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starting time:8:00 AM at Rome hotel, 7:30 AM at Civitavecchia
*** IMPORTANT FOR SUMMER TRAVELERS: Due to High Demand this travel year, the Vatican Museums Tickets (and Colosseum tickets as well) are selling out Months in Advance with June - July already mostly sold out. Before booking this tour, please double-check the availability of Vatican Museums Tickets. In case all Vatican Museums tickets are sold out, we will be happy to offer other exciting Rome tours such as our popular Dolce Vita Rome Tour and Rome Town & Country Tour.
This select Rome in A Day Tour with Vatican Guide is offered both as a Day Tour from Rome, and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia.
Our carefully crafted Rome luxury tour offers you the opportunity to explore Rome’s awe-inspiring ancient monuments, revered churches, splendid squares and the enthralling Vatican with your personal licensed Tour Guide and enjoy an informative private guided tour of the opulent Vatican Museums, and sacred Sistine Chapel and majestic St Peter’s Basilica that is on everyone's "must see" list.
Experience the best of Rome as your English speaking Private Driver introduces you to Rome’s captivating history, rich culture, delicious flavors, and hidden secrets that are waiting for you to enjoy. Journey through Rome in the comfort and safety of your private elegant Mercedes vehicle, and enjoy a higher level of personal attention and flexibility on our luxury private Rome tours by car.
* This tour follows the same itinerary as the original Rome in A Day Tour that is offered with only an English Speaking Driver (without Vatican Guide included).
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*** Dates on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE.
Enjoy a preview of the sublime locations in our Rome in A Day with Vatican Guide Tour VIDEO:
On this popular Rome in a Day Tour, you will have the opportunity to see from outside the Colosseum - Ancient Rome’s magnificent amphitheater, a picturesque sweeping view of the Roman Forum from a strategic terrace on Capitoline Hill.
You will stop to see the remains of Circus Maximus, the largest chariot race arena in Ancient Rome with a stunning backdrop of Palatine Hill with massive ruins of once opulent imperial villas overlooking Circus Maximus.
Another Ancient Roman wonder that’s not to be missed on any tour of Rome, is the imposing rotund Pantheon that was once a pagan temple dedicated to all gods and then converted into a Christian church in the middle ages.
Inside, be sure to look up at the impressive giant coffered dome with a circular opening at the top (the oculus) that is the only source of natural light inside this ancient and beautifully preserved monument.
** If you are touring on weekends, you will need to book your Pantheon Entry Tickets in advance at suitable time slots. See more information below.
Your Rome tour from Civitavecchia continues with a visit to Rome’s most famous squares: Piazza Navona, The Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
The Spanish Steps is one of the most recognized landmarks in Rome with its elegant stairway that unfurls to connect the Trinita dei Monti Church and obelisk on top with Pietro Bernini’s Fountain of the Old Boat in the square below.
Not to be missed is the Trevi Fountain, the world's most famous Baroque fountain frequently featured in notable and classic films. You will be delighted by the symphony of fountains gushing water from one of the ancient Roman aqueducts into the spacious pool of water adorned with dramatic travertine sculptures of Oceanus standing on his chariot pulled by two seahorses lead by two Tritons.
Be sure to follow tradition and toss a coin into this remarkable fountain to ensure future returns to the Eternal City. Tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain is something everyone on Rome tours looks forward to!
No tour of Rome is complete without a private Vatican Tour with a personal tour guide!
After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant or trattoria of your choice (your driver will be happy to offer you suggestions based on what our previous clients have enjoyed), you will be driven to the Vatican Museums where you will be met by your Licensed Tour Guide to begin your afternoon 2.5 Hour highlights tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
As your private guide takes you through the labyrinth of opulent halls and galleries brimming with masterpieces from the Classical to more recent eras sharing their in-depth knowledge of art and history, you will arrive face to face with Michelangelo's spellbinding masterpieces inside the sacred Sistine Chapel.
Pending available time, it might also be possible to visit St Peter's Basilica. Unfortunately due to huge crowds it often takes much longer to access the Basilica, therefore it may not be possible to also visit St Peter's Basilica on a shore excursion due to the ships' limited schedules.
Scroll down for Travel Tips visiting the Vatican and other interesting information from our Travel Blog.
This marks the completion of your private Rome in A Day tour or shore excursion of Rome. From the Vatican, your driver will take you back to your hotel in Rome or Cruise Port in Civitavecchia.
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Payment for our Rome in A Day with Vatican Guide Tour can be made in EUROS directly to your driver on the Date of Tour, or prepaid in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online when you confirm your Tour.
If you wish to PREPAY you may do so online when CONFIRMING your BOOKING by SELECTING your preferred option of payment. (*See cancellation policy below)
We do NOT accept cancellations by Phone, Text, or 3rd Parties such as hotel or ship concierge. Cancellations are accepted via Email by the person who booked and paid for the tour.
Cancellations made LESS than 7 Days of the Date of Service CAN NOT BE REFUNDED (with the exception of a cruise ship itinerary change).
Please be sure to carry traveler’s insurance to cover unforeseen trip expenses for which refunds are not possible.
When booking this tour, you agree and adhere to this Cancellation policy.
** Cancelations for PREPAID SERVICES will be refunded the Net Rate we receive from your prepayment. Net Rate: actual service price minus PayPal/Credit Card fees retained by PayPal/Credit Card as they do not reimburse us the fees they retain from your payment.
If you book this tour on a Saturday or Sunday, you will need to schedule your Pantheon Entrance Ticket in advance. The Pantheon currently requires Entry Tickets at specific Time Slots on weekends. We will provide you with the links and a suitable time slot for your Pantheon Visit. Be sure to book them early as the time slots get booked up fast!
Your personal English-speaking Driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
Your driver will be happy to offer basic / general touristic information about places you see and visit during your tour while inside the vehicle but is obliged by law to remain with the vehicle while guests sightsee on foot away from the vehicle. Your driver will remain with the vehicle while you self-tour the monuments and squares prior to your Vatican visit.
If you are pleased with the service you receive from your Driver, Gratuities of 10-15% are customary in Italy and greatly appreciated (* gratuities not mandatory).
Admission Tickets to Vatican Museums are currently 21 EUROS ** PER PERSON
** Admission ticket prices are subject to change up or down without notice.
Upon confirming the tour, you will be provided with LINKS and INSTRUCTIONS to purchase your Vatican Museum Tickets in advance online via the Vatican website. You will be required to bring your Ticket VOUCHERS with you so they can be converted into actual tickets on-site.
These tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE once purchased as the Vatican does NOT issue refunds on purchased tickets of any kind.
Please note that the Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays, and on certain holidays such as December 8, 25 & 26, June 29, August 15, November 1
Our tour guide associates are independent professionally licensed tour guides reserved from My Rome Guides agency. These expert guides work extensively with tour operators on limited day tour schedules to ensure that you will enjoy the most important works of art and make the most of your 2 hours at the Vatican, and arrive to meet your driver on time at the completion of the tour.
We do NOT accept any responsibility or liability for the style of the tour that the professional Tour Guides conduct as part of their informative walking tours of the Vatican as they are NOT employed by our company. By booking this tour you accept this condition with no exception.
Your driver will meet you inside the lobby of your hotel or in areas permitted by hotels.
For Apartments or B&B’s without a lobby, your driver will meet you outside the main entrance of your Pick Up Address.
* If your hotel or accommodation is on a street or in an area restricted to vehicle traffic, your driver will park as close as lawfully possible and meet you on foot at your Address, and accompany you to your parked vehicle.
For shore excursions from Civitavecchia, your driver will meet you on the Pier next to your Ship at your scheduled pickup time holding a sign with the NAME in your reservation.
Please do NOT leave the ship area, and do NOT take a shuttle bus outside the port.
Look for the driver in the same area as ALL private drivers will be waiting for their clients.
This Rome in A Day tour as offered does NOT include a visit inside the Colosseum. The Colosseum is enjoyed viewed from the outside from Colosseum Square to allow for opportunities to enjoy MORE of Rome's must-see locations at your leisure.
However, if you prefer to visit inside the Colosseum, you would be required to purchase your own Colosseum Tickets online pending availability. Please let us know this preference so we include it in your reservation and provide you with LINKS to purchase your Colosseum Tickets online at a Time Slot suitable for your tour. If you purchase your tickets inform us in advance so we include your Colosseum visit in your reservation itinerary.
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