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Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Archaeologist

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Venture through one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world, Herculaneum, with an expert archaeologist!

Highlights

  • Discover the ancient town of Herculaneum, overlooking the Gulf of Naples with the skip-the-line ticket will benefit you by letting you inside without waiting.

  • Walk alongside an expert archaeologist, who will share intriguing intel about the town.

  • Much like Pompeii, this city too suffered the tragic effects of Mount Vesuvius' eruption.

  • Pass along the monumental basilica, the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and more.

  • This guided tour can be booked in English, Spanish, French, German and Italian.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum

  • Expert English, Spanish, French, German, or Italian-speaking archaeologist guide (as per option selected)

  • Group of 20 or 25 people (as per option selected)

  • Skip-the-line entry to Herculaneum

  • Headsets

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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Guests from United Kingdom, United States, France and over 22 countries have loved this experience
Marta Hibars Lon

Marta

3/5

Jul, 2024

Hello.. The guide was great. But he was not an archaeologist. He explained everything very well. In two hours you see Herculaneum and with the guide you see almost everything. Well he also tells you the history and his impressions and ideas. The place is muchiiiiiiiisimo smaller than Pompeii ... But it is worth it.
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Alessandra marzoli

Alessandra

5/5

Jul, 2024

Il sito di Ercolano è molto bello e la guida lo ha fatto risaltare con le sue spiegazioni, professionalità e simpatia. Preparatissima ed appassionata. Ha tenuto sempre alta l'attenzione e ci ha fatto immergere nella vita antica di Ercolano facendoci scoprire tanti angoli bellissimi. Suggestiva esperienza. Alessandra
Patrick Alvin Murphy

Patrick

5/5

Jun, 2024

Michael the Guide was the right one very knowledgeable of the site more bag for the buck and gave us a great restaurant to go to it was great
Jill Lipoti

Jill

5/5

Jun, 2024

Dr. Luciano Leone was an experienced guide, who had compiled a book of resources to help us to understand the unique qualities of the Herculaneum site. His commentary gave us a window into the day-to-day life of both the elites and the slaves of the time. He talked extensively about the observations of Pliny the elder that comprise the best historical record of the eruption that ended life at Herculaneum. Learning about the single use amphorae for olive oil and other goods was exciting to me as a potter. Lots of ceramic opportunities to make new pots! Although, I probably would have been a slave....
Cucerai Cosmina

Cucerai

4/5

Jun, 2024

The archaeologist guide, Leone, is very well prepared and very passionate about his work. The ruins in Herculaneum, even a lot smaller than Pompeii, are impressive and totally worth visiting

Visit the ancient town of Herculaneum that overlooks the Gulf of Naples on this guided venture alongside an expert archaeologist. Renowned for its splendid archaeological Roman excavations, you're in for a real treat. Legend has it that Herculaneum was founded by the mythological hero, Hercules! Born of the archaic age, this city has evident Samnite, Greek, Etruscan influences, with an overriding Roman presence. Alas, this city (along with Pompeii) was destroyed by the same eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD.

These excavations were included in the UNESCO World Heritage site list in 1997. Your tour lets you explore this unique site, the unique distribution of houses, the monumental basilica, the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and more. A walk through the ancient city lets you see bronze parts and the elevations of the houses, conservation of woods, and the various styles of Vesuvian paintings. All the while, your expert archaeologist will engage you with captivating anecdotes, secrets, and stories about this world-famous attraction.

What to bring

  • Wear comfortable shoes and bring along your sunscreen and water bottle.

Accessibility

  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible. Entry is free for people with disabilities and an accompanying adult.

  • Dogs are allowed into the venue, without restriction of breed or size. However, they must be kept with a leash and/or muzzle (the latter is obligatory for all breeds and opportunities provided by current regulations). Pet parents must have bags to collect any droppings.

  • In the Antiquarium, inside the Padiglione della Barca and in the domus with mosaic floors, access is allowed only to dogs carried in their arms or in the appropriate carrier.

Additional information

  • Facilities: restroom, cloak room.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide.

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays.

  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at the Ticket Office of Herculaneum Ruins.

  • Address: Corso Resina, 187, 80056 Ercolano NA, Italy.

  • Your guide will be holding a sign with Askos tours written on it.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point.

Getting There

  • The closest bus stop is Umberto, a 10-min walk to the ticketing office.

  • Bus 5, 176, 177, and more will bring you here.

  • The closest train station is Circumvesuviana, a 10-min walk to the ticketing office.

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