Private Shore Excursion

Pompeii & Vesuvius Private Day Trip from Naples Port

Duration: 8 Hours
Languages: EN

This is the perfect Naples shore excursion to learn about the tragic story behind Pompeii and hike the infamous volcano that wiped it out in 79 AD. With personalized attention from your guide, skip the line entry to the ruins, and private transportation throughout the day we will maximize your precious time. From archaeological haunts to the legendary Mt. Vesuvius, this extraordinary experience offers the opportunity to enjoy natural and cultural heritage sites in comfort and style.

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

Spend an exciting day of discovery at the marvelously preserved ruins of Pompeii followed by an easy hike to the Mt Vesuvius crater! With a dramatic history, the ancient Roman town of Pompeii will spark your imagination and release untapped curiosity like few other archaeological sites do. For families who crave a vacation with a sense of adventure a hike up and the imposing Mt. Vesuvius, still an active volcano is a great experience with the bonus of magnificent views of the Bay of Naples.


Meet your personal driver and licensed local guide at the cruise terminal in Naples and travel aboard a comfortable private car straight to the archaeological area of Pompeii. Your guide will prepare you for everything that’s in store sharing the captivating stories and history behind the fateful day in 79 AD when Mt. Vesuvius exploded in one of the most catastrophic eruptions ever, covering the area in a thick layer of ash and rubble.


Once in Pompeii, you’ll benefit from skip-the-line, pre-booked entry and an expertly planned route. Visit the forum, the center of Pompeii’s political and social life, the startling plaster death casts of the victims of the violent eruption that destroyed the city, as well as take a look inside intact dwellings complete with their porticoes, mosaics and frescoes. The city’s baths and gymnasiums will also impress as you look across the millennia at a moment frozen in time forever.


Say goodbye to your expert guide and head up the lush slopes of Mt. Vesuvius to see firsthand what lead to Pompeii’s demise. Your private driver will take you almost to the top of the volcano as the road for vehicles terminates half way. From the parking lot, it takes an approx. 30-minute upward hike to the crater edge. When you reach the summit at 3,800 feet (1,200 meters), you will be rewarded with the very best views of the Bay of Naples. This is not a hard hike therefore it is suitable for most children and adults. All in all for an active kid, nothing is quite as thrilling as hiking an active volcano! Once you return to the car, your driver will accompany you back to the port in time to board your cruise ship.


  • Pompeii’s Main Street
  • Plaster casts at Pompeii
  • Pompeii Domus just newly opened to the public
  • Amphitheater at Pompeii
  • Roman Forum at Pompeii
  • Roman baths at Pompeii
  • Roman houses at Pompeii
  • Roman shops at Pompeii
  • 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
  • Drive to Mt. Vesuvius

What Is Not Included

  • Guide service on Mt. Vesuvius
  • Entry ticket to Mt. Vesuvius
  • Meals & Drinks
  • Tips & Gratuities (Optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

Naples port. Pick up details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except Christmas Day, January 1, and August 15.
  • Barring inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances, the trail to the crater is open all year round, including Sundays and holidays. In the event Mt. Vesuvius is closed, your driver will take you to Sorrento instead.

Good to Know Before You Go

  • Pompeii is an ongoing excavation site. The itinerary might encounter some changes depending on the archaeologists’ daily duties.
  • A medium level of fitness is required to complete the climb all the way to the top.
  • We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing and walking shoes.
  • During summer, expect high temperatures. Dress in layers. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat is suggested.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    The tour will only be reserved upon full payment in advance of the tour. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details including the meeting point and phone number. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

Why can’t I see a price?

We offer personalized, private travel experiences. The price depends on your party size and preferences.

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.

Do we stop for lunch?

Yes. You will have free time for lunch and your driver will be happy to recommend places to eat a full sit-down meal or to grab something quickly.

Is the cost of lunch included in the excursion?

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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Pompeii & Vesuvius Private Day Trip from Naples Port