Travel in luxury minivan, maximum 8 people per vehicle, with professional English speaking driver
Door to door service. We collect you directly off the ship and drop off at all Rome city centre hotels
Skip the line entry to Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
Professional guide for Colosseum & Roman Forum tour (maximum 18 people per guide)
Enjoy a cruise transfer with a tour of the Eternal City, delving into antiquity and visiting Rome's iconic and ancient sites such as the Colosseum, Via Sacra and the Roman Forum. Using smaller, luxury vehicles you will be offered a more personalised tour with vehicles that can go where larger buses are not permitted, allowing you to see more with less walking.
This service is available on all dates (April to November) when Royal Caribbean, NCL, Oceania, Princess & Celebrity are starting or ending a cruise at Civitavecchia.
Your driver/guide will be waiting for you at the cruise port, easily identified with contact number and sign with your name.
To start the tour you will be taken to Oppian Hill. One of the famous seven hills of Rome and once the site of a former palace of Emperor Nero, we meet the guide and overlook the spectacular Colosseum. From here we descend to our special Skip the Line Special Access entrance to the Colosseum. Once inside, your expert guide will talk you through the bloody past of this amphitheatre with tales of gladiators, mock sea battles and executions. The enormity of it's size and the events that went on here is truly awe inspiring. Take a walk around the galleries, cast your mind back to a distant past, then look at the structure again and see how it resembles our modern sports stadiums.
After a photo stop at the Arch of Constantine, built in 312AD and an influence on many of the world's far later triumphal arches, you will be taken to Palatine Hill where the ruins of the Imperial Palace lie elevated above the Colosseum and here an uninterrupted view over the ancient remains of the city awaits. Look down upon the Roman Forum and Nero's Circus Maximus, a huge chariot racing stadium that could accommodate over 150,000 spectators.
The last stop on this tour is a walk along the Via Sacra (or Sacred Way), the main artery that linked the Colosseum to Capitoline Hill. It runs through the heart of the Roman Forum, passing the site of a wealth of important buildings and was used in the days of antiquity for a whole host of festivals and triumphal processions. Perhaps, most important of all is the site of the tomb of Julius Caesar in the Temple that bears his name, and where even today visitors lay flowers and offerings on the dusty stone that marks his resting place. After an absorbing and eye opening tour of Ancient Rome your guide will take you back to your luxury minivan, where your driver will be waiting to take you directly to your hotel.
Joining Procedure at Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal:
Nearly all cruises at Civitavecchia arrive between 05:00am and 06:00am in the morning with disembarkation starting around 07:00am. Your driver will meet you at the terminal building exit just below your ship from 07:30am holding an International Friends sign with your name. We plan to leave Civitavecchia by 08:00am. In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port, we will delay our departure time accordingly (applicable only to the listed ships we service). For all delayed ship arrivals we will aim to leave at the latest one hour after docking (earlier if possible).
We cover the vast majority of hotels in Rome city centre. We also drop at Termini and Tiburtina Coach/Train station. During the booking process we have listed all hotels we drop at for you to select your hotel. If your hotel is not on the list please contact us at [email protected]
How long will my journey take?
7:30 Vehicle Departs from Civitavecchia Port
09:00 Arrive Colosseum for 3 hour tour
12:00 Departs from Colosseum
12:30 Arrive at Hotel
My chosen hotel is not on your list of pick up or drop off points, can I take this service?
We collect from the vast majority of Rome city centre hotels and Fiumicino airport hotels. Occasionally we are unable to pick up or drop off at certain hotels because they are not in Rome city centre, Fiumicino airport or not easily accessible by coach. Please email us at [email protected] and we will advise if we can collect/drop off at your hotel, or direct you to the closest pick up/drop off point.
I would like to join this tour but you do not service the ship I am travelling on. What can I do?
Our transfers from the port are available to passengers on other ships not listed, when dates and arrival times coincide with the ships we do service. You will need to make your own way to the ship we are servicing on that date. Please note on your booking the ship you are arriving on, and we can then advise which ship you will need to make your way to. Please note you will need to arrive at our meeting point by 08:00am to meet your guide/driver. Our tours and transfers depart at 08:30am.
You will need to take a taxi from your ship to our meeting point which should take no longer than 10 minutes.
How far in advance should I book?
Our tour dates go on sale 12-18 months in advance. We always advise booking early to avoid disappointment as availability cannot always be guaranteed if booking is left until closer to the date of travel. We offer a free cancellation policy up to 42 days prior to travel.
Should we tip our driver or guide?
Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip, your driver or guide would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged. A 10% tip is considered customary.
I have sightseeing included in my transfer – do I need to book entry?
We have various options available, some with entry included and some where entry is an ‘Optional Extra’. If the entry is included this will be made clear on the itinerary page. Where entry is an ‘Optional Extra’ this will also be made clear on the itinerary, and the entries will be available to book in the ‘Book this Tour’ box when selecting your date, number of passengers etc. If entry is included or you have added it as extra then you do not need to contact the attraction and book entry. You will not need separate entry tickets to the attraction, the guide will manage your entry on the day. If you know you want to visit an attraction we always advise you add the tickets on at time of booking your transfer (if entry is optional). We cannot guarantee entry for passengers to the attractions that have not pre-booked and paid.