay til 5pm. This was a half day tour so we definitely hadn’t planned on staying late. Also how do you get 3 sets of strangers to decide when they want to leave. One group stayed and the other 2 left. The driver did an excellent job driving us back. So it may have just been a one time thing. But the tour definitely felt like a hodge podge that was confusing to everyone on the tour. Pompeii is great but I truly can’t recommend this version of Pompeii.
Great tour
Georgina_T, Jan 2023
Susie was a very informative tour guide. It was a bit fast paced but very interesting. Pompeii is a must see, and the bus transfers to and from Sorrento worked very well, though we had to walk a short ways from our hotel to meet the shuttle.
Pompei from Sorrento
Anel_S, Dec 2022
Very well recommended, lots of history to take in. Elisa, our guide was great and transportation from/to Sorrento was very good as well.
Great tour. Worth going. Double check pick up before booking
Sharon_S, Nov 2022
The trip was absolutely beautiful and educational. The guide was also great. The booking was meant to include hotel pick up but was told the night before they didn’t collect from our hotel ( even though I specifically asked when booking) therefore costed €250 more for the taxi
Ethan our grandchild and Pompei
Ed_K, Nov 2022
We were mesmerized by the scale of the city Our guide was great and had a wealth of information and patience
Great tour of Pompeii in limited time for sightseeing
Joy_B, Nov 2022
The tour felt a little disorganized in the beginning because there is a separate tour driver who handed us over to one guide who ultimately brought us to the Pompeii tour guide Maria. However, once we started the tour at Pompeii, it was great. With limited time to learn a little about Pompeii and visit the site, this was a wonderful half day tour. Maria is a great guide and made everything very interesting!
Great tour to Pomoeii, recommended
Lorraine_S, Oct 2022
This was a last minute booking, the booking company kept in touch regarding pick up. The driver was friendly and professional. At Pomeii, the guide was very informative and kept the tour interesting for all ages . Great experience !!
This tour is too...
Eimear_B, Oct 2022
This tour is too expensive. Group too big. Too long spent in non important areas of Pompeii. No free time to explore Pompeii at the end of the tour.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Dear Sirs the tour includes transports, guide and ticket, we don't think is expensive :-) Anyway you can leave the group at the end of the visit and stay longer inside Pompeii but you lose your return transfer to Sorrento of course. Regards
Perfect Pompeii
PAUL_R, Oct 2022
Pompeii had been a bucket list item for many years and was finally fulfilled by this excellent guided tour. On arrival and departure, it all seemed a little chaotic, but there was a clear method in the madness and all was fine. Pickup from my hotel in Sorrento was perfect. After a little while on the tour you begin to realize just what an enormous site Pompeii is and on this tour we only saw a fraction of what was on offer, but what we saw was amazing. The streets are clearly laid out and very long. Cast your mind back and you can imagine how busy and vibrant it must have been in those days long ago. We did the tour in early October and it was perfect. There is very little cover from the sun, so doing the tour in the summer months, would probably be uncomfortable for many.
Hala_A, Oct 2022
Meeting new people, exploring the city’s culture and history. Very informative tour guide. Gorgeous day to visit.
Minibus a disappointment
DAWN_I, Oct 2022
Excellent tour guide Maria in Pompeii. The guided tour was excellent Maria was very knowledgeable and witty. Our driver was polite and courteous. The only downside was the very uncomfortable mini bus we were cramped in like sardines. No leg room whatsoever. I’m only 5’4” and struggled to fit my legs in the space never mind my six foot hubby. Had we not booked another trip I. A very spacious mini bus for the next day we would have thought this was the norm
Pretty good but not great
Nicholas_D, Oct 2022
It was worth it to walk through the city ruins and our guide was very knowledgeable. The audio devices we were given need to be upgraded. The sound on them was not good and there was a lot of white noise.
Excellent history lesson....
nlp4719, Oct 2022
Excellent history lesson. Worth the time and money. Our guide was excellent with her knowledge and keeping her group together
Pompei - an amazing place
Melissa_S, Sep 2022
Ensure you wear comfortable shoes, old Roman roads and cobbles to walk over. Not really suitable for wheelchair users. My husband had to help carry a wheelchair over cobbles to flatter ground. But an amazing place to see, learning how they used to live.
The pick up was...
Jodi_V, Sep 2022
The pick up was convenient and easy. Our Pompeii guide, Maria, was excellent. A spirited storyteller who explained in detail what life was like in AD 70. The pizza lunch was nice. The hike at Vesuvius was too inclined for my 75 yr old dad, so he waited for me at the cafe while I hiked to the top. Overall, a fantastic day. I highly recommend.
Smaller tour size please
Kelly_B, Sep 2022
Amazing place. Our tour guide herself was great but the size of our group (more than 30 people!) coupled with barely-working headsets made it a little challenging to follow along.