Complete Pompeii Experience: Skip the Line Tour & Archaeologist Guide

1405 reviews

3 hours

Max 15

Why take this tour?


  • Take a guided stroll through the magnificently preserved streets and structures of Pompeii with an expert archaeologist as your guide.
  • Skip the line into the ancient site with pre-reserved tickets, giving you more time to explore and less time waiting to get in.
  • See the locations that provide an authentic glimpse of life in Pompeii: the Roman Forum, a theater, ancient “fast food” restaurants, a bakery, and so much more.
  • Step into the breathtaking House of the Vettii, a sprawling Roman home that serves as a fascinating example of the aesthetics of the time.
  • Explore in a small group of just 15 guests maximum for a more relaxing experience—and for unparalleled access to your guide.
  • Sites Visited
  • Plaster death casts
  • Porta Marina
  • The Roman Forum
  • Roman Baths
  • Roman Houses
  • Pompeii's Main Street
  • Ancient shops
  • Brothel
  • Ancient theater
  • House of the Vettii
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the Line Pompeii tickets
  • Official Pompeii tour guide
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Headsets

Travel back in time with a Pompeii archaeologist and see more of the Buried City than on any other guided tour.

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Total Customer Reviews: 1405

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This was our favorite excursion and memory of our time in Italy. Our tour guide was Sonia S. whose passion, enthusiasm and knowledge for Pompeii had her sharing fascinating stories and facts non-stop. She was an absolute pleasure and we would love to go on future tours with her. Her tour was outstanding. We saw the bathhouse, low and high class bordello, newer excavations of rich people's houses, fast food stands, bakery, theater. temples, the museum/antiquarium with the plaster casts of people and animals and other artifacts, and learned about the paved streets and life on Pompeii. Sonia brought the history of Pompeii alive for us with depth and excitement. We even could sample real "Pompeii" water from the still running Pompeii fountains (updated with modern plumbing). This tour offered the most time in Pompeii as compared to other tours I evaluated plus skip the line tickets and one of the few with real archeologists. I highly recommend this tour. We did the 10:30 am tour (group met a little after 10:15 am on the left side of the entrance; not the right) which allowed us plenty of time to travel from the cruise port, by bus to the Napoli Centrale train station and downstairs to the Napoli Garibaldi station to take the Circumvesuviana commuter train to the Pompei Scavi Villa Dei Misteri station and the 2 minute walk to the Pompei Porto Marina front entrance. The tour concluded a little before 2:00 pm, and Sonia left us conveniently in an area where we could eat our snacks we brought, use the bathroom, and keep touring on our own. We took the 2:50 pm train back to Napoli Garibaldi/Napoli Centrale and then a taxi (20 Euros) back to the cruise ship.
Verified · Claire · May 11, 2024 · USA · Female
Our tour guide, Francesca, was fabulous!
Verified · Charles · May 10, 2024 · USA · Male · 75 or older years
My only complain if you want to call it that was that no one was at the meeting spot 15 minutes before it started (like the directions stated). This caused us to wonder if we were at the right spot, about 8 minutes before the tour started the tour guide and rep showed up and started handing out the radios. Could have been a tad bit more organized.
Verified · Nancy · May 03, 2024 · USA · Female · 45 to 54 years
Very knowledgeable tour guide with great energy and went at a perfect pace!
Verified · Charlotte · Apr 23, 2024 · USA · Female · 45 to 54 years
We did the 3 hour tour of Pompeii. Illyria was our guide and she was excellent! As an archeologist, she brought in depth knowledge to the site with charm and humour. She brought us to her favourite spots, resulting in a fascinating tour we could never have had on our own. The group was small which is ideal for a place like Pompeii. Highly recommend this City Walks tour!
Verified · Penny · Apr 14, 2024 · Canada · Female · 55 to 64 years


What if the weather is bad (rain, snow, hail, etc.) on the day of my tour?
Our tours run rain or shine so please dress for the elements. We also ask you to please remember hats and sunscreen if you are taking this tour in the summer as it might be very hot.
Is Pompeii accessible to people in wheelchairs?
The streets of Pompeii have never been repaved or smoothed over so much of the city is nearly impossible to navigate for those with mobility impairments. If you use a wheelchair there is a special route for you, so please contact our customer service department for details.
Can I bring a bag into Pompeii with me?
Only small bags are allowed into Pompeii. Larger bags or backpacks will have to be left in the luggage lockers in the train station. Tripods are also not allowed.

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