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Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide

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Sorrento, Italy

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Leave Sorrento to make a private day trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle to Pompeii's UNESCO-listed archaeological site to explore the city that was preserved for centuries by volcanic dust and lava. Then, after your guided walking tour, continue to the smaller ruins of Herculaneum to discover well-preserved public baths, mosaics, and more. Round-trip transport from Sorrento is included on your full-day experience.
  • Private experience to Herculaneum and Pompeii from Sorrento
  • Delve deeper into UNESCO-listed Pompeii and Herculaneum with a personal guide
  • Hear tales about the Vesuvius eruption that buried both towns
  • Relax with private return transport from your central Sorrento hotel
Official guide
Pick up and drop-off from your hotel in Sorrento area
Private transportation
2 hours private guided tour in Pompei
2 hours private guided tour in Herculaneum
Skip the line entrance tickets in Pompeii and Herculaneum
Highway tolls, car fuel and parking
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Piazza Torquato Tasso, 16, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered

Ports

  • Port of Sorrento, Via Marina Piccola, 35, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy


Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your pickup vehicle at the hotel in the center of Sorrento at the agreed time, and travel inland to the ancient city of Pompeii. Then, meet up with your private guide by the entrance to the UNESCO-protected archaeological site.

Blanketed by volcanic ash for centuries, ancient Pompeii was remarkably well preserved when it was discovered, and as kept archaeologists and visitors enthralled ever since. During your 2-hour tour, you’ll learn about the Mt. Vesuvius eruption of AD 79, which buried the town, and see the ruins that hark back to ancient times.

Explore the alleyways of the old commercial center, and stand before the remains of monuments such as the Temple of Jovis, Macellum (market), and public baths.

After your Pompeii tour, enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense). Then, depart for your journey to Herculaneum, another city buried by the AD 79 eruption.

Many believe the Herculaneum ruins are better preserved than those at Pompeii, as the town was encased in mud and lava. Wander amid the ruins on an hour-long tour, and enjoy some free time to explore at leisure. Highlights include intricate mosaics, a gymnasium, and residential houses.

Afterward, travel back to Sorrento at around 4pm-5pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Pompeii is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica
The Basilica, with its extension of 1,500 square meters, was the most sumptuous building of the Forum, and its space was used to carry out business and for the administration of justice.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Forum
The Civil Forum is the core of daily life of the city and is the focal point of all the main public buildings for city administration and justice, business management, and trade activities such as markets, as well as the main places of citizen worship.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Lupanar
The Lupanar of Pompeii is the most famous brothel in the ruined Roman city of Pompeii. It is of particular interest for the erotic paintings on its walls. Lupanar is Latin for "brothel". The Pompeii lupanar is also known as Lupanare Grande. The prostitutes in the brothel were mostly Greek and Oriental slaves who were paid between two and eight Asses (a glass of wine cost one As) for their services.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Temple of Jupiter
The Temple of Jupiter dominates the north side of the Forum, with Mount Vesuvius scenically rising behind. When the colony was founded (80 BC), the temple underwent a radical renovation and became a real Capitolium with the three cult statues of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, which looked like those of the Capitolium in Rome, placed on a high base so as to make them visible to whoever passed in the Forum square.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Casa del Fauno
The House of the Faun (Italian: Casa del Fauno), built during the 2nd century BC, was one of the largest and most impressive private residences in Pompeii, Italy, and housed many great pieces of art. It is one of the most luxurious aristocratic houses from the Roman republic, and reflects this period better than most archaeological evidence found even in Rome itself.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Macellum
The Macellum consists of a tuff quadriporticus with a hall for worship in an elevated position on the eastern side, in line with the entrance. The copies of two marble statues, a female and a male armed, are found on the niches of the side wall, together with the fragment of a larger statue, probably pertaining to an emperor, Titus or Vespasian, indicating how this area was intended for the imperial cult. To its left is a room for meetings of a sacred board and to the right a large room with a masonry counter perhaps for fish to be sold.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Its ruins are located in the comune of Ercolano.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
College of the Augustales
It is thought that the building was a centre of the cult of the Emperor Augustus and the headquarters of the Collegium Augustalium (or possibly even the local curia).
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Central Thermae
The "thermae" were the city's public baths. There were relatively few private baths and these were limited to the most well-to-do families, given that the latter were the only ones who could afford to build rooms suited to the purpose. The thermal bath buildings were divided into two sections: one reserved for women and one reserved for men. Each of these contained a series of rooms with different functions: changing room cold bath room tepid bath room hot bath room all well preserved from the passing of the years
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Casa dei Cervi
The Casa dei Cervi is an imposing example of a Roman noble family's house that, before the volcanic mud slide, boasted a seafront address. Constructed around a central courtyard, the two-storey villa contains murals and some beautiful still-life paintings.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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House of the Skeleton
The House of the Skeleton probably the aggregation of three smaller buildings, derives its name from the discovery of human remains in a second floor room in 1831. Some inhabitants shut themselves in their homes and they died there either by suffocation or because of the extreme heat of the gases which hit the town.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Partem Domus lignea - Casa del Tramezzo di Legno
The Partem Domus Lignea, owes its name to a folding wooden door discovered here; it was used to separate the atrium from the tablinium (the studio of the owner). In front of the façade it's still possible to admire the benches where the clientes waited to be received from the host.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Salone della Barca di Ercolano
After the Eruption of the Volcano Vesuvius, many inhabitants fled for their lives reaching the beach. The men tried to protect women and children, but the fury of the Volcano was unstoppable and the waves, the sand and the lava destroyed the little port and the beach. The wooden boat, recovered from the ancient beach, was covered with a resinous material, which preserved it perfectly, and in 1982 it was bring back to lifeand put back in the right position, so travellers can admire it.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip-the-line Private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour with Local Guide?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

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Alisoncorneau
, Oct 2019
Nella with Travel, Etc provided us with an excellent full day tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum. We departed from Sorrento with a group of about 20. We weren’t sure about touring with a group but it worked out great. Nella was very knowledgeable about both sites and we came away feeling very satisfied with the content of the tour. We stopped for lunch between sites at a convenient restaurant, which provided a welcomed break. Definitely a good value for a full day tour.
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An awesome and informative experience
wetravel8872
, Aug 2019
Carmela our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We had the convenience of being picked up close to our accomodation. There was just the right balance of walking and stopping at places of interest. The day was intersected by a delicious lunch. A great day had by all our family. I would highly recommend to others. But choose a cooler day!!

Product code: 7809P24

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