Naples: Ruins of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
- Pickup available
- Skip the ticket line
- Duration: 7 hours
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Herculaneum is well worth a visit, the site is much smaller than Pompeii and although the allocated time is 2 hours, to do it justice 3 hours would be better. We didn't get 2 hours, because the bus was late and the skip the line queue was long! Suggest you hire an audio guide or buy a guidebook. There were no free 'English' leaflets on the day we visited which was a bit disappointing. Vesuvius is also well worth a visit, you need to be fit and able to walk uphill for about 30 minutes on loose volcanic stone, and you need good sturdy walking shoes. It provides for a good workout though, I certainly ached after the climb! Note this is not an organised tour. This tour uses the services of a local hop on bus service. The bus transfer from Herculaneum to Vesuvius was packed and people had to stand. The bus was changed enroute, at the wine tasting stop, this was supposed to have been a 30 minute stop, but they only stopped for 15 minutes. No time to buy lunch.
Everything was right on time! Easy to find pick up spots. We had a private driver, Pasquale, in a Mercedes mini van. He was helpful, kind, and very patient with us. He took us to Pompeii, then to Vesuvius. He even dropped us off at our hotel. Definitely go with this company!
Although u never got a guide on the trip to take you on the bus it was well worth doing. The bus had a guided talk as u went along and the driver always helped with meeting times and information needed. Both places were great.
Catching the bus was easy and the lady doing the ticketing was very helpful. The fact that it was a Hop on and Off bus was suprising but ended up being great.. we took a train from Rome to do the tour and had a great day.
Candidly I was terribly disappointed that Mt. Vesuvius was closed but that’s not anyone’s fault. Tour guide gave us the option to see Herculaneum as a substitute which we enjoyed.