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Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento

Sorrento, Italy

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icon4 to 5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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Get an insider’s view of ancient Rome on this private, half-day Herculaneum tour. Meet your guide at the railway station in sunny Sorrento and board a train bound for the ancient Roman site. In addition, see the UNESCO World Heritage town’s highlights, especially the ancient marina, where hundreds of skeletons were discovered, and the House of Neptune. If availability allows, stop by the House of the Wooden Partition, a structure with a preserved wooden screen. Learn about the history of the town and hear about the Mt Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD.
  • Private half-day Herculaneum tour from Sorrento
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Roman town, frozen in time since the 79 AD eruption of Mt Vesuvius
  • See the Hall of the Augustales, the House of Neptune, the baths, food shop and more
  • Visit the House of the Wooden Partition (depending on availability) to see its wooden screen
  • Hear about Mt Vesuvius’ eruption and look down at the original marina, where 300 skeletons were found
  • Enjoy the undivided attention of a guide on this private tour
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Departure Point

80067 Sorrento, Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After meeting your private guide at the railway station in Sorrento (your choice: in the morning or afternoon), buy a train ticket and hop on the train for the 45-minute ride to Herculaneum. On the way, learn about the history of the place from your knowledgeable guide. Discover what the town was like as it was blanketed in lava from the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

Take in incredible views as the train rides alongside the azure-colored sea and admire sights of Mt Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. Once you’re there, walk down a hill to the entrance of Herculaneum. Be sure to mention to the guide if there is anything in particular you want to see so she or he can customize the tour to you.

Begin the tour by entering the site (ticket at own expense) and gawk at all the ruins, most of which made up the center of town. At the marina, 300 skeletons were found, likely residents who were fleeing the volcanic blast. 

Walk down the ancient streets, fossilized by the eruption, and listen to your guide recount interesting historical anecdotes about the town. Some of the ruins worth looking out for include the House of Neptune and Amfitrite. Also, don’t miss the the public baths, the outdoor gym and the food store. Admire the shop counter, which still contains the jars of fast food, or ready-to-eat treats, for customers.

If availability permits, you’ll also visit the House of the Wooden Partition, famous for its remarkable, nearly intact wooden partition screen.

Finally, pop into the bookshop at Herculaneum and then walk or hail a cab (at own expense) to the station. Get on a train, and then finish your tour back in Sorrento.
Stop At:  
Parco Acheologico di Ercolano
Herculaneum is not as big as Pompeii, it can be visited thoroughly in about 2 hrs. The first approach is spectacular: most of the ancient town lay at the bottom of an archaeological hole about 60 feet deep. At the very bottom lays the marina, where about 300 human skeletons were found together with a fossilized boat and some fishing tools. We will visit the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, to see the wonderful mosaics decorating the outdoor ‘biclinium’ (dining room); this was probably the house of a merchant. We will discover the Bath House, still covered with mosaics. It will introduce you to the world or Roman Daily Care and social life. Nearby Grande Palestra is a glorious public sporting place to see. We can move underground inside the cross-shaped pool. Finally, we will visit the museum to see some of the precious finds from the excavations. If available we will also visit the boat pavilion, where you can admire a carbonised fishing boat!
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
We will be walking from HerculaneumTrain Station to the Archaeological area for 15 minutes on foot. It will allow us to discover this lazy town on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and discover a little bit of the attitude of his citizens.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Good walking shoes recommended
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved,suggested only to fit people.
  • The length of the tour is approximately 5 hours but it may vary according to the timetable of the public transports system. We guarantee that the visit of the archaeological area is going to last at least 2 hours
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Italy

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento.
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Herculaneum Rail Tour from Sorrento?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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Fabulous tour!!!
Angela B
, May 2019
Everyone must book this tour. Herculaneum is more intact and a smaller, more in tact site. Our native Italian guide Antoinette was so lovely, her knowledge was AMAZING. Her english was also perfect and she also spoke Spanish and Russian. Antoinette also had a great sense of humour which made the tour very enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hello Angela, and thanks for the wondeful review!
Amazing tour. We could not have...
Ralph A
, May 2017
Amazing tour. We could not have done this on our own. Our guide, Lavinia, shared so much interesting background and knowledge about Herculaneum. This is well worth adding to your Italy excursions - quite different than Pompeii. We went to Pompeii as well and enjoyed both venues. Herculaneum was covered mostly with mud Pompeii with ash and the population ended up, waiting to be rescued, in a series of arches that fronted the sea. Here, actual skeletons were left as in bones ... and this site has recreated the bones under the arches whereas in Pompeii the bodies were covered with ash and left voids so when these voids were filled with plaster you can see the entire body. An excellent trip to accompany your Pompeii visit.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Ralph we are happy to hear you had a great tour with Lavinia. Thanks!
Tour guide arrived 35 minutes late...
, May 2017
Tour guide arrived 35 minutes late to meet us at the Sorrento Train Station. On the train ride to Herculaneum our guide Paula gave us an introduction to the sights/history that we were to see. Long walk to the ruins, but the days was beautiful. On arrival to the entrance gate, there was a long line 2 1/2 blocks of people! It was the first Sunday of the month and such sights are FREE to everyone! Needles to say we only waited 35 minutes in which the line only progressed about 40 feet. We 3 decided we were not going to wait in the sun any longer and possibly never be able to get in. Guide was visibly sorry that we would be missing out on this tour and she was not able to reschedule us for another day. I suggested we tour from the pedestrian bridge above the sight and tour the museum near by. Paula was most informative and willing to please, but tours of this type should never be scheduled on FREE ENTRANCE days! And tour guides should never be late. We saw cruise guides and their tour groups lined up in the sun waiting for the possibility of entering the sight. Around 11:30 AM our guide had heard that the sight of Pompeii had been closed already because of the enormous number of people trying to visit the sight. The small museum about 4 blocks away from the ruins was very informative and very good displays, videos, paintings of life during that time period. Never tour on Free Entrance days!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
We are extremely sorry for what happened. Now, there no longer are FREE days in Herculaneum and Pompeii. This was the decision of the governement because of the amount of people visiting at once.
You are only really paying for the...
Peter T
, Jul 2016
You are only really paying for the guide on this trip. Train and entrance tickets on top!!!! However having said that the guide was excellent and Herculaneum much better than Pompeii.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Hello Peter, experiences of travelers like you are precious to us. For this reason we are now including train tickets and tickets in the starting price of this tour. In any case, we are glad to hear that overall you enjoied your tour and your guide.Thanks for your suggestion. Fabrizio
We have an impatient 8yo who tires...
Elizabeth S
, Mar 2016
We have an impatient 8yo who tires easily so we picked Herculaneum over Pompeii. Right decision. Paolo taught us so much more walking through the ruins than we would have learned alone. Not just about the site but about the region, history, day in the life, what it sounded and smelled like. Amazing.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Thank you Elizabeth!
The tour guide met us at the...
Dwight M
, Jun 2015
The tour guide met us at the Sorrento train station as scheduled. She was a very pleasant person and conducted an excellent and thorough tour. Well recommended!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
So glad to hear so!

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