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Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento

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Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento
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Combine a trip to the UNESCO-listed ruins of Pompeii with a walk up to the crater of Mt. Vesuvius. The group day trip includes round-trip transportation, plus tours of each site. After a relaxed stroll around the archaeological site at the ancient city of Pompeii, take a short hike up to the rim of the volcano to meet a mountain guide and peer into the crater’s rim.
  • Learn about Mt. Vesuvius and the AD 79 eruption that buried Pompeii
  • Wander amid Pompeii’s ruins and see the Temple of Jupiter and ancient markets
  • Hike up the side of Mt. Vesuvius and learn about its history from an alpine guide
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Centrally located Meeting Point
Round trip transportation with air-conditioned vehicle
Official Local Guide in Pompeii
Entry/Admission - Pompeii Archaeological Park
Entry/Admission - Vesuvius National Park
Skip The Line Access
Headphones for all passengers
Dedicated guide in Pompeii (if private option selected)
Lunch
Travel etc. - Gray Line Amalfi Coast , Piazza Torquato Tasso, 16, 80067 Sorrento NA, Italy

Please meet our Guide by the entrance of "Gray Line - IAMME IA!" office located behind the statue of Torquato Tasso, nearby the Bar Fauno, next to the Fattoria Terranova shop. We suggest to arrive at meeting point 10 minutes prior to the departure.

This activity will end right where it started.
Board your climate-controlled minibus and relax on the journey inland to Pompeii. Once you arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed archaeological digs, meet your guide and head off on a tour to discover Pompeii’s highlights.

As you explore, learn about the destructive volcanic eruption of AD 79 that buried the ancient city for centuries. The ash and molten lava that streamed out of Mt. Vesuvius preserved the town remarkably, and many original landmarks can be found around the site. See the old public baths, the Macellum (market), and the Temple of Jupiter, and hear about their history from your guide.

After a break for lunch at your own expense, continue with a drive up the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius. Stretch your legs on a short hike up to the crater’s lip and learn about the infamous volcano from a mountain guide. Make use of some free time to gaze out over the Bay of Naples, then return to your transport for the drive back to Sorrento.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Piazza Tasso
Departure from Sorrento at 08:15 a.m. from the Office IAMME IA!-Tours & Tickets
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
Pompeii is a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region, near the coast of the Bay of Naples. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried under meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The preserved site features excavated ruins of streets and houses that visitors can freely explore.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica
The Basilica, with its extension of 1,500 square meters, was the most sumptuous building of the Forum, and its space was used to carry out business and for the administration of justice.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Forum
The Civil Forum is the core of daily life of the city and is the focal point of all the main public buildings for city administration and justice, business management, and trade activities such as markets, as well as the main places of citizen worship.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tempio di Giove Capitolino
Dominated by the Vesuvius with its statues of Jupiter, Juno and Minerva, the temple was the Capitolium, similar to the one located in the Ancient Rome. The statues were highly placed to be visible to those passing in the Forum.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Macellum
The Macellum of Pompeii was located on the Forum and as the provision market of Pompeii was one of the focal points of the ancient city. The building was constructed in several phases. When the earthquake of 62 CE destroyed large parts of Pompeii, the Macellum was also damaged.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Via dell’Abbondanza
Via dell’Abbondanza was the ancient main street (decumanus maximus) of ancient Pompeii, which ran across the city in the direction east/west from the Forum to the Porta Sarno. In ancient times the street was crowded and noisy with many shops, workshops ("officinae”), cafes, snack-bars and restaurants for food and drink.
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Stabian Baths (Terme Stabiane)
The Forum Baths are located behind the Temple of Jupiter and date back to the years immediately after the founding of the colony of veterans by General Silla (80 BC). Women's and men's quarters had separate entrances. The men's section presents an apodyterium (dressing room), used also as a tepidarium (for medium temperature baths), frigidarium (for cold baths) and calidarium (for hot baths). Like many buildings in Pompeii, the baths were heavily damaged during the earthquake of 62 AD.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Lupanar
The Lupanar of Pompeii is the most famous brothel in the ruined Roman city of Pompeii. It is of particular interest for the erotic paintings on its walls. Lupanar is Latin for "brothel". The Pompeii lupanar is also known as Lupanare Grande.
Stop At:  
House of Menander (Casa del Menandro)
The house of the Menander is a great example of a Roman Villa owned by an high-ranking family. It is reachly decorated with wonderful frescoes representing scenes of the Trojan war and here were also founded many objects in silver, tableware now strored in the Archaeological Museum in Naples. The house owes its name to a picture of Menander, an Athenian poet, placed in the portico. The house belonged to Quintus Poppaeus Sabinus of the Poppei family, relatives of the Empress Poppea Sabina, Nero's second wife.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Pompeii Archaeological Park
The Large Theater of Pompeii was built from the Romans on the slope of a hill located in the area; they took advantage of the natural depression of the mountain to create a majesty auditorium divided into 5 sectors. On the stage were played tragedies of the Greco-Roman traditions.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vesuvius National Park
Drop off at 1.000 mt high on the Volcano. Mount Vesuvius is a somma-stratovolcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy, about 9 km east of Naples and a short distance from the shore. In 79 AD eruption destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Mount Vesuvius doesn’t stand alone. While the ‘main peak’ is named Vesuvius, there is another mountain which is attached to it, Monte Somma. is listed among the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Volcanologists and geologists alike agree that the next volcanic eruption is overdue and that when it does happen, it will be big. The layer of magma that lies beneath Vesuvius measures a huge 154 square miles; this is why scientists monitore the volcano’s activity 24/7.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vesuvius National Park
Reach the crater's edge at 1.280 mt to admire a breathtaking panorama on the Gulf of Naples. The surface of the path is uneven, but it' ll be well worth it. Following the devastating eruption, it was named after the Roman God of the Flame and Metal Forgery – Vulcan
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Duration may vary due to traffic condition or unforeseen circumstances
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In case the Vesuvius will be closed due to bad weather, in alternative will be provided a panoramic tour of Naples and no refund will be offered
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: From the 6th August to enter the ruins of Pompeii, as per law, it's required the Green Pass, so make sure to have all the documentation otherwise the access will be forbidden.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 29 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Travel etc. - Gray Line Amalfi Coast
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skip The Line Pompeii Guided Tour & Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Wear closed toe shoes as the terrain is loose and dusty." See review
  • "Try to do this in the spring or fall, as the heat can get quite uncomfortable, especially in Pompeii." See review
  • "The hike to Vesuvius can be tough if you are expecting, elderly, or have any sort of medical/physical constraints, but it is well worth it for the views and memories." See review

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star-5
Great day out
Dean_F
, Aug 2022
Mena was a great guide. This tour started with a easy pickup in central sorrento and transport to pompei in a nice coach. Arrange a tour like this and don't drive the roads as they are very windy and narrow. The guided tour of pompeii was great and informative. The tour says it does not include lunch. So we took along some sandwiches for us adults and our two girls (aged 8 and 10). The tour does stop for lunch at a restaurant halfway up Mt Vesuvius. For €15 each it included a simple salad, maragetta pizza or pasta dish for mains, dessert flan and wine. Overall great value. Then up to Mt Vesuvius where you have 1.5 hours to hike to the top and back again. You can do this in the time, with average fitness. (My kids powered up the hill infront of me but I made!) But you will not make it up the hill with stroller as the path is dirt. A great day out with no stress of driving with a great guided tour of pompei and hike up mou t Vesuvius
star-5
Pompeii was an oven and Vesuvius a frying pan, but still GREAT
Eren_C
, Aug 2022
Our guide, Oronella, was fantastic. She spoke English quite well and was very informative about the history of both places and also not boring to listen to. She also borrowed us some cash because the card machine was broken at the restaurant, we went to (which was a great place with good food and value, also recommended by her). Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Great tour for a Pompeii + Vesuvius day
Adam_D
, Aug 2022
Ornella was a great guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a group of 30 people and a mix of Italian-speaking and English-speaking people and she ran the tour in both languages and perfectly in English. No complaints. We left Sorrento around 8:30am and we got back around 6pm. I would recommend not having any set-in-stone plans immediately after because the end time seemed to depend on traffic and such. Plus I was tired and needed some time to relax before doing anything else.
star-5
The tour was brilliantly...
Ellie_W
, Aug 2022
The tour was brilliantly organised by our fantastic tour guides. Thoroughly enjoyed the day and will never forget this experience.
star-5
Pompeii and mount Vesuvius
robert_j
, Aug 2022
Pompeii ruins very good tour a lot of history the trip to mount Vesuvius is probably worth the tour alone incredible views from the top of the crater. Tour guide Cynthia did an outstanding job and made the entire experience very nice
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic guide and everything I expected it would be
Gillian_T
, Aug 2022
The tour was excellent. Our guide Desiree was really good, she spoke slowly which you could understand, she was knowledgable, helpful and friendly. We didn’t feel rushed and had lots of time to see things at Pompeii and you definitely need a guide to make the most of understanding everything. The walk up Vesuvius was short enough for the time we had, I wouldn’t recommend waiting for the guide at the top, we had to wait 20 minutes and she didn’t tell us much more than Desiree had told us, not worth the wait as we then had to rush to get to the other side. Would recommend the trip though
star-5
Great trip to Pompeii and Vesuvius
Jennifer_N
, Aug 2022
Trip was great. Our guide, Jessica, was so knowledgeable and very organized through an incredibly crowded Pompeii. The hike up Vesuvius is quite steep. Wear good shoes. The “optional” lunch was lovely. There were no other choices for lunch, so if you don’t want to stop for that organized lunch, make sure to bring something.
star-5
We've recommended it to our friends & family!!
Alice_S
, Aug 2022
This was a fantastic trip, very well structured & organised. Clean air conditioned coach. Amazing tour guide Desire - she absolutely made the tour, so knowledgeable, sincere & passionate. Lunch before Vesuvios was fabulous, far exceeding our expectations & really cheap - 3 courses with wine & water €15. Would highly recommend this trip.
star-5
I would have given it 15 stars out of 5
Jessica_F
, Aug 2022
Fabio was our driver and Ciro was our tour guide. We could not have had a better time on this tour! Fabio was great from the start! On time, have us great facts about architecture and history on the way, and a few little personal stories. Fabio is genuinely the nicest person. He is a great driver too! VERY safe driver and we felt comfortable the whole time! He dropped us off with Ciro and made sure we knew where he would be and gave us his number so we could get in touch if for some reason there was a change of plans (this was a private tour for 6 of us). Ciro got us right in with our tickets, no lines just like the listing for the tour said it would be. We remarked to each other that you can tell Ciro really enjoys his job! He is so knowledgeable, he speaks English well, and he guided us expertly even when other tours made it a little crowded. Ciro always made sure to navigate around a crowd to a little spot, often in the shade, where we had our own space and he could continue telling us about the culture of Pompeii. He answered our questions and took as many photos as we wanted! In fact he suggested a couple of group photos that we would not have asked for that turned out great! We saw the small museum there and then left the tour area for a cool shady bathroom and refreshment stop. Ciro connected us with Fabio again and we said our goodbyes to Ciro. Fabio then took us to what I can only describe as the most magical authentic lunch with a view that any of the 6 of us had ever had. It was delicious and the service was incredible. The restaurant we ate at is the last stop on the way up the mountain to Vesuvius. Fabio took us as far as vehicles are allowed to go, he had our tickets printed and ready for us, and off we went. The climb is about 700 meters and I thought it was very difficult HOWEVER there were quite a few children not huffing and puffing as badly as me and one pregnant lady with more grace than I have ever seen Doing the hike so everyone but me had a lot more fun with it lol. Being at the top of the volcano looking down into the caldera is one of the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. I would do it again today and we just did it yesterday. We asked someone to take our picture and shopped a little and headed back down. Fabio was waiting right where he said he would be. Most members of our group took a short nap on the way back to Sorrento but my friend’s husband and I stayed awake and chatted some more about history with Fabio. We listened to some great music on the way back and laughed a lot with Fabio and then we were back at the hotel. We talked about the tour all night. Fabio and Ciro we can’t thank you enough! 101/10 would highly recommend!!!
star-5
Great day out Pompeii and Vesuvius
brianonly
, Aug 2022
Great day experience at Pompeii and to top of Vesuvius volcano. Only dampener was finding out after we pre-booked and paid with Viator that the Sunday we were there (06/08/22, was free entry to Pompeii as they allow free entry on 1st Sunday of every month. Our trip guide Cynzia and the Pompeii guide were excellent. 100% recommend
star-5
great guide, great...
Mark_K
, Aug 2022
great guide, great driver. nice amount of time spent at both Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. fantastic spots to visit.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Simon_T
, Aug 2022
I Highly recommend that tour. You skip the lines, easy to find gathering point and get valuable historic info.
star-4
Needs more time for exploration
wendi_r
, Aug 2022
We enjoyed the tour. The guide was great. My only complaint is it was very rushed. We didn’t get to explore Pompei before having to leave for lunch and then Mt Vesuvius. The climb to the top of the crater is tough so some extra time for those that want to do it but need to take a couple small breaks. I was able to do it but didn’t get to spend anytime at the top before I needed to head back down to meet the bus. I think this tour needs to have an extra hour added to it for exploration.
star-5
The whole trip was so...
Chantal_A
, Aug 2022
The whole trip was so well organized, the guide (Ornella) very well informed and both Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvio breathtaking.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
A super day with an amazing guide
Carmel_M
, Aug 2022
Mena, our guide for the day was outstanding. Witty, knowledgeable and so friendly and pleasant. Made a bucket list day an unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to this area.
star-5
Amazing trip
thegazalis
, Aug 2022
The group was amazing and Pascual the guide was very profesional and great person and very happy for this trip
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Sami_H
, Jul 2022
Jessica was an excellent guide. Great tour. The view from Mount Vesivius was amazing, although the hike was a bit challenging
star-5
Recommend
Stella_H
, Jul 2022
The tour and guides were great. It’s a big day and so so hot in July! I would recommend to do both in the one day and get it over and done with.
star-4
Palmer
Tony
, Jul 2022
Was great. Mena was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Lunch not so good, but limited on choice so understandable
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Best way to see Pompeii
Andrew_F
, Jul 2022
Both parts of trip excellent. mRNA’s knowledge in Pompeii brought it to life and much easier than reading a guide book. Climbing Vesuvius was good too. Make sure you wear trainers as path like gravel/rock mix but great views up there and all the exercise means you have earned a gelato!

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