Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip from Naples

Explore the impeccably preserved ruins and hike to the crater’s edge of this world-famous volcano!

Travel Flexibly · 8.00h · Naples, Italy

Looking for an unforgettable way to experience Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius? Departing from Naples, this tour takes you on a guided journey through the incredibly well-preserved ruins of Pompeii. Next, get your heart racing with a thrilling hike up the breathtaking Mount Vesuvius. Take in captivating views from the crater’s edge while learning about the volcano’s explosive past. With skip-the-line tickets and transportation included, this is the best way to explore Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius!

  • Pompeii and Vesuvius day trip from Naples​
  • Depart from Naples​
  • Comfortable ride to Pompeii​
  • Skip-the-line in Pompeii​
  • Guided tour​
  • Free time for lunch​
  • Ascend Mount Vesuvius​
  • Views of the Bay of Naples​
  • Roundtrip transportation​

Your adventure to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius begins in Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, in the center of Naples, where a tour representative will be waiting for you. From there, hop aboard a comfortable coach bus where you’ll meet your local guide, along with your group of fellow travel-lovers.

After quickly entering Pompeii with your skip-the-line tickets, spend about 2.5 hours exploring the impeccably preserved ruins of this world-famous archeological site. Your knowledgeable guide will detail the site’s fascinating history, while leading you to key landmarks and points of interest.

Afterwards, fuel with up with a hearty lunch in the charming area just outside of Pompeii’s entrance. Lunch is not included in the price of the tour, bur your guide will suggest local cafes or restaurants where you can grab a bite before heading to the next part of your tour.

Finally, you’ll be taken to Mount Vesuvius, where you’ll hike up the breathtaking volcano. The trek to the crater’s edge is about 30-minutes each way, and will reward you with spectacular views of the Bay of Naples. Official guides will be present to explain more about the volcano’s fascinating history.

Following your hike, hop back in your coach bus and unwind with a relaxing ride back to your original meeting point.

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius Day Trip from Naples Description

Your 8-hour tour includes:

  • Expert, local guide

  • Roundtrip transfer

  • Skip-the-line tickets to Pompeii

  • Entry tickets to Mount Vesuvius with 1 hour hike

  • Headsets so you don’t miss any information from your guide

Hop on a Comfortable Bus

Your memorable journey to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius begins in Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, where you’ll hop on a comfortable coach bus, where you’ll meet your friendly guide and fellow group members.

Once on board, enjoy a smooth ride as you make your way to the mystifying ruins of Pompeii. Be sure to wear your comfiest walking shoes and have your camera ready for an unforgettable adventure!

Explore the Ruins of Pompeii

After arriving in Pompeii, you’ll breeze by the long entrance line thanks to your skip-the-line tickets. Once inside, follow your guide through the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing by incredibly well-preserved ruins, mosaics, frescoes, and ancient artwork.

Pompeii, a once-thriving ancient Roman city, was buried and preserved under layers of ash and pumice when Mount Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. This catastrophic event resulted in the city's sudden destruction but paradoxically contributed to its exceptional preservation over centuries.

The site offers a unique glimpse into daily life in ancient Rome, frozen in time by the volcanic eruption.

Your expert guide will lead you to some of Pompeii’s most notable landmarks, including the Roman Forum and Temple of Apollo. The Roman Forum, a central hub for social, political, and economic activities, stands as one of Pompeii's key landmarks. Here, visitors can admire the remnants of public buildings, temples, and the Basilica, which served as a civic and commercial center. The Temple of Apollo, dedicated to the god of prophecy, music, and healing, is another highlight. Its well-preserved columns and architectural features provide insight into the religious practices of the time.

The city's residential areas reveal the diversity of Pompeian lifestyles, showcasing both modest and affluent homes adorned with intricate mosaics and vivid frescoes. You will be able to wander through narrow streets, explore ancient bakeries, and marvel at the advanced engineering evident in the city's water and sewage systems.

Travel Through Time and History with Your Expert Guide

One of the most poignant aspects of the Pompeii experience is the plaster casts of human figures, created by archaeologists in the 19th century. These casts capture the final moments of individuals who perished during the eruption. The emotional impact of seeing these frozen expressions and poses adds a haunting dimension to the exploration, humanizing the tragedy that befell the city.

Pompeii's archaeological site is vast and offers an immersive journey through its well-preserved ruins. The ongoing excavations and discoveries continue to enhance our understanding of ancient Roman life. Exploring Pompeii is not just a historical tour; it's a step back in time, providing a profound connection to a civilization abruptly halted by nature's fury.

After touring Pompeii, spend some time wandering around the shops and cafes just outside of the extraordinary site. Lunch is not included in the tour, so you’re free to eat wherever you’d like in the area. Your local guide will be happy to advise you on where to find the best meal!

Hike Up Mount Vesuvius

After fueling up with a filling lunch, it’s time to explore Italy’s most famous volcano! You’ll be driven 1000 meters up Mount Vesuvius, and will hike to the crater’s edge from there. The trek is about 30 minutes each way, and offers absolutely jaw-dropping views of the Bay of Naples.

While your guide will not be permitted to hike with you, you will be assigned to one of the official alpine guides in the area. These guides are true experts in the area, and will be with you throughout the hike, as they explain more about the history of Mount Vesuvius, including its devastating eruption.

Depart from Mount Vesuvius

Following your hike up Mount Vesuvius, it will be time to hop back in your cozy bus and begin your smooth return to Naples. After such an adventurous day, feel free to rest your eyes during the drive. Once you’re back in your original city, your driver will drop you off at your original meeting point in Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi.

What you get with this tour
Expert guide
Roundtrip transfer on comfortable coach bus
Skip-the-line tickets to Pompeii
2.5 hour guided tour of Pompeii
1 hour hike to Mount Vesuvius
Learn about the volcano’s fascinating history
Headsets so you don’t miss a thing!
Guide gratuity
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

What to bring?

We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and clothes, appropriate for a hike. Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen during the summer!

Where to meet?

The meeting point for this tour is in Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

This tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Naples.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

Unfortunately, due to the terrain in Pompeii and the visit to Mount Vesuvius, this is not a suitable tour for wheelchair users or guests with mobility concerns.

What happens if it rains?

Access to Mount Vesuvius is dependent on the weather conditions. If poor weather prohibits access to Mount Vesuvius on the day of your tour, you will be offered skip-the-line tickets to Herculaneum instead.

Is there any chance this tour will be canceled?

On the rare occasion the tour is canceled, we'll inform you as soon as possible. We will work with you to reschedule your tour when possible or provide a full refund.

Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?

Pompeii does not require a dress code, though we recommend wearing comfortable shoes and a sun hat!

How comprehensive is the Pompeii portion of this tour?

The Pompeii portion of this tour includes a 2.5 hour guided visit, which is quite comprehensive. You will see all the key attractions and highlights of the area, and your guide will be incredibly informative.

Do Pompeii or Mount Vesuvius ever experience sudden closures?

While sudden closures are unlikely, there are sometimes road closures or public events that may alter the itinerary. If something like this happens, we will let you know immediately and work on an alternative.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

Lunch is not included, but your guide will be happy to recommend one of their favorite spots in Pompeii for a quick lunch.

Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?

Kids are welcome on this tour, and infants join for free. Children under 12 pay a reduced fee. Please choose accordingly during the booking.

Why do I have to pay for my child who's under 12 years old?

Since this trip includes transportation, all passengers on the tour must be seated for safety and legal reasons. That means a young child takes up the same space as a youth or adult..

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point.

Where does this tour end?

This tour ends after being dropped back at your original meeting point in Naples.

How long is this tour?

This tour lasts 8 hours, most of the time. However the exact duration will depend on traffic conditions on the day of your tour and may slightly vary during peak season.

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