Rome Vatican City day tour from Civitavecchia port is the most time-effective and rewarding way to experience the city’s key sights in one exciting day. Rome Vatican City day tour is geared toward cruise passengers seeking an exceptional experience with expert guidance. We have organized all the details so you can sit back and relax. We pick you up at your cruise ship and return you in time for your sailing.
This private Rome Vatican City day tour comes complete with skip the line access, an expert guide, and a professional driver. Your friendly driver assists you through the day and a knowledgeable guide meets you in Rome. Capture the essence of ancient Rome and the extensive collection of art at the Vatican your way, your pace. Contact us for pricing and availability.
* Private Guided Chauffeured Shore Trip
* Full Day Private Licensed Professional Driver
* 6 Hours Private Licensed Professional Guide in Rome
* Full Day Private Deluxe Vehicle
* Port Pick Up & Drop Off
* Scenic Drive
* Colosseum Skip the Line Access
* Arch of Constantine
* Roman Forum
* Capitoline Hill
* Vatican Skip the Line Access
* Vatican Museums
* Sistine Chapel
* St. Peter’s Square
* Janiculum Hill (time permitting)
* Best Photo Ops
* Duration: 9hrs
Rome Vatican City Day Tour is private, offering the personal attention required to experience one of the world’s leading cities at your own pace. Get the answers to the questions you are burning to ask from your expert guide. Discover all the main sights in detail. Learn all about Rome’s secret stories that bring the city history to life.
Rome Vatican City day tour begins aboard a private air-conditioned car from Civitavecchia port. Your personal driver takes on the way to Rome (approx. 90 minute drive traffic pending). 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 Baths of Emperor Caracalla, and the Circus Maximus. Meet your dedicated guide. Enter the Vatican skipping the line. Here, in the awe-inspiring galleries full of priceless artistic masterpieces, your guide leads you through the museums. Your passionate guide brings the artworks to life sharing curiosities about the artists and the historical context in which they worked. In the Sistine Chapel gaze in amazement at Michelangelo’s extraordinary frescoes and understand the Creation of the World.
Next your tour heads to the ancient core of the city. Enter the Colosseum skipping the line. Learn about its exciting history and the entertainments that went on within its walls. Walk along the Roman Forum the heart of Roman daily life littered with huge fancy temples. Climb to the top of the Capitoline Hill religious center of ancient Rome. Enjoy the breathtaking view over the Forums and Piazza Venezia with the huge “wedding cake”. At the end of your Rome Vatican City day tour your personal driver transfers you back to Civitavecchia port in time to board your cruise ship. Time permitting stop along the way at the Janiculum Hill for amazing photo ops.
How it Works
We will get the tickets ahead of time so that you won’t have to wait in any lines. During the booking process, you will be able to tell our Italian-based team when and what you would like to tour. You will also have the opportunity to tell us how we can customize the private tour for you and yours. With that, we will create the perfect travel experience for you.
Please Note: For safety reasons even with reservations there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the Coliseum.
Do you combine people to share the tour?
All our tours are private and totally customized to suit your desires, which means that you do not share your tour with anyone else. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form groups.
Do we skip the line to enter the Coliseum?
Yes. This tour includes entrance tickets to skip the line. Your tickets will be pre-booked and prepaid for fast hassle-free entry.
Please Note: For safety reasons even with booking reservations, there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the Coliseum. Recently, due to increased security measures, new screening procedures were put in place for entry to the Colosseum. For safety reasons ALL visitors must pass through security checks and metal detectors, so even with reservations there is still a compulsory security check which may cause some delays in entering the site. Because of the security measures, the line for entry may be quite long during peak seasons and holidays. However, no time will be wasted. Your experienced guide will use this time to provide an overview and contextualization for the tour.
Do we skip the line to enter the Vatican?
Yes. This tour guarantees your reservations and tickets to enter the the Vatican skipping the line.
Please Note: ALL visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint before entering the Vatican so please, expect to wait for few minutes to clear security.
Is there a way to see the Sistine Chapel without having to walk through the entire Vatican Museums?
You have to go through the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel. 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 Museums. You can only access the Sistine Chapel through the Museums therefore, you have to walk through the entire Vatican Museum.
Do you use headsets at the Vatican?
In the Vatican headsets are mandatory for groups of 6 or more people. Your private guide will be talking into a small microphone and you will each be listening on special earpieces. The Vatican makes it COMPULSORY for all groups of 6 or more participants to use whisper headsets so that your guide can clearly communicate with your party without disturbing other visitors and with consideration for the Holy nature of the Vatican.
Will we be able to take pictures in the Sistine Chapel?
Pictures are not allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. All throughout the museums the Vatican City authorities have an enlightened policy on taking pictures and visitors are allowed to take photos provided there is no flash. But this does not apply to the Sistine Chapel.
How long will the transfer time from Civitavecchia to Rome take?
The transfer time from Civitavecchia to Rome city center is about 90 minutes each way (traffic pending). The exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
Are your private vehicles licensed and insured?
Yes. All of our vehicles are officially licensed and insured.
Are your vehicles non-smoking? Air conditioned?
Yes. All of our vehicles are non-smoking and air-conditioned.
Do we stop for lunch during our private Rome shore trip?
Yes. In a city with so much great food it would be crazy not to. The duration of the tour includes time for breaks to grab a quick snack and/or lunch but is not included in the price. Some people like to grab a quick pizza or a snack, and some people like to sit down for a nice relaxing Italian meal.
Are tips included?
Tips are optional and not included in your tour price, but are a nice way of showing satisfaction for good service.
What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of scheduled tour?
We are NOT liable for reduced itineraries owing to unscheduled closures by attractions. Unscheduled closures do not depend on us, but on the administration of the sites visited on the tour. In the event of an unexpected closure of a site or attraction your guide will promptly provide an alternative itinerary. While we regret these inconveniences, these rare unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore no refunds will be issued.
The Colosseum is subject to occasional last minute closures without notice due to rain, assembly meetings, strikes or other factors. If it happens your guide will modify the itinerary working with the circumstances given. While we regret this inconvenience, the unforeseen closure of the Coliseum is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued.
The Vatican Museums Authorities retain the rights to alter the Museums opening hours or close specific areas of the Museum and/or Sistine Chapel at any time, and without prior notice. While we regret these inconveniences, these unforeseen closures are beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. In these rare cases, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given but if it is impossible to complete a part of the tour we regret that no compensation can be offered.
On rare occasions St. Peter Basilica is subject to last minute closures without notice (i.e. for a special mass). While we regret these inconveniences, the unforeseen closure of St. Peter Basilica is beyond our control for which we cannot be held responsible therefore, no refunds will be issued. If this happens you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums and an introduction to St. Peter Basilica from outside. Your guide will modify the itinerary working with the circumstances given and will do the appropriate adjustments. If your travel date is on Wednesdays there is the possibility that access to St. Peter Basilica and St. Peter Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter Basilica could be closed.
Do you provide a refund if my cruise ship cannot make it into port?
We will honor a refund if your cruise line does not come into port due to severe weather, mechanical problems or political unrest. However, admission tickets are not refundable and you will be charged 100% for any admission tickets pre-purchased on your behalf.