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Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii Tour - From Naples

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Key Highlights

  • Step back in time as you visit the ancient city of Pompeii with an expert guide
  • Enjoy the wonderful view from the summit of Vesuvius – the only active volcano on mainland Europe
  • Tour is led by an expert guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    8 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meeting Point

    Tour departs in front of the Star hotel Terminus.
    The Starhotel Terminus is located on Piazza Garibaldi. The nearest metro station is Piazza Garibaldi.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    Tour returns to the original departure point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover more about the history of Italy in the well preserved Roman ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it draws travellers from across the world to walk along paths trodden by the Romans.

    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 still active Mount Vesuvius is also a must visit in Italy and offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Naples from its summit. A great way to discover the history of Italy, a tour of the forgotten city of Pompeii is like stepping into a world where time stands still.

    Itinerary

    The tour starts from the Starhotel Terminus at 0800h (08:00am). You will travel by coach accompanied by a guide. You will travel to the ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii. Pompeii is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Pompeii 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.

    Your guided tour includes a visit to some of these well preserved structures:

    Anfiteatro - the oldest known Roman amphitheatre, it was capable of holding upto 20,000 spectators
    Palestra - an athletic field with a beautiful portico
    Terme Stabiane - a 2nd century BC bath complex
    Lupanaro - Pompeii’s brothel, it has murals depicting the services offered
    Il Faro - this structure has some well preserved statues and paintings
    Casa del Fauno - the ‘House of Faun’, it had a beautiful mosaic that can now be seen in the National Museum of Naples
    Casa del Poeta Tragico - the ‘House of the Tragic Poet’, it is one of the buildings which still has mosaics on site
    Villa dei Misteri – this structure has a beautiful fresco, the Dionysiac Frieze, spanning the walls of the dining room
    Casa del Menandro - a patrician's villa which gets its name from a fresco of the Greek playwright, Menander
    Casa dei Vettii - the ‘Villa of the Mysteries’, it has what some consider the greatest surviving group of paintings from the ancient world

    You could also visit the Casa dei Fuggiaschi, Teatro Grande e Piccolo and Palestra dei Gladiatori.

    After your Pompeii Tour, set out for Mount Vesuvius, which dominates the Bay of Naples. The only active volcano on the mainland of Europe, its slopes were once covered with vineyards and woods. Take a guided tour of the crater, and enjoy a panoramic view of the bay. A single plume of smoke still rises from the blackened crater, a silent reminder that the volcano is only sleeping.

    At the end of the tour you will be returned to the Starhotel Terminus, arriving at around 1600h (4:00pm).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Guided visit of Pompeii
    • Guided tour to the crater of Vesuvius
    • Round trip transportation
    • English speaking guide
    • light lunch

    Exclusions

    • Entrance fees to Vesuvius– approx € 6.50 per person (Payment on the day).
    • Entrance fees to Pompeii’s ruins– approx € 11.00 per person (Payment on the day).
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
    • Beverage
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
    Entrance fees to Vesuvius– approx € 6.50 per person and entrance fees to Pompeii’s ruins– approx € 11.00 per person are not included and must be paid on the day of the tour.

    Additional info

    The Starhotel Terminus is located on Piazza Garibaldi. The nearest metro station is Piazza Garibaldi.Comfortable shoes suggested for climb to the crater.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.People who suffer from vertigo or motion sickness and cardiovascular problems are advised not to take the guided tour of the crater.
  • Reviews
    • pompeii and Vesuvius Tour

      Picked up as arranged, guide on coach also took us around Pompeii and was very informative. Good lunch at restaurant (spaghetti/meat/ice cream) not just a piece of pizza and a...

      roger j taylor
    • excellent tour, very friendly and informative hosts

      excellent tour of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. The guides were friendly, informative and we were well looked after. The only aspect that could be improved is the quality of the...

      rakesh sharma
    • Fantastic - well organised and very informative tour guides!

      I thought this tour was very well organised and everything seemed to run very smoothly. One of the best aspects of the tour was the small size of the tour group - we only had...

      C D Lendich
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