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Best Shore Excursion of Herculaneum, Vesuvius & Pompeii from Naples

Italy is infused with beauty so pure that any traveler will be left spellbound! The magnificent coast, quaint villages and timeless history will keep you engulfed in its wonder.
Of course, no Italian travel bucket list would be complete without visiting the beautiful cities of Herculaneum, Vesuvius & Pompeii. The country is rich with history and culture and will give you experiences like never before! Embark on this amazing whole day shore excursion with our English-speaking chauffer picking you up from the Naples port. You will drive across historic Naples before heading onto the highway that takes you along the foot of the majestic Mount Vesuvius.

Here are some fascinating facts about ancient Herculaneum, Vesuvius & Pompeii:

  • After the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the town of Herculaneum was buried and rediscovered only in 1709, by a farmer digging a well. What was thought to be marble turned out to be the Roman theatre! Vertical shafts and tunnels were dug into the volcanic material to reveal the buried city. Today, the Italian towns of Ercolano and Portici lie on the approximate site of Herculaneum.
  • The majestic Mount Vesuvius lay dormant for centuries. The catastrophic eruption of 79 AD destroyed the cities of Pompeii and later Herculaneum, killing around 2000 people with its volcanic ash. The only active volcano in mainland Europe, Mt. Vesuvius is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.Since 1995, Mount Vesuvius has been a National Park and draws visitors from all over the world.
  • The original settlers of Pompeii around the 7th century BC were the Oscan people who were descendants of the Neolithic inhabitants of Campania. The city is well preserved and largely intact because it was buried so quickly by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This gives us snapshots of past life in ancient Roman times. Strategically located for flourishing trade and farming, the rich volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius is instrumental in the cultivation of grapes and olive trees.

What to Expect on Your Full Day Shore Excursion of Herculaneum, Vesuvius & Pompeii from the Naples port

Herculaneum, a UNESCO World Heritage site will be your first stop. As your chauffeur takes you on this historical journey, he will be happy to share with you, valuable information about the region. Being a local, he will be able to give you insights about the area with learnings from his own experience.
Freeze timeless moments on your camera as you travel through this spectacular region.
Your chauffeur will then take you to the top of Mount Vesuvius. Your drive will be along a steep winding road up to 1000 meters from which point you would have to hike all the way up to the crater. There are handrails along the uphill path to make the walk easier. You could also rent walking sticks right there. Comfortable shoes are a must as the walk is along stony path.
Heading south from Vesuvius, our chauffeur will take you to Pompeii which lies five miles ahead. This ancient Roman city was rediscovered by a group of explorers in 1748 who found an almost intact city buried under volcanic debris. You could explore the area with or without a licensed guide. As the area is spread over 108 acres, we highly recommend you use an English-speaking guide which we can arrange at an additional cost with prior notice.
At the end of this day, you will be richer with experiences that you can share with your friends back on the cruise. There is no doubt that this excursion will be a reminder of how incredible our world truly is, and the even more incredible civilizations that preceded our time! Our chauffeur will meet you outside the ruins to begin your drive back to the Naples port.

Contact us today to book your Herculaneum, Vesuvius & Pompeii shore excursion from Naples or request a quote online.