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Pompeii and Herculaneum Small Group tour with an Archaeologist
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Overview

Pompeii and Herculaneum are among the world’s most important Roman archaeological sites, but the ruins can be hard to interpret to the untrained eye. With this tour, take a deep dive into ancient history by visiting both sites with an archaeologist guide. Learn about the history and architecture of these two cities buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, taking in the highlights in just a few hours.
  • Skip the hassle of following a map by visiting the sites with a guide
  • Explanations of the main villas, temples, and other highlights
  • Assistance during travel between the two archaeological sites by train
  • Admission tickets to both Pompeii and Herculaneum included
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Guidance at Pompeii and Herculaneum by Archaeologist guide
Pompeii skip the line ticket
Herculaneum skip the line ticket
Circumvesuviana one-way ticket from Pompeii to Herculaneum
Pick up and drop off service
Meals and drinks
Archaeological Park of Pompeii , Via Plinio, 26, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

The meeting point is the main entrance of Pompeii ruins called Porta Marina Superiore in front of Hortus Bar #If you booked the option "tour + transport" the meeting point is outside the STARHOTELS TERMINUS, just in front of the Naples Central station , in Piazza Garibaldi, 91.

Ercolano Scavi , 80056 Ercolano, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Drop off after the visit to Herculaneum Ruins

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Askos Tours
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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Pompeii and Herculaneum Small Group tour with an Archaeologist?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Pompeii and Herculaneum Small Group tour with an Archaeologist?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "I strongly recommend that you wear good walking shoes because the cobbles and walls are very uneven making walking sometimes difficult." See review
  • "For this reason, you have to really make an effort to keep up and stay close to the guide." See review

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star-5
Our tour guide was...
Mark_R
, May 2022
Our tour guide was exceptional! He had such a passion for his subject that it rubbed off on all of us. I noticed people not in our group listening in because he was so knowledgeable! It was a wonderful experience, bringing the events to life. We would definitely recommend this company, even the train journey between events went like clockwork, really well organised. Thank you from Mark and Irene.
star-5
Couldn’t have been better
Diane_L
, May 2022
Antonio Mosca was a terrific guide: knowledgeable and skillful in telling stories, making history and archeology come alive. The whole team at Askos was excellent: the driver, the staff at each location. Honestly a top day and highly recommended
star-5
Excellent tour guides with medium sized group
Mary_K
, May 2022
Antonio was a fantastic tour guide - dynamic and gave a wide breadth of understanding of Roman culture in Pompeii. You can tell that he has a deep love for archeology. We chose to do the option of pick up and drop off because I'm pregnant. Our driver was very punctual and friendly. Worth the extra money to have easy transport. The company itself was very well organized. The only "downside" was that the tour was around 20 people, so I wouldn't call it "small".
star-3
Great site, tour not so much
William_M
, May 2022
The site is amazing. Our driver from Naples to Pompeii was also accommodating, pleasant and competent. However I gave only 3 stars based on the tour. The guide seemed knowledgeable, but the tour decided the group did not require audio assist devices. The guide’s voice did not project well, and when he turned his back to walk forward, you missed a significant proportion of his commentary. I do not recall being on group tour previously that did not use audio devices.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello William, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are glad you liked your tour and your guide. we are sad you had some trouble to hear sometimes and because of this only 3 star rating. Actually Your group was very small, only 10 people so the headset was not necessary, also to create a more intimate atmosphere with the guide.
star-5
Great tour.
Jeffery_T
, May 2022
Be warned, this tour is a lot of walking. Our guide was great. Very knowledgeable, great sense of humor. We spent almost 3 hours in Pompeii, before heading to Herculaneum. Pompeii is huge and awesome and I felt like I wouldn’t have enjoyed it simply by walking around with a map.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Ali_A
, May 2022
This was the perfect tour for our first time in Pompeii. Shout out to our great expert guide Antonio!
star-5
Wonderful tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Irene_L
, Apr 2022
Our guide Diego was able to make this tour very enjoyable He had the perfect mix of being extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun.
star-5
Fabulous!
Vandy_S
, Apr 2022
Our guide, Diego, was fabulous! He was passionate about Pompei and Ercolano, and very knowedgeable and personable. We saw many things that we wouldn't have noticed without him, and learned details that we wouldn't have known otherwise. The tour was a fascinating look back at ancient civilizations.
star-5
A Must do
zgr_G
, Apr 2022
The tour was complete. I can’t suggest enough that if you have time visit the both sites. Two different cities which are sharing the same tragic past events.
star-5
Breathtaking and a must
Mary_C
, Apr 2022
Michele was knowledgeable guide. We could have listened for hours. The experience was different between the two cities. We would have been disappointed if we had not seen both. Did not know why the difference in preservation until Michele explain to us that Pompei was covered in ash and Herculaneum was mud of the molten lava.
star-5
Excellent Guide!
lillian_t
, Apr 2022
Excellent guide highly recommend booking this tour you will enhance your visit to these sites greatly.
star-3
Not exactly the small tour that was advertised.
denisemo2003
, Apr 2022
The tour was supposed to have a maximum of 12 - for the Herculaneum , we had 17-18. We were supposed to have headsets for over 10 participants - we only had headsets for Herculaneum. The tour was advertised as 5 hours - we left after 5 hours 40 minutes to be sure we could catch a train without a long wait. Our guide was a bit long winded but very informative.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Denise, We are sorry for that, unfortunately that day was a crowded and confusing day; we had some logistic and technical issues since a large family showed up at wrong date. We are glad you liked our guides and tour. Hope to see you next time for a better experience.
star-5
Best introduction to Pompeii and Herculaneum
Katherine_S
, Apr 2022
This tour was the best for a first time visit to Pompeii. The tour organiser was easy to find and even sent a photo of the meeting place beforehand. The tour of Pompeii was excellent and we were shown all the key parts with great information from the guide. We were then escorted to Herculaneum via train which was really reassuring! I’m so glad we did Herculaneum as well as it’s preserved better than Pompeii and had some very interesting (and different elements) from the first tour. It is a long day of walking, but we loved every minute and was a great way to sightsee in the area!
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star-5
Don’t miss Herculaneum!
David_V
, Apr 2022
Our guide was extraordinary! This was my 5th visit to Pompeii in my lifetime but my first to Herculaneum. Don’t miss Herculaneum! It is us such a different kind of town and the site is fascinating, beautiful and unique. A great guide makes this a 5 star experience!
star-5
Roman life and its abrupt end explained, made to come alive again and seen preserved. Amazing.
Rosemary_G
, Mar 2022
Our guide Antonio was excellent in all aspects: from the depth and currency of his knowledge, his English language skill and his ability to make it a fascinating experience. The tour meeting point was easy to find (make sure you get to the correct circuversuvia station - not the one just called Pompeii) and there were 15 of us in total. The ear-piece & voice mike system worked well all day allowing us to hear him no matter how many other people were around. The switch via train to the second site was very well managed. Antonio knows both sites well so he was able to move us around away from crowded places, giving fascinating insights into roman life of both rich and poor, and revealing details we'd have missed otherwise. He could answer every question we threw at him. His enthusiasm was infectious !! We saw everything - columns, mosaics, wall paintings, cooking stations, baths, gymnasia, villas, shops, 2000yr old charred wood door and bed, metal objects and of course the plaster casts. The differing impact of the eruption on the 2 towns became so clear under his guidance. One of the best tours round a historic site I have had. Well worth the money. Thank you.
star-5
Gret
Nigel_L
, Feb 2022
Our guide was fantastic, I think he was called Evan…? Apologies if not but he was great, great tours. Thank tou
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you Nigel!
star-5
This was a superb tour!
Paul_G
, Nov 2021
This was a superb tour! Our archeologist guide, Sergio, was very knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, gave a well-paced tour, and seemed to be a fine gentleman, to boot! We truly felt that the tours through Pompeii and Herculaneum were comprehensive and inclusive—and were a great way to see these “bucket-list” sites.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi, thank you very much for leaving your enthusiastic review! We're very glad you enjoyed your tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum with the fantastic guide Sergio and we really hope that the visit widened your knowledge of both sites! Hope to have you as our guests soon again to offer you another unforgettable experience!
star-5
Highly recommend!
Ashley_D
, Oct 2021
Diego was a wonderful guide for these two tours. He was extremely knowledgeable and his background as an archeologist really helped us understand both sites. Pompeii is overwhelming and very large and difficult to navigate without a guide, so we would highly recommend this tour, and Diego!
star-5
Great way to see Pompeii and Herculaneum
Corina_R
, Oct 2021
Oct. 2021- What a wonderful day! We took an early train from Rome and meet our driver, Roberto, at the Naples Station at 9:15 a.m. The drive to Pompeii was comfortable and Roberto played music and talked with us about the area (Trip was semiprivate with my husband and I and another tourist). He even stopped in new Pompeii and let us visits the town square for 15 mins since we had some time. Sergio was our guide for the ruins and he was excellent, you can tell he is extremely passionate about this area. Herculaneum was a MUST do... It is way less crowded then Pompeii and the ruins are more intact. I am so happy we got to see both. Because we got this package, we got to go in the private car for transfer from Pompeii to Herculaneum and had time for a sit down lunch. The other option would be to take a 30 min train. Roberto took us to a local Italian restaurant where we had amazing pizza for lunch. Then we went to Herculaneum. Roberto dropped us back at the Naples station at 5:15 p.m. and we took the next train back to Rome.
star-5
Outstanding
Heidi_L
, Oct 2021
Michael was an outstanding passionate guide, his knowledge and passion for the history was clear .An amazing day out thank you
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Hi, thanks for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your tour with the guide Michele and really hope to have you as our guests soon again!

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