VIP Rome Shore Excursion

Discover the best of Rome with our Rome Shore Excursion private tour. Experience Rome in total comfort with skip-the-line tickets, private transportation and a guide just for you!


Rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor Google and Facebook


What’s included

First-class tour with a private guide

Special skip-the-line tickets

Pick up service at your ship and return to the port after the tour

A car for you for the whole day

Fluent English Speaking guides with a background in archaeology, history and art

Entertaining and insightful explanations



Do you have just one day to visit Rome on your cruise vacation? Let us take care of everything! Our VIP Rome Shore Excursion has been designed so that you can see the best of Rome in only one day, and get back on your ship in time for dinner!

Duration: about 9 hours (including a one hour break for lunch and transportation time from and to the port)

A professional driver will be waiting for you at the port. You’ll have a relaxing car-ride to Rome (about one hour and a half) and then you’ll meet your personal tour guide at the Vatican. Here you’ll skip the long entrance line and see the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica**.

Let your guide lead you through the marvelous galleries and rooms of this huge museum, and select the most important artworks to show you, so you won’t miss any of the highlights.

Enjoy the colorful frescoes, the tapestries, the shining marbles. Listen to the story of Michelangelo’s masterpiece: the Sistine Chapel; how did he paint it? Is it true that he was lying on his back while he was working on the ceiling? Did he really do everything by himself? Your guide has all the answers!

After the Sistine Chapel, you’ll go straight to St. Peter’s Basilica, using a special shortcut that will allow you to skip the long entrance line.

St. Peter’s is the heart of Catholicism: it’s the biggest and the most important church in the world and it’s also one of the most beautiful basilicas ever built. Your private tour guide will show you the majestic masterpieces that decorate St. Peter’s, such as the Pietà by Michelangelo and the Baldacchino (canopy) built by Bernini with the bronze from the Pantheon. Finally, you’ll see the breathtaking St. Peter’s Square, considered one of the greatest architectural masterpieces of all time.

Your driver will be waiting for you near St. Peter’s Square, to take you to the city center. You will continue your “VIP Rome Shore Excursion” with a relaxing stroll through the most famous piazzas of Rome. The city walk includes the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps: we are one of very few companies to include this last site on a full-day tour!

Admire the baroque fountains and buildings that made Rome famous worldwide. Discover the Pantheon, the best-preserved ancient Roman temple in the world, and admire its vast, monolithic columns.

How many coins are you supposed to throw in the Trevi Fountain, and why? We’ll tell you all about the myths and legends of Rome, as well as the stories of the people who transformed the city over the centuries. Learn about Bernini and Borromini, the two greatest artists of Baroque Rome, and discover how they left their mark on the Eternal City.

You’ll explore the city in the company of your expert guide, without having to worry about getting lost in the maze of Rome’s backstreets.

At this point you’ll have worked up an appetite: no worries, we’ve included some free time for lunch! We will happily recommend a traditional Italian restaurant where you can sample some delicious local cuisine.

The grand finale of your VIP Rome Shore Excursion will be the most famous and iconic building in Rome: the Colosseum.

Skip the line with your guide and discover the history of this iconic site! When was the vast amphitheater built, and how long did it take to finish? Your private tour guide will be happy to answer. Who were the gladiators, and where did they live? Did they always fight to the death? Learn about the bloody hunting games, and how elephants and lions were unleashed on hunters and criminals condemned to death.

Let us tell you about the naval battles that took place in the amphitheater, the incredible feats of engineering and construction behind the Colosseum and its spectacles.

Don’t waste your time joining a big cruise tour. Forget about overcrowded buses or the metro. Choose our VIP Rome Shore Excursion and see the best of Rome in only one day, in the most comfortable way possible!

** The sights listed will all be included, but the order in which you will see them might change for logistic reasons.

Sights Included

Colosseum (skip-the-line entrance)
In-depth, entertaining explanation of the building
Visit of both the first and second floor
Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries
Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo’s Frescoes
St. Peter’s Basilica & Square
Michelangelo’s Pietà
Bernini’s Baldacchino and Colonnade
Piazzas & Fountains
Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps (rarely included in other full-day tours)
Pantheon, Montecitorio (or Piazza di Pietra)

Tour Itinerary

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1090 € up to 3 people, 1200 € from 4 to 7 people.

Tickets are extra, but we'll get them for you.

Ticket price: 45 € for the adults, 20 € for the kids under 18

Pick up, drop off at the ship and a private car for you for the whole day included in the price!
Ask us about our prices for groups bigger than 7 people!

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