HERCULANEUM PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR – APPROX. 2 HOURS

Private guided tour Herculaneum Hero

Highlights of this tour

  • Private tour Herculaneum
  • For more information about the accessibility of Herculaneum, click here

Accessibility information

  • Use of adapted vehicle for transportation
  • Few cobblestones
  • Uses sidewalk ramps
  • Partially step-free route

What is inculded?

  • Private tour
  • Tour duration: 2 hours
  • English speaking guide
  • Pick up at your accommodation, airport or cruise port

What is not included?

  • Tips
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrances, unless stated
  • Additional tour options
Herculaneum Mural
Herculaneum topview
Herculaneum Statue

About the tour

Your driver guide will meet you at the cruise port, airport or accommodation with private adapted transport. And he will be waiting for you with a sign with your name on it. He helps you get in the adapted vehicle and when everyone is sitting comfortably, you will head to Herculaneum for your 2 hour private guided tour.

When Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, more was wiped off the map than just the famous Pompeii. On the other side of Mount Vesuvius, about 17 km from Pompeii, there was Herculaneum. A small town that probably had about 5,000 residents. This town was covered by a thick layer of lava and mud, while Pompeii endured a crushing layer of lava and ash.

Accessibility Herculaneum

This mud made that Herculaneum got much better preserved than its big brother Pompeii. When you enter the sight you can still see the painted walls, remains of streets and houses. And stores with amphoras, that are still waiting for customers after 2000 years. All fully intact.

Herculaneum is mostly step-free. There is an accessible path above the sight that gives a good view of this ancient buried town. From there you can go down via a big ramp. Below, the streets, sidewalks, and buildings are mostly step-free. However some areas are not accessible due to the many steps. You can avoid these by staying on the main roads. When you look up you will see Mount Vesuvius emerge in the background.

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About Herculaneum

Herculaneum is about 10 times smaller than Pompeii and is much better preserved. Because of the size, it is also easier to explore in less time. The reason why Herculaneum is so well preserved is because of the way it got destroyed. Herculaneum was covered by a thick layer of mud, that petrified over time and enclosed everything in a vacuum. Pompeii was covered by a more “airy” layer of ash and pumice that was not airtight. The thick mud layer had a very special consequence for the legacy of the city. Archaeologists have found remains of cheese, bread, fruit, clothing. All in charred form though. Nothing can survive a mud and lava flood of 500-550°c.

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