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Ruins of Pompeii & Mt Vesuvius Volcano Day Trip from Rome

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Hike up Mount Vesuvius and then explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii on a must-do day trip from Rome! Going at a steady pace, the hike includes a walk on the ridge of Italy’s famously feisty volcano, allowing incredible views down into the crater itself. After a pizza lunch, head to Pompeii to see the havoc that Mount Vesuvius reaped on it in AD 79. Tour the UNESCO-listed excavations, seeing fossils and well-preserved ruins while hearing the horrors that befell this intriguing ancient city.

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.
Highlights
  • Book ahead to guarantee a spot on this popular tour from Rome
  • Hike to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius with a guide who knows the way
  • Learn about the ancient sites from your guide
  • Don’t worry about entrance fees—they’re included in the tour price
What to Expect
Your tour of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius starts with pickup in central Rome.  Board an air-conditioned vehicle, and make the ride over to Mt. Vesuvius. At Mt. Vesuvius, your guide leads you on a hike to the top of the old volcano. At the top, catch sight of the Bay of Naples, and sights inside the crater. Please note from late November to late March, you’ll explore the National Archaeological Museum of Pompeii instead of the short hike.  Afterward, take a break and enjoy a pizza lunch before making your way over to Pompeii—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former Roman city. Once you arrive in Pompeii, follow your guide on a tour, and learn the history of the area. See the Forum and Teatro Grande as you go. Your tour ends with a ride back to Rome.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Piazza del Popolo, Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
7:30 AM
Duration
13h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guided tour
  • Skip the Line Access
  • Lunch
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Pompeii - Archaeological Area.
  • Entry/Admission - Vesuvius National Park
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Temperatures on the volcano are usually lower than temperatures on the ground; a sweater or light jacket is recommended.
  • On rare occasions the crater of Mount Vesuvius may close due to adverse weather conditions or stikes. If this happens, you will be offered an extended tour of Pompeii, a visit to the National Archeological Museum of Pompeii, or a visit to Mount Solfatara, a volcano located in the Phlaegrean Fields near Mount Vesuvius.
  • Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour.
  • From late November to March the Vesuvius isn't accessible and it is replaced with a visit to the city of Naples with panoramic bus tour and free time.
  • The hike up to the crater of Vesuvius requires a good level of general fitness. The walk is uphill at a 14 degree angle and takes roughly 20 minutes.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Pompeii and My. Vesuvius was probably the most interesting tour we did while visiting Italy. Our group on the tour was a group of 12 including 6 children. Sean was our guide and he was excellent! He kept the entire group going smoothly and made...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We took this trip on our last day in Rome. Our guide was Antonella and she was wonderful. Marco did an excellent job driving. We brought our three children ages 8, 6, and 10 months. They are great, experienced travelers already, so we knew they’d...More

1  Thank 724adriennem
Reviewed 4 days ago

I highly recommend this day trip to Mt. Vesuvius and Pompeii! Sean was our guide and he did a fantastic job, entertaining us along the way with jokes and fun facts about history, making the bus ride to Mt. Vesuvius seem a lot shorter than...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Annie W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It was my last full day in Rome until I went back to the states. He was an amazing guide, very intriguing, engaging, and knowledgeable about what we saw. This tour was something I looked forward to very much and it was definitely worth the...More

1  Thank kt_ata_1710
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had no idea the bus ride was 2.5 hours each way when we arrived- but it was relaxing, in a clean, comfortable air conditioned coach bus with our excellent tour guide Giacomo alternating between telling interesting and funny stories, and giving us time to...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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davethewanderluster
15 September 2019|
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Response from Storyteller657021 | Reviewed this property |
Shorts are absolutely okay. Dress for the weather. Just shoes could be a problem if they aren't somewhat sturdy. It's an uphill, dusty climb with loose rocks.
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13 September 2019|
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Yes, children can go on the trip but there is a lot of walking and unevenness at times. Depending on the time of year, it can be extremely hot with limited shade.
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The Mt. Vesuvius climb is not reccommended if you use a walker or wheelchair. It is steep and requires much physical exertion. The path up is also rocky and uneven so its not ideal for a wheel chair. However, please contact... More
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