Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius day Tour
Discover Pompeii and the still-active volcano; Vesuvius, that brought the bustling Roman city to its end. Hike to the crater to witness the amazing view.
This is the only day-trip from Rome that takes you up to the top of Mt. Vesuvius, where you can hike to the crater with a fantastic view of the bay of Naples below. Discover Pompeii and the still-active volcano that brought the bustling Roman city to its terrible end. This is an exclusive day trip from Rome to Pompeii and Vesuvius. After a comfortable transfer from Rome on an air-conditioned coach, we begin our day high above the city and bay of Naples – on the ridge of the crater of the famous Mount Vesuvius. Infamous for the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD, Vesuvius has erupted many times since – and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the 3,000,000 people living in its immediate vicinity and the volcano’s tendency towards explosive eruptions. Lava flows have scarred the sides of the volcano, and are visible on the winding road up to the top. From the parking area, it is a 20 minute upward hike to the crater through soft volcanic ash and pumice – and the view from the top is well worth the while. After our adventurous morning we’ll take a leisurely lunch break, where you can experience the world-famous pizza Naples is known for. When you are ready to go – it’s on to the highlight of the day: Pompeii. Sitting in the ominous shadow of Vesuvius, the now ruined city of Pompeii was a sprawling metropolis of shops and residences, restaurants, gyms and brothels. Walk Pompeii’s main streets just as the ancient Romans did – the stones are still worn with tracks from the drawn carriages that tread them nearly 2000 years ago. We’ll visit the forum, the center of Pompeii’s political and social life, as well as view the startling plaster death casts of the victims of the catastrophic eruption that destroyed the city – freezing forever in time their last second of life. Join us on this comprehensive and fascinating tour of Pompeii & the powerful Volcano that destroyed it and discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site continues to shock and fascinate the 2.6 million people who venture here each year.
** The hike up to the crater of Vesuvius is optional and requires a good level of general fitness to complete. The hike is uphill at a 14 degree angle and 20 minutes long, comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended. Due to inclement weather sometimes the crater may be closed, in this case we will offer an extended tour inside Pompei which will recover any time we would have spent on Vesuvius **
• English-speaking tour leader for the day
• Official, licensed, English-speaking guide in Pompeii
• Round-trip transport from Rome in private, air-conditioned coach
• Ticket and reservation fees for Pompeii
• Traditional Neapolitan pizza lunch
• Entry ticket to Mt. Vesuvius (April 1st – November 15th) or National Archaeological Museum of Naples (November 16th – March 31st)
• Headsets in Pompeii so you can always hear your guide
*Can only be booked in conjunction with another tour.