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Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide

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Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the fascinating ancient city of Pompeii with an expert guide on this guided tour. Walk through the cobblestone streets to see the ruins of the forum, bathhouse, individual homes, and even a brothel. Gain fascinating insight into the tragedy of the city from the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius from your knowledgable guide.
  • Walking tour of Pompeii excavations
  • Explore the ruins of the ancient Roman city with an expert guide
  • Learn about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that buried Pompeii and the surrounding area
  • Visit the main attractions of the city, including the forum, theater, and brothel
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Hotel Vittoria , Piazza Esedra, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

The guide will wait for you at the entrance of the Coffee shop Vittoria, close to Porta Marina Inferiore entrance. Be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the starting time, in case of any delay the guide WILL NOT wait since it is a group tour and the entrance tickets are booked for that time.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to the Pompeii excavation on your own (it's an easy trip from Naples or Sorrento on the Circumvesuviana train to the Pompei Scavi station). Meet your guide not far from the entrance to the Pompeii archaeological site. From there, follow your guide into the ancient city and travel back in time.

Learn about the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79 that buried Pompeii and preserved it. Walk on ancient Roman cobblestones, looking out for the ruts left by wagon wheels.

Visit the theater, where once there were lively performances of tragedy and comedy. See Pompeii's thermal bathhouse, where residents would go regularly to bathe, exercise, and gossip. Peek into the remains of local businesses, such as restaurants, bars, and shops selling food and clothing.

Walk through the forum, the heart of any ancient Roman city, to see the ruins of both temples and civic buildings. This is where priests and politicians spent their time, and where government and religion came together. Look at the barracks where Roman gladiators once trained and lived. Don't miss the rebuilt brothel, one of Pompeii's most popular attractions.

Pack a hat for summer sun, and wear comfortable shoes. You actually walk on lava rock.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
You will visit the highlight of the Ancient city of Pompeii, from the small theatres to the incredible baths; from the Gymnasium to the House of Menander, the Lupanare and many more! A trip into the ancient Roman habits and way of living!
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable shoes, because you will be walking on the original ancient streets
  • At the time of reservation please specify your mobile number inclusive of the country code in case of any emergency
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you are late or miss the tour there wil be no refunds
  • Please note that the 5 pm tour last 2 hours.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is not a ticket to the ruins, this is a guided tour confirmation, you can use it only with the guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Raphael Tours & Events
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-line Small-Group Pompeii Tour with a Local Archaeology Expert Guide.

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  • "It was worth the extra money to have a small group tour as the bigger groups seemed quite rushed and less personal." See review
  • "Definitely do this tour over the headset tour - it's worth your time and money!" See review

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star-5
Greatest Tour I've been on
Airi_S
, Aug 2022
Lelo, is a very eccentric guide who not only has hands on experience through the excavation, but also demonstrates how much he cares about the city. Every other tour guide knows him, and almost always greets him happily, and if not, they certainly get out of his way. When you sign up for this tour, you are truly signing up for a first class experience as a member of Lelo's Family. There was never a dull, nor monotone moment in the entire tour. 10/10 would do again.
star-5
Absolutely brilliant
Petrina_N
, Jul 2022
A brilliant tour and as a small group made it very personal. Our guide was fantastic, continuously making the the information understandable and fun. Great use of examples and the derivation of words we still use today. Loved it!
star-5
Essential tour
Elizabeth_D
, Jul 2022
This tour was essential. I couldn't imagine visiting Pompeii without the extensive knowledge of our guide.
star-5
Fantastic day with a wonderful guide.
Fleur_H
, Jul 2022
We had an awesome tour of Pompeii with Lalo (not sure of spelling)our amazing guide, who was extremely knowledgeable having worked on the Pompeii excavations and projects for years. He really brought the site to life with the perfect mix of information and humor. He even kept our tee rage sim fully engaged for the full three hours which is incredible! Cannot recommend this tour enough!
star-5
Pompeii Pleasures!
Stefania_M
, Jul 2022
Antonio was awesome. Funny. Entertaining and very informative. We toured Pompeii and I really felt we got to see some special things. Thanks for a great experience Antonio!
star-5
Our tour guide Italo was...
Jorge_M
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Italo was very informative and very friendly. The whole tour was awesome. I will recommended 100%.
star-5
Book this Tour!!
Anthony_C
, Jul 2022
Our guide Lilo was absolutely incredible. He brought Pompeii to life with his amazing stories and inside archeological knowledge. Book this tour!
star-5
Just the perfect Pompeii visit
Pnar_A
, Jul 2022
With Lello, we did not understand how time passed by with his amazing storytelling skills. By his professionalism and energetic vibe we got much more than what we expected. Everything went smooth with the meeting and the entrance was super fast. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Amazing Pompeii
Allan_M
, Jul 2022
Excellent guide. Amusing and informative. Great way to explore history. On time and a small group made it very enjoyable
star-5
Great tour. Saw so much...
Walter_G
, Jul 2022
Great tour. Saw so much and learned so much too. So much better than trying to do it yourself. Guide was outstanding and great with our group.
star-5
Wonderful small group tour!
Hallie_V
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide, Rossana, was wonderful. She had a depth of knowledge and was able to share her passion and provide great historical information about Pompeii! The group was small (9 people) which allowed a very personal tour!
star-5
Amazing Pompeii tour
Gregg_G
, Jul 2022
Our tour of Pompeii was just amazing, our guide Antonio was so friendly and informative it made the tour just perfect.
star-5
Fantastic, knowledgeable guide
Shannon_M
, Jul 2022
Fantastic experience. Our guide was super knowledgeable and gave us great context. She also was great with kids, drawing them in and asking them lots of questions to keep them engaged.
star-5
Wonderful tour of Pompeii!
Teri_R
, Jul 2022
Rosanna’s knowledge and passion about Pompeii really brought it to life for us. Her enthusiasm was infectious! I am so glad we booked a tour; I did not realize how large Pompeii is and I feel if we did not do a tour, I would not have appreciated it in the same way. We had a 3 PM tour - I was glad we went later in the day when some of the crowds were gone and Rosanna was so kind to often keep us in the shade during her talks. Thank you for a wonderful tour!
star-5
Pompeii on a hot day!
JillA_Z
, Jul 2022
Our guide was great and we booked fairly last minute because we didn’t want to be in a large group, it was going to be very hot and we didn’t want to get lost. Clarelia (spelling?) was great and knew her stuff. She pointed out little details we definitely would have missed on our own and more global things as well. She oriented us perfectly in the city so we wouldn’t get lost when we went out on our own afterward! She also had lots of knowledge, literal perspective and context for the social, practical, political and business aspects of the lives of Pompeiians and told stories for what their day to day lives must have been like—she infused our tour with thoughtful warmth, compassion, heart and humor. Flawless English. We would request her again for other tours around Italy if we had more time. We had been to Velia and Paestum first on our own and really could have used her knowledge and experiences in our wanders in those two places.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great value for a great experience!
jreadmaniafricacom
, Jul 2022
It just proves the value of a guide. Ittalo was an excellent guide and just walking through without à guide would not have added the meat to the bone that we appreciated. His knowledge was awesome and the use of a book to describe the different processes made ingesting the entire history and experience so much more gratifying. We had a small group, and the extra money was certainly worthwhile
star-5
Explanation of different...
Tiep_N
, Jun 2022
Explanation of different parts of the architecture, the history, the usage, stories behind them. Really enjoy Lanlo’s guide throughout the day
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
best tour guide
Margaret_W
, Jun 2022
our tour guide (“lay-lo” i am so sorry have no idea how to spell it) was so funny, knowledgeable, and took us to the best spots.
star-5
Amazing tour of Pompeii.
Elysia_B
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Andreana was just incredible. After being lead by her from one amazing place to another within the ancient ruins of Pompeii we quickly realized that would have never been able to find nor discover so many of Pompeii’s treasures, secrets, and meanings. This was a top notch tour. We are so thankful to Viator and the top of the line tour guides that they happen to find. Our deepest gratitude.What a memorable, enjoyable, and incredibly educational experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A must! Skip the queue and guided tour
Peter_J
, Jun 2022
Our guide was very funny, incredibly informative, spoke excellent English and completely made the tour. So many facts and interesting information that you would not get without having a guided tour. Skipping the queue helped as there are a lot of people waiting at 9am. Take lots of water as nowhere to buy any until you finish the tour.

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