Ruins of Pompeii & Mt Vesuvius Day Trip from Rome

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: Italy, Latium and Rome, Rome
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  • 13 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

Mt Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 20 to March 31. During this time, the hike is replaced with a visit to the iconic City of Naples. We’ll take a panoramic bus tour and have some free time to walk around the city centre.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Meet your guide at Piazza del Popolo and then hop aboard your luxury, air-conditioned coach for your journey south to Italy’s Campania region. As you travel, your guide will keep you entertained with tales about the region, and of its brooding nemesis -- the famous and fearsome Mount Vesuvius.

As Europe’s best-known active volcano, Vesuvius gained notoriety for the destruction of the ancient towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79. See the scars of ancient lava flows while traveling to the volcano’s foothills, and then hop off your coach to walk to the top. Hiking up to the crater is the best way to experience Vesuvius’ magic, and after 20 minutes of steady-paced walking along soft volcanic ash and pumice stone you’ll hit the top.

Gaze down into the crater and enjoy some free time up on the ridge to soak up the volcanic views, set against the dazzling backdrop of the Bay of Naples. After taking pictures and drinking in the vistas, walk back down the volcano with your guide, and hop back aboard your coach for the short journey to Naples.

Enjoy one of the city’s world-famous pizzas for lunch, and then head south to the ancient city of Pompeii. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pompeii’s archeological site is fascinating to explore with well-preserved fossils and ruins that lay beneath volcanic ash for centuries.

See its sights with your guide, noting where the restaurants, shops and brothels of ancient Pompeii once stood. Marvel at the remains of the Forum and see Teatro Grande – an impressive theater that once sat some 5,000 people. See plaster death casts of the victims, and then hear how they were ‘discovered’ in the 18th century.

After exploring the excavation site, return to your coach and travel back to Rome. Your tour finishes at the start point in the early evening.

Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guided tour in English
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entrance fee to Mount Vesuvius 
  • Entrance fee to Pompeii
  • Lunch

Exclusions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The hike up to the crater of Vesuvius requires a good level of general fitness. The walk is uphill at a 14 degree angle and takes roughly 20 minutes.
  • Temperatures on the volcano are usually lower than temperatures on the ground; a sweater or light jacket is recommended.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • On rare occasions the crater of Mount Vesuvius may close due to adverse weather conditions or stikes. If this happens, you will be offered an extended tour of Pompeii, a visit to the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii, or a visit to Mount Solfatara, a volcano located in the Phlaegrean Fields near Mount Vesuvius.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on our group tours.
  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour.
  • From late November to March the Vesuvius isn't accessible and it is replaced with a visit to the city of Naples with panoramic bus tour and free time.
Departure Point

Central Rome


Departure Time

7:30am


Return Details

Piazza del Popolo

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

13 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Darren G

Loved Pompeii and would have preferred to spend more time there as the tour only covers a small amount of the city. More free time to explore the rest of the city would have been great, instead of going to Naples which we felt was a total waste of time and would have been better spent in Pompeii. However, the tour guides Robert and Andrea were amazing!

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Leonie W

We were a bit worried about the early morning start with such a long day ahead of us but it was definitely worth it! (and we could sleep on the bus)! We went in winter so we went to Naples and spent a little while there wandering the streets before lunch and then went to Pompeii. The ruins were simply amazing and our guide was fantastic! Our guides (Rob) were very informative and enthusiastic which made the day much more exciting as well. Would definitely recommend this tour.

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Victor S

Very informative and insightful tour of Pompeii. Mt Vesuvius is not available during the winter, but took a stroll through Naples instead. Tour guides were very knowledgeable and provided a lot of fun facts during the bus ride to and from Rome. Tour guide at Pompeii was equally informative and answered all of our questions and inquiries. I would highly recommend this tour.

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florita.delacruz

We visited Naples and Pompeii on this tour. Enjoyed it very much. Our “fairy godmothers” - Angela and Louise were both very knowledgable and helpful. Went above and beyond in my opinion.This was my 2nd time in Pompeii and still totally enjoyed it.

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jmnajjar

The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The whole day was well organized and Chiara and Anze, our guides, were very accommodating and funny, we learned a lot about the history of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. All in all, I could say we got our money's worth. I highly recommend this excursion.

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