Mt. Vesuvius & Pompeii Hike - NP16
OVERVIEW: Hike to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius for incredible views of the volcano's crater and the Bay of Naples. Then take a guided walking tour of Pompeii; one of the world's most amazing archaeological wonders.
HIGHLIGHTS: Hike the final 1,000 feet to the top of Mt. Vesuvius and enjoy the wonderful view from the rim. Explore Pompeii and see what Roman life was like in the 1st century AD.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approximately 2.5 miles over varying terrain. A portion of the route will be uphill so guests should be in good physical condition. Guests suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure should not participate on this excursion.
Hike to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius for incredible views of the volcano’s crater and the Bay of Naples. Then take a guided walking tour of Pompeii; one of the world’s most amazing archaeological wonders.
-Mt. Vesuvius: Hike the final 1,000 feet to the top of the volcano.
-Pompeii: Explore one of the world’s most amazing archaeological wonders.
After leaving the port, your tour will head south towards Mount Vesuvius, a still-active volcano, located on the west coast of Naples that buried Pompeii in 79 A.D. At approximately 3,000 feet, you’ll begin the trek over narrow paths which zigzag up the mountain another 1,000 feet. Once on the rim of the crater walls, you will skirt the edge with an official alpine guide. You will enjoy this natural phenomenon and the panoramic views over Naples and the bay.
After visiting Mount Vesuvius, you will descend along the narrow paths to the parking lot and proceed to Pompeii. Once in Pompeii, there will be time to enjoy a complimentary soft drink before entering the excavation site.
Entering Pompeii through the Sea Gate you will see the shadow of life as it was lived in 79 AD. Once a thriving empire 1,900 years ago, it was devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, when 30 feet of volcanic ash and pumice stone covered the city. Take a short walk to the city's hub, the Forum. Surrounded by lavish temples and porticoes, you'll begin to grasp the lifestyle of the inhabitants. Admire the mansions and the art of wealthy patricians who moved to Pompeii to escape the turmoil of Rome and view countless paintings and inscriptions. See the streets with raised pavements on both sides and the stepping-stones that ensured pedestrians a safe crossing at intersections.
If time permits you'll stop at a cameo factory where you will have the opportunity to observe local artisans at work in their century old tradition.
What to Bring:
- You should take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
- Camera and cash for shopping
- Sun protection including a hat and sunglasses
- Appropriate weather gear and carry a backpack
- Bottled water to stay hydrated
What to Wear:
- Light clothing and comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 2.5 miles over varying terrain. A portion of the route will be uphill so guests should be in good physical condition.
-Guests suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure should not participate on this excursion.
-Caution is advised when walking across hardened lava and rocky ground where crevices still exude fumes and heat.
-If Mt. Vesuvius is closed due to bad weather conditions, an orientation drive of Naples will be done instead.
-Participants should be aware that there are certain inherent risks involved with any hiking excursion.
-There are no facilities available at the summit of Mount Vesuvius or the excavation site of Pompeii.
-The order of the tour may be reversed.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 2.5 miles over cobblestone and even and uneven ground with steep inclines and approximately 20 - 25 steps.