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Rome Sightseeing and Vatican Visit

Access from: ​Rome (Civitavecchia)


Key info

  • Tour ID: 35473
  • Duration: ​8 hours 30 minutes
  • Pick up point: Civitavecchia Port - Independent Coach Park
  • Activity level: Active

Top highlights

  • ​St Peter's Square
  • Vatican Guided Visit
  • Colosseum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Piazza Navona

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 35473
  • Duration: ​8 hours 30 minutes
  • Pick up point: Civitavecchia Port - Independent Coach Park
  • Activity level: Active
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • ​St Peter's Square
  • Vatican Guided Visit
  • Colosseum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Piazza Navona

Itinerary

- Tour will depart from the port of Civitavecchia
- Panoramic of Circus Maximus and the Colosseum (Photo Opportunities only from the coach)
- Walking tour of The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
- Unfortunately there is limited time to take lunch due to the time constraints of the tour.
- Our Tour continues on to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
- Move onto St Peter's Square
- Tour will leave St Peter's Square for the journey back to the port of Civitavecchia

Note: The order of the itinerary may change on the day depending on traffic & availability of morning Vatican tickets.

When does my tour start?

This tour start time will set as per your ship arrival time

When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

The tour is 8.5 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.
All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

You will be met at the port of Civitavecchia by a Cruising Excursions representative who will the guide you to your air conditioned transportation.

The drive from the cruise port to central Rome will take around 1 hour 30 minutes (depending on the traffic on the day), during this time your English speaking guide will be giving you information about the day ahead and also what you will see during the tour. 

Includes:  Colosseum (panoramic only, there will be no stopping in this area), Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and St Peter’s Square and Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.

Please note the order of the itinerary may change on the day, this will depend on the traffic & availability of morning Vatican tickets. 

Once we arrive into Rome, we will have a leisurely drive around Circus Maximus before arriving at the magnificent Colosseum.  Unfortunately, due to Rome restrictions regarding coaches entering into the City we will not be able to stop at the Colosseum, however this is a drive by, and you will be able to take photos from the coach.

The tour will then continue with a panoramic drive which will stop very close to Piazza Navona beside the Tiber river (the second largest river in Italy) where you will disembark the coach in preparation for a walking tour through the centre of Rome.

The walking tour with your guide will consist of visiting the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, there will be around 1.5kms of walking, please ensure you wear comfortable and suitable footwear.

  • The TREVI FOUNTAIN - the most famous and most beautiful fountain in all of Rome, situated in the centre of the City. 
  • The PANTHEON - the best-preserved example of an ancient roman monumental building where you will also have a photo opportunity (one of the oldest church’s in Rome)
  • Piazza NAVONA - where you can souvenir shop, a little free time is given here during the tour.

After free time, we will then make our way back to the coach, which will then take us to the Vatican Museums and the famous Sistine Chapel. The visit into the museums will last approximately 1.5 Hours. After the Vatican Museums, you will now move onto St Peter's Square for around 10 minutes free time. 

After the Vatican Museums we will make our way back to the coach for the leisurely drive back to the port of Civitavecchia to meet your cruise ship.

Please note the order of the itinerary may change on the day, this will depend on the traffic & availability of morning Vatican tickets. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this tour suitable for somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who has walking difficulties?  No, we would recommend a private tour or a small group tour if you have walking difficulties or if you are taking a wheelchair.

Is this tour suitable for families with a pushchair/buggy? No, we do not recommend taking a pushchair/buggy on this tour. This tour has cobblestone streets and includes steps. Rome is also very crowded which can make it difficult to keep up with the guide when pushing a pushchair/buggy.  We have a wide selection of small group tours in Rome which would be more suitable.

Will we have time for lunch? This tour is packed full of sites to see so there is limited time to take lunch, although you will get around 15 minutes at Trevi Fountain and also free time in the afternoon at St Peter's Square.

What if we are late disembarking the cruise ship to meet the tour? The tour will be scheduled to leave at the time stated on your shore excursion voucher, it is very important all clients keep to this time in order for the tour to keep to the time constraints of the day and all sites are visited.

What currency do we need and what is included within the tour price? The currency in Italy is Euro's.  Included within this tour will be air conditioned transportation and an English Speaking Guide.  Tips are not included and can be paid on the day (not compulsory)  The entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is also included within the tour price.

When I disembark my cruise ship how do I find the shuttle to get to the meeting point?  The shuttle bus which is provided by the cruise line will be right outside where the ship is docked, as you disembark your ship you can get onto the shuttle bus which will take you to the meeting point.  The shuttle buses depart when full and are scheduled around every 20 minutes.  The journey to the meeting point is around 10 minutes.

How soon do I need to reserve this tour?  We would recommend you reserve the tour as soon as possible in order to secure your places, Rome is always a very popular place to visit especially with cruise customers.  When we have a full bus we will stop sale the tour and subject to availability another tour bus may not be added.  Vatican entrance tickets are limited availability on all dates, so once the places on the tour have been sold, we may not be able to add on extra vehicles.

We have a group can you arrange a private tour?  Yes, of course, we can arrange a private tour just for your group and you may tailor make your itinerary or we could recommend the best itinerary for your group.  We have a specialised groups department who will be able to tailor make and assist in all private group enquiries ([email protected])  Our groups team will allocate a dedicated person to your enquiry and will provide detailed descriptions and also a brochure so you will be able to share with your group.

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 35473
    • Duration: ​8 hours 30 minutes
    • Pick up point: Civitavecchia Port - Independent Coach Park
    • Activity level: Active

    Top highlights

    • ​St Peter's Square
    • Vatican Guided Visit
    • Colosseum
    • Sistine Chapel
    • Piazza Navona

    Itinerary

    - Tour will depart from the port of Civitavecchia
    - Panoramic of Circus Maximus and the Colosseum (Photo Opportunities only from the coach)
    - Walking tour of The Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
    - Unfortunately there is limited time to take lunch due to the time constraints of the tour.
    - Our Tour continues on to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
    - Move onto St Peter's Square
    - Tour will leave St Peter's Square for the journey back to the port of Civitavecchia

    Note: The order of the itinerary may change on the day depending on traffic & availability of morning Vatican tickets.

    When does my tour start?

    This tour start time will set as per your ship arrival time

    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

    The tour is 8.5 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.
    All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

    You will be met at the port of Civitavecchia by a Cruising Excursions representative who will the guide you to your air conditioned transportation.

    The drive from the cruise port to central Rome will take around 1 hour 30 minutes (depending on the traffic on the day), during this time your English speaking guide will be giving you information about the day ahead and also what you will see during the tour. 

    Includes:  Colosseum (panoramic only, there will be no stopping in this area), Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and St Peter’s Square and Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.

    Please note the order of the itinerary may change on the day, this will depend on the traffic & availability of morning Vatican tickets. 

    Once we arrive into Rome, we will have a leisurely drive around Circus Maximus before arriving at the magnificent Colosseum.  Unfortunately, due to Rome restrictions regarding coaches entering into the City we will not be able to stop at the Colosseum, however this is a drive by, and you will be able to take photos from the coach.

    The tour will then continue with a panoramic drive which will stop very close to Piazza Navona beside the Tiber river (the second largest river in Italy) where you will disembark the coach in preparation for a walking tour through the centre of Rome.

    The walking tour with your guide will consist of visiting the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, there will be around 1.5kms of walking, please ensure you wear comfortable and suitable footwear.

    • The TREVI FOUNTAIN - the most famous and most beautiful fountain in all of Rome, situated in the centre of the City. 
    • The PANTHEON - the best-preserved example of an ancient roman monumental building where you will also have a photo opportunity (one of the oldest church’s in Rome)
    • Piazza NAVONA - where you can souvenir shop, a little free time is given here during the tour.

    After free time, we will then make our way back to the coach, which will then take us to the Vatican Museums and the famous Sistine Chapel. The visit into the museums will last approximately 1.5 Hours. After the Vatican Museums, you will now move onto St Peter's Square for around 10 minutes free time. 

    After the Vatican Museums we will make our way back to the coach for the leisurely drive back to the port of Civitavecchia to meet your cruise ship.

    Please note the order of the itinerary may change on the day, this will depend on the traffic & availability of morning Vatican tickets. 

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Is this tour suitable for somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who has walking difficulties?  No, we would recommend a private tour or a small group tour if you have walking difficulties or if you are taking a wheelchair.

    Is this tour suitable for families with a pushchair/buggy? No, we do not recommend taking a pushchair/buggy on this tour. This tour has cobblestone streets and includes steps. Rome is also very crowded which can make it difficult to keep up with the guide when pushing a pushchair/buggy.  We have a wide selection of small group tours in Rome which would be more suitable.

    Will we have time for lunch? This tour is packed full of sites to see so there is limited time to take lunch, although you will get around 15 minutes at Trevi Fountain and also free time in the afternoon at St Peter's Square.

    What if we are late disembarking the cruise ship to meet the tour? The tour will be scheduled to leave at the time stated on your shore excursion voucher, it is very important all clients keep to this time in order for the tour to keep to the time constraints of the day and all sites are visited.

    What currency do we need and what is included within the tour price? The currency in Italy is Euro's.  Included within this tour will be air conditioned transportation and an English Speaking Guide.  Tips are not included and can be paid on the day (not compulsory)  The entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel is also included within the tour price.

    When I disembark my cruise ship how do I find the shuttle to get to the meeting point?  The shuttle bus which is provided by the cruise line will be right outside where the ship is docked, as you disembark your ship you can get onto the shuttle bus which will take you to the meeting point.  The shuttle buses depart when full and are scheduled around every 20 minutes.  The journey to the meeting point is around 10 minutes.

    How soon do I need to reserve this tour?  We would recommend you reserve the tour as soon as possible in order to secure your places, Rome is always a very popular place to visit especially with cruise customers.  When we have a full bus we will stop sale the tour and subject to availability another tour bus may not be added.  Vatican entrance tickets are limited availability on all dates, so once the places on the tour have been sold, we may not be able to add on extra vehicles.

    We have a group can you arrange a private tour?  Yes, of course, we can arrange a private tour just for your group and you may tailor make your itinerary or we could recommend the best itinerary for your group.  We have a specialised groups department who will be able to tailor make and assist in all private group enquiries ([email protected])  Our groups team will allocate a dedicated person to your enquiry and will provide detailed descriptions and also a brochure so you will be able to share with your group.

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Travel on an air-conditioned transportation
    • English-speaking tour guide
    • Skip the Line entrance tickets to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel
    • Map of Rome
    We recommend that you bring sun cream, a sun hat and bottled water with you, as at times it can get extremely hot. Please wear comfortable footwear for this excursion as it involves some walking on uneven ground, inclines and steps.
    The currency in Italy is the Euro.
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: 4
    Activity Level Scale:
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Please note: There is a dress code when entering the Vatican, please ensure shoulders are covered and trousers below the knees (conservative dress). You are not allowed to take photographs or video's in the Sistine Chapel. You are allowed to take photographs in the Museums although this must be without flash. Inside the Vatican museums in can get very hot and crowded please be prepared for this.
    Note: Starting from the 1st April 2018 there will be €2.00 per person charge for the entrance fees to the Pantheon.
    We would not recommend this tour if you have walking difficulties or are taking a wheelchair, there is a lot of walking involved.

    Joining instructions

    The meeting point for this tour is outside of the port. The shuttle buses from the cruise ship regular take customers to/from this meeting point (generally a bus every 20 minutes). All independent tours are met at this meeting point which can be clearly seen on the shore excursion vouchers.
    You will be met by a Cruising Excursions representative who will escort you to your air-conditioned tour bus, ready to commence your tour.
    During the journey to Rome, important information will be given by your guide such as meeting points and times for your day in Rome.
  • ​Rome (Civitavecchia) Information

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