My husband and I took a small bus tour from Sorrento of about 25 people directly to Pompeii. It was about an hour bus ride with traffic. We were given headsets so we could hear our guide he was very knowledgeable and entertaining along the way. When we arrived we had a quick bathroom break for before walking directly inside the entrance. Please note you’ll want small change if you want to the clean bathroom, otherwise the free ones downstairs had stalls that lacked toilet paper.
Inside Pompeii our guide walked us through the major attractions, he always made sure the group is together and tried to avoid taking us near large crowds. Altogether we were there about 90 minutes we felt we saw what we needed to.
Afterwards we took the guide’s optional recommendation to have lunch right outside Pompeii. The restaurant was €14 offered wine or soda, one of three options ( Pizza, pasta, caprese salad) and for an entrée and dessert. We got the caprese salad which was perfect before the hike at the volcano. I am not sure if this was the option for everyone but it was a nice lunch.
It was about a 35 minute windy bus ride to Vesuvius. But the driver was excellent and cautious the whole time. Good shoes are a must to get to the summit since it’s a gravel path. The hike is a steep incline not too difficult so you can use a hiking stick but we found it unnecessary. We were given about 90 minutes until we had to be back at the bus. At the top the pathway goes about halfway around the crater rim. Yet there are amazing views to the Naples just be cautious since the view can be obscured by clouds but we saw them quickly pass when we were there. There are also 3 different huts to stop get a drink or souvenir along the crater. Timing was just right to feel we could appreciate the splendor of Vesuvius.
The bus took us directly back to Sorrento to the same place we were picked up. We were home just about the 5pm which was the expected 8 hour duration.
Overall I would highly recommend this tour! Everything except lunch was taken care of and it was very convenient for transportation to both attractions. Our guide provided a lot of history, fun facts and entertainment. It never felt too crowded and was a great value for what we saw. Would recommend to friends and family!