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Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Archaeologist

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€45
Free cancellation

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2 hr.
  • Get ready for an immersive and insightful tour of the ancient town of Herculaneum, along with skip-the-line access and an archeologist guide.
  • Traverse this unique site on foot and pass along the monumental basilica, the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and then some.
  • Thanks to the expert archaeologist who will walk alongside you, you'll be privy to captivating anecdotes, secrets, stories, and chilling facts about Herculaneum.
  • Most renowned for its Roman excavations, Herculaneum also has traces of Samnite, Greek, and Etruscan influences.
  • Learn all about the tragic effects of Mount Vesuvius's eruption, which mirrors its sister town of Pompeii in the language of your comfort.
  • Get ready for an immersive and insightful tour of the ancient town of Herculaneum, along with skip-the-line access and an archeologist guide.
  • Traverse this unique site on foot and pass along the monumental basilica, the grand spa complex, the gymnasium, and then some.
  • Thanks to the expert archaeologist who will walk alongside you, you'll be privy to captivating anecdotes, secrets, stories, and chilling facts about Herculaneum.
  • Most renowned for its Roman excavations, Herculaneum also has traces of Samnite, Greek, and Etruscan influences.
  • Learn all about the tragic effects of Mount Vesuvius's eruption, which mirrors its sister town of Pompeii in the language of your comfort.

Inclusions

  • 2-hour guided tour of Herculaneum
  • Expert English, Spanish, French, German, or Italian-speaking archaeologist guide (as per option selected)
  • Group of 20 or 25 people (as per option selected)
  • Skip-the-line entry to Herculaneum
  • Headsets
  • Tip: Overlooking the Gulf of Naples in a dramatic fashion, this world-renowned town has much to offer, aesthetically speaking. Bring out your cameras for the panoramas!
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible. Entry is free for people with disabilities and an accompanying adult.
  • Dogs are allowed into the venue, without restriction of breed or size. However, they must be kept with a leash and/or muzzle (the latter is obligatory for all breeds and opportunities provided by current regulations). Pet parents must have bags to collect any droppings.
  • In the Antiquarium, inside the Padiglione della Barca and in the domus with mosaic floors, access is allowed only to dogs carried in their arms or in the appropriate carrier.
  • Facilities: restroom, cloak room.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets

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€16
Mobile ticket
Flexible duration
Audio guide
  • Swiftly enter Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town preserved better than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD.
  • Take advantage of your skip-the-line tickets to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, avoiding the long tourist lines to explore at your will.
  • Upgrade and tune into multilingual audio guides to discover stories hidden in remnants of villas, bathhouses, frescoes, and more.
  • Spend as much time as you want uncovering different homes, like the spaciously opulent House of the Bronze Hermes and the artisanal living space in the House of the Cloth.
  • Swiftly enter Herculaneum, an ancient Roman town preserved better than Pompeii during the aftermath of Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD.
  • Take advantage of your skip-the-line tickets to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, avoiding the long tourist lines to explore at your will.
  • Upgrade and tune into multilingual audio guides to discover stories hidden in remnants of villas, bathhouses, frescoes, and more.
  • Spend as much time as you want uncovering different homes, like the spaciously opulent House of the Bronze Hermes and the artisanal living space in the House of the Cloth.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to Herculaneum
  • Audio guide in Italian, English, French, Spanish & German (optional)
  • Onsite/ offsite redemption of ticket (as per option selected)
  • Tip: Check out the unique House of the Skeleton, which has an atrium with shrines and a courtyard with a mosaic-covered altar.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible. Entry is free for people with disabilities and an accompanying adult.
  • Dogs are allowed into the venue, without restriction of breed or size. However, they must be kept with a leash and/or muzzle (the latter is obligatory for all breeds and opportunities provided by current regulations). Pet parents must have bags to collect any droppings.
  • In the Antiquarium, inside the Padiglione della Barca and in the domus with mosaic floors, access is allowed only to dogs carried in their arms or in the appropriate carrier.
  • Facilities: restroom, cloak room.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Combo (Save 5%): Pompeii + Herculaneum Tickets

from €39.90
€37.90

5% off

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  • Combine your visit to 2 ancient towns preserved under the ash of Mt. Vesuvius! Get tickets to the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Bypass the queues at Herculaneum as you learn of its intellectual traditions at places like the Villa of Papyri, where 1st-century philosophy scrolls were found.
  • Discover everyday objects at Pompeii, an amphitheater, public baths, and other sites that will give you a glimpse of the life of ancient Romans.
  • The preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites feature excavated ruins of streets and houses that you can freely explore.
  • Combine your visit to 2 ancient towns preserved under the ash of Mt. Vesuvius! Get tickets to the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Bypass the queues at Herculaneum as you learn of its intellectual traditions at places like the Villa of Papyri, where 1st-century philosophy scrolls were found.
  • Discover everyday objects at Pompeii, an amphitheater, public baths, and other sites that will give you a glimpse of the life of ancient Romans.
  • The preserved UNESCO World Heritage Sites feature excavated ruins of streets and houses that you can freely explore.

Inclusions

  • Entry to Pompeii
  • Skip-the-line entry to Herculaneum
  • Tip: Try to observe the different tiling trends in Pompeii and Herculaneum. While the former had colorful mosaics, the latter had more black and white designs.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible. Entry is free for people with disabilities and an accompanying adult.
  • Facilities: restroom, cloak room.

Pompeii

  • Big dogs (above the weight 10kg and the height of 40cm) are not allowed into the venue. Guide dogs with the proper certification are welcome.

Herculaneum

  • Dogs are allowed into the venue, without restriction of breed or size. However, they must be kept with a leash and/or muzzle (the latter is obligatory for all breeds and opportunities provided by current regulations). Pet parents must have bags to collect any droppings.
  • In the Antiquarium, inside the Padiglione della Barca and in the domus with mosaic floors, access is allowed only to dogs carried in their arms or in the appropriate carrier.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide

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€26
Mobile ticket
Audio guide
  • Want the freedom of self-discovery and the expertise of a guide as you visit Herculaneum? These skip-the-line tickets with an engaging audio guide have got you covered.
  • In 5 languages, unravel the narratives of ordinary citizens woven into the colorful frescoes, intricate mosaics, and stunning structures.
  • Explore the lavish House of the Deer and Villa of the Papyri, and walk along the ancient main street Decumanus Maximus, lined with shops and houses.
  • Want the freedom of self-discovery and the expertise of a guide as you visit Herculaneum? These skip-the-line tickets with an engaging audio guide have got you covered.
  • In 5 languages, unravel the narratives of ordinary citizens woven into the colorful frescoes, intricate mosaics, and stunning structures.
  • Explore the lavish House of the Deer and Villa of the Papyri, and walk along the ancient main street Decumanus Maximus, lined with shops and houses.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to Herculaneum
  • Audio guide in Italian, English, French, Spanish & German
  • Tip: Want to visit a supposed ancient cult temple rumored to be run by imperially-sanctioned freedmen? Stop by the College of Augustales.
  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible. Entry is free for people with disabilities and an accompanying adult.
  • Dogs are allowed into the venue, without restriction of breed or size. However, they must be kept with a leash and/or muzzle (the latter is obligatory for all breeds and opportunities provided by current regulations). Pet parents must have bags to collect any droppings.
  • In the Antiquarium, inside the Padiglione della Barca and in the domus with mosaic floors, access is allowed only to dogs carried in their arms or in the appropriate carrier.
  • Facilities: restroom, cloak room.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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From Pompeii/Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum & Vesuvius Day Trip

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€119
Free cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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8 hr.
Audio guide
  • Experience a full day of adventure and history as you gain entry to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius National Park.
  • Round-trip transfers from your hotel in either Pompeii or Naples, an expert driver, and a carefully curated route allow you to make the most of your trip.
  • Benefit from a multilingual audio guide and map of Pompeii, followed by a visit to the homes and public spaces of the smaller city of Herculaneum.
  • At Mount Vesuvius, you’ll climb to the active crater along with a volcanic guide, and find a thriving wine industry on its fertile slopes!
  • Experience a full day of adventure and history as you gain entry to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius National Park.
  • Round-trip transfers from your hotel in either Pompeii or Naples, an expert driver, and a carefully curated route allow you to make the most of your trip.
  • Benefit from a multilingual audio guide and map of Pompeii, followed by a visit to the homes and public spaces of the smaller city of Herculaneum.
  • At Mount Vesuvius, you’ll climb to the active crater along with a volcanic guide, and find a thriving wine industry on its fertile slopes!

Inclusions

  • Day trip to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius
  • Round-trip transfers from Pompeii or Naples (as per option selected)
  • Entry to Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Vesuvius National Park
  • Audio guide and map of Pompeii
  • Tip: Don’t miss Herculaneum's boathouses, holding the skeletal remains of those who tried to escape the eruption by sea.
  • While Pompeii and Herculaneum are wheelchair and stroller accessible, the climb up Mount Vesuvius is not.
  • Unfortunately, pets cannot tag along for this experience.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Naples: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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€74
Free cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Mobile ticket
3 hr.
Audio guide
Guided tour
  • Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a well-preserved Roman town that suffered the same fate as Pompeii in 79 AD.
  • See picturesque villas, bathhouses, frescoes, metal works, and more preserved in their near-perfect state in Herculaneum.
  • Enjoy a comfortable experience with round-trip transfers from your hotel in Naples aboard a fully-fitted GT coach with audio commentary on board.
  • Discover the ruins of Herculaneum, a well-preserved Roman town that suffered the same fate as Pompeii in 79 AD.
  • See picturesque villas, bathhouses, frescoes, metal works, and more preserved in their near-perfect state in Herculaneum.
  • Enjoy a comfortable experience with round-trip transfers from your hotel in Naples aboard a fully-fitted GT coach with audio commentary on board.

Inclusions

  • 3-hour guided tour of Herculaneum
  • Expert local guide
  • Audio guides
  • Round-trip transfers from Naples
  • Fully-fitted GT coach

Exclusions

  • Entry to Herculaneum
  • During the low season, from Nov to Mar, the live guide inside the ruins will be replaced with an audio guide if the group is less than 6 people.
  • The following are not allowed on this tour: Large baggage and suitcases.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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From Sorrento: Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

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€85
Free cancellation

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

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2 hr.
Guided tour
  • Enjoy the convenience of a round-trip express train transfer between Sorrento's Circumvesuviana Station and the UNESCO site, Herculaneum.
  • Do not wait in line! Skip the line and embark on a 2-hour walking tour with an expert English-speaking guide, delving into detailed historical insights.
  • Discover the House of the Mosaic Atrium, famed for stunning mosaic floors, featuring a leash-walking dog, surrounded by well-preserved decorated rooms.
  • Explore grand sculptures at Herculaneum's House of Neptune and Amphitrite, then visit the well-preserved Roman bath complex at The Suburban Baths.
  • Enjoy the convenience of a round-trip express train transfer between Sorrento's Circumvesuviana Station and the UNESCO site, Herculaneum.
  • Do not wait in line! Skip the line and embark on a 2-hour walking tour with an expert English-speaking guide, delving into detailed historical insights.
  • Discover the House of the Mosaic Atrium, famed for stunning mosaic floors, featuring a leash-walking dog, surrounded by well-preserved decorated rooms.
  • Explore grand sculptures at Herculaneum's House of Neptune and Amphitrite, then visit the well-preserved Roman bath complex at The Suburban Baths.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to Herculaneum
  • 2-hour guided tour in English
  • Round-trip express train ticket from Sorrento
  • Maps
  • Tip: Don't miss the boat sheds near the ancient shoreline. These sheds provide a unique glimpse into the maritime activities of the city.
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.
  • The site of Herculaneum is extensive and highly exposed, making sunscreen and a hat advisable.
  • It is recommended to wear closed-toe shoes. The ruins of Herculaneum can be challenging to navigate with open shoes or sandals.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Herculaneum | Vesuvius’ well-preserved victim

Buried alongside Pompeii in the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, lies Herculaneum, a smaller yet more opulent Roman city. Unlike Pompeii, which was smothered by ash, Herculaneum was struck by a superheated pyroclastic surge, a scorching cloud acting as an insulator, essentially flash-baking the city and preserving a remarkable amount of organic material.

Even today, the remains of wooden furniture, doors, roofs, mosaics and frescoes, and even food have been remarkably preserved, offering a unique window into the daily lives of its wealthy residents. Visit Herculaneum in the Campania region of Italy and discover its amazing history.

Things to know before booking Herculaneum tickets

  • Booking combo tours to both Herculaneum and Pompeii to understand the full aftermath of Vesuvius’ wrath makes sense. But don’t feel pressured to visit both sites on the same day. These tickets allow you to book entry to them on different dates.
  • Besides Herculaneum and Pompeii, opt for the Artecard Campania to enter 5 top sites and grab discounts on several more! The Artecard Campania is valid for 7 days from the time of purchase.
  • Purchasing skip-the-line tickets helps you save anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour’s worth of time, otherwise spent in long ticketing lines.
  • Take a guided tour with a knowledgeable archeologist who can explain in detail the ins and outs of Herculaneum history, secrets, myths, and more.
  • Short on time but don’t want to miss out? Ride the superfast Campania Express between Naples and Herculaneum in just 18 minutes! Note that this is a one-way ticket either from the Herculaneum Ercolano Scavi Train station to Naples Porta Nolana station or vice versa. Additionally, it doesn’t guarantee entry to Herculaneum; those tickets need to be purchased separately.
  • Opt for the Artecard Campania to enter 5 sites, besides Pompeii and Herculaneum, like the Royal Palace of Caserta, the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, and Paestum for free, and grab discounts on several more! The Artecard Campania is valid for 7 days from the time of purchase.
  • Those with mobility constraints/wheelchair users can avail of a specially designed route by informing the help desk at the beginning of the site.
  • Herculaneum is the ultimate day trip destination, and you can book day trips with convenient transfers from Naples and Pompeii. In half a day, travel from Naples or Pompeii in an AC coach and visit both, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius.
  • To learn more about the main reason behind Herculaneum — Mount Vesuvius itself, visit the volcano, hike up to its summit, peer into its craters, and know what makes it as famous as it is fearsome!
  • Did you know that many of Herculaneum’s treasures are no longer housed in Herculaneum? Head to the National Archaeological Museum of Naples to see artifacts and items rescued from Herculaneum.

Your Herculaneum ticket types explained

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Combo tickets

Suited for: Those who are seeking an in-depth experience

What you get

  • Tick off other attractions on your Campania visit besides Herculaneum. Combo tickets offer better savings as compared to buying individual tickets.
  • Include Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius in your itinerary to get a well-rounded understanding of the region, the consequences of the 79 AD eruption and more.

Booking guide: Find the best Herculaneum ticket for you

Experience
Type
Starting point
Duration
Transfers
Access
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Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets
Skip-the-line
Herculaneum
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Flexible
No
Herculaneum Archeological Park
Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with an Archaeologist
Skip-the-line, Guided tour
Herculaneum
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2 Hours
No
Herculaneum Archeological Park
Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide
Skip-the-line, Audio guide tour
Herculaneum
Clock icon
Flexible
No
Herculaneum Archeological Park
Combo (Save 5%): Pompeii + Herculaneum Tickets
Skip-the-line, Combo
Pompeii/Herculaneum
Clock icon
Flexible
No
Herculaneum Archeological Park, Pompeii
From Pompeii/Naples: Pompeii & Herculaneum Guided Tour with Archaeologist
Day trip, Guided tour
Pompeii/Naples
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5.5 - 7 hours
Yes
Herculaneum Archeological Park, Pompeii
From Pompeii/Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum & Vesuvius Day Trip
Day trip
Pompeii/Naples
Clock icon
8 hours
Yes
Herculaneum Archeological Park, Pompeii, Vesuvius
Campania Express One-Way Tickets: Naples Porta Nolana to/from Herculaneum
Transfers
Naples/Herculaneum
Clock icon
18 minutes
Yes
Campania Express
From Naples: Herculaneum Half-Day Tour
Day trip, audio guide
Naples
Clock icon
3 hours
Yes
Herculaneum Archeological Park

Herculaneum map and navigational guide

The ruins at Herculaneum have several interesting attractions to visit, from ancient Roman houses to boat sheds and gymnasiums. Here's a map guide to getting around the ruins on your visit.

Herculaneum route map

Plan your visit to Herculaneum

Timings
Location
Accessibility
Facilities
Tips & guidelines
Eat
Stay
Herculaneum Timings
Herculaneum tickets
Accessiblity
  • Guests with motor disabilities can be assisted with the III Cardo ramp by reaching out to the staff at the entrance.
  • There is an experimental app called Coloredibluerculanus that is available for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Interested visitors can email the site staff a week in advance to use it.
Washroom
  • Bookshop
  • Cloakroom
  • Audioguides
  • Restrooms
  • Information desk
Tips and Guidelines

  • Please carry a small backpack or a purse as large bags aren’t allowed.
  • Children below the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Infants must be carried in a sling or baby carrier as it is difficult to handle strollers in the cobblestoned areas.
  • During the opening hours of the park, be sure to experience the Pomegranate Garden inside the House of the Relief of Telephus. It’s also a good idea to visit Maiuri Park, designed by the archeologist who extensively headed Herculaneum’s excavation projects. This botanical oasis is a gateway to appreciating the Naples countryside.
  • If you’re a book lover, look out for and be part of the book sharing exchange that usually happens at the entrance on Corso Resina.
  • There aren't many eateries around, so it is best to carry snacks or food and have a picnic around the site.
Seafood - Plan your visit to Herculaneum
  • Pappamonte:  Enjoy a delectable selection of salads, Italian favorites (like gnocchi and eggplant parmigiana) and seafood at Pappamonte, located 1.7 km away.
  • Bistrot Italia: Great interiors and sumptuous food (try the porcini!) spanning seafood, desserts and more, Bistrot Italia is just 1.6 km away.
  • Ristorante Vesum: Good food and good views, Ristorante Vesum has an array of local delicacies including a selection of Campania red wine. Vesum is also known for its seafood. Vesum is located 7.7 km away.
Hotel Room

Beyond

Pompeii
Mount Vesuvius
National Archeological Museum

Frequently asked questions about Herculaneum tickets

How much time can I save with skip-the-line tickets to Herculaneum?

You can expect to save 20 minutes to an hour of waiting time by booking priority access tickets. With these tickets, all you need to do is show your ticket at the entrance and begin your tour immediately.

How would a guided tour enhance my visit?

Since Herculaneum is buried in historical wealth, walking the ruins with a tour guide or archeologist can help you understand the meaning and purpose of various houses, frescoes and mosaics and other remnants. So, paying the extra few bucks for a guided experience is absolutely worth it.

What are my options if I don't want to avail a guided tour of Herculaneum?

Although nothing quite tops a guided tour, you can still learn about the history and significance of the Herculaneum with audio guided tours like Herculaneum Skip-the-Line Tickets with Audio Guide. If you want to go the traditional route and explore on your own, make sure you do plenty of research before visiting so you can fully appreciate what you’re looking at.

In what languages are audio guides available?

Avail Herculaneum audio guide tours in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.

Who can avail discounted tickets to Herculaneum?

Typically, those under 18 enter for free, as do members of the ICOM, people with disabilities and one companion, students and teachers enrolled in courses related to archeology, culture, history, conservation, etc. Groups, Ministry bodies, etc. are liable to receive concessions.

What is the cancelation policy for Herculaneum tickets?

It depends on the ticket you choose to book. While some tickets offer a full refund on canceling tickets up to 48-72 hours in advance, for others there may be no refund available on cancelation. Please check before you make your reservation.

Is entry free for people with disabilities?

Yes, entry is free for people with disabilities and one companion, provided they offer proof of availing social support.

Can I access all the excavated portions of the Herculaneum with my tickets?

Yes, tourists can generally access all sites open to visitors, unless any specific monument or building is cordoned off for repair, like the Villa of the Papyri, for instance.

Are there any hidden gems or lesser-known spots inside the Herculaneum that visitors should check out?

While not exactly hidden, definitely check out the Palestra that sprawls two terraces (here, ancient Romans engaged in physical sport and ball games). Also visit the House of the Wooden Partition which has sliding doors that still work on their hinges. Though not much to look at, you can also stop by the House of the Skeleton, known for the fact that a skeleton was discovered here in the 19th century. It now has faded mosaics. 

Are there day trips to Herculaneum that I can book?

Yes, Herculaneum is a popular day trip destination owing to its proximity to Naples. From Naples or Pompeii, book transfers to Herculaneum. To tour Herculaneum from Naples, you need just 3 hours, including travel time. Additionally, along with Herculaneum, you can even visit Mount Vesuvius if your ticket permits.