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From Civitavecchia to Rome with Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica Tour

Enjoy a private luxury transfer from your Civitavecchia Cruise Terminal to your chosen hotel in the city of Rome. Travel in luxury minivan, maximum 8 people per vehicle, with professional English speaking driver with our door to door service.

Explore the Vatican City and enjoy skip the line entry to the Vatican Museum. Take a guided tour of the famous Sistine Chapel where you can immerse yourself in ancient art and architecture including Michelangelo’s Ceiling depicting the story of Genesis.

Visit St Peter’s Basillica and marvel at the marble statues of the Virgin and Christ and sculptures of Bernini.

After your historic tour of Rome your driver will transfer you to your chosen hotel.



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Tour Highlights

  • 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
  • Door to door service
  • Skip the line entry to Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Professional guide for Vatican and St. Peter’s (maximum 24 people per guide)

Tour Schedule

Vatican City

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.

Sistine Chapel

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 on wards 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 artist’s 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 explore 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.

Important Information

  • Book early to avoid disappointment; this is a very popular cruise transfer service.
  • If you have any questions about pickups and joining, or any aspect of this service, please email us.
  • 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.

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 a 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.


Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.

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