Private full-day excursion with a knowledgeable English-speaking driver from Naples to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius for independent sightseeing of the ruins and crater (see below Tour Pricing for the option of adding a guided tour of the excavations and/or crater).
Pompeii, the ancient city at the foot of Vesuvius was quite prosperous in Roman times. It was destroyed in 79 A.D., following the famous volcanic eruption which covered it with a layer of pumice and ash. The first archaeological explorations took place towards the mid-18th century, and excavations soon began in earnest, but not until 1860 were they conducted in an orderly, systematic fashion. It is thought that, to date, about three-fifths of the ancient town has been excavated.
Walk through the ancient streets to visit the Villa of the Mysteries, the House of the Faun, and of the Vettii brothers. Discover baths, basilicas, temples, theatres, private homes, the amphitheater, even the palestra where gladiators trained for the arena.
Mount Vesuvius (Monte Vesuvio) has been Europe's most famous volcano, ever since it erupted in AD 79 and buried Pompeii. It is still active, periodically, and is a fascinating and curiously wild place despite its proximity to Naples. The wildlife here is sparse but specialized. There are good roads to near the top, and paths or cable cars to the summit.
Pick-up/Drop-off: Our driver will pick you up from your Naples Hotel, or from the Naples Port. At the conclusion of the excursion you will be dropped back off at your hotel in Naples.
Includes: Private knowledgeable English-speaking driver for 8-hours.
Excludes: Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius Entrance Tickets (to be purchased locally), Driver Gratuity, Guide Gratuity (if booking optional 2-hour guided tour of Pompeii and/or Mount Vesuvius), Extra Hours, Extra Kilometers.
- The driver, while knowledgeable, is not a licensed guide, and may not leave the vehicle to guide on foot.
- European Connection can provide a private 2-hour guided tour of the excavations with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide for the additional cost indicated below.