For the most adventurous, this is the perfect tour to correlate the disastrous eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of the splendid city of Pompeii. Visit the famous city destroyed by a volcanic eruption and learn how its inhabitants lived. Learn how prior to the eruption of Vesuvius, Pompeii was a thriving city, teeming with privileged rich people and ordinary slaves. See their homes and places of work during the days of the Roman Empire.
The city was prosperous due to the region’s fertile soil. Hike up to the volcano’s crater and see the rivers of lava where crevices still exude fumes and heat. Vesuvius has erupted many times, but the eruption that stays in the mind of millions of people is the one in 79 A.D. Take in stunning views of Naples and the bay from the top. Time permitting, you’ll visit a cameo factory near Pompeii.
Note: The steep gravel path to the crater at Vesuvius is about 0.31 miles and takes approximately 40 minutes to walk. There is substantial walking in Pompeii, about 1 1/2 miles. This tour is not recommended for guests with a history of heart disease or high blood pressure. Large bags, backpacks, wheeled carts and trolleys aren’t permitted in Pompeii.
During summer, expect high temperatures, crowds and lines - dress in layers, bring bottled water and local currency to purchase a snack outside of Pompeii. In the event Mt. Vesuvius is closed, an orientation drive of Naples will be done instead. Tour does not operate from the end of November through mid-April.