We would like to do a day trip to Vesuvius and Pompeii. Obviously a day is not ideal but it is all we can fit in. So would you recommend doing it with a tour company and guid, that way we can see the highlights and not get lost.
Or do it on the train yourself and no guide at pompeii then up vesuvius and back. Also - How long does it take to get from Pompeii to Vesuvius (and how?), how long does it take to get up vesuvius and back down and to the train station.
Basically if we do it without a tour, what time do we have to be out of pompeii to get up and down vesuvius, back to the train station in order to get back to Naples for the 1800 back to Rome?