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9 BEST Pompeii Tours from Sorrento (selected by an Italian)

In this article you’ll find a list of the ultimate Pompeii tours from Sorrento, carefully selected to ensure you have a memorable trip to the world-famous ruins with whichever option you pick. Read on! 

Pompeii is the most famous Vesuvian city, and also the largest one, offering a magnificent attestation of life in the first century as it’s perfectly preserved. The archaeological site features impressive structures that include a Roman Forum, an Amphitheater, villas, and spectacular frescoes that are worth seeing. 

If you’re staying in Sorrento, you should 100% make time for a visit to Pompeii. You can make it work even if you have limited time as you can join a half-day tour to Pompeii. Just, don’t skip it! Trust me.

⚠️ I don’t personally visit every single archaeological site with a guide, but I do highly recommend visiting Pompeii with a tour guide. This is a unique site in the world, and the experience is inevitably enhanced when you get to learn about the city’s past, the lives of the citizens – some of whom you’ll get to actually see – and the history of its discovery. 

Ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii set against a blue sky, inserted in a post about the best Pompeii Tours from Sorrento.

In this article, I’ve compiled the very best day trips from Sorrento to Pompeii to help you choose an experience that suits your interests and guarantees a fantastic trip.

From a quick trip to Pompeii to a comprehensive tour including visits to Herculaneum and the Vesuvius itself, the options are plenty. Check them out! 

👉 Why should you trust me? As a native of Bologna, Italy, I’ve spent the last 10 years assisting millions of people in planning their dream vacations to Italy. I have honed my skills in finding the right activities and making certain that you only embark on the best tours available.

I generally use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours around the world. I especially recommend them for their great cancellation policy, which allows you to cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund. 

The 3 BEST Tours to Pompeii from Sorrento

▶️ This Full-Day Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Tour allows you to discover the two faces of Pompeii’s coin, as you’ll be wandering around the ruins of the destroyed city, and then head up to the volcano responsible for burying it. 

Start by skipping the lines at the archaeological site and enjoying a very informative tour around it, where you’ll get to admire the impressive artwork and mosaics, incredibly well-preserved structures, and even the casts of Pompeii’s citizens. 

The visit is followed by a trip all the way up to Mt. Vesuvius, from whose crater you’ll enjoy fabulous views over the Gulf of Naples. Choose the lunch option to include a 3-course meal with dessert and a drink. 

📝 This Sorrento to Pompeii day trip includes: Roundtrip transportation, skip-the-line tickets and a guided tour at Pompeii, Mt. Vesuvius entrance fee, and headsets. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ If you have limited time, a Half-Day Pompeii Tour from Sorrento will do just fine. You’ll depart from Sorrento in an air-conditioned vehicle and head toward the archaeological site, where an expert will guide you around the ruins. 

You’ll get to see the remains of the Roman Forum, the Amphitheater, and the brothel as you learn about the city’s past, the function of each structure and all it’s known about the infamous volcano eruption that destroyed it. 

📝 This tour includes: Roundtrip transportation, entrance fee, and a guided tour around Pompeii. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ History buffs will be delighted with this Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour from Sorrento with Skip the Line as it takes you to two of the most famous Vesuvius’ victim towns. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide you’ll get to walk the steps of their citizens, exploring the well-preserved structures, artwork, and even a marital bed as you learn about the life and customs of the people before the destruction.

Admire the mighty Mt. Vesuvius from the distance, and enjoy some free time in between visits to grab a bite or get all your questions answered by your guide.

📝 This Pompeii day trip from Sorrento includes: Roundtrip transportation, skip-the-line ticket to both sites, a guide, and a light lunch. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

An Express Tour of Pompeii from Sorrento

Not enough time for a comprehensive visit? Join this Skip-the-Line Express Tour of Pompeii from Sorrento by Train, which includes the roundtrip train journey, and tickets to bypass the queues and access Pompeii as soon as you get there. 

At the archaeological site you’ll enjoy a 2-hour guided tour to unlock its history, learning about life at Pompeii before the volcano eruption, and all the details about its excavation several centuries later. The overall tour lasts 4 hours. 

📝 This Pompeii trip from Sorrento includes: Train tickets, skip-the-line entry fee, and a guided tour. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Pompeii Tours from Sorrento

▶️ This Private Tour of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius from Sorrento allows you to check out each piece of the Vesuvius’ eruption puzzle. 

You’ll start by touring the archaeological site of Pompeii, wandering around the very well-kept Forum, Amphitheater, villas, and brothel as your guide provides insights about life in Pompeii before it was buried in ashes. 

Your next stop is Herculaneum, a smaller but even better-preserved city that was discovered half a century before Pompeii. It’s believed that Herculaneum was the vacation retreat for the Roman elite, and you’ll get to admire the lavish villas and houses that remain. 

Finally, make your way to the very rim of the Vesuvius volcano, which in 79 AD engulfed those two cities you just visited. You’ll catch glorious views from the top and learn about the protected area where it’s located and the infamous eruption.  

It’s one of the most comprehensive tours to Pompeii from Sorrento, and perfect if you really want to delve in the cities’ history and its connection with the volcano.

Private Tour: Day Trip Excursion to Mt. Vesuvius, Herculaneum and Pompeii

📝 This Pompeii and Vesuvius tour from Sorrento includes: Hotel roundtrip transportation, entrance tickets for Pompeii and Herculaneum, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip is a private day trip from Sorrento that takes you to two of the most magnificent attractions in the area in a hassle-free manner, avoiding crowds and public transportation. 

The archaeological park of Pompeii is a testament to its ancient life almost 2 millennia later, perfectly preserved by the ash and pumice it was buried in for over 1,500 years. You’ll get to explore its striking buildings, including a Roman Amphitheater, a Forum, the famous brothel, and the incredible artwork and mosaics Pompeii is known for. 

After your historical visit, head to the Amalfi Coast to marvel at the cliff-peched, colorful villages, and stroll along the charming alleys of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, the prettiest towns in the coastline.  

Pompeii and Amalfi Coast Private Day Trip

📝 This tour includes: Private transfers, parking fees, and fuel surcharge. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ A Pompeii Private Morning Tour from Sorrento ensures you get the most out of your visit to the archaeological site while granting you a free afternoon to plan another trip or relax in the city. Choose your departure time and take advantage of hotel pick-up to enjoy a hassle-free transfer to the site. 

An art historian guide will be at your disposal, exploring Pompeii with you and pointing at the different structures and mosaics, explaining the city’s history, and providing insights into the citizens’ lives and customs. 

After the tour, you’ll conveniently be whisked back to your hotel in Sorrento. 

Pompeii Private Morning Tour from Sorrento

📝 This Pompeii excursion from Sorrento includes: Private transportation and a professional guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Fancy a wine tasting on the slopes of a volcano? This full-day Private Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Mt. Vesuvius Tour from Sorrento with an Archaeologist and Wine Experience takes you and your group on a memorable journey.

Start your trip with a comfortable ride to Pompeii, where an archaeologist guide will offer a very comprehensive visit, explaining everything about the city’s history and excavations, and ready to answer all your questions. 

You’ll then head to a family-run winery located on the volcano’s slopes, where you can indulge in a scrumptious lunch and some wine tasting (own expense), before reaching your last stop of the day: Herculaneum. Another victim of the Vesuvius eruption, Herculaneum is the first Vesuvian city discovered, and it’s beautifully preserved. 

Pompeii, Herculaneum and wine  experience on Mt Vesuvius with an archaeologist

📝 This tour includes: Transportation, a guided tour of Pompeii and Herculaneum (entry fees not included), and a visit to a Vesuvius winery. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Naples & Pompeii Tour from Sorrento

Make the most of your time with a combined visit on this Naples City and Pompeii Half-Day Sightseeing Tour. You’ll visit the historical city of Naples, known for being the birthplace of Margherita Pizza, with a local guide. Tour around the city and its major attractions before continuing toward Pompeii. 

At the archaeological site, the largest in all of Europe, you’ll follow your guide as they tell you the fascinating story of Pompeii’s past. Learn about its citizens and their customs, admire the frescoes and mosaics, visit the popular brothel, and marvel at how well-preserved the Forum and Amphitheater are. 

Naples City and Pompeii Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Sorrento

📝 This tour includes: Pick-up and drop-off from selected hotels, a professional guide, headsets, and tickets for Pompeii. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Sorrento to Pompeii Tours FAQs

What is the best way to visit Pompeii from Sorrento?

The best way to visit Pompeii, in my opinion, is with a guided tour from Sorrento. You’ll have transfers covered and also enjoy a very comprehensive tour around the site. If you want to go on your own, taking the train is the best way to reach Pompeii. 

Is a guided tour of Pompeii worth it?

I highly recommend choosing a guided tour of Pompeii as it will provide you will a lot more insights and information about the site, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of its past and its discovery. 

Can you do Pompeii without a tour guide?

You can visit Pompeii on your own, and enjoy it immensely. However, I think hiring a tour guide is very beneficial if you want to fully delve into the city’s past and understand better each building or find out details about the excavations. 

What are the best Sorrento to Pompeii tours? 

In my opinion, these are the best day trips from Sorrento to Pompeii: 
• Full-Day Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Tour
• Half-Day Trip to Pompeii 
Pompeii & Herculaneum Tour

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.

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