Gaze into the past with a tour of Herculaneum with an archaeologist guide & ticket included

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Trip Facts

  • 2 hours
  • Max 20

Why take this tour

A tour of Herculaneum is a spine-tingling experience, one that allows you to truly contemplate life in the ancient world. Simply put, there’s no better way to appreciate the glories of the Roman Empire than by exploring this archaeological site. Here the degree of conservation is quite breathtaking. You’ll stare in wonder at entire terraces of houses still virtually intact.

Your guide is a fully licensed and experienced archaeologist who has made these ruins their passion. A true enthusiast who will masterfully introduce you to everything this precious site has to offer.

For your Herculaneum tour, you’ll meet our staff at the ticket office of the excavations. You’ll join a small group of like-minded enthusiasts for this hugely popular tour. There is no need to queue as you will have priority entrance with tickets booked in advance. So no time wasted!

The tour will begin with a complete introduction to the incomparable ruins of Herculaneum. You’ll then be led to a terrace from which you can admire both the excavations and Vesuvius in their entirety. The mighty volcano will feel remarkably close. Indeed, its crater is only 6km away as the crow flies. You’ll now easily imagine the huge power of the eruption of 79 AD, which buried the city under devastating mudslides.

Herculaneum once directly overlooked the Gulf of Naples, while today the sea is a few hundred meters away. The Roman aristocracy loved to spend long holidays on this coast, enjoying the mild climate and the pleasant landscape. Notably Lucio Calpurnio Pisone, Julius Caesar's father-in-law, owned a luxury residence here: the famous Villa dei Papiri.

During our tour every secret of Herculaneum will be revealed to you. The Shrine of the Augustali, the Samnite House and the Gymnasium are just some of the amazing buildings you’ll discover during the exploration.

Let our passion become yours too. Take the tour of Herculaneum with Askos Tours!

What's included

  • Expert archaeologist guide
  • Skip-the-line tickets
  • Headsets (from groups higher than 10 people)
  • Small group (max 20 people)

Points of interest

The Beach, Marco Nonio Balbo's Terrace, Samnite House, Thermal baths, Forum, House of Neptune and Amphitrite, Gymnasium, House of the skeleton, Thermopolium, Temple of the Augustali, House of the Black Room, House of Beautiful Courtyard, House of the Wooden Partition


  • Take part to a small group tour to Herculaneum
  • Skip the line without any waiting at the ticket office
  • Discover the site with an archaeologist guide to ask all the questions you have

Health & Safety

Askos srl has implemented all the prevention, protection and organizational measures provided for by the regulatory protocol for the Covid-19 Virus pandemic (Legislative Decree no.81 of 9 April 2008, Annex XLVI)

  • We use and offer sanitary gel for hand sanitization, before, after and during the tour.
  • Our guides and all our operators received anti-covid health and safety training. They check their temperature daily and they are trained to comply with all anti-contagion regulations.
  • It is mandatory to wear your own personal mask for the whole duration of the tour. If you don't have one, we'll provide it to you.
  • If headphone sets are required, they are properly sterilized and sanitized before each use.
  • Our private and small group tours are designed to provide  you with maximum comfort and safety.


Gaze into the past with a tour of Herculaneum with an archaeologist guide & ticket included!

20% offfrom €45 €36 Per Person


5.0 / 5
(42 Ratings, Avg 5.0)
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Our Reviews

  • Just Great

    Let me start by saying that these people are super nice and helpful. I missed my train and they went out of their way to coordinate with me a way to jump into the tour. The guide, Luciano was just great, very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. Made it super fun. Totally recommend it! Thanks guys!

    | Solo

  • Luciano is a fabulous tour guide!

    Luciano was awesome! His passion for archeology and Herculaneum is evident. Great explanations of the site and the archelogists’ process.

    | Family (teens)

  • Amazing tour guide

    The tour was very good made all the better by Luciano Leone the tour guide he was informative, witty and very knowledgeable about the site I would definitely recommend this tour

    | Friends

  • Passionate and knowledgeable

    Luciano Leone was an excellent guide. So knowledgeable and passionate he really brought everything to life for us. He showed us so many little details that we would have otherwise have missed. He left Pompeii in the dust!

    | Couples

  • Paula is AMAZING!

    Paula is such a knowledgeable, friendly and funny guide whose tour opened our eyes to ancient Roman culture as well as the incredible work required to excavate Ercolano. We learned so much and can’t thank Paula enough for all of the information she shared with us. Grazie mille!

    | Family (teens)

  • Great tour!

    Luciano Leone was amazing! His knowledge and enthusiasm made this one of the best parts of our Italian trip. I would definitely recommend him to others!

    | Family (teens)

  • Luciano (the lion) - master of Herculaneum

    Luciano’s enthusiasm was astounding – he kept us rapt for the duration, sharing theories, facts and answering questions passionately and precisely. The best of its kind.

    | Couples

  • Wonderful and worth the time.

    This tour exceeded expectations. Luciano was funny, fun, informative, and so enthusiastic that it was catching.
    Skip Pompey and spent time at Herculaneum with Luciano. You will be captivated.

    | Solo

  • Tour with Luciano Leone

    We had a great time discovering Ercolano with Luciano. He was very passionate about his work, and helped us understand the differences between Ercolano and Pompeii, which made it worth visiting both.

    | Couples

  • Great tour

    Luciano Leon was very engaging and knowledge, highly recommended

    | Family (teens)

  • Herculaneum with Diego

    Diego was an maxing and enthusiastic archeological expert and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour at Herculaneum as he was able to make it understandable and interactive

    | Couples

  • Herculaneum

    A great few hours at Herculaneum, we saw things we would have missed without Diegos experience. I would say this is a must do trip

    | Couples

  • must do

    A must do!! Amazing view of life during this time through the eyes of Ivan our guide, who spoke with such knowledge and enthusiasm I pictured the streets full with acient people! Would not have been as good without Ivan. I learnd so much and he answered any questions that I had that was not covered.

    | Solo

  • Herculaneum is even better than Pompeii, and fantastic guide tour!

    Absolutely fantastic! Our guide Teresa was superb, explained a lot of different details and made sure we didn’t miss a thing! Fingers crossed I can have her again in the future in other tours, thank you!

    | Solo

  • Time well spent at Hercalaneum

    Hercalaneum archeological visit with guide Ivan. Well paced tour showing the highlights. Had it not been so hot we probably would have stayed on after the tour to walk around the rest, but we did the museum instead which was also nice. It was a great few hours thanks to Ivan who obviously loved the place and gave a great tour. Thank you Ivan.

    | Solo

  • Herculaneum met Luciano Leone

    Herculaneum met Luciano Leone

    Weinig toe te voegen aan de andere positieve reviews. Luciano is gids en archeoloog. Hij weet zijn groep er persoonlijk bij te betrekken. Zijn woorden zijn telkens raak. “Come closer, I will tell you a secret” and “now follow me”, en zo ga je van het ene fascinerende verhaal naar een volgend insprirerend moment. Alles met passie.


    | Family (teens)

  • Very lively and informative tour of Herculaneum

    Luciano Leone has to be the most enthusiastic and engaging archaeological tour guide ever! Very knowledgeable and scientific, also lively and passionate, brought the site alive, showed us pictures and artefacts, gave background information so as to put things in context. A great day in Herculaneum!

    | Couples

  • Great tour of Herculaneum

    Luciano was a great tour guide. Kept even our children mesmerized.

    | Family (young children)

  • Amazing day thanks to Luciano

    Seeing Herculaneum was amazing in itself but we felt blessed to have had Luciano as our guide. A friendly, knowledgeable and passionate guide. He really took the tour to the next level for us. Thank you Luciano!

    | Couples

  • Great tour with Luciano

    I had a great tour of the ancient Herculanum with Luciano Leone. Luciano was very knowledgeable and his enthusiasm was very contagious! He showed us around the ruins and supported his explanations with illustrations, old coins and even small rocks. The site really comes to life with such a tour and I would have missed so much without a guide. Thank you Luciano!

    | Family (teens)

  • Diego, a great guide

    A Great experience, Guided by Diego, who knew everything about the ancient Ercolano. Really impressive.

    | Couples

  • fantastic experience!

    Herculaneum it itself is already fantastic, but the guide, Michele Lamberti made is just perfect! Knew a lot and brought it in an interesting and fun way!

    | Family (teens)

  • Guided tour of Herculaneum with 2 adults and 2 children (12 and 9)

    The personal touch! A friendly call to check that we were ok with finding the location. A great guide; Diego who was a font of knowledge and a great site.
    We would thoroughly recommend the Herculaneum guided tour. Well worth the money.

    | Family (teens)

  • Great!

    It rained the whole day, but our guide was so fantastic and interesting we forgot about the rain. It was a great and informative experience.

    | Couples

  • How to feel in love with archaeology

    One of the best guided tours ever. Michaele wonderfully transmitted the knowledge and passion of an archaeologist, the art and science. I did really enjoy it, many thanks!

    | Couples


    Nous avons passé 2h avec Nello en groupe d’une petite 10zaine de personnes, ce qui nous a permis de découvrir une partie du site de Pompei.
    Nello parle très bien le français. Ses explications sont très intéressantes avec à son œil d’archéoloque.
    Seul, regret: la visite ne dure que 2h !!!
    A faire sans hésiter.

    | Couples

  • The Best guide ever!!!

    Luciano was amazing!!! Thanks again

    | Solo

  • Fantastisch

    Interessante rondleiding in Herculaneum door professionele en ervaren gids Sergio. Bedankt !

    | Couples

  • Herculanum

    Superbe visite en englais avec Diego, notre guide passionné et passionant.
    A recommander chaudement, ce tour est le meilleur que nous ayons fait da nos la region

    | Des couples

  • Herculaneum

    Thank you Michael for this brilliant tour yesterday!

    | Couples

  • Perfect Tour of Herculaneum by Luciano

    We had a fantastic experience thanks to the very profound knowledge of our guide Luciano Leone and his passionate approach. Many thanks! We can totally recommend this tour through Herculaneum.

    | Couples

  • The lion of Ercolano

    We had a very informative tour with Luciano Leone. He had knowledge, was well prepared and guided us vividly. Well worth the money!!

    | Couples

  • Thank you Michel!

    Michele did a great job on both of our tours (Pompei and Herculeum). He was interesting, informative, and extremely knowledgeable. Thank you for a great experience!

    | Couples

  • visita ad Ercolano del 31 agosto

    Il 31 agosto abbiamo avuto il piacere di fare la visita guidata con il sig. Luciano Leone, un grande professionista che ci ha fatto scoprire e amare Ercolano e la sua storia.

    | Couples


    La visita guidata ad Ercolano si è rivelata una bellissima esperienza anche per merito della nostra guida Luciano Leone. MOLTO preparato con molti elementi fotografici e, soprattutto, un dispensatore di svariati aneddoti sul sito, e pure con pronuncia Ercolanese!!
    Davvero una bella escursione

    | Couples

  • A great experience

    I would highly recommend to take this tour, so informative and interesting. Big thanks to Diego: the most passionate, professional and likable guide you can get!

    | Couples

  • Ercolano

    Luciano grandissima guida

    | Couples

  • Fantastic

    We spent a fantastic visit with Sergio, traveling back to ancient Rome. We really enjoyed it !

    | Couples

  • Great visit

    It was a great visit. Thank you so much to Daniela for all the interesting informations she gave us. We really enjoy it.

    | Family (teens)

  • Daniella is awesome rodyy

    Daniella was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about the site and the area in general. She took the time to make sure everyone’s questions were answered. When I come back to Herculaneum with my kids I will ask for her to be our guide.

    | Couples

  • Great!

    Mr. Leone gave us a really interesting and exciting insight into the ancient life in Herkulaneum before the eruption of the Vesuv. Lifely presented and full of passion.

    | Couples

  • Visita a Pompei e Ercolano

    Fatto il Tour con la guida a Pompei ed Ercolano con il Signor Sergio, guida fantastica molto preparata con spiegazioni semplici ma molto comprensive ed esaustive di tutto quello che ci ha mostrato, consiglio moltissimo queste visite con guida per poter capire e sapere la storia di Pompei ed Ercolano, grazie molto, Sergio sei Fantastico.

    | Visitatore turistico

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