|DROP OFF TIME||5:00pm (approximately)|
Our English-speaking tour driver will welcome you at the cruiser terminal in Naples, for your Pompeii & Herculaneum tour.
You will be welcomed in Pompeii by your very own private Archeologist and guide, for a private guided tour of Pompeii
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.
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, are most famous for being 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 and Volcanic sediments. 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 originally founded by Greeks, before the Romans.
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.
While in Naples, you can treat yourself to a nice meal, in a local restaurant or a snack at a coffee shop.
After lunch, you can visit the unique archaeological museum, one of the most important Italian archaeological museum, particularly for ancient Roman remains. Its collection includes works from Greek, Roman and Renaissance times, and especially Roman artifacts from nearby Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. It was formerly the Real Museo Borbonico.
If time permits a short visit of 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 in Naples Port by 5.00pm, after your Ancient Romans & Naples tour.
A private tour driver will welcome you in Naples Port. You will have a wonderful tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples, with your private tour driver. Also, especially for you, we will provide a private Archeology expert guide, for a private guided tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum’s sites.
At the end of this fascinating tout, your driver will take you back to Naples, in time for you to board your cruise ship.