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Rome to Civitavecchia with Vatican Museum & Saint Peter's Basilica Tour - 1 day

Morning luxury transfer from Rome city centre to Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal with guided tour

Price includes

  • Door to door service. We collect from over 100 Rome hotels and deliver directly to your cruise ship.

  • Travel in luxury minivan, maximum 8 people per vehicle, with professional English speaking driver

  • Skip the line entry to Vatican Museum & St.Peter’s Basilica

  • Professional guide for Vatican & St.Peters (maximum 24 people per guide)

Enjoy an eye opening and informative tour of the Vatican, including the world famous Sistine Chapel, the amazing Vatican Museum and the awe inspiring St Peter's Basilica as part of your cruise transfer from your Rome hotel to the port at Civitavecchia.

This service is available on all dates (April to November) when Oceania, Royal Caribbean, Princess, NCL and Celebrity ships are starting or ending a cruise at Civitavecchia.

Spend a day immersing yourself in incredible works of art and architecture. Using small luxury vehicles, we give you a more personal experience, and with small groups we can allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow travellers during your walking tour of the Vatican City.

The tour will actually take you into another country, back to a time when pre-unified Italy was a collection of Principalities and City-States. Vatican City, the smallest sovereign state in the world, where you will be taken on a guided tour of the world famous Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, through the opulent Raphael's Rooms including the "School of Athens", Raphael's famous fresco in the Apostolic Chapel, and then onwards into delightful gardens, courtyards and squares. You will see work by Da Vinci, Titian, Veronese and Caravaggio. 

For most visitors the highlight is the Sistine Chapel, consecrated in 1483 with decorated walls featuring the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ. But it is above all that, along the roof that most visitors cast their eyes. Here you can see Michelangelo's Ceiling depicting the story of Genesis. Most famous of all is the Creation of Adam, a stunning and emotive painting and a highlight of the artists work. Another highlight is his Last Judgement fresco on the Altar wall. You will be given plenty of time to absorb all this wondrous art before leaving this dramatic and awe inspiring room to be taken to St Peter's Basillica to expore this incredible High Renaissance church, built on the site of the burial place of the first Pope, St Peter the Apostle. Walk around this vast structure, stroll along the marble floor and pause at the tombs of Popes. Marvel at the sculptures of Bernini, including the "Cathedra Petri" and "Gloria" towers and admire Michelangelo's Pieta, the marble statue of the Virgin and Christ after crucifixion.

You will exit the Basillica through St Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro) where thousands regularly gather to hear and see the Pope throughout the year. This great open space is known the world over for Papal Masses held here and televised around the globe. Exiting Vatican City and returning to Italy, you will then be transferred over to your cruise ship after an amazing day of art and architecture.

Collection from your Rome city centre hotel

Pick ups in Rome will begin at 08:15am. To make the booking process easier we have listed Rome hotels for you to select from when you book, however we will collect from all city centre hotels. Please do not worry if your hotel is not on the list but is Rome city centre. Simply select 'Hotel to be advised' from the list, then on page 2 of the booking process there is a box for additional information, add your hotel details here. We will then contact you prior to travel to confirm timings. If your hotel is not Rome city centre please email rome@internationalfriends.co.uk and we will advise if this service can collect at your hotel. Central Rome pick ups are usually complete by 08:45.

You must be ready for collection in the hotel reception area from the time stated on your e-ticket. We recommend you are ready 10 minutes before the stated time. On a small number of occasions we may alter the route/timings to ensure prompt arrival at the cruise terminal. This may be down to road closures, events in Rome etc etc. If we do amend the timings we will contact you in advance.

Civitavecchia arrival: 

There are two major cruise terminals areas at Civitavecchia port, your driver will check where and will bring you just below your ship for the check-in. In normal circumstances you will arrive at Civitavecchia by 13:30/14:00. At Civitavecchia port you will be dropped off at your cruise terminal and walk straight to the check-in desk. Porters will take care of your luggage, ensuring it is delivered to your cabin. Make sure you use the luggage label in your cruise pack to facilitate this.


Guaranteed Departure Dates
We guarantee to run this service on all dates listed. Book early to avoid disappointment, this is a very popular cruise transfer service. If your date is not listed above we can offer you a private transfer, available for 1 or more people please click here for details of private transfers.

If you have any questions about pickups and joining, or any aspect of this service, please email rome@internationalfriends.co.uk  

Booking Conditions & Payment
In order that we can guarantee your booking, you will need to make payment in full.  However, all cruise transfer/tours on dates which are booked from this webpage are not subject to any cancellation charges up to 42 days (6 weeks) before the transfer/tour date. Within 41 days, our standard booking conditions shall apply.


The luggage allowance is 2 large cases per passenger (maximum 23kgs per case) plus 2 pieces of hand luggage (max 10kg per case). If you have more than this you must contact our office prior to travel. We do not carry outsize items (eg bicycles) and you MUST inform us in advance if you have a wheelchair, mobility vehicle etc.