Private Mount Vesuvius Hike and Pompeii
Go Hiking at Mount Vesuvius and Visit Pompeii
Leaving the port for this Naples cruise trip with your professionally-trained guide, you will drive south via the motorway towards Mount Vesuvius, mainland Europe's only still-active volcano, located on the east coast of the Bay of Naples. At approximately 3,000 feet, begin your trek on foot over narrow paths that zigzag up the mountain another 1,000 feet. Once on the rim of the crater walls, you will skirt the edge with an official alpine guide while enjoying this natural phenomenon and the panoramic views that include Naples and its bay.
After visiting this unusual phenomenon, you will descend along the narrow paths to the parking lot and proceed to Pompeii, possibly the most famous excavation in the world. There, a flourishing civilization buried for 1,700 years, has been brought to life again. You will see how the citizens lived and loved, worked and played, ate and drank and then suddenly died.
after lunch near Pompeii, you will enter the site by the Sea Gate, which is now miles from water. You are soon in the Agora which is surrounded by temples, porticoes and law courts. 20,000 people lived in this provincial town, of which 2,000 perished in the horrifying eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Twenty feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered Pompeii. Much of this has been removed over the last 200 years to reveal the details of everyday life in the city. After your time at Pompeii, return to Naples.
Minimum age is 10yo. A parent or guardian must accompany children 16 years of age or younger. There are no facilities available at the summit of Mount Vesuvius or inside the excavation site of Pompeii. The order of the tour may be reversed.
Reviewer: Frank Hanrahan
The vesuvius hike was cancelled--the area was closed due to light rain. Instead the AM tour took us to the ruins of Herculaneum..It's a winner: similar to Pompeii, but smaller and much less crowded.'then we did the PM tour of Pompeii. I found Pompeii redundant after Hercuaneum. The combination hike/tour woud have been much better.
Guide was well informed. Weather was hot and humid so it was a long day. We enjoyed the lunch which was a needed break after climbing Mount Vesuvius.
Of all the shore excursions we took during the cruise, this was the very best one by far. My husband, 2 grown sons and I had a driver and guide for the day. The driver expertly navigated us through all of the traffic and congestion while the guide familiarized us with the local area. We drove right up everywhere, no lines or waiting as the tickets had been pre-purchased. The guide was so knowledgeable, fun and spoke impeccable English. Lunch was also included at a restaurant pre-selected by the guide, which was the best meal we ate on shore the entire week. This excursion was pricey, but so worth it.