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 is about 550 yards and takes approximately 40 minutes to walk round-trip. This tour is not recommended for guests with a history of heart disease or high blood pressure and does not include lunch. Guests should bring along local currency to purchase a snack outside of Pompeii. During summer months expect extreme heat, crowded venues and long lines. We recommend that you dress in layers and bring bottled water. In the event of bad weather and the closure of Mt. Vesuvius crater, an orientation drive of Naples will be done instead.
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This tour was absolutely amazing. The first stop for us was at the cameo factory. The jewelry items are beautiful but pretty expensive (most were 50 Euro and up) but there's also a free bathroom here. Then we went to the top of Mount Vesuvius where we had to hike up to the crater. The walk is VERY steep. They did give us walking sticks that helped but they expect a tip on the way back. My husband and I are 28 and 27 and we had to take several stops along the way to catch our breaths. If you have any walking problems you probably don't want to try this tour. After this was a drive to Pompeii with a quick stop for a free water or ice cream and a free bathroom. Pompeii was absolutely amazing. We saw a lot of different things including the bath house, ampitheater, brothel, forum, and more. Be sure to wear a hat and use suntan lotion because there is very little shade as you walk around. Would definitely recommend this tour!
I have had family members who visited Naples, and they strongly recommended avoiding it due to the filth and decay there. Our tour guide was Leonardo, a very dignified and soft spoken middle aged gentlemen who had excellent English and great storytelling skills. The bus was cool and comfortable; you can leave items on the bus if you wish.
So you leave Naples (which did look rundown) and the bus takes you to Vesuvius up a winding narrow road. I don’t even know how a vehicle that size made it up that road! The road seemd well maintained and safe. The properties along the way are very run down and often even abandoned; it reminded me of Jamaica. The ticket office and toilets (which were actually porta-potties) were also dilapidated. Leonardo was very apologetic about the run-down condition of these properties. At the mountain, you can purchase a cold drink. Then you walk a long trail up to the next staging area. They give you a walking stick with the hope that you’ll flip them a coin at the end. This walk is a bit arduous. I’m in decent shape for a 51 year old, but it was almost more than I could handle. I had to stop a few times. I did see people older than me who were keeping up though. At the next stop, you are joined by a “geological guide” who tells you more about the volcano. Ours was very informative and fun. You go clear to the top and look into the crater. The views of course are spectacular. It was a neat experience.
Then we reboarded the bus and went to a cameo factory. Leonardo wasn’t enthusiastic about stopping here because it was obviously an attempt to sell cameo jewelry to tourists. However, they did have nice clean modern toilets, so that was a plus.
Then on to Pompeii. There are some vending areas outside the city where you get a free drink or gelato courtesy of NCL (I’d suggest the drink as the gelato was very small). Use the bathroom by the park entry as it is free; don't pay for the bathroom in the vending area. Leonardo then walked us through the entire ancient city and did a fabulous job of making it come to life. It was fascinating. There were crowds, but not bad enough to affect the quality of the tour. You definitely don’t want to see Pompeii without a guide. I was happy to give Leonardo a tip, but the bus driver was also standing at the door with his hand out (I walked by him like I didn’t notice).
Overall, it was an excellent tour package. We were tired at the end, but had seen and done quite a bit for one day. I think that it was an excellent value. I would never try to cover all of that ground on my own; it would be a very tight schedule and you would run the risk of getting left behind by the ship.
Tip: Bring a travel pillow and leave it on the bus for the trip back to the ship.
We were lucky as we were one of the first tour groups out of port. A brief stop at a Cameo Coral factory. Cameos are carved from pieces of conch and other large, thick shells. As they carve, the different layers of the shell are exposed. Since the material is organic, no two pieces of shell are alike. Next was Mount Vesuvius and this is why I say we were lucky to be one of the first to arrive. The car park is not so big and we were able to get off at the start of the climb. Others were not so lucky and had quite a trek just to get to the car park. The climb does take it out on you in the heat. The views were magnificent and there was a guide for our group at the top. Next up was Pompeii and we got to see about 10% of the city. To see it all would take about four days. The guide was good and we only bumped into one smaller group on the way round. I felt this trip was one of the better ones.