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When your ship docks in Sorrento port, you will have a limited amount of time to explore the famous area of Naples, rich in history and archeological sites. What better way to utilize your time than with a private driver/guide who will show you the area through the eyes of a local.
One of Joe Banana’s English speaking drivers will meet you at the port of Sorrento as you exit the tender. He will be holding a sign with your name on it and be ready to escort you to your luxury vehicle.
This shore excursion will begin with a drive by the famous Sorrento coast, where across the bay you will be able to see Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for one of the most well known historical events in this region.
After about a one hour drive, you will arrive at Naples National Archaeological Museum. Located in Piazza Museo, it is the most important Italian archaeological museum which contains artifacts from the areas of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae. Also considered one of the most important museums in the world, it is home to a large collection of high quality Roman artifacts from the Greek, Roman and Renaissance periods. Collections include antiquities of marbles, bronzes, mosaics, as well as the Egyptian collection and the Secret Cabinet.
The two hours spent here will undoubtedly leave you with an even greater appreciation for the ancient ways of life in this area.
Your time in Naples does not end there though, as your driver will be happy to suggest a location where you can savor the authentic taste of a Napoletano pizza or another culinary experience of your preference.
Following lunch, you will be taken on a short driving tour of the city of Naples, during which time your driver will share a wealth of information about this famous city from inside the vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, you will arrive at the ancient ruins of Pompeii and have about two hours to explore the site.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most important archeological sites in the world. You can visit the site on your own or a licensed guide can be arranged ahead of time (additional cost). However you choose to explore this ancient site, you will be in awe as you see the remnants of this 1st century city which offer some insight into the Roman life that came to a premature stop here on 24 August A.D. 79.
You will then meet back up with your driver outside of the ruins and be driven back to Sorrento port, about 1 hour away.
Available: All year round, except Tuesdays
Tour Duration: 7-8 hours
Pick-Up - Drop-Off Location: Sorrento Port
Pick-Up Time (suggested): 8:00 am (according to your ship's schedule)
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Private, professionally licensed guide for the day
Meal and Drinks
Entrance Fees and Licensed Guide - unless otherwise specified.
This tour may be shortened depending on traffic conditions and on your cruise ship schedule.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit the sites.
In the very rare event that there is an internal assembly or strike in Pompeii, unfortunately they usually do not advise of this in advance, in which case Pompeii could be visited in the afternoon.
If your cruise ship is unable to anchor in Sorrento, and will dock in Naples/Salerno, we can reschedule your pick up location for an additional fee.
This tour is not available on Tuesdays as the museum in Naples is closed.