Private Pompeii & Herculaneum

Private Pompeii & Herculaneum
From $166.00/person to $746.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
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Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 8 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Tender Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Bottle of water. Additional food and beverages not included but will be available for purchase during lunch break and various stops. Driver/guide will be able to make suggestions.
Recommended Dress Comfortable lightweight summer clothing and walking shoes is suitable for most of the year, but light sweaters or jackets may be needed in the evenings. Good quality sunglasses are advised, and photo-chromatic lenses for those who wear spectacles.
Restrictions Must be able to get in/out of vehicle. Accessible for foldable wheelchair or walker. Must be able to walk on uneven terrain in Pompeii.

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 collapsible 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. Though your English-speaking driver can provide commentary while driving you around, they cannot act as a guide outside of the car. Entrance fee to visit Pompeii range in price from 13 to 16 Euro per person. 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.