Duration: 9 hours
The private Shore Excursion to Rome and the Vatican leaves from the dock of your ship at 8:00am where you meet one of our English speaking driver-guide waiting for you holding a sign with your name on. The ride to Rome is about 75 minutes in comfort with your private minivan. This is a tour designed for those who want to see some of the major highlights of Rome and a depth visit of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Making your way to the historical centre you will drive by the Circus Maximus, Palatine hill, Capitoline hill, Piazza Venezia that today aspect dates back to the late 19th century, dominated by the huge monument in honor of King Vittorio Emanuele II, named also vulgarly “the wedding cake” or “typewriter”. You will continue on to the magnificence of Ancient Rome with the Roman and Imperial Forums, the religious, political and commercial center of the early Rome, then stopping at the Coliseum for visiting inside: we can make reservations so that you skip the line going directly to the “reserved tickets desk”. Next you go by the Spanish Steps, before throwing your coins into the Trevi Fountain, designed by Bernini and completed only in 1762 by Nicola Salvi. Continuing on you stop at the glorious Pantheon, the best preserved and charming monument of antiquity: this architectural masterpiece was an excellent experiment of the abilities of architects in the very old Rome. Then you will see the famous Piazza Navona, the most baroque of Rome’s square adorned with the fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini and the St. Agnese church of his rival Borromini. You will take a break for a traditional Italian lunch before you continue towards the world’s smallest State: the Vatican City. Your afternoon will be spent into the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter Basilica before you are returned to your ship with a comfortable 90 minutes smooth ride.
Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museum are extra and cost 20 Euro/person and you need to purchase them for the entrance at 1.30pm at the following link: http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do to be sure you will skip any possible line.
Also, we highly recommend you to have an Official Licensed guide for a 2,5 hours private tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica at an extra cost of Euro 150 total to split among the number of people in the Group. This way you will have direct access to the Basilica without exiting the Museum so avoiding another security check, saving TIME and being certain to visit St. Peter inside.
- please, dress respectfully to visit the holy buildings: cover your knees and shoulders;
- if possible wear or take with you comfortable shoes even if walking is limited, not like coach tours where you have to walk most of the day;
- watch out for your wallet and bags; it is recommended not to wear valuable jewelry.
- Entrance to Vatican Museum 20 Euro per person (closed on Sundays);
- Entrance to Coliseum 12 Euro (or 14 Euro with printed ticket) per person;
- Entrance to Catacombs 8 Euro per person (tour guide included).
Price includes private vehicle with driver-guide.
Payment DOES NOT include meals, entrance fees and gratuity.
For more passengers we use additional vehicles due to the strict Italian laws and regulations about public transportation carrying more than 8 people, in any case don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote.
Note that the driver-guide will not enter sites although giving explanations from the vehicle of what you are seeing. Only Official Licensed Guides are allowed to escort you inside places and, on your request, we can provide such service at an extra cost. The vehicle will accompany you for the entire tour.
To book our services you have the choice to pay with Euro cash money at the end of service or to pre-pay the total fee by credit card with an additional 15%. We don’t accept credit cards as a form of payment on the day of service, we only accept cash in Euro and/or US$; if US$ we will give you the exchange rate of the day before the service increased by 5 cents.