Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius
This tour has been specifically designed to allow you to view one of the world's most amazing archeological excavation sites and then drive to the top of Mt. Vesuvius and see firsthand what lead to Pompeii's demise. Accompanied by your guide, you will be provided detailed explanations while visiting both sites.
Begin your tour as your driver will take you to one of the most fascinating and vast archaeological sites which is in southern Italy's Campania region. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Near the coast of the Bay of Naples, this well-preserved site features excavated ruins that you can explore. Ever since the ancient Greeks settled in the area in the 8th century B.C., the region around Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples attracted wealthy vacationers who wanted to soak up the sun and the scenery. By the turn of the first century A.D., the town of Pompeii, located about five miles from the mountain, was a flourishing resort for Rome's most distinguished citizens. Elegant houses and elaborate villas lined the paved streets. Tourists, townspeople and slaves bustled in and out of small factories and artisans' shops, taverns and cafes, and brothels and bathhouses. People gathered in the 20,000-seat arena and lounged in the open-air squares and marketplaces. On the eve of that fateful eruption in 79 A.D., scholars estimate that there were about 20,000 people living in Pompeii and the surrounding region. Your guide will explain and point out many interesting facts while you explore the grounds. When a group of explorers rediscovered the site in 1748, they were surprised to find that, underneath a thick layer of dust and debris, Pompeii was mostly intact. The buildings, artifacts and skeletons left behind in the buried city have taught us a great deal about everyday life in the ancient world.
Have free time for shopping and to take a break for your lunch (at your own expense) before you next journey to Mt. Vesuvius.
Once you have arrived at the mountain you will be provided with detailed explanation of the area from a professional vulcanological guide. Mount Vesuvius, near the Bay of Naples, is hundreds of thousands of years old and has erupted more than 50 times. Its most famous eruption took place in the year 79 A.D., when the volcano buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash. Walk to the top of the crater and gaze out over the terrain as you contemplate the power of this beast.
Your driver will then take you back to the pier area and your ship.
Please Note: Admission to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius is not included. The price of admission to Pompeii is 13 EUR per person. The price of admission for Mt. Vesuvius is 13 EUR per person. A valid ID must be shown to gain free entrance for those under 18 years of age at the Pompeii site. Your guide will collect the ticket fee for entrance to Pompeii while on the journey, once there the guide will purchase all tickets from a dedicated counter and you will be provided with skip the line service.
Admission to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius is not included. The price of admission to Pompeii is 13 EUR per person. The price of admission for Mt. Vesuvius is 13 EUR per person. A valid ID must be shown to gain free entrance for those under 18 years of age at the Pompeii site. Your guide will collect the ticket fee for entrance to Pompeii while on the journey, once there the guide will purchase all tickets from a dedicated counter and you will be provided with skip the line service.
Reviewer: Becky Johnson
We enjoyed our tour of Pompeii. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. There was some confusion between our bus tour guide and the actual guide of Pompeii at first, but they straightened it out. Definitely wear good walking shoes for this tour!! Hike up Mt. Vesuvius is not for the faint of heart. Worth the climb.
Our small group tour was fun and active for the day. We had to pick up a few others in a downtown area so that added to our time a bit but it did not change our itinerary. Wonderful tour of Pompeii and hiking Mt. Vesuvius. Highly recommend. Great fun and back to the cruise ship with time to spare.
Reviewer: Nancy B
Even as we had issues - a threatening storm meant we were shooed off the mountain by the park rangers not 5 minutes after we got there, the restaurant left me sitting without my entree while the rest of the table feasted - we still loved this combo of adventures. Pompeii is a fascinating site and our guide was very knowledgeable; the hike up Mt Vesuvius was somewhat grueling (we're in moderately good shape ourselves) but a really worthwhile challenge and we felt great about completing it!
Pompeii was amazing could have spent more time there but we pleased that we went to both Mt. Vesuvius.and Pompeii. This tour gave us the time to walk up to the top of Mt Vesuvius, The walking was on a smooth road but very steep. Just had to take your time
Reviewer: Gary Thorn
Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. The sights were great and beautiful! You can't go wrong with this tour! The hike up to Vesuvius is tough, cold and windy! Make sure you bring a jacket. Pompeii was incredible. The amount of work excavating would have been incredible. Pompeii must have been a great place before it was buried by the ash and rock.