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Best Of Rome Small Group Tour

Shore Excursions

From the Port of Civitavecchia
Best Of Rome Small Group Tour
Code : CVS01
Type : Small Group Tours

Duration : 9 Hours

Price tag Starting From:
*109.00 €
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Adults (15 - 64)
Kids (4 - 14)
Senior > 64
Infant (0 - 3)


Escape the crowded cruise line tours on this Best of Rome shared shore excursion from Civitavecchia. With an average group size of only 20 people and no more than 35, you will enjoy a very personalized experience that differs greatly from the bus tours of 50 passengers (or more) offered by the cruise lines.

Features of this Best of Rome shared day trip from Civitavecchia:

  • Pick-up at the cruise terminal
  • 80-min drive to Rome in a shared, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Capitoline Hill
  • Colosseum (outside only )
  • Palatine Hill and Circus Maximus
  • Roman forum and Palatine hill (entrance optional; additional cost; must be pre-booked)
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Pantheon (entrance optional; additional cost; must be pre-booked)
  • St. Peter's Square and Basilica
  • Drop-off at the ship

 Check out are explainer video HERE!

The Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio) is one of the seven famous hills of Rome.  At the top of the sloping staircase designed by Michelangelo for both pedestrians and passenger-carrying animals like horses and donkeys, you will find an elegant piazza (also designed by him) lined with Renaissance buildings.  In the centre a striking bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius stands proudly, reminding us that Rome belongs to the people of Rome.

At the Colosseum, immortal symbol of The Eternal City and home to the gladiator tournaments of Ancient Rome.This tour does not go inside the Colosseum , you will however have a chance to visit The Roman Forum and Palatine hill if you decide to purchase the tickets . The Roman Forum was the central public square of ancient Rome, serving as the political, religious, and commercial center for over a thousand years. Adjacent to it, the Palatine Hill was the prestigious residential area where emperors and aristocrats lived, symbolizing power and opulence. Both sites are now archaeological treasures, offering insights into ancient Roman life and culture.

At the Palatine Hill, you will get a taste of the glory of the Roman Empire.  Here you will see the remains of the Emperor's palace that overlook Circus Maximus, where 250,000 Roman spectators once watched the chariot races.

Walk through the narrow twisting streets to Trevi Fountain, where exquisite baroque sculptures depict a metaphoric scene of the ocean as represented by horses and titans of mythology.  From Trevi, you will proceed on foot to the Pantheon, an excellent example of ancient Roman architecture.  The massive structure with its coffered dome was built in 126 AD as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome.

At the world-famous Vatican City, you will be given time to visit St. Peter's Square and Basilica. The basilica is the largest church in the world, filled with fine pieces of art including, most notably, Michelangelo's Pieta and the beautifully carved pulpit by Bernini.

Please be aware that you may encounter long lines to enter the Basilica and must pass through a security checkpoint.  Appropriate attire is required; you will not be permitted to enter with uncovered shoulders or short shorts/skirts.

Kindly note that this is a SHARED TOUR tour with a set itinerary. For the sake of all participants, please be prepared to respect the time allotted at each stop by your driver. If you have a hard time sticking to a schedule or would like to customize the tour, we encourage you to book a private service.


  • Private driver and private guide for groups of 9 or more. English-speaking driver-guide for groups of 8 or fewer.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at the bus terminal
  • Gas, tolls, and parking fees


  • Skip-the-line tickets are an extra cost to be arranged with the office.
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities


  • Given the traffic in Rome, the itinerary may vary.
  • With less than 9 people you will travel in a small vehicle with excellent access to all sights and commentary will be given by your driver from the vehicle.
  • With more than 9 people you will travel in a van or minibus that will include a separate driver and guide for the guided portion of the tour. Additional walking will be involved since buses have limited access to the city.
  • On select dates, the Italian government will allow free entrance into the Colosseum, which will cause larger than normal crowds. Should the wait time for the entrance into the Colosseum be too long, guests will be given an outside tour of the Colosseum along with additional free time to visit St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Guests must be able to walk over paved as well as cobblestone surfaces. Many are uneven. There are steps at all locations visited on the tour. Infants up to 24 months can be considered a lap child and sit on the parent's lap during the tour. They will not be charged, but will need to be accounted for at the time of booking.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.

Meeting Point

  • Departs from the port's transportation hub, located near the main gate of the port. When you exit your ship's security area, please look for the free shuttle that will take you to the transportation hub (6-minute ride) where the tour vehicle will be parked. When you exit the shuttle, please look for your local representative holding a DRIVERINROME


Is this tour private?

This tour is not private but shared with other passengers.

What is the number of participants on the tour?

The average group size is 20 persons and it will not exceed 35 persons in one single vehicle.

Where do we meet the driver/guide?

Your tour departs from the port's transportation hub, located near the main gate of the port. When you exit your ship's security area, please look for the free shuttle bus and on your arrival at the terminal, please look for our local representative holding a “DriverinRome” sign.

Does the driver go with us inside the monuments?

No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.

Does the tour include lunch and admission fees to the sites?

No tickets or lunch are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.

Are Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel included in the itinerary?

This tour does NOT include the visit of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Do we enter St. Peter’s Basilica?

During this tour, you will be given time to visit St. Peter's Basilica. Please be aware that this is a very popular sight. We cannot predict the length of the line nor can we skip it, so whether you will be able to go in or not is out of our control.

Does the tour include a guide?

If less than 9 people are in your group you will travel in a small vehicle with excellent access to all sights and your tour will be led by an English-speaking driver-guide. If more than 9 people are on your tour, you will travel in a van or minibus that will include a separate driver and guide. Since buses have limited access to the city, additional walking will be involved.

What is the duration of the tour?

The duration of the tour is 9 hours including pick up and drop off at the transportation hub.

Do we follow a standard itinerary or is the itinerary flexible?

Since this is a shared tour, the suggested itinerary is pretty much standard but if you have any specific requests please contact our office and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Do you guarantee the return to the ship on time?

In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.

Is gratuity included in the price?

Tips are never included in our quotes. We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a full charge for bookings canceled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, a full charge will be made on your credit card. If you miss your flight or if your airline decides to cancel the flight due to bad weather or if your flight is directed to another airport on arrival, please advise us on time (as soon as you know) or a full charge will be made.

Please give us enough time so we can accept other reservations and allocate them to our chauffeurs. If the ship does not make it to the pier for bad weather, you will not be considered responsible so NO CHARGE will be made to your credit card. A full charge will be made for a no-show-up.

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