According to Greek mythology, Herculaneum was established by Hercules, for whom it is named. While Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash, Herculaneum was interred in mud when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The mud hardened and preserved the site in nearly perfect condition. A full-day exploration of both sites will appeal to those with a keen interest in archaeology and ancient art. Leaving the pier in Naples, travel for approximately 45 minutes to Pompeii. Once a major port, as well as a center of wealth and politics, the city was instantly buried beneath 30 feet of volcanic ash and cinder when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. This ancient site is perhaps the most famous archaic excavation in the world. At its peak, Pompeii was home to 20,000 people and it is believed that 2,000 of them perished instantly when volcanic ash poured down on the city, creating ghostly “casts” formed by bodies that were encased and incinerated in the hot ash.
Walk along intact streets and inspect prominent mansions, private homes adorned with mosaic floors, brilliant frescoes and other works of art, all of which provide an impression of Roman life as it was 2,000 years ago. After the visit to Pompeii, enjoy a delicious lunch at a first-class restaurant.
Re-board your motor coach and travel for approximately a half hour to Herculaneum. Founded in the 4th century BC, it architecturally mirrors Naples’ old city center. Smaller than Pompeii, Herculaneum’s character is completely different. Because of an earthquake in 63 AD, many of the affluent inhabitants left before the eruption in the following decade. Therefore, Herculaneum has none of the eerie body casts found at Pompeii. Since it was buried in mud, the opulent homes were well preserved. The mosaic at Casa del Nettuno de Anfitrite, for example, still shows intense color. The deities adorning some of the private baths and fountains are so vivid, scenes from an ancient era spring to life. At the two-story House of the Deer, paintings and furnishings reveal wealth and opulent lifestyles. Rejoining your motor coach, you will return along the peninsula to Naples and your Crystal ship.
Note: As this excursion involves extensive walking over cobbled and uneven surfaces, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. Afternoon temperatures can climb quite high so this excursion is not recommended for guests with physical disabilities or low tolerance for such conditions. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes. Both Pompeii and Herculaneum are active archaeological sites; therefore, it is impossible to determine which houses will be open in advance. As dense traffic congestion can be anticipated, the order of sights visited may vary.
The Tour is inclusive of:
- Private vehicle at disposal
- English Speaking Guide at disposal
- Entrance fees to Pompeii and Herculaneum excavations
- Lunch at a local restaurant in Pompeii, inclusive of wine, mineral water and coffee
Duration: 8 hrs
Pick up and return: Naples Pier
Suggested Departure: 8:30am
Availability: This tour is available every day.
Difficulties: Extensive walking involved for the inside visit of Pompeii & Herculaneum excavations. Cobblestones and uneven surface included.
Rate per person in USD$
Minimum 2 guests
Per person: $620 (Minimum 2 guests)
Per person: $446 (Minimum 3 guests)
Per person: $346 (5 to 6 guests)
Per person: $295 (7 to 15 guests)
Please note that these rates are for the suggested itinerary, and will vary with additional services and tours. We'll be glad to custom tailor your tour.
- Personal expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically included
- Gratuities for local personnel
- Travel insurance