Herculaneum small-group tour with a local guide
Attractions & guided tours

Herculaneum small-group tour with a local guide

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Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Follow your fully-dedicated guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Herculaneum
  • Explore the ruins and take amazing pictures of ancient homes, temples, and thermal baths
  • Tour the remains of the Roman city buried by a Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD with your small group
What to expect

Grab the unique opportunity to explore the Herculaneum archaeological area on a riveting and complete small-group tour! This experience is part of Iconic Insiders, a selection of tours designed for first time visitors to uncover what matters and get oriented in a new city. Your destination insider is a licensed guide who will offer recommendations and highlight the most visually attractive places of the itinerary.

Herculaneum, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, was a popular seaside destination and a wealthy ancient Roman center. The city was destroyed and buried under volcanic ashes during the Vesuvius eruption in 79AD. Herculaneum, which shares its tragic fate with Pompeii, was the first city in the area that was rediscovered during excavation works in 1709 and, once it was brought back to its ancient splendor, it turned into a popular attraction for scholars, curious and enthusiasts. Declared a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1997, the place offers the best examples of luxurious Roman villas, everyday life tools, and refined frescoes.

This 2-hour tour will allow you to explore the 4-hectares archaeological site admiring its wonderfully preserved ruins and learning more about the city's infamous end. Walk along the ancient paved streets to come across private villas and public buildings. Discover the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and the basilica. Access the College of the Augustales, where religious gatherings would take place. Take your time to have a closer look at the precious frescoes covering the buildings' walls and to appreciate the priceless historical, and artistic value of these remains.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • 2-hour small-group tour
    • Friendly and local guide
    • Skip-the-line entrance fees
    • Headset (for groups of more than 6 people)
    Reduced price
    • Youth (age 18-25)
    • Children (age 0-17)
    Where

    Corso Resina, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy

    Meeting point:

    Meet your destination insider at the Ruins of Herculaneum ticket office.

    What to remember
    • You will visit in a small group of up to 16 people. The small-group size gives you a personalized experience away from the crowds
    • This is a 2-hour guided tour that only includes the archaeological site. The tour lasts 3 hours if you wish to visit both the archaeological site and the Virtual Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Virtuale). Admission to the museum requires a separate ticket that must be purchased on-site (full price: €7, reduced: €6 for under 18, over 65, students, and teachers)
    • Reduced tickets (Child 4-17) can only be purchased together with a Standard price ticket
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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