Our English-speaking driver/guide will welcome you at the cruiser terminal in Naples at 8:00am (suggested pick up time). After you will drive directly to Pompeii where you will meet your local, English-speaking guide for your private two hour walking tour through the ruins of this fascinating ancient city.
Walking through the remains and ruins of this ancient city, you can imagine the everyday life of the Roman Empire and imagine the panic felt by the people in those last few minutes before the city was so disastrously buried. The volcano buried the city under many feet of ash and it was lost for 1,600 years before its accidental rediscovery.
Enjoy a real journey in search of an ancient civilization destroyed by the terrible eruption of Vesuvius. Pompeii is one of the most significant historic vestiges of the Roman civilization, and it appears as an exceptional open book on the art, customs, and crafts of the everyday life during that time. Today, Pompeii is one of Italy’s leading tourist attractions and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After Pompeii, you next stop will be Ercolano, where you will have another approximately two hour walking tour. The ruins of Herculaneum, lying roughly 8 km south-east of Naples, are most famous for having been destroyed, along with Pompeii, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius beginning on August 24, AD 79. The town was buried under 75 feet (23 m) of ash. It is undoubtedly one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Italy.
Ancient tradition connected Herculaneum with the name of the Greek hero, Heracles (Hercules); this is an indication that the city was of Greek origin.
The most famous of the luxurious villas at Herculaneum is the Villa of the Papyri, now identified as the magnificent seafront retreat for Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus, Julius Caesar’s father-in-law.
Much smaller than Pompeii, about 5,000 people lived in Ercolana at the time of the eruption; it was a wealthier and more select region. Unlike Pompeii, wooden structures and furniture have survived. Many of the artifacts are now housed in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, others in the local Antiquarium. Herculaneum, once a seaside resort, is now surrounded by the modern city of Ercolano.
After Ercolano, you will drive back to Naples, where you can enjoy a leisurely meal in a local restaurant or a snack at a coffee shop (if you want to be quick!).
After lunch in Naples, you can visit a unique archaeological museum, the Capodimonte Museum; it has a very rare collection of valuable china.
Then, do not forget to visit the Royal Palace, the Plebiscito Square, the San Martino Castle, and the thousands of folkloristic little streets and alleys entangled all around the center of the city.
You will be back at your cruise ship by 5.00pm.
This tour length is approximately 9 hours in total and is conducted by an English-speaking driver/guide & a local authorized, English-speaking guide for a private guided tour through ancient Pompeii & Herculaneum.
• Luxury vehicles air-conditioned and fully equipped
• English-speaking driver/guide + official English speaking guide for Pompeii & Herculaneum
• Fuel, tolls, parking fees included
• Personal and courteous service
• Fresh bottled water on board
• All vehicles are fully licesed and insured according to Italian law
• Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
• Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)