Private Pompeii & Naples
Private Pompeii & Naples
Take a scenic journey through the streets of Naples and Pompeii with a chauffeured private tour. Let a driver pick you up at the Amalfi Ferry Pier and bring you to two of Italy's most popular destinations, taking in more of the area's history along the way.
From the character-soaked, exclusive neighborhood at Posillipo Hill, which has its own host of beautiful villas, you'll delight in the best views of the colorful buildings of Naples, and its port and marinas in the gulf below. Off in the distance is the mighty profile of Mount Vesuvius.
From there you will descend to Mergelina, once a fishing village, now one of the lovely ports of Naples. Further down the coastal road you will find yourself in Santa Lucia, another ancient fishing village. See where the Castel dell'Ovo, a seaside fortress castle and the oldest castle in Naples sits on an islet, waiting for you to take a memorable photo. It is said that the Roman poet Virgil buried an egg on the site, saying that when the egg breaks the castle will fall, thus giving it its name, which translates to "Castle of the Egg".
In the historical center of the city of Naples, you'll find many more gorgeous architectural wonders, from the stately Royal Palace, home to the Bourbon Kings of the 18th and 19th centuries, to the oldest opera house in Europe, the glorious Teatro San Carlo, both found in the Piazza del Plebiscito.
West of Naples, you'll see the restless Campi Flegrei, an 8-mile wide volcanic caldera cluster terrifyingly known as the "Fiery Fields." In the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, you will drive through the valley to the ancient city of Pompeii, passing the archaeological sites in Torre Annunziata and Torre del Greek, along with the ancient Roman town of Herculaneum.
It is in famous Pompeii that you will get an intimate look at ancient city life with glimpses into everything from villas and temples, bath houses and brothels. Bright frescoes still hang on walls, and remnants of sculptures remain in temples to gods like Jupiter and Apollo. Look for a "Beware of the Dog" mosaic at The House of the Tragic Poet or find the same inspiration Mozart did at the Temple of Isis, which inspired his opera, "The Magic Flute."
Lightweight summer clothing and light layers are recommended, with sweaters and jackets advised for evenings and cooler months. Some terrain in Italy is uneven and archaeological sites can be challenging for those who are not surefooted, so keep that in mind when booking your tour. Vehicles are accessible for a foldable wheelchair or walker.
Bookings for this tour are available from March - November, with each tour lasting 8-9 hours. Private tours for small and large groups are both available, using either luxurious Mercedes sedans or Mercedes vans. Whether it's a family vacation or a large group, party, or wedding excursion, expert, local drivers will privately chauffeur you through Italy.
This tour includes an English-speaking driver, fuel, highway toll fees, and parking fees, but does not include entrance fees or tickets to local attractions, or private guides. Food and beverages are not included in this tour, though there are times set aside for snack breaks and meals included in the day's schedule. Don't be afraid to ask your driver for suggestions on local restaurants and cafes that you may enjoy. At the end of this adventure, your driver will return you to the Amalfi Ferry Pier.
About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.
We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.
Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.