Herculaneum, Vesuvius & Ravello - Full day tour

After greeting your driver in the port of Salerno we will join the highway to Herculaneum. Enjoy breathtaking views as we drive around the foothills of the only live volcano on mainland Europe, Mt. Vesuvius. On a clear day you will also see the Isle of Capri and the peninsula of Sorrento.

During the journey your English speaking driver will discuss the area offering a wonderful introduction and pointing out all places of interest along the way.

Two hours free time in HERCULANEUM the holiday resort of the rich Romans, used by the noble to escape the noise and confusion in Rome. During the disaster of 79 AD when Mt. Vesuvius erupted the wind was blowing in the direction of Pompeii, Herculaneum was saved, or so they thought! 12 hours later the area was swamped by a landslide of liquid mud. Leaving for us a town frozen in near-perfect preservation, here you can explore Roman villas in their 2 storey state, enjoy frescoes so colourful they look like they were painted yesterday not 2000 years ago.

After Herculaneum we go to visit the culprit of the disaster !!!

This tour also offers a fun new way to experience MOUNT VESUVIUS – Mainland Europe's only live volcano.

Before starting your climb we transfer you onto a 4x4 (this is public transport so will not be private). Unused for decades this newly rediscovered road twists and turns up the green and rocky sides of Mount Vesuvius through the National Park. ** Please note that this route is very bumpy and not advisable for anyone with a severe bad back or pregnant ladies - we do have an alternative route so please mention in your reservation.

After a 20 minute drive in your military style 4X4 you reach the 1050 metre mark and are given time to climb to the crater. The uphill walk, depending on your speed, takes about 25 minutes – Comfortable, closed in shoes must be worn. Once at the crater you have an English speaking guide who will offer you an insight into this amazing volcano. You can walk about a third of the way around the crater where you can see inside, whilst enjoying spectacular views over the bay of Naples, even looking down on Pompeii which was destroyed by Vesuvius!!!

Your place on the 4x4 vehicle, entrance to the crater and the English speaking guide at the top is all included. As stated above we do have an alternative route where we can drive you up the public (less bumpy) road followed by a 30 minute walk on a different path where a bit more walking is involved. Please email us if you have any concerns.

After this great experience .... drive through stunning Italian countryside arriving directly to Ravello set 335 meters (1100 feet) above sea level.

RAVELLO, the most peaceful and charming resort along the Amalfi Coast. Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy and Tennessee Williams all holidayed here, and the place still has an air of restrained glamour.
In the main square you can visit the magnificent Cathedral built in 1087. Opposite the Cathedral is the entrance to Villa Rufolo with its famous gardens so loved by Wagner, it is from here you have the breathtaking view over the Amalfi Coast.
Charming traffic free lanes lead off the main square lined with local craft shops and even wine tasting.
You may wish to enjoy a cool drink in the main Piazza, soak in the atmosphere before meeting up again with your driver.


At the end of the day enjoy a relaxing journey back to the Port of Salerno.

If you want to create a group for this excursion just select the date on the calendar and then click on "Create Group" button.

Individual Prices per Group

  • Number of Passenger(s) Price per Person

  • 1 Pax 360 euro

  • 2 Pax 180 euro

  • 4 Pax 105 euro

  • 5 Pax 85 euro

  • 6 Pax 75 euro

  • 7 Pax 70 euro

  • 8 Pax 60 euro

The tour itinerary shown above is conducted by an English speaking driver who has been trained to give a tour along the route. They will share their knowledge and passion for the area, stop for the best photo opportunities and point out the places of interest. Your driver is not allowed by Italian law to guide you around the historical areas, monuments and towns where you stop.

The tour itinerary for shore excursions is based on cruise ships arriving in at, or before 08:30 and sailing at, or after 6:30pm.

For ships that sail before 6:30pm please email us first info@aptours.it so we can work out the changes to the itinerary to fit your ships schedule before setting up the tour. We will then add the changes to the notes section for fellow cruisers to read before they join the group.

We always base the tour itinerary around the ships schedule with number one priority to get you back to the port 1.5 / 2 hours before sail time.

Cancellation Policy:
The tour is confirmed the moment you either create or join a group. Any tour cancelled within ten days of the service date will be considered a late cancellation. APTours reserves the right to debit a 'late cancellation fee' in this event. The 'late cancellation fee' will equal the total amount of previously confirmed services. If cancellation is requested by e-mail no less than ten days before the booked date there will be no charge. Once you have filled out a reservation form and inserted payment information you agree to enter a legally binding contract with APTours.

Important Info:
Once you have signed up for a tour or created a tour, your name, mobile number, email address will be shared with others in your group. As a new member joins your group you will receive an update of group size and cost. As the tour is shared we must fix an itinerary and keep to a set time schedule. We ask guests to be punctual to all meeting points set by the driver to help the day run smoothly.