Best of Rome Without Vatican


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


Travel back in time through the city of Rome escorted by your private English-Speaking Driver-Guide! Pick up and drop off directly at dock-side! It’s easy and convenient! No need to take the public shuttle to meet your driver, we will be waiting for you right next to the ship and from there we’ll get it started! Sit back and enjoy all that Rome can offer. Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi fountains and more!

Activity details

PICK UP TIME Suggested 7:30 am specifically to avoid big crowds in the first part of the morning (this is certainly flexible and can you decide when). returning 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 more ancient sites in Rome! After about a 90 minute drive you will approach the area of the Colosseum. Your English-speaking driver will provide you with the most relevant historical facts and explanations from a privileged spot overlooking the marvelous Colosseum. Your driver will have your skip-the-line tickets in hand, that YOU WILL HAVE ALREADY PRE-PURCHASED through us. This means that, after the explanations, your English Speaking driver will lead you over to the entrance, showing you how to get through the security checkpoint (note that the metal detector line is something that you will have to wait in until your turn comes, even if you have already purchased the entrance tickets. There is no way to skip the line at the metal detector, and that is why we have to try to be at the Colosseum first thing in the morning avoiding the big crowds of tourists). After overcoming the metal detector you will have easy access through the tickets machine and you’ll walk right in. You can always plan to visit it only from the outside and in that case, you do not require tickets.

CATACOMBS Your driver-guide will drive you there to explore this underground world. You will be led by the professional guides who work directly for the Catacombs! The visit will last around 45 minutes. Guided tour included in the 8 euro p/p ticket.

APPIAN WAY Walk on the first road ever built by human beings.

THE CIRCUS MAXIMUS Stop on the side of it and admire what is left as well as the view of the Palatine Hill.

TIME FOR A BREAK You will decide what to eat and which kind of lunch to go for. We will give you several options (something quick to go, a more intermediate lunch like a pizza or salad, or something authentic off-the-beaten-path where local Romans eat)

THE PANTHEON explore the most amazing building in Rome, still intact and filled with intense history.

THE TREVI FOUNTAIN Go and toss your coin and wish to come back to our wonderful city.

THE SPANISH STEPS Best to drive by, however, we can stop right on top of them to admire with a view of the dense yet elegant shopping area of the city.

Ride back to the port, aiming at arriving by 04:30 pm

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 skip the line tickets

• English Speaking driver all day

• Colosseum and Forum guided tour on request

• Pick up and drop off directly at dockside

• Possibility of lunch at a local restaurant

• First Class vehicle

• Catacomb visit

As soon as you disembark the ship you’ll see your private driver with a sign with your 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)

• Catacomb tickets to be paid on site for 8 euro each adult and 5 euro every under 15 year old children


• Note that the order of the sites may change due to the unpredictable crowds. In certain occasions the Colosseum will be done starting from 02.00 pm as the last site of the day, to avoid crazy crowds in the AM. No matter when we go there may be some waiting time at the entrance of the Colosseum due to the metal detector checkpoint even if you have already pre-bought your tickets.
We are not to be held responsible for sudden closure of the Colosseum as, when they reach 3000 people inside , they have the right to block people at the entrance, even if they have the skip-the-ticket in hand, due to security.

• If you want to request a private guide service at the Colosseum, we can surely secure one for you, but, because their minimum service is of 2 hours, and the standard visit at the Colosseum rarely goes over 1 hour, we suggest to combine a visit to the Forum. Cost: 150 euro for 2 hours

• 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: 45 minutes at the Catacombs with steps. For the rest of the tour moderate.