Skip the Line Pompeii Ruins Guided Tour

Step back in time almost 2,000 years and explore the famous Roman ruins with an archaeologist guide

Travel Flexibly 4.9 / 5 See All 49 Reviews · 2.00h · Pompeii, Italy

Looking for the best way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii? Then join an expert archaeologist guide on this fascinating small group walking tour, and discover the secrets of Italy’s buried city. Frozen in time by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii provides an incredible snapshot of life in Roman times. You’ll beat the crowds with skip-the-line tickets, and your guide will show you the best of the city’s important sites and hidden gems.

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  • Meet your guide in Pompeii
  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
  • Roman baths
  • The Bakery
  • Plastercasts
  • End inside Pompeii

Beginning near the ruins themselves in the new city of Pompei, this tour is ideal for anyone staying nearby in Naples, Sorrento, or anywhere along the Amalfi Coast. You'll meet your guide next to the train station, and with your skip-the-line tickets you'll have no problem getting into the lost city of Pompeii quickly. Once inside, your guide will tell stories of the people that lived here and the catastrophe that left this city buried under volcanic ash in 79 A.D. You'll explore the city's most notable sites and best-preserved artifacts.

Skip the Line Pompeii Guided Tour Description

Your 2-hour tour of Pompeii includes: 

  • Skip-the-line line Pompeii entrance

  • Guided walking tour of the Lost City's important site

  • Friendly, English-speaking guide with expertise in archaeology

  • Maximum group size of 30

Skip-the-Line Pompeii Tickets

As one of the most intriguing sites in southern Italy, Pompeii can get pretty crowded. Luckily for you, we offer skip-the-line tickets with an expert archaeologist guide to lead you through the incredible ruins of the city. Meet your guide at the designated meeting spot on your voucher and off you go.

A City Frozen in Time

In 79 A.D., the flourishing city of Pompeii was changed forever due to a catastrophic volcanic eruption. The city, defined by its large amphitheater, artisan community and even brothels, was destroyed in an instant by the wrath of Mount Vesuvius. The volcanic eruption may have destroyed the city, but also preserved it beautifully.

Almost 2,000 years later, a team of archaeologists discovered artifacts and even bodies frozen by the tragic eruption’s volcanic ash. Follow your guide to explore the ruins left behind by the catastrophe, giving life to the lost city. You will understand what life was like before, during and after the famous disaster.


After your guided tour, it’s time to say arrivederci to your group and guide. Feel free to keep exploring the ruins on your own, though! While this tour does not include transportation to and from Rome, you can easily join our Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii, which offers round-trip transportation to Pompeii.

What you get with this tour
Passionate English-speaking guide
Skip the line Pompeii
Ancient forum
Roman baths
Preserved casts
Group size of 18
Tour guide gratuities
Hotel pick-up
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Amazing experience!
13 June 2024
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Kathryn Kraft

Sasha was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable about Pompeii and kept us interested the entire time. You can tell he's been doing this for years and this is a true passion. Loved our tour and would highly recommend to anyone in the fence about getting some guidance throughout Pompeii!

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07 June 2024
Reviewed by
Deborah Deppe

Guide was very knowledgeable. Was not child friendly tour, but we knew that! Group was too large. 15 people max would be beneficial! Loves the time to take pictures!

02 June 2024
Reviewed by
Jennifer Burchill

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He has an archeological background and you could tell- he loved sharing with us and even went longer to show us the new excavation site in progress. The only negative was we didn’t have earbuds like some of the other tour groups and it was hard to hear as it was crowded.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Since this is a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen if you are coming in the summertime.

Is transportation from Rome included?

No, this tour is designed for those who would prefer to get to Pompeii by other means, or are already in the area. If you'd like a tour that includes transportation, check out our Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii.

Will the tour still run if it rains?

Absolutely, yes! We run our tours rain or shine.

Is lunch included?

Lunch is not included in the price of the tour.

What is included in the price?

This tour includes a guided tour of Pompeii's archaeological site and skip the line Pompeii tickets.

What to bring?

Since this is a walking tour, please wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen if you are coming in the summertime.

Will this tour always start on time?

Even though this tour does not include transportation from Rome, this group does merge with a group coming from Rome and will share a guide. Occasionally the group coming from Rome will have a short delay and the tour will not commence until everybody is present.

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