The capital of Christianity is home to historical, architectural and inspiring sites dedicated to martyrs and saints spread over Basilicas and churches. Incorporate your Catholic Faith into your cruise vacation with a carefully planned religious Rome Catholic itinerary. On this private tour you will get a deeper look into Christian Rome, visiting one of the sacred catacombs located on the ancient Appian Way and exploring the Vatican. Best for cruise passengers who want to get a spiritual view of the city Holy Christian sites with an itinerary that focuses on Art and Faith. This private Christian Rome and Vatican City tour provides a comprehensive introduction to Rome religious heritage, history, and traditions.

Tour Rome Christian sites and learn how this Faith which started with a small persecuted community spread through the Roman Empire overcoming the paganism to grow into the Roman Catholic Church of today. Experience Christian Rome in the footsteps of the early Christians. Venture into the catacombs. Tour the extensive collection of art at the Vatican City in just one day. Your dedicated personal guide explains the importance, heritage and meaning of these treasures ensuring that you clearly understand the artistic and historic significance of the masterpieces you encounter. This shore excursion ensures a personalized experience around your interests with the flexibility to explore at your own pace.

An English speaking licensed chauffeur accompanies you throughout the day from the time you disembark the cruise ship, meet your private local guide in Rome and return to the port in time to board your cruise ship. Your private underground Rome shore excursion from Civitavecchia port begins with an approx. 90 minute drive (traffic pending) in the comfort of a private a/c deluxe vehicle. Enter into the ancient city through the Porta San Paolo gate which is one of the main gates of the Roman Aurelian Walls. Drive past and admire the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, the highest and the oldest Pyramid in Europe, the Baths of Emperor Caracalla, one of the seven wonders of the Eternal City and the Circus Maximus the largest stadium ever built for shows and chariot races.

Continue your panoramic drive along the evocative ancient Appian Way. This cobblestoned road where early Christians practiced their religion in secret and where buried their deceased truly offers a glance into the past. In fact, according to history and legends here St. Peter had a vision of Jesus who convinced him to return to Rome to his martyrdom.

Take a biblical journey through the origins of Christianity as you visit one of the catacombs underneath the ancient Appian Way. These were the burial places of the Romans starting from the 2nd century AD. Now under the authority of the Archaeological Superintendence of the papacy, the tombs contains the remains of saints and common citizens and some of the only surviving examples of early Christian art.

Your private tour continues by visiting the Holy Vatican. Skip the line at the Vatican Museums where elaborate galleries filled with one masterpiece after another lead you directly to Michelangelo Sistine Chapel. Scores of rooms contain a priceless collection of art collected by the Popes over the centuries. Your personable guide will gently steer you to the highlights of this art lover’s paradise and lead you to the galleries that you are most interested in. The highlight of your Vatican Museums tour is experienced upon entering the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s Biblical frescoes. Explore the overwhelming St. Peter’s Basilica, a masterpiece where artworks await at every turn from Bernini’s canopy to Michelangelo’s Pieta. But, here you will also find the heart of the Catholic Church for the whole world. At this stage, our religious Rome Catholic tour ends and we make our way back to the port in time for your sailing.

* Private Guided Chauffeured Shore Trip
* Licensed Professional Chauffeur who assists you through the day
* Licensed Professional Guide in Rome
* Full Day Private Deluxe Vehicle
* Civitavecchia Port Pick Up & Drop Off
* Scenic Drive
* Ancient Appian Way
* Christian Catacombs
* Vatican Skip the Line Access
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter’s Basilica
* St. Peter’s Square
* Best Photo Ops
* Shore Excursion Length: 9hrs

Rome boasts around forty catacombs but only certain ones are open to the public. The catacomb visited will depend on the day and time of your tour. We generally visit one of the following catacombs: Domitilla, Priscilla, Sebastian or Callisto.

If your travel date is on Wednesday there is the possibility that you will be unable to include St. Peter Basilica and St. Peter Square. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums.

The Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel close on Sundays and on certain Holy days throughout the year.

The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum at any time, and without prior notice.
The unforeseen closure of specific areas of the Museums and/or Sistine Chapel is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued. Your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.
On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica closes without prior notice. If this happens, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums. If St. Peter Basilica unexpectedly close it is beyond our control therefore no refunds will be issued.

The Vatican dress code requires appropriate attire. No bare shoulders, no shorts, no dresses above the knee, and no bare feet or exposed midriffs are allowed.

The Sistine Chapel is not available separately but is only able to be visited as part of the tour of the Vatican Museums. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums and the entrance is located on the far end from the Vatican Museum entrance an approx. 15 min. walk along the Vatican Museums.

Since skip the line Vatican tickets sell out fast tour must be reserved well in advance.

Large bags, backpacks, tripods, big umbrellas and glass bottles must be left at the Vatican Museums cloakroom.

For a smooth operation this itinerary may operate in reverse. The tour sequence may vary. The time spent at certain venues may be expanded/reduced, and other brief stops may be added.

Baby seats are mandatory for infants, please request at time of booking.