Jubilee Tour - The Holy Sites in Rome


Duration: 7 Hours
Pick up & drop off (hotel)
Religious place


Pope Francis proclaimed the Jubilee Year of Mercy starting on December 8, 2015, and this private tour gives you the opportunity to learn more about the meaning of this event as you visit the major and most representative religious sites of Rome.

Escorted by your English-speaking driver, visit the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Wall, the Basilica of St. Praxedis, and the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, and gain a more in-depth experience than you would on most typical tours of the city’s Christian sites. You will discover hidden secrets and treasures of these landmarks and learn about their significance to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Even though the Jubilee Year has been proclaimed over, the spirit of such a memorable year will continue, and you will feel its essence with us.

Activity details

PICK UP TIME Suggested 8:00 am to avoid big crowds during the first part of the morning (it is flexible and you can decide when).

ST MARY THE MAJOR After hotel pickup, your private Rome tour begins with a visit to the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major, the first church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary and custodian to planks of wood believed to be part of the crib at Jesus’ birth. In the Borghese Chapel, see the image of Mary and child, attributed to St. Luke, and view the final resting place of Pope Paul V.

BASILICA OF ST. PRAXEDIS Continue to the Basilica of St. Praxedis, a church near St. Mary Major that houses a segment of the alleged pillar upon which Jesus was flogged and tortured before his death.

HOLY CROSS IN JERUSALEM Then proceed to the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, where St. Helen, mother of Emperor Constantine, brought back soil from Jerusalem for the church to be constructed on. This site guards purported relics during Jesus’ crucifixion, including a piece of the Holy Cross, a nail, and thorns from the crown.

THE HOLY STEPS Next, head to the Holy Steps, a Passionist monastery that houses the marble steps at Pontius Pilate that Jesus walked up to his crucifixion. Because the Holy Doors of the Basilicas are now closed, right in this place you will have the chance to obtain the Plenary Indulgence, if you wish, by climbing the stairs on your knees.

ST JOHN IN LATHERAN Afterward, visit the Papal Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran, the cathedral church of Rome.

ST PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALL Finally, visit the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Wall, dedicated to St. Paul the apostle. Your tour ends with the drop off at your hotel.
The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy officially ended November 20, 2016, but through this tour, we will be able to live it over its final date. Understanding its meaning will be very important! Come with us.

Starting from 500€ 
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).

• Visit the Major Basilicas of Rome

• English Speaking driver all day

• Pick up and drop off directly from your accommodation in Rome

• First Class vehicle

Your English Speaking driver would pick you up at your accommodation in Rome, at the airport or train station on arrival, or where you prefer within the city of Rome

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)


• You will visiting religious places therefore knees and shoulders must be covered

• Walking: easy and moderate amount