MOUNT VESUVIUS AND VESUVIUS PARK, WINE TASTING AND LUNCH
If you are thinking of visiting Vesuvius National Park with a private tour, you should probably also think about what you could be missing out on in the region. Like what? Wine.
Cantine Del Vesuvio vinery is a fun thing to do once visited the mount Vesuvius.
With a private driver, you have the opportunity to venture into one of the serenely beautiful vineyards near Mt Vesuvius and learn all about the wine estate and process, before sampling the delicious wine and food. It would be a shame to miss out on such an experience, the locals in this part of Italy have long been known to make a living from their local produce and it's the perfect way to add something different to your day trip. Tasting wine and enjoying some of the locally grown produce for lunch.
That being said, the tour to Mt Vesuvius is always the highlight and it begins with a scenic trip along winding roads all the way to the top of the crater. Amazingly, this volcano is still active, albeit sleeping, so you can see plumes rising from it in places and it's easy to imagine the force at which it exploded all those years ago.
From a moderate day's hiking to a relaxing, informative trip to a local winery, a day tour to Vesuvius is an excellent way to see some incredible landscapes and learn all about the geology and history in one of the most beautiful places in Italy.
Mount Vesuvius is one of only two active volcanoes in Continental Europe and stands about 1281 meters tall, with a symmetrical central cone and steep wooden slopes. The whole of the Mount Vesuvius National Park is both beautiful and productive, dotted with small farms where wineries planted boasting a unique terrain. Visiting the crater is a must, and tourists from across the globe climb the path each year to peer into its depths.
The curious have been climbing the slopes of Mount Vesuvius since the 1600s, as the crater was considered one of the more "exotic" stops on the Grand Tour, attracting tourists from northern Europe who had never seen a volcano.
Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the ruins of Pompeii were discovered by chance, and a trip to Pompeii-Vesuvius became a cultural attraction, as well. Many travellers who were drawn to the unearthed city also wanted to see the volcano that had destroyed it, and excursions up the mountainside were a huge draw.
From the 18th century to today, hiking up Mount Vesuvius is one of the most popular activities in the area; the Volcano Observatory, founded in 1841, and the official Mountain Guide Association, founded in 1855, have expert guides able to accompany tourists up the final stretch of the mountain trail.
Still today, the most popular route among visitors is the trail up the highest reaches of the cone to the rim of the crater, a stretch that is not particularly difficult, can be undertaken by anyone, and does not require hiking experience.
The trail is about 4 km up and back down, with a change in altitude of about 140 meters and an average slope of 14%; the trail reaches 1,170 meters above sea level.
We will drive you until stopping at the ticket office at 1,050 meters above sea level. The trail begins here, offering views of the Vesuvius Park overlooking the Tirone Reserve, the Bay of Naples, and the Campanian Plain. About halfway up the trail you can begin to see Punta Nasone and, on the opposite side, Cognoli di Ottaviano towering over the Valle dell’Inferno. Continue along the broom-lined route to the short climb under maritime pines and birch trees to the Forest Service Post. Pass this to the crater rim with its breathtaking view over the entire Bay of Naples, Pompeii ruins, and Apennine Mountains of Molise and Abruzzo.
Mount Vesuvius Tour in brief:
* Alcaexcursions English speaking private driver will meet/pick you up at your Hotel/Accommodation and after a brief presentation, you will be accompanied to your luxury and licensed Mercedes vehicle for to start this lovely tour.
*We will drive until to the top of Mount Vesuvius that is managed in a serene natural setup. Tourists prefer trekking for 45-minutes uphill to reach the crater spot. Our chauffeurs have good knowledge of the local routes. Moreover, they would serve detailed information about various highlights during the ride. We possess bilingual-speaking chauffeurs who can easily interact with foreign tourists. Our service package cost does not include entrance tickets, dining bills and guide charge; our visit will be 2 hours long.
*Then walking over the slopes of Vesuvius for quite a while, you will surely be tired and hungry and thirsty .. Then there is no better way to regenerate by taking a break at the winery, where you can eat local products and drink one of the best wine produced in Italy.
*After enjoyed this lovely experience it will be time to go back at your accommodation, the ride will be long around 45 minutes
*Return to your accommodation in the afternoon.
*Total duration 6 hours
*Entrance Fees and Times
- Vesuvius - 6.50 Euros
Open 08.30 AM - 6.00 PM
Please kindly note that your driver will be at your complete disposal for the entire time, personalizing your sightseeing tour in order to offer you the best possible experience; in our tour descriptions you can read the highlights of each location, but of course you can discuss the itinerary with your driver and the timing between each place which might be subject to change (traffic - weather conditions).
*Informative and fun, you’ll learn about the life of the wealthy in Roman antiquity as you stroll through the intriguing ruins, and don’t forget to dress appropriately for this excursion, as the trail is cobbled and the summer temperature can be extreme. Quality walking shoes and a hat or umbrella should suffice.
- Luxury air conditioned
- English speaking driver
- Photo stops
- Stop Mount Vesuvius
- All taxes, parking tolls, gasoline, driver maintenance
- Wi-Fi on board
- Refreshing wipes
- Meals and drinks
- Entrance fees to Museums, Churches, Monuments
- Guides in sites
- Guide for Half Day: 120 € (2 hours). Guide for Full Day: 250 €.