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Best Tours and Day Trips from Naples

If you feel like disconnecting from the city and immersing yourself in the natural beauty of its surroundings, here is a list of the best options

Vicky Del Moral

Vicky Del Moral

11 min read

Best Tours and Day Trips from Naples

Panoramic view of Naples with Mount Vesuvius in the background | ©Andrea Schaffer

Naples is authentic, exciting, and full of contrasts. But to stay only in Naples is to glimpse only a part of its richness, surrounded by wonders such as the island of Capri, the fascinating Pompeii, and Herculaneum or the Amalfi coast.

How to not miss anything? Here are the best tours and excursions in Naples.

1. Guided walking tour of Naples in small groups

Castel Nuovo | ©TWojtowicz
Castel Nuovo | ©TWojtowicz

Naples is a city with a lot to see that is perfectly walkable. It is somewhat chaotic, but that is precisely what makes it authentic and that is why it is so enjoyable on a stroll through its painty atmosphere and its magnificent monuments.

With this guided tour of Naples, which costs $ 64, you will see its main attractions, led by a local guide and learn about must-see sights such as the Castel Nuovo, the Royal Palace or the bustling Spaccanapoli promenade. Plus, you'll replenish your energy by tasting a typical Neapolitan torta in Piazza San Gaetano.

What you will see with this tour

  • Royal Palace of Naples, one of the four residences used by the Bourbons.
  • Teatro di San Carlo, one of the oldest and finest neoclassical theaters in Europe.
  • Castel Nuovo, officially called Maschio Angioino, is an impressive medieval castle with an amazing legend behind its walls and is one of the greatest symbols of Naples.

What this guided tour includes

  • Walking tour of Naples for 2.5 hours
  • English speaking local guide
  • Possibility to choose between morning and afternoon tour
  • Small groups of 10 travelers maximum
  • Flexibility of payment and refundable cancellation with 24 hours notice

2. Guided walking tour of Naples and its subway ruins

Wine cellar on the Naples subway tour | ©Justin Ennis
Wine cellar on the Naples subway tour | ©Justin Ennis

This guided tour of Naples and its subway ruins, From $ 48, is a more comprehensive option than the previous tour, although it takes place in groups are somewhat larger.

It covers the major attractions of the historic center of Naples, which you will visit on foot and accompanied by a guide, such as the Galleria Umberto, the Plaza del Plebiscito, the Castel Nuovo and the Royal Palace. The best thing is that it also includes the entrance to one of the most amazing places to see in the city, both for its content and for the way to discover it: Underground Naples.

About Underground Naples

Subway Naples, hidden under the narrow streets of Naples lies another city, a subway one, which hides a fascinating history and one of the largest tunnel networks in Europe. You will reach it after descending more than 100 steps and passing through narrow tunnels that will plunge you into the bowels of Naples, 130 feet deep.

Its origin dates back to the Greeks, who excavated it as underground water deposits, to be later expanded in Roman times as a quarry to extract rocks for the construction of the city. It went on to be used as an air raid shelter during World War II and ended up becoming a giant garbage dump that remained in oblivion until the early 19th century, when it was rescued and became one of the main tourist attractions of Naples.

What this tour includes

  • 5-hour walking tour of Naples with entrance included to the 'Underground Naples' attraction
  • Art historian guide in English
  • Groups of 30 travelers maximum
  • Cancellation refundable with 24 hours notice

3. Gastronomic tour about street food in Naples

Likes pizza in its birthplace | ©HarshLight
Likes pizza in its birthplace | ©HarshLight

Are you an attentive foodie and can't leave a place without having tried its most authentic dishes? Then this tasty gastronomic tour of Naples, which costs $ 65, is going to delight you. To begin with, because Naples is nothing more and nothing less than the city that saw the birth of one of the most iconic Italian foods, pizza.

Also, because in this tour you will get to know the history and the taste of the real food of Naples led by a local guide and tasting Neapolitan specialties such as folded pizza, meatballs, stuffed croquettes or the best espresso coffee.

What you will visit with this tour

  • Via Toledo, where you will start your tour of Neapolitan flavors tasting its famous folded pizza, also called "pizza a portafoglio".
  • Basilica dello Spirito Santo, where you will discover the popular cuoppo, symbol of Neapolitan street food since the 19th century, and the crocchè, its delicious potato croquettes with provolone or mozzarella heart.

What this tour includes

  • 3 and a half hour tour of the gastronomic culture of Naples
  • English speaking guide
  • Neapolitan lunch and drinks
  • Small groups of 10 people maximum
  • Possibility of total cancellation with 24 hours notice

4. Guided day tour to Herculaneum from Naples

Mosaic of Neptune and Aphrodite found in one of the rich houses of Herculaneum | ©Pablo Cabezos
Mosaic of Neptune and Aphrodite found in one of the rich houses of Herculaneum | ©Pablo Cabezos

If you travel to Naples, to stay alone in its city is to stay halfway. In its surroundings, you will find fascinating places like Herculaneum, the ancient Roman city that remained buried since the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD until it was discovered in the 18th century.

With this guided tour to Herculaneum from Naples, for a $ 74, you can visit and learn all about the history of this important archaeological area and its thermal spas and striking mosaics.

Places you will visit

  • Casa dei Cervi, the so-called House of the Deer was one of the richest private houses in Herculaneum.
  • Casa del Tramezzo di Legno, the so-called House of the sliding wooden panels.

What this tour includes

  • Excursion from Naples to Herculaneum for 3 hours
  • Pick up and return to the hotel or port of Naples
  • Local archaeological guide in English, Italian and Spanish
  • Entrance to Herculaneum not included, $ 15 per person, but guaranteed access without queues
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus
  • Bottled water
  • Groups of 40 travelers maximum
  • Possibility of cancellation with 24 hours notice

5. Guided day tour to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius from Naples

Remains of Pompeii | ©a rancid amoeba
Remains of Pompeii | ©a rancid amoeba

One of the must-see places to visit if you travel to Naples is undoubtedly the ancient and fascinating Roman city of Pompeii, declared World Heritage Site. With this guided excursion to Pompeii and Vesuvius from Naples you can discover its thermal baths, the spectacular restored bodies of its ancient inhabitants, the daring paintings of its Lupanar or the luxurious residence known as the House of the Faun.

You can also meet the man responsible for the tragedy that devastated Pompeii 2,000 years ago, when the next Vesuvius volcano erupted and completely covered the city. Today, Vesuvius is the natural monument of the Gulf of Naples and you can explore it accompanied by a volcanologist guide and ascend to its crater, more than 3,200 feet high. The tour is priced at $ 120.

What this tour includes

  • Tour from Naples Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius for 7 hours
  • Pick up and drop off at hotel or port of Naples
  • English, Italian and Spanish speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets not included, but guaranteed access without queues. Pompeii: $ 17 per person and Mount Vesuvius: $ 12 per person
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minibus
  • Lunch and bottled water
  • Groups of 40 travelers maximum
  • Possibility of cancellation with 24 hours notice

6. Private day tour to Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius from Naples

Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background | ©Antonio Campoy
Pompeii with Mount Vesuvius in the background | ©Antonio Campoy

A really practical and comfortable way to get to know the major archaeological sites settled around Naples is with this private tour that will take you from Naples to Herculaneum, Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius.

This organized experience does everything for you: includes roundtrip transportation and offers you the possibility of including a guide to learn more about these interesting and exceptionally well preserved Roman cities, as well as the volcano whose eruption buried them both, the majestic Vesuvius, which you will ascend until you reach its crater.

What this tour includes

  • Private tour to Herculaneum, Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius from Naples of 9 hours
  • Pick up and return to accommodation or place of arrival in Naples. Transport adapted for wheelchair users
  • Entrance tickets not included, but guaranteed access without queues. Pompeii: $ 17 per person and Mount Vesuvius: $ 12 per person
  • Possibility to include a guide in English and 3 other languages
  • Bottled water
  • Cancellation available with 24 hours notice

Places to visit in Pompeii

  • Salone Della Barca di Ercolano, where you will admire one of the latest discoveries made by archaeologists at Herculaneum, the incredible remains of a ship excavated in the marina area, and where 300 skeletons were found.
  • Teatro Grande di Pompeii, the exceptional auditorium of Pompeii built on the natural slope of a hill.

7. Guided tour to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast from Naples

Amalfi Coast | ©John Morton
Amalfi Coast | ©John Morton

A great way to see both sides of Naples' surroundings, its natural richness, and its historical importance, is with this excursion. You will discover two World Heritage Sites: the famous and spectacular city of Pompeii and the magical Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful areas in all of Italy and where you will visit the idyllic village of Positano, where you will also taste a delicious typically Italian lunch.

You will take this tour in a group of 40 people maximum, and what I like most is that you can see the highlights of the surroundings of Naples making the most of the time of the day and without having to worry about the organization of the displacements. The tour is priced at $ 130.

About Amalfi

It is the main city of the Amalfi Coast and the one that lived a period of major splendor when it was nothing less than the first of the four Italian Maritime Republics together with Venice, Genoa, and Pisa. That is why its name baptizes the Amalfi Coast and has splendid sites and historic buildings such as the Duomo di Sant'Andrea, its beautiful medieval cathedral located in the center of the city, the Piazza del Duomo.

What this tour includes

  • Tour to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast from Naples for 8 hours
  • Pick up and return to accommodation or place of arrival in Naples
  • Entrance fees not included, but guaranteed access without queues. Pompeii: $ 17 per person
  • Local guide (audio guide from November to March) in English, Italian and Spanish
  • Lunch
  • Groups of 40 people maximum
  • Cancellation refundable with 24 hours notice

8. Group Day Tour from Naples to Amalfi Coast

Ravello, Amalfi Coast | ©Daniel Enchev
Ravello, Amalfi Coast | ©Daniel Enchev

One of the most pleasurable things about traveling to Naples is making time to get lost along its beautiful Amalfi Coast, a World Heritage Site, and the idyllic villages that meander along it.

With this group excursion to the Amalfi Coast, you can explore one of its most impressive regions: the Sorrento Peninsula, home to the towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, as well as stop for an Italian lunch on the Conca dei Marini hillside overlooking the sea.

If you choose this excursion, don't miss a visit to the Emerald Grotto, a natural grotto known for the unique emerald glow of its waters. The entire tour is priced at $ 89.

What this tour includes

  • Tour to the Amalfi Coast from Naples for 8 hours
  • Pick up and return to accommodation or place of arrival in Naples. Transport adapted for wheelchair users
  • Driver and guide in English, Spanish and Italian
  • Lunch and bottled water
  • Entrance fees not included to optional attractions: Villa Rufolo: $ 5, Amalfi Cathedral: $ 3, Emerald Grotto: $ 5, Boat cruise from Amalfi: $ 17
  • Groups of 40 travelers maximum
  • Possibility of cancellation with 24 hours notice

About Ravello

Ravello, declared a World Heritage Site this town was founded in the 5th century is believed to be a refuge for some families of the high society of Amalfi during a conflicting era between the most powerful dynasties of the city. Hence it remains that it comprises majestic sites such as Villa Rufolo, a marvelous villa famous for its beautiful cascading gardens, and the 14th-century cloister that at its entrance.

9. Day trip to Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi from Naples

Positano, Amalfi Coast | ©pulante
Positano, Amalfi Coast | ©pulante

This smaller group tour of Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi is ideal for those traveling to Naples who want to see the Amalfi Coast, but don't have a lot of time. It is also one of the few bus tours from Naples that guides you and leaves you enough time to enjoy the beautiful village of Positano.

In addition, you will tour the peaceful Sorrento coast with free time to explore also the beautiful villages of Sorrento and Amalfi and savor a typical lunch on a terrace overlooking the sea. The tour is priced at $ 114.

What this tour includes

  • Tour to Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi from Naples of 9 hours
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with live commentary on board in English, Italian and Spanish
  • Pick up and return to hotel / port
  • Small groups of 18 passengers maximum
  • Light lunch and bottled water
  • Groups of 18/20 passengers maximum

About Positano

Positano is one of the most famous and touristic villages of the Amalfi Coast. It is known as 'the village of the stairs', and is that they are the means to explore this town perched on the side of a mountain completely vertical and perpendicular to the sea.

It is a delight to climb up and down these stairs and alleys dotted with craft stores, houses with colorful facades built on the stone, among rich vegetation, and climb to its highest areas to admire the extraordinary views it offers.

10. Guided excursion to the island of Capri from Naples

Isle of Capri | ©Pedro
Isle of Capri | ©Pedro

Capri is one of the greatest wonders near Naples, a small island big in beauty that you can't miss. To get there, unlike other places on the Amalfi Coast, you will have to take a boat.

This excursion, by $ 134, simplifies your arrival from Naples to Capri and includes a guided tour of the island learning about the artists and writers who lived and worked in the town of Capri and exploring the beautiful gardens of Augustus; the artisan stores and luxury boutiques of Anacapri; the Faraglioni rocks and a funicular ride to Capri's main Piazzetta.

What this excursion includes.

  • Guided tour to the island of Capri from Naples for 8 hours
  • Roundtrip transfer to the hotel/port and transfer to and from the island
  • Professional guide in English, Italian and Spanish
  • Light lunch and bottled water
  • Optional activity: Blue Grotto by boat (open if sea conditions permit, otherwise it will be substituted by a boat trip around the island)
  • Groups of 40 people maximum

What you will visit in Capri with this tour

  • Piazza Umberto, the coquettish "Piazzetta" is the main square of Capri, also known as "the little theater of the world".
  • Mount Solaro, the highest point of the Italian island, to which you will ascend by chairlift to get the best views of the island of Capri (ticket not included).
  • Faraglioni rocks, is the most spectacular place of Capri, with three gigantic rock formations jutting out of the Mediterranean Sea.

11. Other interesting activities in Naples

Tour buses in Naples | ©Elliott Brown
Tour buses in Naples | ©Elliott Brown

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