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Herculaneum and Pompeii Tour - From Sorrento

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  • Visit the two cities destroyed by Vesuvius in one day
  • Expert guided tours of both Pompeii and Herculaneum

Take a journey back in time to the days of the Romans in the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and draws travellers from across the world each year to explore its ruins.

Pompeii was buried under lava and ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and lay forgotten for hundreds of years. The well preserved ruins of this ancient city now offer an insight into Roman history. Frescoes and mosaics adorn some of the walls of its structures, like the Dionysiac Frieze and the city has baths, an amphitheatre, Roman temples and brothels.

The ruins of the residential Roman city of Herculaneum are also impressive and it has one of the best preserved Roman baths in Europe. Offering a glimpse into the past, the ruins of the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum are a must see in Italy.

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I really loved the tour, but by the time I returned I could barely shower and go to bed, very exhausting for those of us who are not young, anymore....

Lori Rhoads United States
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Nancy the tour guide absolutely made it. A little more organisation at the Bus station in Sorento may have helped (i.e. make it clear what bay the bus will b eparked in at what...

Mr S Buchanan United Kingdom
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The tour starts from the Achille Lauro Parking Area in Sorrento at 0810h (8:10am). Accompanied by a guide you will travel along a beautiful coastal road through Castellammare di Stabia and join the highway to Herculaneum.

Herculaneum was buried by a river of volcanic mud in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius erupted. A residential Roman fishing and port town, it was rediscovered in 1709.

Take a guided tour of Herculaneum and see well preserved buildings like the House of the Argus, which probably belonged to a Roman noble, judging from its porticoed courtyard and dining area. Continue to the public baths which are among the best preserved Roman baths in Europe and see deep pools, stucco friezes and bas reliefs. The House of Neptune and Amphitrite has a beautiful mosaic as well as a portrait of the owners of the household.

You will also have free time to walk around this ancient city at leisure before setting out for Pompeii.

Pompeii is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was buried under lava and ash from Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and lay forgotten for hundreds of years. Excavations began in the 18th century and are still being carried out. Your guide will take you along the ancient streets of Pompeii for a glimpse into the lives of the Romans.

You will visit many of the best-preserved Roman structures in the ancient city, such as the Anfiteatro, which is the oldest known Roman amphitheatre in the world and was capable of holding up to 20,000 spectators or the Villa dei Misteri, which is adorned with the beautiful fresco Dionysiac Frieze.

After your guided tour you will return to Sorrento. You will be dropped at the Achille Lauro Parking Area at around 1615h (4:15pm).

Please note
Entrance fees to Pompeii’s ruins– approx € 11.00 per person and Herculaneum’s ruins- approx € 10.00 per person are not included and must be paid on the day of the tour
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
  • English-speaking guide
  • Round trip transportation
  • Guided tour of Heculaneum (1 hour)
  • Guided tour of Pompeii (2 hours)
  • Entrance fees to Pompeii’s ruins– approx € 11.00 per person (Payment on the day).
  • Entrance fees to Herculaneum’s ruins- approx € 10.00 per person (Payment on the day).
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Meals and drinks
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
06 Apr - 26 Oct: Sunday
8 hours
Start time
0810h (8:10am)
Meeting point
The tour starts from the Achille Lauro Parking Area.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
You will be returned to the Achille Lauro Parking Area
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Since certain areas may be closed for renovation, the exact itinerary will be communicated by the guide during the tour.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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