Just over a month until we leave for Europe... its our first trip overseas and we are nervous & excited. This forum has helped so much so I have one last plea... ;o)
We are a family of 5, my husband and I with our three sons age 17, 14 & 12.
We will be in Rome for the final 4 nights of our vacation and want to do a day trip to Pompeii. Ideally we would like to do Pompeii, Herculaneum & Mt. Vesuvius. We would like to piece it together and know with help we can do this. The tours are convenient but very expensive for a family of 5 & not flexible. My questions are:
- Train vs bus... looks like train is a lot faster & seems fairly easy. We think we would travel from Roma Termini to Central Station in Naples & then take a smaller train (Circumvesuviana) to the Pompeii station named Scavi?? Should we book the Rome to Naples return trip ahead of time? I think we are okay to purchase the rest when we are there.
- Can you hire a guide right at Pompeii?? Approximate cost for that? How long do you normally spend there? We are all healthy & the boys are interested in seeing it. We did hear about the Mondo group & have signed up for their Rick Steves tour but it is dependent on others also signing up so we want a back up plan.
- What order do you suggest we travel to see the three sights? Is there transportation between each? I am not sure how to get to Mt. Vesuvius or Herculaneum.
If any of you experienced travellers have tips we would be so grateful. Thank you in advance.
Prince George, BC Canada