Fantastic tour. Tour descriptions need to better represent the amount of wlaking and the difficulty of the surfaces. There were many seniors on this tour and some with physical limitations. Very rough and uneven walking surfaces. Lots of stairs.
The tour was informative and everyone was surprised at how well preserved much of the town was. Many details had been left untouched due to the mud flow which engulfed Herculaneum when Vesuvius erupted. The town had been a resort on the shore of the Mediterranean and many residents tried to flee by boat. When there were no more boats, they took shelter in the arched brick warehouse spaces of the harbor and many skeletons attest to their horrific end. The walls and even roofs, in several cases even the second stories, remain with mosaic floors and painted walls, food stalls and sidewalks still in existence. In November, it was sunny when we got off the bus here and everyone left their umbrellas in the bus. Unfortunately, it poured halfway through the tour and many got wet trying to find shelter.
We were unable to walk to Mt. Vesuvius crater, as there was heavy fog. Our driver took us to this site instead. It was interesting but so far from the port. It was unguided and I feel that I missed a lot of the information.
We had been to Pompei before and wanted to get to Herculaneum this time. Very good and knowledgeable tour guide and comfortable transportation. perfect 1/2 day tour. The couple we travelled with did Pompei 4 hr trip and were pleased. The cameo stop was interesting and had good bathroom facilities.
We have stayed in this area in the past so chose to visit Herculaneum. It was an excellent afternoon tour and the guide was very knowledgeable. The site is incredible well preserved and much smaller than Pompeii. Personally I would prefer to return again on our own to have more time to potter around on our own
We booked a private tour as there were no tours that did what we wanted to in one day. We climbed Mt. Vesuvius, went to Herculaneum then Pompeii. It was excruciatingly hot that day. By the time we got part of the way through Pompeii, I had heat exhaustion. Had to call the driver to take us back to the ship. His dash has a temperature/humidex gauge. It was the equivalent of 53C factoring in the Humidity. Glad we had a private driver.
We had seen Pompeii five years ago, and wanted very much to see Herculaneum. We had a good, knowledgeable guide who didn't waste much time with silly jokes and found the place incredibly interesting. Again, as with many other ports, we didn't spend the whole day here and were able to have a nap before dinner.
Herculaneum is around 10% of the size of Pompeii and is very different. The ash that fell in this area was not as hot as Pompeii and so there was not as much damage to the wood used in the buildings. See both Pompeii and Herculaneum as they are very different
We booked a private tour and it was the best decision. It cost about the same as the cruise tour at €125 each with a private taxi to Herculaneum, it almost felt like a private tour for the first hour as there was barely half a dozen other people there and then the coaches arrived. Then the coaches left before we did. Our guide had excellent knowledge in history and future plans. Then we got back in our taxi to Napoli centre where we continued with a walking tour of local churches, had lunch at the Sorbillo pizza restaurant (claims to be the first pizza restaurant amongst many with the same claim) which was excellent and then onto the museum and back to the port. Fantastic value, full of information and different sites.
Not as grand as Pompey obviously, but it was way smaller than I expected. The ticket office is a little run down. The bathrooms were dirty and the toilets had no seats. The ruins were much like Pompey with colored frescos and lots of beautiful tiles, but much of the site was ruined by scratches of graffiti on the fresco walls. We saw kids running around jumping and climbing on things that should just be looked at. If conditions continue, the site will be covered with graffiti like the rest of Naples. The ship's tour also included a stop at the cameo factory. A big waste of time. Half of the people on the bus stayed in the bus. One person bought something. Cost was a wapping $109 per person. Hold out for Pompey instead.
Herculaneum was fascinating and impressive. We got there kind of late in the day and had been on a long walking tour of Pompei so opted not to get the guided tour. I'm sure it would have been more interesting if we had had a guide and were not already tired. Well worth seeing.
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