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Shore Excursions

From the Port of Civitavecchia
Code : CV01
Type : Private Tours

Duration : 9 Hours

Price tag Starting From:
*81.25 €
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Adults (15 - 64)
Kids (4 - 14)
Senior > 64
Infant (0 - 3)


Our Exclusive Best of Rome & Vatican Museums is designed for those who wish to enjoy a complete overview of Rome on a private shore excursion from the port of Civitavecchia. You’ll be able to go where buses are not permitted, enabling you to see more, walk less and capture the best of The Eternal City and the Vatican museums.

Features of this day trip to Rome & the Vatican:

  • Pickup at the cruise terminal
  • 80-min drive to Rome in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Square and Basilica
  • Piazza Venezia, Victor Emanuel Monument
  • Capitoline Hill
  • Overview of the Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Navona
  • Colosseum 
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Dropoff at the ship

This excursion starts at the Vatican after an 80-minute drive from the pier. Explore the richest storehouse of art in the entire world: the Vatican Museums, culminating with the Sistine Chapel. Painted by Michelangelo in the early 16th century, the Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes (best known for the iconic Creation of Adam) are a priceless collection of masterpieces.

Enter the expanse of St. Peter's Square through Bernini's elegant colonnades into St. Peter’s Basilica, Christendom's largest church. Resting on 800 pillars and able to hold over 60,000 worshippers, the church houses a mind-boggling quantity of artworks of every type imaginable. most notably the Pieta, Michelangelo's magnum opus sculpted in marble.

Our tour of Rome proceeds to Piazza Venezia, known for the Victor Emmanuel Monument, a gigantic complex of white marble sometimes called the "wedding cake”, and for the building that was Mussolini's headquarters, where he gave many of his legendary speeches from the balcony facing the piazza.

Climb the graceful steps of the Capitoline Hill, marvel at the symmetrical beauty of the piazza restyled by Michelangelo, and then enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Roman Forum. From this vantage point, you’ll get an excellent view of the Temple of Saturn and the Rostrum where Mark Anthony made his impassioned speech over the body of Julius Cesar.

At Trevi Fountain, you’ll get an eyeful of Baroque goodness. Remember to throw a coin over your shoulder to ensure your return to Rome!  

After the sweeping Spanish Steps and Rome’s most sophisticated shopping street, you’ll walk through Piazza Navona — and do not forget to try the chocolate tartufo gelato!

At the Pantheon, you’ll see the handsome coffered dome and immense oculus, feats of ancient Roman engineering still there after almost 2000 years.

Last stop will be in the most fascinating monument in Rome, a place where 50.000 people watched cruel battles between gladiators and wild beasts: the Colosseum. After a quick look at the stately Arch of Constantine, we’ll head back to port.


  • Private vehicle
  • English speaking driver-guide at your service for 9 hours
  • Pick-up and drop off right at your ship.
  • Personalized itinerary customizable with your driver whenever possible
  • Live commentaries and explanations on board
  • Gas, toll and parking fees


  • Tickets and guides, if not specified to be part of the tour package, are an extra cost to be arranged with the office.
  • Lunch and admission fees 
  • Gratuities


Please be aware that tickets are guaranteed only when booked.

Booking tickets this year has become almost impossible and we’re struggling to find slots available.

The Vatican opens availability 2 months ahead the selected date and the Colosseum opens availability one month ahead. We will do our very best to get the admission tickets for you but if by this time we are not able to secure tickets, then those are not guaranteed.

We will have to relay to other suppliers but it’s not guaranteed.

You will be notified in case of lack of unavailability and offered an alternative solution for you to still have a wonderful experience during your visit; for example at the Colosseum, you may decide to only see the Roman Forum which is another good attraction and instead of the Vatican we can take you to see other beautiful churches in Rome.

We will be able to provide a certain answer regarding availability 7 weeks ahead for the Vatican and  4 weeks ahead for the Colosseum, in refer to the selected date of your tour. 

You will be then free to decide how to move forward with your tour, of course.

This may cause some inconveniences, but we wanted to inform you in advance and be transparent with our customers regarding this whole situation.

Thank you very much for understanding. 


  • Appropriate attire is required in all churches; you will not be permitted to enter with uncovered shoulders or short shorts/skirts.
  • The order of the sights visited may vary according to local conditions and opening hours.
  • Vatican Museum is closed on Sundays, alternative sites will be visited.
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

Meeting Point

  • Your driver will be ready to wait for you in front of your ship holding a sign with your name before the appointed time. As soon as you get off the ship, please look for your driver and if you are not able to find him, please don’t leave but call the office ASAP. If you think you will be late for any reason, we kindly ask you to contact the office ASAP.


Is this tour private?

The tour is private just for your party, however if you wish to join a tour and alleviate costs, please check with us our shared guaranteed excursion options.

Is the driver also a guide?

Our English speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle, but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed ins

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 this tour include lunch and admission fees to sites?

Lunch and admission fees are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.

Does the tour include a walking guide?

A guide is not included either. If you choose to visit the Vatican, we would recommend hiring a private guide. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.

What is the duration of the tour?

The duration of the tour is 9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.

Is the itinerary flexible?

Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.

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 booking cancelled with less than 72-hour notice for any service required. In this case, 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. Full charge will be made for no show-up. Only pre-purchased skip the line tickets (if requested) are not refundable any under circumstance and will be charged to your card.

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