Spend a day exploring one of the world's most famous archaeological sites with this 8-hour shore excursion to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mt. Vesuvius. Travel to each site in a comfortable vehicle with a local driver who'll give you important information about the history and the culture of the places that you will visit. Explore each of the archaeological sites and the volcano that erupted in 79 AD to bury those towns at your own pace.Pick up From Naples, Salerno, Sorrento, Pompeii, Caserta and the Amalfi coast area
Get picked up at the port of Naples, Sorrento, or Salerno and make your way first to Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian). This ancient Roman town was destroyed by volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 A.D., located in the territory of the current comune of Ercolano, in the Italian region of Campania in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. It is most famous for having been lost, along with Pompeii, Stabiae and Oplontis, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, which buried them in superheated pyroclastic material. It also became famous as the source of the first Roman skeletal and physical remains available for study that were located by science, for the Romans almost universally cremated their dead. Since the discovery of bones in 1981, some 300 skeletons have been found, most along the sea shore—the town itself having been effectively evacuated. Herculaneum was a smaller town with a wealthier population than Pompeii at the time of the eruption.Travel next to Pompeii, a town located in the plain at the eastern slopes of Vesuvius, to the right of the lower reaches of the river Sarno. One of the largest archaeological areas in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a very popular tourist destination, even thanks to the presence of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary. In the archaeological site, the ancient Roman city, buried by the sudden eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, has been brought to the light. The rain of ash and lava and the resulting thick layer of dust have crystallized, preserving Pompeii for centuries.Brought to the surface, Pompeii is the most visited archaeological site in the world.Finally, visit the volcano that caused all of this destruction, Mt. Vesuvius. This active volcano was born as an insular volcano in a sea inlet due to a strong uplift of the land and to the copious emission of lava and other pyroclastic materials raising the altitude of the cone to 2300 m. Vesuvius is a sight of rare beauty in the landscape of the Gulf, above all if viewed from the sea and the city in the background. A famous picture postcard image taken from the hill of Posillipo has rightly pulled it into the collective imagination of the city of Naples. In addition, Vesuvius has a record in the world: the first volcano studied systematically (by the will of the ruling House of Bourbon) and even today, the volcano is monitored and controlled. Overall massif of Vesuvius is included into the Vesuvius National Park.