The Ancient Roman Riviera: Herculaneum

  • Port

    Sorrento, Italy

  • Activity Level

    Strenuous

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 5½ Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

Set in a stunning seaside location, Herculaneum was the riviera paradise of the Ancient Roman rich and famous. Upper-class Romans built beautiful villas and luxurious houses in Herculaneum, many of which boasted views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. This is your destination today, and you'll transfer by minibus from the ship to the motor coach terminal in Sorrento; then head up the Bay of Naples to Ercolano (Herculaneum).

Walking with your guide, you'll discover that paradise was all but lost in AD 79, when Mt Vesuvius erupted and buried Herculaneum in a swathe of boiling mud. The site languished for almost two millennia but, under its muddy mantle, Herculaneum remained perfectly preserved, sealed from the decay and detritus of time. Entire streets, mansions, marble floors, frescoes and mosaics have now been excavated and are open to visitors like you. This is a remarkable insight into the sophistication of the Roman lifestyle and the excesses enjoyed by the wealthy.

After visiting the ruins, you'll visit a Sorrento woodcraft center. Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship. You are welcome to stay and purchase an Italian lunch in town (at your own expense).

Notes:

The drive to Herculaneum is approximately 1½ hours each way. You may be required to stand during the minibus transfer from the pier. Wear comfortable walking shoes.