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Pre Or Post Cruise Tour Vatican Museum & St Peter's Basilica

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From the Port of Civitavecchia
Pre Or Post Cruise Tour Vatican Museum & St Peter's Basilica
Code : CV07
Type : Private Tours

Duration : 5 Hours

Price tag Starting From:
*101.25 €
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Adults (15 - 64)
Kids (4 - 14)
Senior > 64
Infant (0 - 3)


Super-size your transfer from Rome or Rome airport to the port of Civitavecchia, or vice versa!  This tour has been designed especially for those wanting to maximize their time pre or post-cruise by visiting the Vatican museums with a private guide and transfer.


Features of this pre or post-cruise tour of the Vatican:

  • Pick-up at Rome lodgings or airport; drop-off at the port of Civitavecchia (or vice versa)
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Prepurchased skip-the-line tickets (select option when you check out)
  • Privileged entrance to St. Peter’s basilica (not always available)
  • Private guide for 3 hours at the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter’s Basilica


After being whisked to the Vatican Museums by your courteous chauffeur you will be met by your expert tour guide who will escort you on an exclusive 3-hour walking tour through history, antiquities and art masterpieces.

You will hear amazing stories about the Vatican itself and the artists who made it the world's richest storehouse of art, culture and history.  Your guide will show you the most important galleries and works as you make your way to the Sistine Chapel, which thrills visitors with its majesty and the brilliance of Michelangelo. 

With your guide you’ll be able to take the “VIP back door” into St. Peter’s basilica, avoiding the endless security lines outside.  As you step into the church see if your jaw doesn’t drop!  There is not an inch of undecorated space in this massive church, which also houses some priceless works of art, such as Michelangelo’s moving Pietà.

Finally, stroll St. Peter's Square and take in the magnitude and splendor of the largest church in the world from the exterior. 

Please remember that all visitors are required to have their shoulders and legs covered to below the knee when visiting the Vatican City and that the Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays and religious holidays. 

This excursion functions equally well pre or post-cruise.  For a pre-cruise service we can pick you up at your Rome lodgings or from either of the Rome airports, even a train station.  While for a post-cruise service we will pick you up at the port of Civitavecchia. In order to pick you up right at the ship, we recommend the use of minivans, even if your group is larger than 8 persons.


Please be aware that obtaining skip-the-line tickets is not guaranteed and is contingent on availability, which is confirmed at the time of booking. Due to the activities of prominent agencies with early access, securing tickets has become more challenging. Ticket sales for the Vatican Museums open two months before the selected date, while the Colosseum opens one month ahead. If we are unable to secure tickets, alternative activities will be proposed. Pre-purchased tickets are non-refundable, but we will make every effort to find suitable alternatives.


  • Private vehicle
  • Pick-up or drop off at the port or at your accommodation in Rome.
  • Licensed tour guide for 3 hours at the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Gas, toll, and parking fees


  • Skip the line tickets are not part of the rate, but you may add them to your tour with next following steps.
  • Lunch 
  • 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. 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, 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, 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. 


  • If mass is taking place, entrance to churches may be restricted.
  • Appropriate attire is required in all churches; you will not be permitted to enter with uncovered shoulders or short shorts/skirts.
  • The Vatican museums are closed on Sundays, except the last Sunday of the month, provided that it is not Easter Sunday, June 29, or Dec 25/26. For complete details:
  • The order of the sights visited may vary according to local conditions and opening hours.
  • Additional walking will be involved since buses have limited access to the city.

Meeting Point

  • For a Pre-Cruise Tour, your driver will be waiting for you at the lobby of your hotel OR at the arrivals at the airport holding a sign with your name. If you are not able to find him, please don’t leave but call the office ASAP. Instead, for a Post-Cruise Tour, 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.


1. Is this tour private?

The tour is private, just for your party, however, if you prefer to share your tour with other passengers to alleviate costs, you may find your travel companions to create your small group and divide the costs.

2. Does this tour include lunch and admission fees to the Vatican?

No, lunch and admission fees are not included in the rate. We can make reservations for you for the skip the line tickets to the Vatican to be added to the rate of the tour.

3. Does it include a guide?

A licensed guide for approximately 3 hours is included in the rate.

4. What is the duration of this tour?

The duration of this tour is 5 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship/hotel.

5. Can we also see St. Peter's Basilica?

The visit of St. Peter's Basilica is usually included in the guided visit but that may depend on whether the Pope is serving Mass or not.

6. Is gratuity included in the price?

Tips are never included in our quotes. We think that a tip should not 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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