Private Tour, best of Rome and Vatican


Duration: 9 Hours
Pick up & drop off (ship)
Guided tour on request
Skip the line


Explore the highlights of Rome and the Vatican escorted by your private English-Speaking Driver-Guide! All the best sites of the city and of course time spent at the Vatican. Picked up and drop off at dockside. No need to take the public shuttle bus to go meet your driver! We will be waiting for you right outside the exit of the ship in the pick-up area.

Activity details

PICK UP TIME It is suggested 7:30 am it’s important to avoid big crowds during the first part of the morning (of course it is flexible and you can decide when). Back to the port at 4:30 pm (with plenty of time not to miss the ship)

COLOSSEUM This means that we will start with one of the most ancient sites in ROME. As there could be a massive wait at the entrance due to the metal detector check-point and if you want to be sure to cover all the following sites, you will visit the Colosseum from the outside. After a 90 minute drive, you will reach the area of the Colosseum, where, from a privileged spot, your driver will start to illustrate many facts and history about this amazing monument. After the explanations, you will have some time (approx. 20 minutes to take a little stroll and get closer to it).

CIRCUS MAXIMUS Stop on the side of it and admire what is left of the Circus Maximus with the view of the Palatine Hill.

THE HISTORICAL DRIVING-BY On the way to the next stop, the drive will be intense and breathtaking. You’ll go by the so-called “Road of the Temples” and over to the current heart of the city with the view of the Palatine Hill and Piazza Venezia with two very important monuments/sites (the so-called “Wedding Cake – or Monument dedicated to the first king of Italy and the view of the infamous balcony of Mussolini)

VIEW OF THE ROMAN FORUM Stop at a favored spot for a view of the amazing center of commercial, political, economic, religious and social activities during the ancient Roman Civilization.

PANTHEON Explore the most amazing building in Rome, still intact and filled with history.

TREVI FOUNTAIN Go and toss your coin and make a wish to come back to our city.

SPANISH STEPS Best to drive by but we can stop on top of it to admire the view a dense yet elegant shopping area of the city.

TIME FOR A BREAK You’ll decide the type of lunch you would like. We will give you several options (something quick to go, something more intermediate like a pizza or a salad, or rather something authentic off-the-beaten-path where only locals eat)

2,5 HOUR VATICAN VISIT After your little break, your driver will escort you all the way to the front of the Vatican Museum, where you’ll start the brief yet intense visit of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and – if open – Saint Peter’s Basilica. In the case, a tour guide need in the Vatican please advise us and we will book it for you.

Starting from 480€ 
Contact us for more info about pricing

The costs above are for 1 English Speaking driver and 1 vehicle for the duration of the tour.
They don’t include entrance tickets, any walking guide service, lunch, drinks nor likely gratuities.
Prices can vary according to the month and the availability.

RomePrivateExcursions offers a very flexible cancellation policy, in case of arrival problems due to COVID, we are willing to offer a 100% refund (Colosseum and Vatican tickets are on the other hand never refundable).

• Vatican skip the line tickets

• English Speaking driver all day

• Pick up and drop off directly at dockside

• Vatican private guided tour service on demand

• Possibility of lunch at a local restaurant

• First Class vehicle

As soon as you disembark your ship you’ll see your private driver with a sign with your full name on it.

No deposit required!

We accept payments in Traveler Cheques in Euro or USD. If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents. We also accept credit card payments (Visa and MasterCard – No American Express) at the time of the booking, or at the end of each tour/transfer. Please note that if payments are operated with credit cards the total cost of the tour will be increased by 10 %.

We do not accept payments via credit card for amounts below 350 euros. If the payment is made with a credit card at the end of the tour/transfer you will be required to sign an one time payment authorization form, provided by us. If payment is made with a wire transfer the total cost will be increased by 10 %. If you decide to pay in cash you will be asked to pay your driver at the beginning or at the end of the tour/transfer. The Total will be indicated in your final contract.

If you want to pay in USD we will calculate the accurate total, by using the stock exchange conversion rate Euro/USD of the day before the tour/transfer increased by 7 cents
Tickets to the Vatican and the Colosseum can be pre-purchased through us and the day of the tour your driver will hand them to you for a better and more efficient service.

Please note that the Colosseum tickets and the Vatican tickets are not refundable, beyond the terms stated, not even in case of the cancellation of your trip.

This is a private tour, so you will not be sharing it with anybody else!
You’ll be escorted by your English speaking driver who will explain all different points of interest. But please note that they are not guides. They cannot enter the sites with you by law.

This is the best way to go!
You and your English speaking driver will talk about the day’s plans before the tour starts

Not included:

• Gratuities (recommended)


• If you want to request a private guide service at the Vatican, the cost would be extra for 175 euro total. Please note that with a guide and if more than 6 passengers in the group, the Vatican requires mandatory ear-phones for 3 euro per person to be paid at the moment of the booking or at the end of the tour to your driver.

• Because you will be entering a religious place, you are kindly requested to pay attention to your attire. Knees and shoulders must be covered.

• Walking: 2.5 hour on foot at the Vatican. For the rest of the tour moderate.