Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Full Day Tour from Sorrento by Boat

Travel to Pompeii in style by speedboat, with a volcano climb, vineyard lunch, and wine tasting

Travel Flexibly · 11.00h 14 max · Pompeii, Italy

Looking for a Pompeii day trip that gives you more? Then ditch the traffic and speed along the Sorrento Coast by boat to discover Italy’s incredible lost city! After touring the ancient site with an expert local guide, make the most of your day by visiting the top of towering Mount Vesuvius and enjoying lunch and wine tasting at a vineyard on the slopes of the volcano. Finally, cap off your grand day out with a gentle cruse back along the coast and a swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea.

  • Pompeii by speedboat from Sorrento
  • Explore the ruins with an expert guide
  • See the best of Pompeii
  • A Roman city frozen in time
  • Vineyard lunch and wine tasting
  • Visit the crater of Vesuvius
  • Free time to swim on the way back to Sorrento

Exploring the ruined Roman city of Pompeii is right up there on most people's Italian bucket list, and getting there doesn't have to be a drag! With Sorrento hotel pick-up, you'll hop aboard a speedboat heading to the lost city and enjoy an expertly-guided tour of the site. But your day out doesn't end there, as you head to Mount Vesuvius to experience to volcano that caused such historic destruction.

Nowadays, Vesuvius' rich volcanic soil grows some of the region's finest ingredients. You'll stop for a delicious lunch at a renowned vineyard and enjoy tasting the delicious local wines, before ascending to the top of the volcano for panoramic views across Campania. In the afternoon, your boat will be waiting to take you back along the coast to Sorrento, and you can cool down with a dip in the Mediterranean along the way.

Pompeii from Sorrento by Boat Tour Description

Your incredible 10-hour day trip includes:

  • Pick up by air-conditioned vehicle from central Sorrento

  • Round-trip boat transportation from the Port of Sorrento

  • Expert local skipper and English-speaking trip leader

  • Luxury minibus between Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and vineyard

  • Pompeii walking tour with an English-speaking expert guide (purchase tickets onsite)

  • Lunch and wine tasting at a local vineyard

  • Guided visit to the Mount Vesuvius crater (purchase tickets onsite)

  • Stop for a swim in the Mediterranean

  • Maximum group size of 14

Entry fees to the ruins of Pompeii (€ 16 p.p.) and the National Park of Vesuvius (€ 12 p.p.) are not included in the price and must be paid at the office during check-in. A destination docking fee of €5 per person must be also paid locally upon boarding. Please bring valid I.D. (passport or driving license). Fees are subject to change.

This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate and can be cancelled if there aren't enough people. In that case, you'll be offered a refund or rescheduled tour.

Meet at Port of Sorrento

After meeting your friendly trip leader near the Port of Sorrento in the mid-afternoon, your boat will be waiting along with your skipper at the dock.

The boat holds a maximum of 14 people—an intimate small group to explore Pompeii and the surrounding area. As you pull out of the marina, take in the amazing views of Sorrento and the surrounding cliffs before turning your eyes to Pompeii.

A Speedboat to the Ancient City

At the Port of Sorrento, meet your local skipper and trip leader for a fun speedboat ride to Castellmare di Stabia, just a stone's throw from Pompeii. Sit back and take in the stunning cliffs and seaside towns along this beautiful stretch of coast, with the mighty Vesuvius drawing closer as you speed towards the lost city.

Guided Tour of Pompeii

After disembarking back onto land, a driver will be waiting to take you to one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. One fateful day in 79 A.D. this affluent city of nearly 20,000 people was covered almost instantly with 13-20 feet (4-6 meters) of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

The city sat undisturbed for almost 2,000 years until explorers discovered that it was still largely intact, and the resulting excavations have given us an unparalleled snapshot of life in a thriving Roman settlement.

Led by an expert local guide, you'll stroll through the once-bustling city streets and see how the well-preserved structures, artwork, and human discoveries reveal secrets about the culture and daily life of the Ancient Romans.

Vineyard Lunch and Wine Tasting

After exploring the Pompeii ruins, it's time to enjoy an authentic lunch at a scenic vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. You'll learn (and taste) how the volcanic soil of the area leads to fertile land perfect for growing not only grapes, but what many consider to be the world's best tomatoes.

Sit down and savor delicious local dishes made from the freshest produce, and enjoy views across lush farmland, beautiful vineyards, and out to sea. You'll also taste a selection of the wines made on site.

The Crater of Mount Vesuvius

After a relaxing lunch, it's time to get even closer to the volcano that once caused so much destruction. With a local guide, you'll head to the top of the mountain where you'll be able to look down into the vast crater as you hear about the science behind the famous 79 A.D. eruption.

Take a moment to enjoy the spectacular views from the top of Vesuvius, with Naples, Capri, Ischia, and more visible below.

Back to Sorrento by Boat with Free Time to Swim

After a day of touring historic sites, there's nothing better than a swim in the crystal clear Mediterranean waters. Your skipper will lead the boat to a hidden cove perfect for some relaxation before heading back to Sorrento. Upon returning to Sorrento, you'll be taken back to the meeting point to continue your evening.

What you get with this tour
Pick up by air-conditioned vehicle from central Sorrento
Round-trip boat transportation from the Port of Sorrento
Expert local skipper and English-speaking trip leader
Luxury minibus between Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and vineyard
Pompeii walking tour with an English-speaking expert guide (purchase tickets onsite)
Lunch and wine tasting at a local vineyard
Guided visit to the Mount Vesuvius crater (purchase tickets onsite)
Stop for a swim in the Mediterranean
Maximum group size of 14
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Pick up is available at Sorrento hotels. Please put your hotel name in the comment box on the order page. If you are staying along the Amalfi Coast or in a more distant town, please let us know and we will provide a convenient meeting point to start your tour.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen, and make sure you check the weather forecast before you get dressed! There will be chance to swim too, so pack a swimsuit and towel.

Where to meet?

Pick up is available at Sorrento hotels. Please put your hotel name in the comment box on the order page. If you are staying along the Amalfi Coast or in a more distant town, please let us know and we will provide a convenient meeting point to start your tour.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen, and make sure you check the weather forecast before you get dressed! There will be chance to swim too, so pack a swimsuit and towel.

Is the Pompeii entrance fee included?

Entry to Pompeii (€ 18 p.p.) is not included and must be paid locally. Please bring valid I.D. Fees are subject to change.

Is the Vesuvius entrance fee included?

Entry to the National Park of Vesuvius (€ 12 p.p.) is not included and must be paid locally. Fees are subject to change.

Is lunch included?

Yes, a vineyard lunch is included along with wine or soft drinks. Please mention and dietary requirements in the comments box when you book.

Will I have a chance to swim?

Yes. There will be a stop for swimming on your way back to Sorrento.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, but it's run by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Sorrento.

How long do we spend in Pompeii?

Your guide will show you around the ruins of Pompeii for approximately 2 hours.

Will the tour still run if it rains?

Yes, we run our tours rain or shine.

Are there any additional local fees to pay?

Aside from Pompeii and Vesuvius entrance fees, please also bring €5 cash per person for onsite docking fees.

Is there a minimum number of people to run this tour?

This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate and can be cancelled if there aren't enough people. In that case, you'll be offered a refund or rescheduled tour.

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