• Location: Sorrento, Italy
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Uncover the archeological mysteries of Pompeii and Herculaneum on an enriching full-day excursion from Sorrento. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the devastation of Mt Vesuvius’ ancient eruption first hand as you explore the volcanic ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum on foot. Delve deep into the tragic history of the region, and then revitalize with a delicious Italian lunch at a traditional restaurant. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 18 people.


  • Pompeii and Herculaneum day trip from Sorrento
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities destroyed by the Mt Vesuvius eruption
  • Learn about these intriguing archaeological sites from an expert guide
  • Enjoy a lunch with wine at a local Italian restaurant
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento Including Lunch


Climb aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minibus at a central Sorrento location and relax during the scenic journey to Pompeii and Herculaneum, two ancient cities devastated by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

Feel your excitement heighten as you approach the sites of the miraculously preserved, 2000-year-old ruins and commence a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Herculaneum area. Receive a fascinating introduction to the city and how it was buried under a sea of volcanic ash following Mt Vesuvius’ unexpected eruption. 

Next, travel onward to Pompeii, stopping for a revitalizing Italian lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Please see the Itinerary section for a sample menu. Sated, embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ruins with your expert guide. 

Delve into the encompassing intrigue of the ancient city destroyed by the mighty volcano; see excavations of ancient monuments and admire the perfectly preserved structure of Villa of Mysteries (Villa dei Misteri), so-called because of the frescoes, statues and walls that sustained little damage during the eruption. 

Suitably impressed, return to your vehicle and relax during the journey back to Sorrento, where the tour concludes.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Nice small gorup trip to Pompeii and Herculaneaum. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a great job.

Roderick C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Fantastic with a well informed and interesting guide. Walking the streets of Pompeii and then Herculaneum was remarkable. A good introduction to these time capsules but each will have to be revisited because they are far more extensive that we had imagined and each requires at least a day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was amazing - as someone who loves history and archaeology, this is a great way to scratch the surface of Pompeii and Herculaneum. My time in Italy was really limiting, but with this tour I was able to get a great overview of the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum! Our tour guide sorry I forget her name was also very knowledgeable and really made the history come alive - something I never would have been able to do if I had tried to visit Pompeii on my own. I would definitely recommend this to anyone!!

Janet S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

After being on my to do list for many years, I finally had the chance to take this great day trip. The Pompeii sight is huge and I like to see everything, but once there realized that walking around over the course of the guided tour, one does not HAVE to see everything to appreciate what it was and is today. Especially in you do some research before the visit, you can see and experience much in the allotted time. It is truly amazing and well worth any kind of a visit. Herculaneum is small and compact and easy to grasp in a short time, and just as amazing as Pompeii. The present city is virtually on top of the excavation, which lends an extra dimension of understanding of the history and evolution of the ancient city. The guide was terrific, with information, stories, told in an entertaining way. If someone has more time, I would recommend visiting Pompeii for a whole day, but if time for this is short as in my case, seeing the two sites in one day is a great way to go. Lunch is pretty good, a convenience more than a great meal but worth while.

Christina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I was so glad we saw both sights. It was a long day but well worth it

Anne Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Another fantastic tour. Were shown many areas and given enough time to look around. Lunch was also great.

David K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Michel our guide was obviously a professor of archeology and history. He was also so very professional and stood out among all other guides we were in proximity of. He had a real and spontaneous love for these sites. His attitude and personality made the tour. We would never had gained the knowledge and experience from any other guide. The connection to the small group tour was easy, the driver was very good my husband suffers motion sickness easily and the food for lunch was great at a wonderful location. This was by far the best tour in our three weeks in Italy....thanks to the guide.

Jane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour and the guide were great. We learned things that we never knew and were wowed by the place and the descriptions. We felt that the tour was a high point of our trip to Sorrento. My husband was so keen to go on this trip and his expectations were totally met!

Greg M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour and Rafaela was a passionate and informative tour guide that made even more enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a great way to see both the historic sights in one day, in comfort and with a knowledgeable guide to show you the most interesting and important parts. As both the sites are rather large you could easily get lost in the labyrinth of stone walls and houses and miss significant areas but our tour guide kept us all together whilst showing us the sights. The lunch was excellent and they catered for Gluten Free without notice. Remember that the entrance to both sites are not included so have cash to pay for these on the day.

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