Embark on a half day excursion departing from Sorrento every Wednesday and from Naples every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and visit Herculaneum: a snapshot in time that is well-preserved by the volcanic mud and ash which rained down upon it in 79 A.D., amid the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Your half-day tour departing from Sorrento (on Wednesdays) and from Naples (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays), will lead you through a lesser-known town which, according to myth, was built by Hercules himself. Nestled on the coast near Sorrento is the ancient town of Herculaneum, a moment frozen in time which is a must-see for anyone interested in historic Italy.
Thanks to this excursion, you will see the remnants of this residential coastal town as it continues to undergo excavation.
Herculaneum is an archaeological marvel which remains exceptionally preserved by superheated pyroclastic material from the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Visit this ancient site and stand in awe at the many buildings that had been buried in ash and preserved for hundreds of years, until the town's discovery in 1709.
Our convenient coach service will depart from Sorrento or from Naples in the morning and travel along the coast. Once we arrive at Herculaneum, your professional tour guide will welcome you and will start the guided visit of the archaeological site. Once you will get to the archaeological site, you will purchase the entrance ticket and you will then begin the visit of the ancient town.
Our time at Herculaneum begins with a breathaking view of the town from above. After desceding into the town itself, we will begin our revelry in this archaeological wonder. Walking amid the buildings, we can admire them in their original structure as the Romans did more than two millenia before us.
The past is so well-preserved in Herculaneum that we will see relics such as clay pots, still stored as they were when the volcano erupted. Herculaneum was a wealthier town than Pompeii. Though some skeletons lie amonst the luxurious remins, the mood of the town is not as somber as that of Pompeii, since it is believed that most residents of Herculaneum successfully fled the eruption.
Your expert guide will make history come alive while taking you through the town's most important sites. You'll pass by archaic shops and visit the public baths, complete with ornate frescoes and mosaics. We'll pay a visit to the magnificent four-tiered Villa of the Papyri, which boasts the only library to have survived from antiquity.
You won't want to miss this day tour of remarkable Herculaneum, a long-studied site lying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. Our professional tour guide will provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the best-preserved towns from the time of the Romans. Book your tour today and reserve your chance to bask in this incredible remnant of a bygone era.
If you would like to visit Herculaneum in a more intimate and personalized way, departing from Naples, take a look at our VIP Small Group tour to Herculaneum departing from Naples with pick-up included! If, on the other hand, you are interested in visiting Herculaneum's "older sister"; the beautiful Pompeii, choose our Half Day excursion to Pompeii, departing from Naples!
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
Please note, this tour departs from Sorrento on Wednesday ONLY. Whereas it departs from Naples every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Please make sure you selected the right departure location.
Please note that the price above does not include entrance tickets to the Herculaneum excavations. Please bring your passport or ID in case you have the right to any discount for the entrance ticket.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. In summer, remember to bring a hat and a bottle of water; in autumn/winter, don't forget an umbrella.