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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

  • Guided tour of Herculaneum with skip-the-line entry

  • Expert English, Spanish, French, German or Italian-speaking archaeologist guide

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, Australia and over 20 countries have loved this experience
Elisabeth van Poppel

Elisabeth

5/5

May, 2024

Our guide Elizabeth was fantastic. Full of enthusiasm and as an archeologist she had a world of knowledge of Herculaneum. She was also very friendly and helpful. The whole experience was very interesting and enjoyable. Can definitely recommend.
Kerrie F Palamountain

Kerrie

3/5

May, 2024

Our guide was a very nice man who had wonderful knowledge. Sadly we only understood 30 - 40% of what he had to say because of his strong Italian accent. Not his fault - just one of those things, however, we would have been better doing the tour independently with supporting information.
Mercedes Sotodosos Sotodosos

Mercedes

5/5

May, 2024

We found the visit very interesting and enriching. We would like to highlight the kindness and professionalism of our guide, María Laura. A 100% recommendable experience.
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Souissi Josseline

Souissi

5/5

May, 2024

The archaeologist guide Nilo, who knows his subject and speaks very good French, is fascinating. He captivates visitors with his detailed explanations, answers to questions, anecdotes and his own experience as an archaeologist, and conveys his passion for the impressive site. Guide Nilo is as exceptional as the excavations at Hetculanum.
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Stephanie Louise Evans

Stephanie

4/5

May, 2024

Our tour guide Luciano Leone was fantastic. He was incredibly knowledgable, his English was fantastic and he was really funny. He showed us all the best bits! The tour was really educational and incredibly fascinating. It was easy to book and get our tickets via the app. We were sent two emails ahead of the day with meeting instructions (including photos and a link to get to the meeting point) which would have been great if the two emails hadn't shown annotated pictures of two different meeting points. I had screen shot the images from the first email before we left Incase i had data / signal issues on the day. After waiting 15 mins for the tour in the EXACT place the photo showed (outside the main entrance) was the meeting point, I started to panic. I then went through my emails and saw a second email had a different picture of the meeting place (showing the picture outside the gift shop) so we went down and found everyone there. Quite stressful as we would have missed our tour if we'd have stayed in the original spot any longer (so for that reason you've lost a star!)

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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