Herculaneum is an ancient Roman town that shared the same fate as Pompeii. But, instead of being buried in ash, it was covered in volcanic mud and lava when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. This means lots of its mosaics, woodwork and even clothing are still intact. You’ll get to see all of this up close during a guided tour around the town. Your guide will meet you at the port, and you’ll then drive for 40 minutes, passing Mount Vesuvius en route. When you arrive, you’ll take to the 2,000-year-old streets for a tour. Keep your camera handy, because there’s something worth snapping at every turn. Colourful works of art decorate the temples, perfectly preserved pieces of pottery are laid around the market, and public gardens have been carefully brought back to life. You’ll also stop off at the old shoreline, where you’ll find the skeletons of over 300 people who died trying to escape clouds of toxic gas. When the tour wraps up, all that’s left is the journey back to the port.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.