Private Shore Excursion

Private Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour from Naples Port

Duration: 8 Hours
Languages: EN

Buried by an eruption from Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the ancient city of Pompeii offers a unique opportunity to walk its streets just as if it were 2,000 years ago. On this private Pompeii and Vesuvius tour from Naples port, you’ll also drive to the volcano itself and admire stunning views over the Bay of Naples. With personalized attention from your guide, skip the line entry to the ruins, and comfortable transportation throughout the day our Pompeii and Vesuvius tour offers the opportunity to enjoy natural and cultural heritage sites at your own pace.

Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Families with Kids
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What to Expect

Visit the world-famous buried city and the volcano that did the damage on our private Pompeii and Vesuvius tour. Traveling with one of our expert local guides you’ll see the top sites of the colossal city of Pompeii, including the famous death casts, the forum and incredibly well-preserved private homes. Then, after a short break to grab lunch, you’ll board your luxury car or minivan for the scenic drive to Mt. Vesuvius. Climb the most famous volcano in the world before returning to the port.


Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour from Naples

After meeting your personal guide and driver at the cruise terminal in Naples, you will enjoy the short drive out to the UNESCO acclaimed ruins of Pompeii. Taking advantage of this time, your guide– an archaeologist or classical historian – will introduce to this unique site and the amazing sights you’ll encounter within. Once in Pompeii, you’ll benefit from skip-the-line, pre-booked entry and an expertly planned route uncovering the most representative sites inside the archaeological area.


Visiting Pompeii

Sitting in the ominous shadow of Vesuvius, the now ruined city of Pompeii was a sprawling metropolis of shops and residences, restaurants, gyms and brothels. Walk Pompeii’s main streets just as its ancient inhabitants did over stones still worn with the tracks from the carts and chariots that tread them nearly 2,000 years ago and even see the graffiti they left behind.


On our carefully planned guided tour, you’ll see all of the ancient city’s most popular sites, including the House of the Tragic Poet, with its famous “Beware of the Dog” mosaic. You’ll visit the Roman Forum, home to a beautiful basilica, the Temple of Apollo, and some intimidating views of Mt. Vesuvius. And that’s not to forget the startling plaster casts of those killed in the eruption, providing a touching insight into how it feels to live through Armageddon. We’ve built in some time after your Pompeii tour to grab some lunch before exploring the Mt. Vesuvius to see firsthand what lead to Pompeii’s demise.


Hike up the Mount Vesuvius

Then its time to head in the direction of Vesuvius, which looms high over the city in the distance. The volcano is still active, which adds a small sense of adventure to those familiar with the story of ancient Pompeii and how it was engulfed by the ash and pumice that rained down on it in 79 AD. Lava flows have scarred the sides of the volcano and are visible on the winding road up to the top.


From the parking area, it is just a 30-minute upward hike to the crater through soft volcanic ash and pumice to admire the most incredible views over the Bay of Naples. You’ll also see the islands of Capri and Ischia in the distance, all from a height of over 4,000 feet. Once you return to the car, your driver will accompany you back to the port in time to board your cruise ship.


At the end of this comprehensive and fascinating Pompeii and Vesuvius tour, you’ll understand why these impressive sites continue to shock and fascinate the 2.8 million people who venture here each year from all over the world.

For cruise passengers arriving in the port of Naples we also offer a Private Pompeii Tour with Amalfi Coast Drive.


  • Pompeii’s Main Street
  • Plaster-cast remains of Pompeii's doomed inhabitants
  • The Domus just newly opened to the public
  • The Amphitheater
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Roman baths
  • The Roman houses
  • The Roman shops
  • Mt. Vesuvius

What Is Included

  • Private driver
  • Private transportation in a luxury, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private licensed professional local guide for 3-hour
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to Pompeii excavation site
  • Scenic drive through Vesuvius National Park
  • Entry tickets to Mt. Vesuvius National Park

What Is Not Included

  • Guide service on Mt. Vesuvius
  • Meals & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

Naples port. Pick up details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private Pompeii and Vesuvius tour is available on request from April to mid-November.
  • Barring inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, the trail to the crater is open all year round, including Sundays and holidays.
  • In rare cases of inclement weather, the crater of Vesuvius may be closed to visitors. If this is the case, a stop in Sorrento or appropriate alternative will be provided.

Good to Know

  • Each vehicle can accommodate up to a maximum of 9 people (guide and driver included) so with bookings of more than 7 people, your party will be divided into two or more vehicles.
  • Pompeii is an ongoing excavation site. The itinerary might encounter some changes depending on the archaeologists’ daily duties.
  • The hike up to the crater of Vesuvius is optional and requires a good level of general fitness to complete. The hike is uphill at a 14 degree angle and 20 minutes long (about 1 mile). The hike is prevalently on soft ground, adequate footwear is recommended. Those who choose may remain at the parking area and enjoy the views.
  • Temperatures on the Volcano may be a bit lower than temperatures on the ground, a sweater or light jacket is recommended, especially outside of the summer months.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • During summer, expect high temperatures. Dress in layers. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat is suggested.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this Pompeii and Vesuvius tour is not suitable for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.

How to Book Your Private Tour

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Tour FAQs

Is it hard to climb Mt. Vesuvius?

The upward hike to the crater has a moderate-high difficulty. It is steep and quite uneven. There are no benches to sit nor there is any shade. However, persons with motion difficulties and cardiovascular problems can stay on the ridge of the volcano and admire the views.

When is the best time of year to visit Mt. Vesuvius?

The best times are spring and fall. In the winter months, the trail may be closed for inclement weather and in the summer the high temperatures can make the hike up unpleasant.

Is this Pompeii and Vesuvius tour good for families?

Yes! This private Pompeii and Vesuvius tour is a popular excursion for kids and their families. With a dramatic history, the ancient Roman town of Pompeii will spark your imagination and release untapped curiosity like few other archaeological sites do. Not to mention that nothing is quite as thrilling as hiking an active volcano.

Is the cost of lunch included in the Pompeii and Vesuvius tour?

No. You will be responsible to cover for the cost of lunch.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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