VIP Rome Private Tour for Cruise Passengers

Pick-up and drop-off at the port, transportation with a Mercedes car, skip-the-line tickets included
Kids pay half price!​


about 9 hours

Skip-the-line tickets

Pick up & Drop off at the port*

Private Transportation

Mercedes Car or Van

Professional Guides

Activity level


Sights Included

Vatican Museum
– Pinecone Courtyard
– Gallery of the Maps & others
– Sistine Chapel
– First Floor
– Arena Access (if tickets are available)
– Second Floor
Piazzas & Fountains
– Pantheon
– Spanish Steps
– Trevi Fountain

Tour Description

Do you have just one day to visit Rome while on your cruise? 

Our VIP Rome Private Tour for Cruise Passengers has been designed just for you. 

See Rome in one day and get back on your ship in time for dinner!

A driver will be waiting for you at the port of Rome (Civitavecchia). He’ll carry a sign with your name, so you can recognize him easily. 

After a short journey (about 1 hour), you will reach the city center of Rome, where you’ll meet your private guide. 

1. City Center walk

Your VIP Rome Private Tour for Cruise Passengers will start in the historic city center.

The sprawling center of the Eternal City can feel like a labyrinth, but there’s no need to worry about getting lost in the maze of cobbled alleys.

Your professional guide will welcome you with a smile, and lead you on a journey through the treasures of Rome.

- Spanish Steps

You’ll start from one of the most famous sights – the Spanish Steps. 

One of the most elegant neighborhoods in Rome, the area around the Spanish Steps is also the main high-end shopping district in the historic center. 

The Valentino headquarters are here, and you can also find the stores of other famous designers, such as Dolce & Gabbana and Prada.

As you stroll through the streets, your guide will show you the Baroque wonders of the neighborhood. They’ll also tell you about the intellectuals who frequented this area in the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Stendhal, Lord Byron, John Keats, and Goethe. 

Why are the steps known as the “Spanish Steps”? No spoilers! Ask your guide – they’ll have all the answers. 

- Trevi Fountain

Next, you’ll visit the nearby Trevi Fountain – indisputably the most famous fountain in the world.

Your guide will reveal the hidden secrets of this iconic monument, and tell you the story of its construction. 

Don’t forget to bring a coin! If you want to come back to Rome, you’d better have one ready to throw in the basin. 

But what happens if you toss more than one coin? Ask your guide first, as you might regret it!

- Pantheon

The last stop of your discovery walk is the Pantheon. This is one of the most remarkable places in Rome, and the best preserved Roman building in the world.  

Once a Roman temple, the Pantheon is now a Catholic church and a burial site for some of the most important people in the history of Italy, such as Raphael and King Victor Emmanuel. 

But why was it built, and when exactly? You’ll learn about the remarkable ancient Roman building techniques, and the challenges that the architects faced when lifting the gigantic granite columns of the facade. 

You’ll also marvel at the impressive dome, which was the biggest in the world for about 1,200 years, and is still the largest in Rome.

2. The Colosseum

Your VIP Rome Private Tour for Cruise Passengers will continue with a tour of the most famous sight in Rome – the Colosseum

You’ll have skip-the-line tickets, so you can enter as quickly as possible (though you might still have a short wait due to the security check).

As you explore the Colosseum, your private guide will tell you all about this gargantuan amphitheater, built by the emperor Vespasian almost 2,000 years ago. 

What was it used for, and for how long? Who were the gladiators, and what were their lives like?

Ask as many questions as you want – that’s the advantage of a private tour!

After your Colosseum tour, you’ll probably have worked up an appetite.

Rome is not only famous for its historical buildings, but also for its fantastic traditional cuisine. That’s why this tour includes a one-hour lunch break.

Your guide will happily recommend an authentic local restaurant where you can try some of the most popular Roman pasta dishes, such as Amatriciana, Carbonara or Cacio e Pepe. 

Once you’ve had a rest and refueled, you’ll be ready to continue your exploration of Rome in the afternoon. 

3. The Vatican Museum

The next stop of your VIP Rome Private Tour for Cruise Passengers is the Vatican Museum. 

This is one of the most remarkable museums in the world, and it’s a masterpiece of architecture in itself. 

Once the palace of the popes, this building has been open to the public since the 18th century. 

Ever since, visitors have flocked to the Vatican from across the world to admire the countless masterpieces, displayed in palatial rooms and grand galleries.

The Vatican Museum is a Renaissance triumph, designed and decorated by some of the most important artists of all time, such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Bramante, and many others. 

After walking through the famous Pinecone Courtyard and the Galleries (Candelabra, Tapestries, and Maps), you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel. 

- Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is the most famous chapel in the world. 

It was first decorated by important Renaissance artists from the late 15th century, such as Perugino, Botticelli and Ghirlandaio. 

But it truly became a Renaissance icon after the addition of Michelangelo’s masterpieces – the ceiling frescoes and the “Last Judgment” on the altar wall.

Your guide will point out the details of these extraordinary artworks, and tell you the story of the tormented genius that created them. 

- St. Peter's Basilica

The last stop of your Rome Private Tour for Cruise Passengers will be St. Peter’s Basilica, the biggest and most important Catholic church in the world. 

Your guide will help you skip the line (which you can do only with a guide) and enter through one of the gigantic doors. 

You will admire the shiny gold of the ceilings, the tons of marbles, and the square miles of mosaics used to decorate this unique building. 

Also, you will see the Pietà by Michelangelo and the Canopy by Bernini, two of the most famous masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art. 

Your Rome Private Tour for Cruise Passengers will end in St. Peter’s Square, the epitome of Baroque architecture built right where St. Peter was crucified upside down. 

From the square, your guide will take you back to the car, so you can reach your ship in plenty of time.

If you only have one day in Rome, why waste it with a standard group tour? Take advantage of our VIP service, and book our Private Rome Tour.

Rome was not built in a day, but we can show you the best of it in just a few hours. 

The Vatican management might decide to close the Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, or any other part of the museum without giving notice to anyone. It happens rarely, but it could happen. We’ll do our best to integrate what you will eventually not see with something else equally interesting. 

The order of the sights may change for logistical reasons.


You MUST bring an ID, a passport or a driver’s license to enter the sights.

Your knees and shoulders must be covered to enter the Vatican and the Pantheon.

This is the price for groups from one to six people. If you have more people in your group, please let us know and we’ll create a customized price.​​

Pick up at the port will be done only if your ship docks in CIVITAVECCHIA.
If your ship is docking elsewhere, please let us know and we’ll create a customized itinerary for you. 

1499 € for 1 person
99 € per additional adult
45 € per additional kid under 18
What's included
Skip-the-line tickets

in a Mercedes car or van

Pick-up and drop-off at your ship

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June 2024
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