Herculaneum, Mt Vesuvius, Pompeii Private Tour: Guide Optional

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Guilty of decimating Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79, Mt Vesuvius looms over the Bay of Naples like a beautiful, silent menace. Stopped in their tracks by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, Herculaneum and Pompeii offer the best look anywhere at what life in Rome must have been like around 2,000 years ago.
Vesuvius has blown its top more than 30 times. You will be driven up to the point where a relatively easy 860m path leads up to the summit. Unfairly upstaged by Pompeii’s ancient offerings, the Ruins of Herculaneum have a wealth of archaeological finds, from ancient advertisements and stylish mosaics to carbonized furniture and terror-struck skeletons. A once-thriving commercial port of 20,000, Pompeii grew from Greek and Etruscan roots to become an important Roman city. Then, on August 24, A.D. 79, everything changed. Vesuvius erupted and began to bury the city under 30 feet of hot volcanic ash. For the archaeologists who excavated it centuries later, this was a shake-and-bake windfall, teaching them volumes about daily Roman life. After being picked up from your accommodation or cruise ship, you will proceed on a tour to Pompeii and Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius Two tour options available, A and BOption A (without licensed guide) First stop one of the two archeological sites, Pompeii or Herculaneum. Purchase of the ticket. Visit of the ruins on your own. Second stop: the other archeological site. Purchase of the ticket. Visit of it on your own. Third and last stop: Mount Vesuvius. Purchase of the ticket. Hiking to the top of the Volcano. As an alternative, on request: it is possible skipping the stop at Herculaneum or Mount Vesuvius to go instead to a winery to take a wine tasting with quick lunch. No guide at the archeological sites will be provided with this option. However, the driver will be able to deliver information and suggestions regarding the crossed areas while approaching the sites. It will always be possible reserving a licensed guide service after having booked the tour by sending an email or making a phone call. Option B (with licensed guide) First stop one of the two archeological sites, Pompeii or Herculaneum. Meeting of the licensed guide. Purchase of the ticket.Visit of the ruins. Second stop: the other archeological site. Purchase of the ticket. Visit of the ruins. Third and last stop: Mount Vesuvius. Purchase of the ticket. Hiking to the top of the Volcano. As an alternative, on your request: it is possible skipping the stop at Herculaneum or Mount Vesuvius to go instead to a winery to take a wine tasting with quick lunch.  Fees charged in Pompeii - Herculaneum - The trail to the top of Mount Vesuvius and in case of wine tasting will be not included in the price of the tour. Time scheduled to stop for lunch, 40 minutes, except if you decide to go to the winery. The tour has a planned duration of 8 hours, an extra time up to 45 minutes will be free of additional charge. 

What’s included

  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide (if option selected)

What’s not included

  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Highlights

  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
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