Private Pompeii & Herculaneum
Departing from the cruise ship marina in Sorrento, this full day tour starts at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, in the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii. This is an archaeological and cultural treasure where the ghosts and echoes of history can still be seen and heard in the ruins of the ancient Roman city. You can wander two thousand-year-old roads and peer into the temples and villas of the ancient city. You will see everything from colorful frescoes and mosaics to the ghostly white stone people of the city, frozen in time forever.
Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and, like an open book, provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. You'll have three hours to explore the history and culture of Italy in Pompeii before breaking for lunch.History buffs and anyone with archaeological and anthropological interests take note, your next stop will be at the historical site of Herculaneum. Herculaneum's fate runs parallel to that of Pompeii. Destroyed by an earthquake in AD 62, the AD 79 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius saw it submerged in a thick sea of mud that essentially fossilized the city. The ruins of Herculaneum, like Pompeii, are very well preserved and harbor a wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics to carbonized furniture and terror-struck skeletons. Indeed, this superbly conserved Roman fishing town of 4000 inhabitants is easier to navigate than Pompeii.
Lightweight summer clothing and light layers are recommended, with sweaters and jackets advised for evenings and cooler months. Some terrain in Italy is uneven, and archaeological sites can be challenging for those who are not surefooted, so keep that in mind when booking your tour. This particular tour involves a hike. Vehicles are accessible for a foldable wheelchair or walker.
Bookings for this full day tour are available from March through November. This tour includes an English-speaking driver, fuel, highway toll fees, and parking fees, but does not include entrance fees or tickets to local attractions or private guides. A bottle of water is provided, but additional food and beverages are not included in this tour, though there are times set aside for snack breaks and meals included in the day's schedule. Don't be afraid to ask your driver for suggestions on local restaurants and cafes that you may enjoy. At the end of this history-steeped tour, your driver will return you to the cruise ship marina in Sorrento.