Cruise ship sponsored shore excursions are expensive and inferior to walking tours and experiences provided by local tour operators, so why break the bank and risk disappointment when you can easily take the train into Rome, skip all lines at the must-see venues, and experience the very best of ancient Rome (guided tour) and the Vatican Museums (fast track access) with local experts for less than €115!
Disembark from your ship and make your way to Rome by train (railway station in the port, details provided in your booking confirmation). Your guided tour departs at 1045am and you will arrive in Rome from the port by train in very good time beforehand, indeed, you'll most likely have time to see the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon before arriving at Trajan's Column in the heart of ancient Rome for an unforgettable 90 minutes walking tour of Rome in antiquity. Unravel mysteries and mythology inside the Roman Forum before we approach the mighty Colosseum. Entering the arena through awe-inspiring Gladiator's Gate is an incredible experience! It leads straight to the original arena floor where gladiators killed or were killed. This is a humbling and inspiring place to rest and and reflect! An immersive tour of the Colosseum follows.
Once we are outside the arena, bid your guide farewell and make your own way across town by taxi or by metro (25 minutes journey time between Colosseo and Ottaviano with one line change) to our Vatican offices at 2pm for tickets and entrance to the Vatican Museums. We'll usher you inside with fast track entry and you will be free to explore the museums and Sistine Chapel at your own pace before returning to Civitavecchia by train in good time ahead of your ship's departure. Clear and easy directions to the railway station in central Rome and train departure times back to the port railway station will be provided.
This Rome shore excursion is ideal for couples, families, and groups of friends of all ages who wish to see Rome and the Vatican City as part of their Mediterranean cruise.
** Port pick up and drop off with own private car and driver available as an option. Please see important information below.