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Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius


Introduction

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Enjoy a Day Tour from Rome or a Shore Excursion from the cruise port of Naples to two of southern Italy's most fascinating places: Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius.

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Day Trip From Rome: Your private tour driver guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby at 8 AM, and you will return at approximately 5:30 PM.

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Shore Excursion from the pier at Port of Naples: Your private tour driver guide will meet you at the pier by your ship at 8 AM and return you at 5 PM.

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Tour Itinerary

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Tour Description

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Your Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius Tour will begin with a comfortable drive in our climate controlled deluxe vehicles that will take you out of Rome, through its lush countryside towards Naples.

 

Herculaneum-palaestra

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Your first stop will be Herculaneum, Pompeii’s smaller sister town that suffered the same fate during the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, burying this once thriving ancient Roman town in more than 50 feet of ash and mud, preserving it through the millennia in a solid tomb of volcanic tuff.

Excavations that were initiated nearly 3 centuries ago revealed well preserved buildings with frescoes and mosaics, nymphaeum, Roman baths, gymnasiums, luxurious villas like Villa of Papyri that contained a rich library of scrolls, the opulent House of Neptune and Amphitrite, House of Deer, the House of the Beautiful Courtyard and more.

The advantage of visiting Herculaneum over Pompeii is that due to its lesser popularity and location that deter large tour shuttle buses you are not met with large crowds of visitors and tour groups, its smaller size ensures you have the opportunity to see far more of the site, and most importantly Herculaneum is better preserved than Pompeii.

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Vesuvius from plane

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After lunch at a local traditional restaurant or trattoria, you will make your way up Mount Vesuvius itself. At more than 4,000 feet in height, Vesuvius is the smallest active volcano in the world.

Considered among the most dangerous due to its enormous eruption in 79 AD, it erupted  more than three dozen times, with the most recent eruption in 1944 during WWII destroying several villages along its slopes. Since then, however, this giant has been peacefully asleep.

In mid 1990’s the area surrounding Mount Vesuvius was declared a national park. The rich volcanic soil on its surface allows for lush dense vegetation to grow unbridled.

You will be driven within 660 feet of the summit, after which the distance to the crater is accessible only on foot along the dirt paths.

Once you reach the crater you will be amazed at its spectacular size and depth. Equally spectacular is the panoramic view of the Bay of Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, and more.

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Please Be Advised: the upward walk to the crater requires a certain level of physical fitness and ability to handle uneven terrain.

Comfortable shoes are required (though keep in mind they will become become dirty with ash dust).

Temperature is cooler at high elevation, so please bring extra clothing in case you feel chilly.

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This concludes your Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius tour. From here your driver will bring you back to your cruise ship in Naples or hotel in Rome.

Thank you for choosing Rome Chauffeur tour services. We look forward to meeting you and showing you Italy!

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Important Information

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What is included in the price of Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius Tour?

The price includes a private English speaking Driver Guide experienced in private tours, a deluxe air conditioned vehicle reserved just for you, Italy’s VAT tax, fuel, applicable tolls and parking fees, insurance.

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What is not included in the price of Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius Tour?

Price does not include Lunch, Entrance Tickets, Gratuity, personal client expenses.

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How and When do we pay for the tour?

The price of the tour is per vehicle, not per person. If you are traveling with a group of up to 8 persons per vehicle, you may share the tour price among yourselves.

Rome Chauffeur accepts payment in Euro funds at the end of the tour. Payment will be made to your driver guide directly.  If at any time you need extra funds, your driver will be more than happy to help you locate an ATM machine. We do not accept credit cards.

If you request a private licensed tour guide to guide you into Herculaneum, payment for the tour guide will be made separately to the tour guide and paid in Euro funds at the end of the service.

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Entry Tickets to be purchased on site are:

Herculaneum entry tickets are approximately 11 Euros per person.

Mount Vesuvius entry tickets is approximately 6.50 Euros per person.

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Your Tour Chauffeur

This tour provides an English speaking chauffeur who is not a licensed tour guide. Only Licensed Tour Guides are permitted to accompany guests away from the vehicle to sightsee.  Your chauffeur will be required to stay with the vehicle while you sightsee.

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Private  Licensed Tour Guides

If you wish to book a licensed tour guide for your Herculaneum visit, please inquire within for price quote and reservation.

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Mount Vesuvius

Please be aware that Mount Vesuvius may close without notice if and when wind conditions become unsafe.

Rome Chauffeur does not assume responsibility for park closure due to unsafe weather conditions. Weather conditions appear more unpredictable in the winter, spring, and fall months. In case Mount Vesuvius closes due to weather conditions, this part of the tour will be substituted with another place to visit.

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Cancellation

All cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to date of service via email.

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