Loved this tour. Bus was v comfy, tour guide was amazing. She was so informative and friendly. Plenty of time in both places. We didn't bother signing up for the optional lunch on the day as it felt a bit like get the tourists in and get them out, but couldn't fault the actual trip. Viator has delivered yet again.
This was a long day but well worth it! Our guide Lia and driver Salvatore helped us have a truly memorable experience. There were about 36 of us on this trip. We received lanyards to wear for our day so that we could be identified and had Lias phone number on if we got separated or wanted to branch off for a bit and do our own thing which a couple in our party did. From the start of the trip Lia used the microphone to tell us all about the itinerary of the day and the history of the regions as we passed through. We went straight to Mount Vesuvius where we gave her the admission money on the coach and she went ahead and paid for us as one group which saved all the hassle of paying individually at the gate the website details clearly said which excursions needed separate payment so there were no surprises on our account today. The trek up and down took about an hour so the timings worked out well. We had fabulous views on this October warm day. I only needed shorts and t-shirt but was glad of the sturdy trainers I wore as several people were sliding and slipping in their poorly-chosen footwear. From here we went to the restaurant in the centre of modern Pompeii. Again, this was advertised on the website so it was no surprise. There was no obligation to come in a few decided to go off and meet us again in one hour but we were happy with the value on offer 14 for a selection of 6 possible meals including 1 drink and 1 pudding. The rest of the afternoon was exploring Pompeii. Lia again collected our money and paid for us in one group. Saved loads of time. We all wore earphones as she talked to us through the ruins with her radio mic. Without this we would not have a clue about what we were looking at as there are hardly any explanation signs around the city. We spent 2 hours and it was enough in the heat even in October! Going on an organised tour was so much worth the effort and we thank Lia for her insights.
This is a full day tour which started in a very nerve-wracking way-there were ten large buses leaving for Pompeii at about the same time. And we all had no way of knowing which bus we were on! No signs on the front that said Viator, only a facilitator yelling the names of people he had on his list! It was craziness ... but we eventually found our bus and boarded.
From the moment we left the parking area in Sorrento though, we met our guide Teresa and driver Salvatore who were extremely professional and informative. Both knew the roads and history and got us to the site safely and as prompt as possible. Teresa was a terrific guide throughout our day, with clear instructions on meeting places, recommendations for lunch, and even a little humor from time to time. We don't do many excursions as a general rule, but we were glad we did this one!
Guide Rafaela was excellent. Climb up Mount Vesuvius was awesome and views from the top and of the crater were stunning. Felt like we only scratched the surface at Pompeii but it was still a full day so this wasn't the tour's fault. As Rafaela said, you'd need about three days to cover it fully, and you really can only see a few highlights in two hours.
Had a great day. Desiree was a fantastic, knowledgeable guide who really made sure we all enjoyed the day. Pompeii was awesome, Vesuvious was majestic and you really do need good walking shoes to even try to get up there but the views are fantastic if you do.
My only quibbles would be that it would have been nice to get info on the entrance fees 13 pp for Pompeii and 10 pp for Vesuvious 14 pp for lunch and also we were told we would have to get to Sorrento town for the pick up, we asked our hotel to book us a taxi due to the early start - they luckily rang the tour providers who said they were picking up others around the corner but no one had told us, would have been courteous to have done so.
Tour was fabulous... we first went to Mt Vesuvius, which I had thought was going to be my favorite part of the trip. It was very cool, and not too bad of a climb. They rented walking sticks at the bottom only 1euro. It was not bad at all, if you're a little unsteady - you probably should rent the stick. Got back on the bus to Pompeii.
Pompeii was AMAZING. I did not expect it to be in such great shape and have such beautiful art, architecture, and even roads. I was in awe. It is a must see, if you are in the area.