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Civitavecchia to Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica tour - 1 day

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

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Price includes

  • Door to door service. We collect you directly off the ship and drop off at over 100 Rome city centre hotels

  • 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 the Port to your central Rome Hotel

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.

width=240The 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. 

width=200For 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 hotel after an amazing day of art and architecture.

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Joining Procedure at Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal:

Nearly all cruises at Civitavecchia arrive between 05:00 and 06:00 in the morning with disembarkation starting around 07:00. Your driver will meet you at the terminal building exit just below your ship from 07:30 holding an International Friends sign with your name. We plan to leave Civitavecchia by 08:00. 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). 

Arrival at Rome city centre hotel

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 rome@internationalfriends.co.uk and we can advise you of the nearest drop off point to your hotel.   

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.