Pompeii / Amalfi
3 hrs
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Max 15

Highlights

  • Wandering the ancient streets of Pompeii, it’s easy to miss out on the real must-sees—and difficult to understand them when you do come across them. Get the best from your visit with an expert archaeologist as your guide.
  • You’ll visit all the top sights of the ruined city, including the plaster death casts, the Roman Forum, a theater, ancient fast food restaurants, the cemetery, the bakery, the main street and even the supermarket. Over the course of three hours, you’ll explore more of the ruins than on any other guided tour.
  • Step into the incredible House of the Vettii, a remarkably preserved example of home design and aesthetics in Ancient Rome.
  • With pre-reserved tickets, you won’t have to wait in line. Small groups of 15 people or fewer ensure that your exploration is intimate and engaging, and that you get the most from your time with our expert guides.

Tour description

Step back in time at Pompeii, exploring the significant sites and less-visited gems in the ancient city.

There’s no better place in Italy to experience life as an ancient Roman than at Pompeii. And the best way to experience Pompeii? With an expert archaeologist guide! That's not just because your guide brings the sights to life with spine-tingling tales from Pompeii's past. It's also because the site is huge, and signs on the ruins are old, hard to read, and usually with only dull, cursory information. We’ll help you make the most of your time in ancient Rome’s best-preserved city on this in-depth experience that brings the stones and streets of Pompeii to life—covering more ground than any other guided Pompeii tour.

Get the most from your visit and understand the sights before your eyes with context from a knowledgeable guide.

Experience Pompeii without the stress of following a map and trying to decipher ruins by yourself. With an expert archaeologist on hand, you'll be taken right to the coolest sights Pompeii has to offer and truly understand what they are.

You’ll see all the most popular sites throughout your Pompeii tour, including a Roman bakery and the Roman Forum. You’ll learn what Ancient Romans ate and drank, what they did for fun and the sad, misguided beliefs they held about the cause of those ground tremors they felt before the eruption, or the frequent clouds of ash from nearby Mount Vesuvius.

But while the spaces frequented by Pompeii’s public are undeniably fascinating, so are their private homes. We’ll show you around one of the city’s most famous: the stunningly preserved House of the Vettii. Owned by two wealthy brothers, this sprawling home is an excellent living testament to Roman design at the time of Pompeii’s destruction.

Of course, you’ll visit what is, for many visitors, the most unmissable aspect of their Pompeii tour: the world-famous plaster casts of those killed in the eruption. These are eerie and moving glimpses of what it must have been like to experience Armageddon.

Another highlight of our Pompeii tour is one of the city’s beautiful theaters, which is amazingly well preserved. You can easily imagine what it was like to watch a performance here in summer on a warm Italian evening.

Tour with a Pompeii archaeologist guide handpicked for their knowledge and friendliness.

Tour operators are required to use official Pompeii tour guides at the archaeological ruins. We’ve chosen only the best of the bunch to work with, hand-picking guides with passion and knowledge—not to mention the storytelling skills required to bring this incredible city to life for you. As on all our tours, we only work with the best five-star guides, because we understand that they’re the most important element of your tour.

If you take a guided tour on only one stop of your Italy vacation, make it Pompeii. With the power to enchant and delight, Pompeii is a hieroglyphic of a site, needing an expert touch to translate. But in the hands of the right archaeologist, it truly comes to life as a living, breathing city.

For details on how to reach Pompeii from Rome, Naples or Sorrento, see our Important Notes page (link below).

Sites visited

  • Plaster-cast remains of Pompeii’s doomed inhabitants
  • Theater
  • Porta Marina
  • The Roman Forum
  • Roman Baths
  • Roman Houses "Domus"
  • Pompeii's Main Street
  • Ancient "shops"
  • Brothel
  • Panoramic View of Pompeii
  • House of the Vettii

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Claire

May 11, 2024

This was our favorite excursion and memory of our time in Italy. Our tour guide was Sonia S. whose passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for Pompeii had her sharing fascinating stories and facts non-stop. She was an absolute pleasure and we would love to go on future tours with her. Her tour was outstanding. We saw the bathhouse, low and high class bordello, newer excavations of rich people's houses, fast food stands, bakery, theater. temples, the museum/antiquarium with the plaster casts of people and animals and other artifacts, and learned about the paved streets and life on Pompeii. Sonia brought the history of Pompeii alive for us with depth and excitement. We even could sample real "Pompeii" water from the still running Pompeii fountains (updated with modern plumbing). This tour offered the most time in Pompeii as compared to other tours I evaluated plus skip the line tickets and one of the few with real archeologists. I highly recommend this tour. We did the 10:30 am tour (group met a little after 10:15 am on the left side of the entrance; not the right) which allowed us plenty of time to travel from the cruise port, by bus to the Napoli Centrale train station and downstairs to the Napoli Garibaldi station to take the Circumvesuviana commuter train to the Pompei Scavi Villa Dei Misteri station and the 2 minute walk to the Pompei Porto Marina front entrance. The tour concluded a little before 2:00 pm, and Sonia left us conveniently in an area where we could eat our snacks we brought, use the bathroom, and keep touring on our own. We took the 2:50 pm train back to Napoli Garibaldi/Napoli Centrale and then a taxi (20 Euros) back to the cruise ship.

Charles

May 10, 2024

Our tour guide, Francesca, was fabulous!

Nancy

May 03, 2024

My only complain if you want to call it that was that no one was at the meeting spot 15 minutes before it started (like the directions stated). This caused us to wonder if we were at the right spot, about 8 minutes before the tour started the tour guide and rep showed up and started handing out the radios. Could have been a tad bit more organized.

Charlotte

Apr 23, 2024

Very knowledgeable tour guide with great energy and went at a perfect pace!

Penny

Apr 14, 2024

We did the 3 hour tour of Pompeii. Illyria was our guide and she was excellent! As an archeologist, she brought in depth knowledge to the site with charm and humour. She brought us to her favourite spots, resulting in a fascinating tour we could never have had on our own. The group was small which is ideal for a place like Pompeii. Highly recommend this City Walks tour!

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