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Overview

Take a day out of your Rome vacation to get acquainted with Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii. This exciting day trip to Pompeii includes a steady-paced hike up Mt Vesuvius (summer only) or a visit Naples, the beautiful ‘City by the bay’ when Mount Vesuvius is closed in winter, plus a pizza in Naples and a tour of the UNESCO-listed digs at Pompeii. Hear the history from a local guide and admire artefacts that date back to the infamous Mt Vesuvius eruption of AD 79.
  • Day trip to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii from Rome with an expert guide
  • Hike up the side of the volcano and walk along its ridge, gazing into the crater
  • Drink in dramatic views over the Bay of Naples
  • Experience the world-famous Napolitan pizza
  • In the winter season (late November to March), enjoy a visit to the City of Naples, with its regal architecture and timeless traditions, all set against the backdrop of Mt. Vesuvius

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The hike to the crater of Mt Vesuvius is rewarded by phenomenal views and the guide for the Pompeii tour really brings the ruins to life. Stopping for a pizza is a wonderful break from an active day.
Hop aboard your coach at Piazza del Popolo in Rome, and travel south in air-conditioned comfort to Italy’s Campania region. As you travel, listen to tales about the colorful southern Italian area and Mt Vesuvius.

After the volcano’s infamous AD 79 eruption, lava and volcanic ash destroyed the cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Evidence of those ancient streams of lava is still evident in the area, and your guide will show them as you travel.

Step out of your coach for a steady-paced, 20-minute walk to Mt Vesuvius’ summit, from where the most breathtaking views await. Make your way over trails covered in pumice rock and ash, before some free time to gaze down into the caldera and across the Bay of Naples.

Walk back down with your guide, and then head into Naples for a lunch of traditional pizza. From Naples, journey further south to complete your day trip from Rome to Pompeii. Once a thriving Roman city; today the town is best known for its UNESCO-listed archaeological digs, which are home to a wealth of relics. See incredibly preserved fossils and other ruins, plus plaster imprints of the town’s victims who were buried for years.

See the remains of the Forum and Teatro Grande, were some 5,000 people could once be seated. From your Pompeii tour guide, hear about day-to-day life for the Pompeii locals as you wander streets where ancient shops, cafes and even brothels could be found.

Finally, head back to Rome by coach and finish with a drop-off at the start point.

Please note: Mt Vesuvius is inaccessible from November 20 to March 31. During this time, the hike is replaced with a visit to the iconic City of Naples. We’ll take a panoramic bus tour and have some free time to walk around the city centre.

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J
, Nov 2018

The two main things were visited were great. It was a good climb up to the rim of the volcano. The views of Naples and Capri alone made it worth it. The ruins ar Pompeii were amazing and the local guide really gave you feel of what Roman life was like. Only things I’d criticize were the lunch meal and the main guide’s insistence on only scheduled bathroom breaks. The “Napoli” pizza was probably the worst I’ve ever had in Italy. There are numerous free bathrooms within Pompeii but the guide told people to wait until we left where it was a pay bathroom. That also meant it was - 2.5 hours between bathroom breaks.

Q
, Oct 2018

Wonderful trip! Great itinerary, great tour guide and gorgeous weather!! A perfect day away from Rome and completing our 11 day vacation in Italy .

L
, Oct 2018

What a great tour!! It is a long bus ride to and from Pompeii, but they do a comfort stop about halfway which was very nice. Pompeii was absolutely amazing!! We had Mikala as our main tour guide and Anna as our tour guide of Pompeii itself. Anna was very knowledgeable and passionate and showed us so many amazing things! Lots of walking on stones and such. Important to wear shoes good for this. We were not able to go to Mount Vesuvius because of a landslide. They took us to a museum instead and we saw artifacts from everyday life. It was a great experience and we highly recommend it!

r
, Oct 2018

Unfortunately we were unable to see Mt. Vesuvius and probably would have booked a different tour had we known this ahead of time. Prior to our day trip Rome/Italy had experienced a copious amount of rain that made getting to Mt. Vesuvius dangerous for tour busses.

Our first stop was Pompeii. We had two guides on the bus, Marco and Dimitri. When we got to Pompeii we had a new guide. All three guides seemed to be obsessed with male genitalia, just FYI. Pompeii was really interesting. Such tragic history that they have worked so hard to uncover. I wouldn't have missed Pompeii for anything. The guide could have been better though.

Once we were done touring Pompeii we were literally rushed to the bus to head to lunch. We weren't given time to stop and look at the souvenir shops that are set up outside of the ruins. I would have loved to peruse. Fortunately, lunch was nice. We ate lunch about 15 minutes away from Pompeii were we all got our choice of pizza toppings.

After lunch we went to Naples and visited the National Archaeological Museum. This is where we went instead of Mt. Vesuvius. It had interesting Egyptian and Greek exhibits. And apparently, according to one of our guides who was obsessed, a Secret Cabinet.

In short, this day trip could have been much better.

J
, Oct 2018

Claudia was wonderful - she was personable and knowledgable. Our local guide at Pompeii was also terrific and knowledgable. Sadly Vesuvius was closed, but there's nothing the tour company could do about that. Instead we went into Naples to the museum where Pompeii artifacts are displayed - after days in Rome seeing statues and frescoes we could have just as easily skipped it, but the model of Pompeii really impressed how much was buried and what remains to uncover.The provided lunch (pizza) wasn't bad, but the facility itself was interesting - packed us in like sardines and it was uncomfortably hot. All in all it's a good tour but a long 13 hour day. There's a stop each way between Rome and Pompeii, at the same rest area that includes restrooms, snack bar, and a plethora of "only in Italy" items for sale. We totally burned a lot of time on those stops (as well as the lunch location) that we would have preferred not to waste.

t
, Oct 2018

Wonderful trip, even the views from the bus (both ways, sunrise and sunset) were beautiful. Our guide was a young Italian born American man who had a good sense of humor and who was a great guide. Vesuvius is amazing, the view to Napoli, Capri and Ischia is great. The nature is interesting. Good place to take pictures of the mountin, nature and the view.Pizza was good.Pompei is something everybody should see. It's so huge and in good condition and full of interesting places. We had a great local guide in Pompei, who told us interesting stories.

B
, Oct 2018

My husband and I are so glad we booked this tour! Our City Wonders tour guide, Claudia, was very entertaining and helpful - she offered lots of history about the places we were visiting and lots of helpful tips for our stay in Rome. Our Pompeii tour guide, Nicoli, was very entertaining and helpful as well. The hike up to the top of Mount Vesuvius was actually more difficult than my husband and I anticipated, and we are late twenties/early thirties and relatively in-shape, but the hike was still very much doable, and the views were breathtaking (like the hike - lol), so we are glad we did it! I have already recommended this tour to others!

L
, Oct 2018

Our Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius was a disappointment because there was no Vesuvius due to safety concerns regarding a recent landslide. Participants should have been advised prior to the trip and given a discount or allowed to cancel without losing anything. That said, the guide was first rate and did his best to make up for the disappointment..

k
, Oct 2018

Excellent experience! Our guide, Melissa, was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information on Italy as well as Vesuvius and Pompeii. Our guide at Pompeii, Nicholas, was also fantastic and we enjoyed the day thoroughly. I recommend it highly!

J
, Oct 2018

Our tour guide, Jon was great! Unfortunately due to the weather we weren't able to hike the volcano. Because of this, we received a generous partial refund. Highly recommend.


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