Pompeii and Herculaneum small group tour - skip the line

Pompeii and Herculaneum are among the world’s most important Roman archaeological sites, but the ruins can be hard to interpret to the untrained eye. With this tour, we will take a deep dive into ancient history by visiting both sites with an archaeologist guide. Learn about the history and architecture of these two cities buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, taking in the highlights in just a few hours.

* Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
* Starts: Pompei, Italy
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Pompeii and Herculaneum are among the world’s most important Roman archaeological sites, but the ruins can be hard to interpret to the untrained eye. With this tour, we will take a deep dive into ancient history by visiting both sites with an archaeologist guide. Learn about the history and architecture of these two cities buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79, taking in the highlights in just a few hours.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Pompeii Archaeological Park, Porta Marina (via Villa dei Misteri), 80045 Pompeii Italy

Meet the guide at the main entrance of the archaeological site called “Porta Marina Superiore”. The guide will be holding a sign with our company’s name “Askos Tours” on the top.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Basilica, Vicolo Delle Terme 2, 80045 Pompeii Italy

Basilica was an open portico that gave shelter to merchants and other activities.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Forum, Via Villa dei Misteri, 80045 Pompeii Italy

Have a look of the ancient main square of Pompeii.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Via dell’Abbondanza, Via dell_Abbondanza, 80045 Pompeii Italy

Walk through the main street of Pompeii.

Stop At: House of Menander (Casa del Menandro), Pompeii Italy

The house of Menander is one of the richest and most magnificent houses in ancient Pompeii in terms of architecture, decoration and contents.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Granai del Foro, Porta Marina Superiore Via Villa dei Misteri 3 Building 7, 80045 Pompeii Italy

In the granary you will see marble tables and baths for fountains that adorned the entrances of houses and some casts of victims of the eruption as well as that of a dog and a tree.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Terme del Foro, Pompei Antica, Pompeii Italy

These occupy a vast area between the Brothel lane, the Holconius crossroads and the Via Stabiana. They represent the oldest thermal complex in the city.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Via Villa Dei Misteri 2 Approximately Two Blocks East of The Forum at The Intersection of Vico del Lupanare and Vico del Balcone Pensile, 80045 Pompeii Italy

The most famous brothel in the Pompeii Roman city of Pompeii

Stop At: Casa del Fauno, Via Villa Dei Misteri 2, 80045 Pompeii Italy

The house of Faun was one of the largest and most impressive private residences in Pompeii.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Odeon – Teatro Piccolo, Pompei Scavi, Pompeii Italy

Have a look of the so called Teatro Piccolo of Pompeii.

Stop At: Teatro Grande, Via Paganora 19/A, Pompeii Italy

Visit the most important Theater in Pompeii

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Corso Resina, 187, 80056 Ercolano Italy

Parco Acheologico di Ercolano, Corso Resina, 80056 Ercolano Italy Transfer by train to Herculaneum (30 minutes trip + 10 minutes walk) and quick lunch break if required. Meeting place is the Ticket Office of the Herculaneum ruins. You can get there as follows: – By car in via Pignalver (There is a not guarded parking very close the meeting place) – By train in Corso Resina 1 (Circumvesuviana train station is 10 minutes walk away)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Casa dei Cervi, Cardo V Sito Archeologico di Ercolano, Ercolano Italy

The house receives its name from marble statues of stags/deer found in the peristyle.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: La Terrazza di M. Nonio Balbo, Ercolano Italy

The house receives its name from marble statues of stags/deer found in the peristyle.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: College of the Augustales, Herculaneum Archeological Park, Ercolano Italy

The house receives its name from marble statues of stags/deer found in the peristyle.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Casa del Rilievo di Telefo, Ercolano Italy

The house possibly belonged to one of the town’s leading benefactors, Marcus Nonius Balbus and is somewhat unusual in that it has its own private access to the adjoining Suburban Thermae to the south.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Partem Domus lignea – Casa del Tramezzo di Legno, Herculaneum Archeological Park, Ercolano Italy

It is very important house for the elegant wooden partition remained

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: House of the Skeleton, Herculaneum Archeological Park, Ercolano Italy

The House of the Skeleton probably the aggregation of three smaller buildings, derives its name from the discovery of human remains in a second floor room in 1831.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Central Thermae, Herculaneum Archeological Park, Ercolano Italy

The Central Thermae were built around the beginning of the 1st century AD and were divided, as was then the common practice, into men’s and women’s baths, each with their own separate entrances.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Casa del Salone Nero, Herculaneum Archeological Park the junction of Cardo IV with the Decumanus Maximus, Ercolano Italy

The House of the Black Hall is one of Herculaneum’s more luxurious mansions.

The house has a monumental entrance which still retains the carbonised remains of the doorposts and lintel.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Casa Sannitica, Herculaneum Archeological Park, Ercolano Italy

The house has an arrangement that was typical of the Samnites (an ancient people of the Sabine race who occupied this mountainous part of central Italy). The splendid atrium is skirted by a gallery with Ionic columns. The rooms are decorated with frescoes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Casa del Bel Cortile, Ercolano Italy

This is one of the most original houses in Herculaneum. It has a courtyard with a stairway and a stone balcony instead of an atrium.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: House of the Grand Portal, Herculaneum Archeological Park, Ercolano Italy

Beautiful domus in the Centre of the archaeological area, with various environments, collonnati, frescos e-com everywhere at Herculaneum-charred remains of wooden parts.

Duration: 10 minutes