Private Pompeii And Herculaneum Tour
LivTours’ Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour is perfect for history buffs wanting to see the wonders of two renowned archaeological sites in one day. On this private half day archaeological exploration, your expert private guide will give you the details of that ominous day in 79 A.D. when both the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were covered in ash by the powerful eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Pompeii tends to get all the attention, but Herculaneum is well worth a visit with its perfect preservation, giving us even more insight into the lives of residents from thousands of years ago. Both towns were once thriving trading centers in the south of Italy and both were completely wiped out in the blink of an eye. This private tour will tell you all about the thriving history and culture of these two important towns before that fateful day in 79 AD.
- Enjoy a private tour of the two best preserved ruins in Italy - Pompeii & Herculaneum
- Direct access with a local and passionate tour guide dedicated to you
- Explore major ancient ruins which have been studied for centuries
- See thousands of years worth of history in just one day
- Learn about the daily life, work and families during ancient times
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Your private Pompeii and Herculaneum Tour will begin with a warm welcome from your LivTours expert private guide. You will enjoy priority access to the excavations of Pompeii, not wasting a moment of your valuable vacation time. Stroll through the fascinating archaeological site while learning about the advanced engineering that was used, which was well before its time. Your private guide will take you on a journey through back in time showing you ancient road mapping, residential and utilities planning. Being a valuable port trading town, your private expert guide will also take you around the “shops” which lined the main street in an effort to catch the attention of traveling tradesmen. This fascinating walk through these excavations in the company of an expert really brings this 163 acre site to life!
In Pompeii you will visit the Forum, the heart of the city where religious, economic and commercial life took place. You will see the ancient basilica of town (not a religious building), which is a preserved architectural prototype of the Christian basilica seen throughout Europe. Walking through the residential neighborhoods, you can hear tales of how the residents of Pompeii lived…and loved! Experience a thorough journey through the most amazing ancient ruins with an expert LivTours private guide.
HERCULANEUM, PRESERVED BY THE HAND THAT RUINED IT
Five miles south of Naples lies an ancient town whose richness and history is on par with that of Pompeii, the town is Herculaneum. Your guide will accompany this site to begin the second half of your exploration.
Herculaneum is known as the better preserved cousin of Pompeii as the volcanic ash that covered it, also helped preserve the framework of the homes and buildings, but also the more fragile materials such as wood and other natural materials. Like a historian’s dream come true, you get to see the very beds and even food remnants left behind from that terrible day. Taking a walk through Herculaneum is immersing yourself in history. Some of the attractions you will see in Herculaneum include the House of Galba, the Thermal Baths and wonderful mosaic floors, the Samnite House and plenty more.
These two spectacular towns are still active excavation sites and international archaeologists are literally digging deeper into the story of that infamous day. This is the perfect tour for those who want to immerse themselves in ancient Roman life!
ADD ON: WINE TASTING & LUNCH AT A LOCAL VINEYARD
If you would like to make your half day tour a full day tour, then why not add on a visit and lunch at a local family run winery set in the hills of Mount Vesuvius. Your private guide will leave you with your chauffeur who will take you to the nearby vineyard. This traditional winery is now run by the third generation who are young entrepreneurs who took their nonno’s (grandfather’s) hobby and made it into a viable reality. Your winery guide will meet you upon your arrival and will take you on a private tour through the vineyard and the cellar while explaining the bio-dynamic techniques they used in production, as well as some of the ancient techniques they are implementing in their production.
Of course, no vineyard tour would be complete without a wine tasting. Enjoy the views while you savor three wines followed by a delicious light meal which includes a starter, first course and a dessert. You are sure to enjoy the stories, landscape and of course wine of this vineyard that has been in the family for three generations.
- Skip the line Pompeii tickets
- Fully guided Pompeii tour
- Pompeii theatre & gladiator barracks
- Pompeii Forum
- Roman bath house
- House of Julia Felix
- House of Sulast
- Herculanium entrance tickets
- Fully guided Herculanium tour
- Mt Vesuvius view
- Train tickets to transfer between sites
- Optional lunch & wine tasting addon
- Pompeii & Herculaneum are active excavation sites. The suggested itinerary might encounter some changes depending on the archaeologist’s daily duties.
- Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
- LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, you are required to wear a mask for the entire duration of the tour. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.*Our Tuscan motorcycle tour and some Ferrari private experiences are inclusive of one person only.
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Pompeii and Herculaneum
"We searched the internet for a private tour of Pompeii and found LivItaly offered not just Pompeii but also Herculaneum. We knew of Pompeii and the tragedy that killed off the city but kept it so well preserved all these years. Learning about Herculaneum and seeing the fabulous ruins (that, we thought, were even better preserved) really made for a memorable experience. Giorgio, our private guide, was funny and entertaining and oh so very well-versed on the subject. He welcomed all of our questions and patiently answered all. We went home totally satisfied with this tour and this tour company."
HeatherD. - USA
Enchanted with both of these ancient cities
"The ruins of both ancient cities, Pompeii and Herculaneum, are awesome!! Pompeii is, of course, much more well known and popular and is a definite must-see. But Herculaneum is much smaller and so, in a way, much easier to navigate. In any event, we enjoyed our private tour of both these sites. Our tour guide, Mario, was a local archaeologist and art historian so we had the best of the best. The entire day was fantastic!"
Fay and Joey - USA
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