Approx. 8-9 hoursStart time
Start time: Your preferred start time
Duration: Approx. 8-9 hours
Your hotel or cruise ship in Sorrento. (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. Alternatively, please mention the name and docking details of your cruise ship. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel or cruise ship in Sorrento
Pompeii is one of Italy’s most precious archeological sites and is incredibly well preserved. The ancient city of Pompeii was suddenly wiped off the map in 79 A.D.; buried under 6 meters of volcanic ash. Although most of the 20,000 inhabitants didn’t survive, much of their city did. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been carefully excavated to reveal its former glory. There are even colored frescos depicting the people who once lived there. Paved, streets, murals, and well preserved structures all give a glimpse back into an era long gone.
Also on this tour is Mount Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for covering Pompeii in ashes. Seeing Vesuvius offers a well rounded experience after visiting Pompeii. This volcano is the only active volcano of its kind in Europe. Enjoy the views of Pompeii at the top, and be sure to take some snaps here to remember the day!
You will be picked up from your hotel or cruise ship in Sorrento in a private air-conditioned car for your Private Vesuvius and Pompeii Tour . A guide in your preferred language (Italian, English, German, French or Russian) will accompany you throughout the tour.
The drive to Pompeii is approximately 45 minutes. Your guided tour of Pompeii is approximately 3 hours.
There will be stops made for refreshments (payable direct) en route.
Pompeii is one of Italy’s most precious archeological sites. It is incredibly well preserved. The ancient city of Pompeii was suddenly wiped off the map in 79 A.D. ; buried under 6 meters of volcanic ash. Although most of the 20,000 inhabitants didn’t survive, much of their city did. This UNESCO World Heritage site has been carefully excavated to reveal its former glory.
Stroll down the streets grooved deeply from the chariot wheels, have a look at the amazing mosaics and murals and walk around the public baths. At the time of Pompeii’s height, the rest of Europe was still living in mud-huts and the Romans were enjoying central heating and saunas.
Next you’ll be taken to Mount Vesuvius. The ride from Pompeii to Vesuvius is approximately 30 minutes, and you’ll have 3 hours in Vesuvius. Vesuvius is an active volcano, the only active volcano in Europe at this time. It’s been about a hundred years since its last eruption. Vesuvius is steeped in history as it was this volcano that covered Pompeii in ashes in 79 A.D. There is a spectacular view of Pompeii from Vesuvius.
You will be taken back to your hotel/cruise ship in Sorrento, where your tour ends.
Most cruise companies arrange their schedule so that ships dock around 0800h – 1200h to ensure that customers can have a full day’s sightseeing in the resort.
Guides are available in a range of languages (Italian, English, German, French. Russian is available on request). However, these are private tours, therefore the guide will be speaking only one language.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Entrance fee to Pompeii (approximately €11) and Vesuvius (approximately €6.5) are not included and must be paid on the day of 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.
Our private tour of Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius was a highligh of our trip. I would strongly recommend a private tour over a group tour if you can afford it. The tour guide was...Patricia M EWen, Canada, 02/Aug/2011
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