Level 3, 3.5 hours
I talked my husband into this tour, thinking Pompeii would be crowded. I had been here about 25 years ago and was quite impressed. Either my memory is embellishing the past (hush, you) or things have changed. Many areas were roped off where they hadn’t been years ago, and I got the impression some mosaics had been moved to the museum. It’s a nice quick tour but perhaps Pompeii would have been better. We had the obligatory stop at a cameo factory. One woman was demonstrating the technique which was amazing because of the detail and steady hand required. Since they called it a factory and not studio I had this mental image of hundreds of people at small desks in another building, carving away and waiting for the whistle to blow so they could go home. Lots of shopping at port.
My personal trip high point. Great guide (we were decidely,but politely, escorted out for staying past the 5pm closing time.) Much smaller area than Pompeii (we visited there 30 years ago when we could take long walks easier). I really wanted to see Herculaneum and I will remember this visit fondly.
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.
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