Vatican & Ancient Rome Cruise Ship Excursion

Private Vatican & Ancient Rome Shore excursions from the port of Civitavecchia with skip the line tickets

Highlights and what's included

  • Pick up and drop-off at your cruise ship
  • English speaking driver/guide & air-conditioned Mercedes (or similar make) vehicle at your disposal for ten-hours
  • Licensed expert Rome Tour guide for six-hours
  • Skip the line tickets for the Vatican & Colosseum
  • Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Ancient Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, & St Peters Basilica


Private Rome shore excursions from your cruise ship & Civitavecchia. Enjoy private tours of the Vatican & Ancient Rome on these full day excursions to Rome. Skip the line tickets for the Vatican & the Colosseum. These shore excursions focus on the must-see sights of the Vatican & Ancient Rome with extended time at the Sistine Chapel & Colosseum. In the company of one of our expert Rome tour guides you'll enjoy an intimate tour of the most famous sites of the Eternal city

Your driver will be waiting for you dockside of your cruise ship at the port of Civitavecchia at the prearranged time that you decide to start our Private Vatican & Ancient Rome shore excursions. Driving straight into the centre of Rome you'll meet one of our expert Rome tour guides at the Colosseum where you'll enjoy a fascinating walking tour of Ancient Rome that feature the Ancient Forum, Colosseum and Constantine's arch.

Explore the evocative ruins of the Ancient Roman Forum and while walking around the remains of the imposing ancient buildings you will listen to its history peppered with anecdotes about the structure of Roman society, their beliefs, their social and political life. Learn how the Romans managed to create and control such a vast territory and how that empire declined.

Then, avoiding the lines to get in to the Colosseum, you'll visit the imposing arena and relive the days of Ancient Rome! Enjoy a thorough tour of the building through which you'll learn about the inner workings of the Colosseum and the special effects and showmanship of the ferocious games played there, the role the Colosseum had in Roman society and what it meant to a Roman to attend these games. We'll discuss about all the different kind of games held in the amphitheatre.

Following the walk of Ancient Rome, you will be driven across the city centre of Rome to visit the Vatican museums and St. Peters church. On a guided tour of one of the largest art collections of the world, spanning from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to contemporary art we'll concentrate on all the must-see sights. Learn about the famous Popes of Rome, their love for art, their election known as conclave, their glamorous lives in one of the most enlightened periods in Italian history, the Renaissance.

We'll discuss the lives of great artists who worked at the Vatican, such as Raphael & Michelangelo, and interpret together their masterpieces. At the Sistine chapel we will allow as much time as possible to fully appreciate Michelangelo's magnificent frescoes.

After focusing on the highlights of the Vatican Museums, we emerge in the vast openness of St. Peter's Basilica and Square: an immense area that houses many other precious works including the breathtaking Pieta' by Michelangelo, and Bernini's papal canopy.

You will hear the story of the life of Saint Peter and how this simple fisherman became Jesus'sapostle and first Pope of the Christianity. Saint Peter was martyred and buried on the site of the where St. Pater's Church was built and his tomb is the focal point of the basilica. The tour will finish in St. Peter's Square where some of the most important papal ceremonies take place.

Then, you could drive up to one of the famous seven-hills of Romefor an aperitif and splendid views of the city before returning to your cruise ship to complete our Private Vatican & Ancient Rome Shore Excursions from the port of Civitavecchia.

PLEASE NOTE: Journey time between the port of Civitavecchia & Rome is approximately 1.5 hours each way.

Reservation fees for Vatican museum (Min of 50,00Euro) are not refundable in case of cancellation or amendments to the booking made within 31 days from the date of travel, however cancellation/amendment fees may vary depending on num of participants and date of cancellation and/or amendment.

Other info

      This tour is of a historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
      At times, St. Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
      There is a dress code for St Peter’s Basillica. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed.
      Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
      At times, Colosseum and Roman Forums close without notice. No refunds are available as these events are beyond our control.
  • Rucksacks are NOT allowed inside Colosseum and Ancient Forum!!!! As there is not deposit area in the vicinity, avoid taking any rucksack as due to the new rules otherwise you will not be admitted inside the monuments.

Meeting Point

Your Private Ancient Rome & Vatican Cruise Ship Shore Excursion will depart directly from the dockside of your cruise ship

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Reviewed by Nicole Bowling on
My husband and I booked this tour for ourselves and had the most amazing time! Our guide was beyond wonderful. Francesca knew everything there was to know about everywhere we went and didn't miss telling us a single detail. She even had visual aids for us to look at! She knew all the short cuts and secrets about everything. We learned so much from Francesca. We were able to see all the major sites in Rome in the small amount of time we were there. Our driver to and from the port was great. It was wonderful having a private car waiting for us everywhere we went. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is traveling to Italy. It was an amazing time and Francesca made it one of our favorite stops.
Reviewed by Harper D on
Our compliments to your company on your drivers and guides. The drivers were punctual and so helpfu. Fabio, Marcos and Enrico were terrific. The guides well how can i say it, 10 out of 10. The were professional, well studied and they brought history to life. We cane back with so much information. They knew they history and archeology. They narrated so well i thought we were in a movie traveling through time. Tiziana in Naples, Francesca in Rome and Antonella in Florence. 10, 10, 10.
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