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The Best Herculaneum Tours 2024

$ 56
2 hours
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About Herculaneum Tours

Book the Herculaneum Tours and take advantage of the skip-the-line tickets and a local archaeological guide leading the way across the Ruins of Herculaneum. Explore one of the best-preserved archaeological sites and gain a deeper perspective of the daily life of ancient civilizations. Visit luxury villas and climb Mount Vesuvius for incredible panoramic views!


Herculaneum Tours

Meet your local guide next to the ticket office and bypass the long queues with a priority entrance ticket. Explore the Ruins of Herculaneum, an ancient Roman city, where time stands still since the volcano eruption in 79 AD.

As you follow the guide across the well-organized streets of Herculaneum, you will have the opportunity to witness buildings still standing and even preserved skeletons! Herculaneum was buried under a different kind of volcanic material than Pompeii, resulting in a better preservation of the once-thriving city.

Step back in time and observe objects intact for the last 2000 years, giving you an insightful peek into the daily lives of this ancient civilization. While strolling across the ruins, you can see untouched roofs, wooden structures like doors and beds, thermal baths, and artwork. Learn about the rituals and beliefs of the people of Herculaneum as you admire the frescoes depicting Neptune and Amphitrite.

Take in the ancient history during your guided tour, after which you will continue your exploration up Mount Vesuvius. Hike towards the volcano's summit, where you can admire the stunning views of ancient Roman cities beneath you and the panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples. Notice the contrast between stunning natural beauty and its wrath as you peek into the crater that buried societies centuries ago.

  • A skip-the-line entrance to the Ruins of Herculaneum
  • Guided tour
  • A visit to Mount Vesuvius
X not included
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • English
  • Italian
  • French
X not suitable
  • Wheelchair users
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Meeting Point

The city of Herculaneum is located at the Corso Resina 187, Ercolano NA. Meet your guide at the ticket office of the Herculaneum archaeological site.

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Book your Herculaneum Tours & step into history!

Time capsule

Enjoy a skip-the-line entrance, stroll through one of the best-preserved archaeological sites, and gain an insight into ancient Roman history with a knowledgeable guide.

House of Neptune

Visit one of the most renowned villas of Herculaneum and admire the mosaics of the Roman sea god and goddess Neptune and Amphitrite.

Mount Vesuvius

After the Herculaneum tour, you will hike up Mount Vesuvius and take a peek into the crater responsible for the destruction of various ancient Roman societies.

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FAQ - Herculaneum Tours

Do I need a guided tour of Herculaneum?

Exploring the archaeological site on your own is possible, but we strongly recommend joining a tour instead. A professional guide makes your visit to the ruins of Herculaneum much more educational, providing an insight into this ancient Roman society. As you stroll the best-preserved streets and houses, the guide will share insightful stories about their social structure, economy, religion, and many more aspects of their daily life. After the tour, you will hike towards the summit of Mount Vesuvius, from where you can admire stunning panoramic views. However, if you're set on visiting the Ruins of Herculaneum alone, make sure to plan your itinerary in advance. We highly recommend buying your Herculaneum tickets online to ensure the best value deal and skip the lengthy queues in the ticket office. Don't allow street sellers to lure you into buying the tickets as they approach you at the train station.

Are there preserved bodies in Herculaneum?

Yes. An archaeological dig led to the extraordinary discovery of the preserved human remains in Herculaneum. The volcanic eruption in 79 AD covered Herculaneum with a mix of hot gas and various volcanic materials, leading to the remarkable preservation of organic materials. This type of find offered incredible insight into the lives and diets of this ancient society. The Pompeii dig had a different discovery, as that area was covered in volcanic ash. After the human bodies decomposed, voids were formed within the layers of ash. Archaeologists filled those voids, providing us with plaster casts showcasing the last moments of people before they've met their tragic end.

Is Herculaneum better than Pompeii?

Both of these ancient Roman cities, Pompeii and Herculaneum, were destroyed by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in October of 79 AD. Due to the different types of volcanic materials, the Parco Archeologico di Ercolano, or the Herculaneum Ruins, are in a better state than those in Pompeii, which were covered under volcanic ash. If you've already visited Pompeii, a tour around the Ruins of Herculaneum will reward you with a more peaceful and relaxing experience while learning about ancient Roman history. One of the main advantages of visiting Herculaneum over Pompeii is the access to the upper floors, as they're mostly destroyed in Pompeii. However, determining which site is better largely depends on your personal preferences. Pompeii is a more historically significant site, while Herculaneum is considered more of a resort town in the past. It's smaller, allowing you to cover more ground where you can observe one of the best-preserved ruins in the world.

Can I visit Pompeii on my own?

You can visit Pompeii alone or with a Pompeii guided tour, during which a professional guide will introduce you to the ancient history of Pompeii and its citizens. If you wish to stroll the ruins on your own, make sure to purchase your Pompeii tickets online and in advance to ensure the best price and gain a priority entrance to the archaeological site. Additionally, you can visit Pompeii from the capital with a Rome to Pompeii day trip or catch a train ride in Sorrento. With Pompeii tours from Sorrento, the guide meets you at a train station and takes you to the past before the tragic eruption in 79 AD.
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Let the archaeological guide share insightful stories about their way of living!

Good to know before you go

  • Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • The guide will wait for you with a "Grand Tour Experience" sign.
  • Private or small group tours are available.
  • Bring your ID card or passport, water, and a sun hat.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will walk across uneven terrain.
  • Entrance to the Herculaneum archaeological site is free on the first Sunday of each month. However, keep in mind that entry is not guaranteed as you can't reserve the ticket in advance.
  • During the guided tour around the Ruins of Herculaneum, please avoid touching objects and walls to preserve the integrity of the archaeological site.
  • For a full refund, please cancel your Herculaneum tour up to 24 hours in advance.
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Explore the world before the tragic eruption!

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The entire organization was terrific, and we avoided the crowds while still visiting all the major landmarks. Sarah, our guide, was incredible in mixing educational and anecdotal storytelling. I loved comparing various Samnite houses of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Easy 10/10!


Great tour!

The Herculaneum tour was one of my favorite memories during my trip to Italy. Luca kept us engaged in the tour, and I gained much historical knowledge about ancient times in Italy. The thermal baths and Neptune and Amphitrite frescoes are incredible! I highly recommend the tour!


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