Why take this tour
Askos Tours offers you the fantastic opportunity to experience Herculaneum with your very own private expert guide. You will have priority access to one of the most famous and best preserved archaeological sites in the world. And you’ll have your own archaeologist guide who’ll reveal the ancient city where the Roman elite spent their summer vacations.
You’ll meet your guide at the easy-to-find entrance to Herculaneum. You won’t need to queue as you will have priority entrance with tickets booked in advance. So not a moment wasted!
Once inside, you’ll gaze in wonder at the spectacular view and be awestruck at Vesuvius rising imposingly before you.
Simply put, tours to Herculaneum are unforgettable, spine-tingling experiences.They allow you to truly contemplate life in the ancient world. Here, for centuries, streets and houses lay hidden, covered by layers of volcanic ash. The excavations started during the reign of the King of Naples Carlo Terzo di Borbone, even before those at Pompeii. And immediately afterwards, Herculaneum became a must-see destination for enthusiastic young European intellectuals. Now three centuries later, it still remains a site which is appreciated by hundreds of thousands of international travelers.
Your guide has a rich store of tales of all you’ll see. You’ll learn all about the elegant frescoes and mosaics at the extraordinary Casa dei Cervi. At the ancient beach you’ll see the perfectly preserved skeletons of 300 victims who desperately sought shelter from the eruption. At the Plumbarius, you’ll see the workshop of an early plumber frozen in time. Then enter the Sacello degli Augustali to admire this shrine dedicated to the cult of the emperor. This is a site of numerous incomparable ruins, and all will be revealed to you.
You won’t make many tours to Herculaneum, in fact you’ll probably only do it once. So, be good to yourself, make it special. Book your private tour to this incredible site and put yourself in the hands of the experts. Let our passion become yours too.
- Expert archaeologist guide
- Skip the line tickets
- Private tour
Points of interest
The Northen Cardo, the House of the Skeleton, the Thermal Baths, the Temple of the Augustali, the House of Neptune and Amphitrite, the House of the Wooden partition, the Gymnasium, the Terrace of Nonius Balbus, the beach.
- admire the elegant House of the deers
- Be involved by a private guide ready to answer all your questions
- Discover a perfectly preserved Roman town
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.
Yes, this tour could be suitable for wheelchair users as well. If you have mobility issues, please, we ask you to promptly notify our office, in order to arrange the best itinerary for you.
Once arrived at the meeting point, you can store your luggage in the free storage available at the ticket office. Our staff will give you all the information if needed.
The Herculaneum tour will take place regularly even in case of rain, so we recommend bringing an umbrella or a raincoat with you if it rains. The tour is canceled only if the authorities decide to close the site due to emergency weather conditions.
Only Small dogs up to 10 kg in weight are allowed inside the ruins. The admitted animals must be equipped with a leash and held in the arms inside the buildings.
If you arrive in Herculaneum by car, there is an unguarded municipal car park for an hourly rate, in Via dei Papiri Ercolanesi, a few steps away from the ticket office of the ruins.
If you arrive from Naples or Sorrento you can reach Herculaneum by the local train called Circumvesuviana (Sorrento - Naples line or vice versa): Your stop is called “Ercolano Scavi”. From the train station you will have to walk for about 10 minutes down the street to reach the meeting point.
No. As this tour includes all skip-the-line tickets, no tickets or passes other than those we provide to you directly can be used.
This tour includes a walking through the western area of the archaeological park, for a length of approximately 1 km.
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THE PERFECT WAY TO SEE, LEARN ABOUT AND EXPERIENCE HERCULANEUM
Booking with ASKOS for our private tour of Herculaneum was the best choice we could possibly have made and we were absolutely blessed with the best of the best tour guides MARIA NOVELLA. From the beginning to the end of our Herculaneum visit, Maria assured that we learned as much as possible about life and commerce in Herculaneum before the Vesuvius eruption and then what ensued for the residents as they tried to escape. Maria brought to life for us every aspect of the once beautiful city. She explained the progression of the art that adorns the walls of many of the homes, the architecture and the layouts of the various once-beautiful homes we visited. Thank goodness Herculaneum has been awakened and is available for those of us today to study and appreciate. Thank goodness we had MARIA NOVELLA who carefully and patiently introduced us to the wonders a nd beauty of Herculaneum. We have wanted to visit Herculaneum and our visit last week was a dream of a lifetime come true. GRAZIE!!!
Edwin and Christian Chapman from Lafayette, Louisiana, USA | Couples
Perfect Day in Herculaneum
Our two-hour Askos tour at Herculaneum was as wonderful as one could have wanted. Our guide, Silvia, was a PhD student who has actually done field work at the ruins. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the ancient seaside resort and the many digs that have occurred there since Charles VII’s began pilfering from the site in the 1730s. Silvia was especially good at explaining the way that archeologists use evidence to gain insight into how people passed their time in Herculaneum — from grooves worn into the marble cisterns to the deterioration of mosaics in the dining hall floors from stomach acids. We are also very grateful to Silvia for being so kind and gracious when we showed up late for the tour and for recommending an excellent pizzeria in town!
Michael Brown | Family (teens)
Totally worth it
A great tour! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed this trip more than the Pompeii tour.
Anita awu | Family (young children)
Unforgettable tour with Raffaele
ABOUT OUR GUIDE: We feel lucky that life has brought Raffaele and us together during our tour, because he is a very knowledgeable and at the same time funny guy who passes on his knowledge of history with great intelligibility! His English is super, well understood. Raffele is an extremely kind and cheerful tour guide, the time spent with him was great, we enjoyed every minute with much laughter! He answered all our questions kindly and patiently. We highly recommend him!!
ABOUT ASKOS TOURS: Very reliable company!! From the very beginning they answered all our questions very kindly and quickly. The information provided was accurate, they did everything just like it was previously discussed. We had a special request for a private driver, they could also help us with this. The driver was arranged for us in exactly the same accurate way.
ABOUT THE TOUR ITSELF, a good piece of advice for travelers: it was good to book such an organized tour because we wouldn’t have been able to get that much information if we cut ourselves into exploring the Herculaneum by ourselves. One goes smoothly past important and interesting things / attractions / details, that a tour guide draws attention to. I recommend everyone to pay for the tour because of the amount of information we’ve received.
This makes exploring the place so much more interesting and valuable. Szilvia and family from Hungary.
Szilvia R Virga | Family (teens)
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Michela | Family (teens)
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We’re so pleased we booked a tour for Herculaneum with Askos. Luciano was our guide and he gave us such a comprehensive and enthusiastic tour, describing in great detail the culture and daily life of ancient Ercolano, and explaining the architecture and artisanship of the astonishing remains of this once beautiful playground for the wealthy. We cannot recommend Askos tours highly enough. If you are spending any time in the Campania region, Herculaneum is must-see, and best toured with Askos.
Leanne | Couples
Thank you very much, Leanne. Luciano is a terrific guide and his knowledge is outstanding. See you next time!
Askos Tours |
Tour of a lifetime at Herculaneum
On a trip to Naples we wanted to visit the ruins at Herculaneum. Because we had been to Pompeii on a previous visit and came away with unanswered questions on Vesuvius and the catastrophic eruption that destroyed the area in 79 AD we wanted a private tour with English speaking guide. Fortunately we found Giancarlo of Askus tours and were able to make a reservation with him on the next day. Because of his extensive academic background and experience we spent several hours learning about the people of Ancient Rome, their customs and life and how they perished when the eruption of Mount Vesuvius took place. So many interesting facts I was unaware of, including the fact that the entire geography of the mountain had been transformed; they discovered frescoes from Herculaneum depicting a the mountain prior to the eruption. Giancarlo took us through the the important rooms and enclaves of Herculaneum and explained the purpose and meaning of each one.
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