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Even though we’ve filled out the on-line survey sent to us by your company, we just felt that we didn’t have the opportunity to really let you know just how amazing we felt Andrea and Lucia did as our driver and guide for our tour of Rome on 12 August, 2011.
Andrea met us on time in our hotel lobby, and we were very impressed by his dress for the day. He wore a dark suit and tie and looked very professional. He immediately introduced himself to us, and came across as very warm and friendly. Throughout the entire tour, whenever we were coming back to the car, he made sure the air conditioning was on, so that we came back to a cool car. So appreciated, since it was a very hot day. He was always on hand to help with my wife wheelchair, and to make sure she got into the car OK. On our drive to the Vatican, he was very entertaining and informative, always pointing out places of interest along the way and what it was like to live in the area. This really added to our experience, especially this being our first trip to Italy. He was very open to conversation and questions which made us feel very comfortable and relaxed with him. Since Sue was in a wheelchair, Andrea, always got us as close as possible to the entrances of the attractions. He even offered to help push the wheelchair if I needed help. He was so much more than just a driver to us.
Lucia, met us at the entrance of the Vatican, our first stop, introduced herself, and was very personable and friendly. We immediately felt very comfortable with her. She started out by going over the plan for the day, and then we proceeded in to the Vatican. We were amazed that we went right through the entrance and into the lobby. From there we started our tour. Her knowledge of history, art, sculpture, and the architecture we saw was phenomenal. She never made it feel like we were being rushed or in a hurry. We took our time and was able to look at everything we wanted to. There were many opportunities where Lucia would suggest a little break and during that break, she would just elaborate on both what we have just seen and what we are about to see. We were very appreciative of how she would run interference for us so that we had no problems getting the wheelchair through the sometimes massive crowds. She was more than happy to play photographer and take our picture. She and Andrea were so aware of our having a wheelchair, and made sure that whatever route we took, was the easiest for us to get around. That really made it so easy for us to enjoy the tour. We were able to go to every site that we wanted to see. Having lunch in Piazza Navona with Lucia was really special for us. It was the first time we ate at a restaurant in Rome and Lucia, at our suggestion, was more than happy to recommend something light to eat. We were so happy that she was able to join us. Unfortunately, Andrea had to stay with the car and was unable to come with us. We felt bad about that, but of course, understood.
Rome was our first stop on a two week trip to Italy, and we have to say that meeting Andrea and Lucia was the best way to start a vacation. They were just so warm and friendly that it was more like spending the day with a couple of new friends rather than going on a tour. They were the perfect fit for us. Both Lucia and Andrea, we feel, far exceeded our expectations for this tour and did your company proud. They really seemed to enjoy what they do. It was such a pleasure to meet and spend time with them.
Please pass this email on to both Andrea and Lucia, so that they know just how much we appreciated all that they did for us. They both fondly live on in the stories that we share with family and friends about our trip to Italy. We were truly very impressed by both of them and they will always have a special place in our hearts. We will definitely book another tour with your company the next time we are in Italy.
5 Day Easy-Paced Private Vacation. Experience the Best of Rome and the Vatican at Your Own Pace. Senior Travel Rome Vacation Package features leisurely paced private tours and free time to slow down. You will take in the best of Rome and the Vatican skipping the lines and avoiding the crowds. And because we take care of logistics, you get the most from your precious vacation time! Roma is Amor spelled backwards. Delve into the ancient Roman world, epic architecture, classic art, and delicious food. Our expert local guides are compelling storytellers and masters at bringing the city sights, sounds, and scents to life. Senior Travel Rome Vacation Package engages and educates first timers and seasoned travelers alike.
Senior Travel Rome Vacation Package is private with no pre-set departure dates. This sample itinerary can be personalized to suit your needs and dreams. Everything we do is customized to fit into your travel wish list. You have the flexibility to choose your accommodation style, add extra nights, or sites as you desire. Tell our Italy based vacation consulting team if you would like to visit a place that is not mentioned in the itinerary. Contact us to create your private bespoke trip.
Day 1 Rome – Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome!
Private Airport Arrival Transfer
Rome Most Famous Squares, Fountains and Best Artworks
Private Guided Chauffeured City Tour at Sunset
Day 2 Rome – Best of Rome Ancient Sights and Delights
Private Guided Walking Tour with Colosseum Skip the Line Access
Day 3 Rome – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
Private Guided Skip the Line Walking Tour of the Vatican City with One Way Private Transfer
Day 4 Rome – Borghese Art Gallery
Private Guided Skip the Line Walking Tour
Day 5 Your unforgettable vacation ends. Arrivederci!
Private Departure Transfer.
Day 1 Rome - Welcome to the Eternal City of Rome
Private Rome Airport Transfer
Transfer by private a/c deluxe vehicle to the hotel. Rest for a bit before exploring.the magic side of Rome at sunset.
Private Guided Chauffeured Rome City Tour at Sunset
Experience a comprehensive introduction to the historic heart of the Eternal City with your expert local guide and driver by private a/c deluxe vehicle. With thousands of years of history around every corner, you encounter the ancient world, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the world’s greatest gelatos! Discover vibrant squares, quirky streets, legendary fountains, and unusual talking statues. Explore the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and Pantheon. Learn stories and anecdotes that bring these amazing sights to life. As you relive the city during the time of Bernini, Raphael, and Michelangelo understand why Rome is called The Eternal City. Evening free to do as you please.
Day 2 Rome – Experience the Wonders of Imperial Rome and the Delights of Nowadays!
Private Guided Skip the Line Walking Tour of Rome Delights and Old Sights
Enjoy the rich history, culture, and food that make Rome a top Italy destination. Gain privileged personal attention from your expert local guide who brings you to the very heart of the Roman experience. In addition, with skip the line Coliseum tickets included you will not waste precious holiday time waiting in line! Experience Rome through its history and flavors including where to find best gelatos, cappuccino and pizza en route! Immerse yourself into the archaeological core of the ancient city, the best open-air museum in the world. Explore the Roman Forum littered with huge fancy temples. Marvel at the Capitoline Hill historic and religious center of ancient Rome. Walk straight into the Coliseum and hear its secret stories. Discover Italian specialties at the lively open-air oldest Rome food market. Try the food you crave, decide how much you will be eating of exactly what and how much to spend. Your guide will ensure you stop at the most delicious street food stalls and colorful specialist food stores. A great way to eat & see Rome! Rest of the day free to do as you please.
Day 3 Rome – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
Private Guided Skip the Line Walking Tour of the Vatican combined with One Way Private Transfer
Transfer in comfort and style by private a/c deluxe vehicle to the Vatican City. Experience the Museums and Michelangelo Sistine Chapel your way and at your own pace. Focus on your interests and ask your expert guide all of your questions. The best choice to learn little known facts about the artists and their masterpieces in a personal way. Moreover, with skip the line tickets included you will not waste precious holiday time waiting in line. Bypass the crowds once again to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Inside the imposing Basilica, your guide provides insights into its art treasures including Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s bronze baldachin. Rest of the day free to do as you please.
Day 4 Rome – Borghese Gallery Art Journey
Private Guided Skip the Line Walking Tour of the Borghese Gallery
The Borghese Gallery is home to a smaller and more elite collection than the Vatican with the rare opportunity to experience some of the world’s most impressive artworks in their original setting. Enjoy an exciting artistic discovery adventure in search of Bernini, Caravaggio, Raphael, Greek and Roman antiquities.. Feel as if you were part of the history and experience the events through the eyes of the artists. Focus on your special interests and ask your expert guide all of your questions. The best choice to learn little known facts about the artists and their masterpieces in a personal way. Plus, with skip the line tickets included you won’t waste precious holiday time waiting in line. Rest of the day free to do as you please.
Day 5 Your unforgettable vacation ends. Arrivederci!
Private Rome Departure Transfer to Rome Airport or Rome Railway Station.
PRIVATE TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
Day 1 – Private Rome Airport Transfer by a/c Deluxe Vehicle.
Day 1 – 3hrs Private Chauffeured Tour led by Licensed Local Guide and Driver.
Day 2 – 4hrs Private Skip the Line Walking Tour of Rome Historical Sights led by Licensed Local Guide with Reservations and Tickets to Skip the Line at the Colosseum.
Day 3 – One Way Private Transfer by a/c Deluxe Vehicle combined with 3hrs Private Skip the Line Walking Tour of the Vatican City led by Licensed Local Guide with Reservations and Tickets to Skip the Line.
Day 4 – 3hrs Private Skip the Line Walking Tour of the Borghese Gallery led by Licensed Local Guide with Reservations and Tickets to Skip the Line.
Day 5 – Private Departure Transfer by a/c Deluxe Vehicle.
PRIVATE TOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
MEALS & DRINKS
TIPS & GRATUITIES (Optional)
ANYTHING NOT EXPRESSLY MENTIONED AS INCLUDED
We offer you the opportunity to associate any type of property to this land package and customize it as you wish. Choosing the right hotels for your upcoming vacation can be an overwhelming affair. Our first-hand knowledge enables us to match the perfect accommodation tailored to your itinerary. As part of the trip planning service based on your budget and travel style, we recommend and help you booking gay-friendly hotels that fit your needs. Speak to someone who’s been there.
Please inquire for a custom quote. The price of our tailor-made private vacations is quoted on an individual basis depending on party size and activity choices, travel dates, and other custom preferences.
As a general rule, the minimum cost of a curated itinerary is €800 per couple per day (excluding airfares). Please keep in mind that every vacation, like every guest, is different. No two are alike which is why costs can vary a lot and it will depend on the services and travel arrangements you decide to include.
What are the departure dates for the Senior Travel Rome Vacation Package?
There are no set departure dates because every tour is private, which means that you can depart on whatever day you wish.
Do you combine people to share the tour?
No. We specialize in individual and family private tours. Our private tours are exclusive to one booking party and we do not combine separate reservations to form small groups. Our private tours mean that you do not share your tour with anyone else.
Are meals included in the Senior Travel Rome Vacation Package?
We understand that local food is an important component of any Italy trip. Everybody has different tastes and we have found that our guests enjoy the spontaneity of discovering restaurants on their own. As a result, we intentionally do not include any meals in the itinerary. In addition, your private guides and drivers will be happy to recommend restaurants if you ask.
Do we skip the line to enter the major museums and monuments?
Yes. This tour package includes priority-entrance tickets to skip the lines. Your tickets will be pre-booked and prepaid for fast hassle-free entry. Recently due to increased security concerns, new screening procedures were put in place for entry to the popular sites. Due to increased security measures ALL visitors must pass through security checks and metal detectors, even those with skip the line access. Because of the security measures, the lines for entry the major attractions 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.
Is there a way to see the Sistine Chapel without having to walk through the entire Vatican tour?
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. You can only access the Sistine Chapel through the museum therefore, you have to walk through the entire Vatican Museum.
Do you do Scavi tours under the Vatican?
St.Peter’s Necropolis sometimes just called the Scavi or Excavations, which contains tombs dating from the origins of Christianity are organized by the Vatican itself. They accept applications and confirm the tour only the day before. Unless you are planning an extended stay in Rome, you will have trouble arranging this tour. This 90 min. tour into the Excavations of the Necropolis underneath St. Peter’s must book well in advance. You need to e-mail them directly at [email protected] No children under 11 are allowed.
Will we be able to take pictures especially 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.
What happens if a site is unexpectedly closed on the day of the scheduled tour?
The Coliseum is subject to closure due to assembly meetings, strikes or other factors at any time, and without prior notice. 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. In these rare, your guide will modify the itinerary and give you as complete a tour as possible working with the circumstances given.
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.
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Our tour guide – I believe her name was Lucia – was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour. When we went by the Vatican this afternoon and saw the long, long lines, we KNEW we’d made the right choice. Will recommend it to others. Thank you.
I found your tours on line. Was looking at blogs about Rome and one talked about your tours, glad I listened
Our time in Rome was fantastic! Suggested itinerary was great for the 2 days we used your services – a perfect mix to keep everyone in our party interested and engaged despite the fact that we ranged in age from 10 to 76! Tour guide Ms. Lucia was amazing!!I cannot say enough about her. Took extra care to include and point out things to ensure that our youngest son, (Kevin age 10) had a wonderful time!! Kevin wants to know when he can go back and attend gladiator school! The grandmas also thought she was fantastic. My mother in law has done a great deal of traveling in the 10 years that she has been retired — in fact, she has covered most of the globe by plane, train, car and ship and she said that Lucia was the most informative tour guide she has ever come across!! English was perfect (much better than ours) and her Italian was beautiful. choices of lunch spots gave our group a true taste of Roman food. My husband initially asked me how we were going to cover everything you suggested in6 hours each day, but we did and never felt rushed. children fell in love with Rome and want to know when we will be going back! made sure they threw coins into the Trevi Fountain. The drivers were great (they were different each day) and accommodated my Mother on the stops she skipped due to her limited mobility. The Mercedes vans were very comfortable. My Mom enjoyed chatting with Lucia when she was unable to accompany us at the Catacombs. Lucia got my Mom a wheel chair at the Vatican Museum to make our tour move along since there was so much we wanted to see!It was great to be able to walk into every site we visited without having to wait in line.only regret was that we had only 2 full days in Rome. services are excellent and I plan to tell everyone how wonderful your company is!!