Vesuvius + Herculaneum day tour from Rome

DRIVING GUIDED TOUR FROM ROME

We will depart from Rome on our comfortable and air conditioned Sedan/Van with a fluent English speaking driver who will assist you along the day and coordinate the meeting with your local guide in Herculaneum.

Your first stop is the crater of the Vesuvius, know for it`s powerful eruption which destroyed Pompei and Herculaneum in 79AD with lava, ash and fumes. We will drive to the top of the volcano where the lava flows have scarred the sides of the mountain and are visible on the winding road up to the summit. The only way to truly experience the magic of the Vesuvius is hiking all the way up to the active volcano. The 25-minutes upward hike to the crater takes you through soft volcanic ash and pumice, and the views from the top are breathtaking. The admission into the Vesuvius park will also include a local guide for some technical explanations about the Volcano.

Following your hike up we will have time for a nice lunch and then continue on to Herculaneum in the afternoon for  your 2 hours walking tour with a professional local guide.

Your  driver  will be happy to give you suggestions based on your tastes and budget.

Herculaneum (Ercolano) was an ancient Roman town destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 A.D. along with neighboring cities Pompei, Stabiae, Boscoreal and Oplontis.  It is also famous for being one of the few ancient cities that remains very close to it`s original splendor. Unlike Pompeii, its burial was so deep as to ensure the preservation of wooden household objects (beds, doors, etc.), some food and even the upper stories of buildings remained intact. This was due to the hotter ash flowing throughout the city from the bottom up and filling vacancies thereby adding support and preventing the buildings from collapsing.

Moreover, Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii with an extraordinary density of fine houses, with far more lavish use of coloured marble cladding as well as some excellent frescoes and mosaics on both walls and floors. The discovery in recent years of some 300 skeletons along the sea shore came as a surprise since it was known that the town itself had been largely evacuated.  Find out more about what happened to this town and it`s people through your tour with our local walking guide.

At the end of the day, we will drive you back to your hotel in Rome and you will take with you, many wonderful memories of your day in this amazing part of Italy.

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Duration: 12 hr approximately

Meeting point: at the hotel

Entrance: Vesuvius park tickets (+10eur per person on site).

Herculaneum escavations (+13eur from may to november and +11eur from november to april per person on site).

Free entrance on first Sundays of the month.

Highlights : House of the Mosaic Atrium, theHouse of Neptune and Amphitrite and the House of the Deer, the Decumanus, the Palestra, the Basilica and the Thermal Baths of the Forum.

Skip the line : You will skip the general admission lines with our walking guide.

Payment: bank transfer or paypal in advance (+5%)

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TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • Comfortable and air conditioned Sedan/Van for the whole day (12 hrs)
  • Assistance of our professional English speaking driver (12 hrs)
  • Professional licensed local guide in Herculaneum(half day)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Admissions in archeological site of  Herculaneum and Park of Vesuvius

PRICES (per group)

1 to 3 persons
on request
4 to 6 persons
on request
7 to 8 persons
on request