Private Guided Tour of Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii
- Pompeii ruins: This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once a thriving city. Lost for more than 15 centuries, the world's most famous excavation site reveals a pristinely preserved ancient Roman city.
- Mount Vesuvius: Start your 40-minute hike at 3,000 feet along the steep gravel path to the 550-yard crater, enjoying the stunning views of Naples and its bay below.
- Cameo factory: Browse the shop and explore the factory where semi-precious stones are carved with silhouettes of ancient Romans.
- Totally Private: Hey we love group tours. But we know sometimes you want to explore with just your friends and family. Customized to fit your whole crew - just let us know if you want to invite more peeps.
About This Naples Tour
One of the most visited destinations of the last 250 years, the ruins at Pompeii provide a fascinating glimpse into ancient Roman life, with the city's artifacts, frescoes, and theaters nearly left nearly intact.
Successive pyroclastic waves of gas and ash were the kiss of death for Pompeii's inhabitants, their bodies frozen in the instant of their earthly demise. Archaeologists have uncovered and restored over 1,000 bodies, along with thousands of artifacts offering a detailed depiction of ancient Roman life.
Famous Mount Vesuvius, the still-active volcano, buried Pompeii in 79 A.D. With crevices still exuding fumes and heat, you will spend approximately two hours at the Mount Vesuvius site. It’s a vigorous experience that pays off, with stunning views over the Bay of Naples and its town.
Vesuvius is famous for the 79 AD eruption which destroyed the ancient cities of both Pompeii and Herculaneum. Being still active, it still holds a grave danger to the busy metropolis of Naples and all that surround it, even though the last eruption was 1944. This was during World War ll when the newly-arrived Allied forces in Italu had their planes destroyed and experienced forced evacuations at nearby airbases.
Pliny the Younger, a Roman historian witnessed the 79 AD eruption. She wrote the oldest surviving description of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Here is Pliny's description...
"On 24 August, in the early afternoon, my mother drew [my uncle's] attention to a cloud of unusual size and appearance. its general appearance can be best expressed as being like an umbrella pine, for it rose to a great height on a sort of trunk and then split off into branches, I imagine because it was thrust upwards by the first blast and then left unsupported as the pressure subsided, or else it was borne down by its own weight so that it spread out and gradually dispersed. Sometimes it looked white, sometimes blotched and dirty, according to the amount of soil and ashes it carried with it."
As a Result….
Modern volcanologists now use the term ‘Plinian Eruptions’ to describe large-volume, violent eruptions that produce quickly-expanding clouds of rock, ash and gases which rise many miles into the atmosphere.
Arriving by cruise ship? Our GoBe rep will be outside the security check, in front of the Maritime Station building. Staying in a hotel? On the day, look for your guide in the lobby and our logo sign. Name your cruise ship or hotel at check out.
For security reasons, large bags, backpacks and trolleys are not permitted inside Pompeii excavations. These large items can be left in the vehicle. Lockers are not available. Caution is advised when walking across hardened lava and rocky ground where crevices still exude fumes and heat. Travelers with a history of heart disease or high blood pressure should not participate.
Expect an extensive amount of walking, If you have limited mobility, this tour will be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Private Tour, Full Day, Cultural, Walking Tour, Shopping
English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Due to the extensive amount of walking required, this tour is not recommended to travelers with heart or breathing issues or those who have difficulty walking over uneven surfaces, up inclines and steps, and at a steady pace.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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