Your English-speaking driver/guide will welcome you at the dock of your ship in Naples at 8:00am or at the pre-arranged time you decide to start this tour. This tour combines Pompeii, Herculaneum and Vesuvius. Our first stop is Pompeii, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. You will enjoy a privately guided tour (2 hours approx.) of the ruins with an authorized, archaeological, English-speaking guide. Ever since Pliny the Younger wrote his moving letters to Tacitus describing the eruption of Vesuvius that buried Pompeii in 79 AD, the city has been the focus point of many books, scholarly and frivolous, and a perfect subject for the big screen. Much of the site, the richest insight into the daily life of the Romans, is open to the public and requires at least two hours of visiting. After Pompeii, we will continue to Herculaneum for another private visit (1 hour approx.) of the ruins with your private, archaeological English-speaking guide. Herculaneum ruins are less well known, but even better preserved than Pompeii’s ruins. The fate of Herculaneum paralleled that of nearby Pompeii. According to legend, this Greek settlement was founded by Hercules. The difference was that Herculaneum was buried by a river of volcanic mud, not the tufa stone and ash that rained on Pompeii. The mud helped preserve it for future generations. When the town was rediscovered in 1709, amateur excavations were carried out intermittently until 1874, when much of the material found was carted off to Naples to decorate houses of the wealthy or to end up in museums. Serious archaeological work was begun in 1927 and excavation still continues today. After Herculaneum, the best conclusion of this tour is the visit of the volcano “Vesuvius”, responsible for the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Your English-speaking driver/guide will suggest to you some local trattorias for a brief lunch in the area. After, you will drive to the volcano to admire one of the most beautiful panoramic pictures over Naples. The still active volcano dominates the landscape, luring ominously over Naples and its provinces. The last eruption was in 1944; it blasted open the cone and plumes of smoke that have now disappeared and are no longer reminding the people of the peril they went through. This may have eased the minds of some, but living in the shadow of Vesuvius is like staying on the fault line in Los Angeles – scientists consider more eruptions a sure thing. You will return back to your ship around 5:00pm. This tour will operate by rain or shine, so be prepared for all weather conditions. This tour is conducted by an English-speaking driver/guide and an authorized, archaeological English-speaking guide for a private tour in Pompeii and Herculaneum.