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ROME: Semi-Private Shore Excursion

Join a group of people (max 8 participants) and share the cost of a private vehicle for a full day visit of Rome's main sites (reduced walking). NOTE: You will also have enough time for internal visit of Vatican Museums.

 

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Semi-Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per person)
Price per person Booking Deposit Balance due to driver (in cash at travel time)
€70 (Full Fare) €20  €50 or €35 (Child 0-8 yo)** in cash at travel time 
€65 (Reduced Fare) €15  €50 or €35 (Child 0-8 yo)** in cash at travel time 
* Discounted Fare available:
  • IF you are purchasing shore excursions from more than one port (combo discount)
  • or IF you are traveling during the winter months November to March (winter discount) 
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one. 
€20,00
Discounted Fare - pay a booking deposit - rules: view full price details >>
€15,00
Add Skip the Lines Vatican Tickets (Full Fare) view full price details >>
€25,00
Add Skip the Lines Vatican Tickets (Reduced 6-18yo) view full price details >>
€17,00

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booking private exursions constitutes acceptance of the following Conditions >>

Private Shore Excursions Inclusions, Exclusions and Rules

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    All private excursions are provided by a licensed professional driver in an air-conditioned vehicle. Types of vehicles include:
    • car (up to 3 people). Can access all restricted areas.
    • van (up to 8 people). Can access all restricted areas. Industry standard Mercedes Vito or similar (see pictures). Vans have 2 seats in the front row next to the driver, 3 in the middle row, and 3 in the back row. The 2 seats on the front might be a little uncomfortable for tall people. If you have additional space requirements you may want to book a van for no more than 6 or 7 people.
    • minibus (up to 19 people) or  bus (up to 50+ people). May have restricted access to sites.
  • Private Excursion can be customized to meet the traveler's specific needs and interests according to feasibility constraints (time and distance).
  • Semi-Private (shared) excursions follow a fixed itinerary.
  • Travelers are met at their indicated meeting point and returned there at the end of the excursion. Driver will hold a sign with the name of the person making the booking.
 
GROUP TRAVEL: We can handle groups of any size. For larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.
 

Inclusions

- Professional licensed driver. 
- Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.

Exclusions

- Entrance tickets to Museums or Archeological sites are not included.
- Official Licensed Guide service. We can provide the service of an official Licensed guide upon request (additional cost).
- Lunch, drinks and gratuities.

Professional Driver Role

A driver is not an official guide. Local regulations require that only official licensed guides are allowed to provide information about sites and escort people through monuments, churches and museums. The widespread use of the term “driver-guide” is misleading. See this article describing the problem in the New York Times.

Changes and Cancellations

In order to receive a refund (or adjustment of price in case of changes), we need to receive your changes or cancelation  7 calendar days before the scheduled departure. For changes or cancelation received within 7 calendar days of the tour date you will be charged a 100% cancelation fee (no refund, nor downward price adjustments).

Group Guidelines and Conditions:

The group leader (person making the booking) shall be deemed to have accepted the following conditions on behalf of the persons traveling with him/her. He/She is also responsible for passing any relevant information received from SmartCruiseTours travel assistants as well as all issued travel vouchers to each group participants.
  • Whenever a participant departs from the group during the tour, establish a meeting point location and time.
  • If a participant gets temporarily lost, they must remain still and contact SmartCruiseTours emergency number (shown below). Making a phone call in Italy is easy as any Italian will provide assistance with that if asked.
  • Balance due at travel time is per group and not per person. All participants must respect their commitment to the group and need to provide their share if they cannot participate at the last minute or must be responsible for finding people to replace their slots (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).
  • If less people than the number indicated at booking time arrive at travel time, the group must provide advance payment to the driver (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).

SmartCruiseTours Emergency Number: your travel vouchers include our Emergency Number and other important local contact. SmartCruiseTours.com  (owned and operated by ABLE worldwide Inc) will not be held responsible for any problem that may arise if you do not follow the instructions on your Vouchers, or if you do not call the appointed Emergency Number in case of difficulties at travel time. Calling us is very simple as you can ask your driver to call us directly so that we can help right away.

 

for larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.

 
VATICAN CLOSING DATES/TIMES
click here to check the complete list of closing dates for the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica (list may not be complete).

Vatican Museums Special Restrictions 2017:

  • closed on Sunday (execpt the last Sunday of every month, free entrance from 9 am to 12.30 pm; the Museums close at 2.00pm, lines will be long)
  • 11th of February: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 7th of April; the Vatican Museums will open at 11:00am
  • 17th of April: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 1st of May: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 29th of June: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 15th of August: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 16th of August: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 1st of November: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 8th of December: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 25th of December: the Vatican Museums will be closed
  • 26th of December: the Vatican Museums will be closed

 

St. Peter's Basilica Special Restrictions 2017:

  • 1st of January: the Basilica is closed the whole day
  • 5th of January: the Basilica will close at 2:00pm
  • 6th of January: the Basilica is closed the whole day
  • 7th of January: the Basilica will close at 1:00pm
  • 13th of March: the Basilica will be closed in the afternoon
  • 9th of April: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 13th of April: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 14th of April: the Basilica will be closed in the afternoon
  • 15th of April: the Basilica will be closed in the afternoon
  • 16th of April: the Basilica will be closed the whole day
  • 17th of April: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 25th of May: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 4th of June: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 15th of June: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 29th of June: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 15th of August: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 1st of November: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 2nd of November: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 8th of December: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 24th of December: the Basilica will be closed in the afternoon
  • 25th of December: the Basilica will be closed the whole day
  • 26th of December: the Basilica will be closed in the morning
  • 31st of December: The Basilica will be closed in the afternoon
 

Product Details

Join a group of people (max 8 participants) and share the cost of a private vehicle for a full day visit of Rome's main sites (minimal walking). Beside reducing the walking to a minimum, this tour provides the opportunity to add Vatican Museum tickets or Colosseum tickets for interior visits, none of which applies to a group bus excursion.

NOTES:
  • This excursion has a minimum requirement of 4 passengers. In the event that the tour does not reach the minimum requirement, travelers will be notified 3 days prior to tour date. Please be sure to check your email or provide a travel number. You will receive a communication only in the event of tour cancelation.
  • Vatican tickets: a SmartCruiseTours operator will e-mail your skip the line entrance code as soon as possible. Please, note that the Vatican allows to reserve tickets only 2 months in advance. If you don’t receive your reservation code, please check your email spam folder ot contact us here.
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INCLUSIONS:
  • Share a private excursion to Rome in a small group setting (max 8 participants).
  • Travel in a modern, comfortable 8-seat van, ideal to reach historical sites and reduce walking to a minimum.
  • Professional licensed driver, who will assist with basic information. 
  • Opportunity to Visit the Vatican Museum with the Sistine Chapel, otherwise impossible to vist with other shared group tours (select "Add Skip the Lines Vatican Tickets" above). 
  • Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.
 
EXCLUSIONS:
  • Colosseum Skip the lines entrance tickets: can however be purchased on the day of travel directly from the driver, as long as it can be coordinated with the rest of the group. If interested, please add a note in the "Notes to driver" area, Price of tickets: €19 (full fare), €7 (reduced, 0-18yo), €14.50 (EU Citizens between 18-25 yo only)
  • Official Licensed Guide service - to fully visit the Vatican, we highly suggest hiring a licensed guide for a 3h private tour (booked separately here). 
  • Lunch, drinks and gratuities.
 
MEETING POINT: at ship's pier (additional details provided with your trave voucher).
 
SCHEDULE: pick up 8:30 to 8:45 am (driver will not arrive before 8:30 am). Departure 9:15 am. Return to port by 5:30 pm.
NOTE: for ships arriving at a later time, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly. Please, write your ship's arrival time in the "Travel Details" box above.  In the unlucky event that the tour can not be confirmed, you will be notified within 3 days prior the tour date. You will receive a communication only in the event of tour cancelation
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL: altMODERATE (see legend).
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Activity Level Legend

 LIGHT: May require walking over relatively level terrain. Can involve few steps, some uneven surfaces, and moderate periods of standing.

 MODERATE: May require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces. Can involve several steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and longer periods of standing.

 DIFFICULT: May require extensive walking over uneven surfaces. Can involve flights of stairs, steep terrain and extended periods of standing. NOT suggested for people with walking disabilities.
 

Tour Description

Itinerary (may be reversed or rearranged by driver as needed):

  • Pick up at the ship's pier.
  • Depart pier and drive to Rome, about 1 to 1.5 hours (depending on traffic).
  • Reach and visit Vatican Area (this may be done at the end depending on Vatican daily actvities).
    • St. Peter's Basilica (allocate 1h)  - free to enter, will need to pass security check which is likely to have a long line.
    • Optionally you can visit the Vatican Museum which includes the Sistine Chapel (allocate 2h) - Skip the lines entrance tickets are absolutely necessary. Select "Add Skip the Lines Vatican Tickets" above in the Book Now area.
    • To fully visit the Vatican we highly suggest hiring a licensed guide for a 3h private tour (booked separately here ). Only guided groups have access to the shortcut passage that connects the Vatican Museum and S. Peter's Basilica, allowing not only a fast passage, but also skipping the long entrance lines at the Basilica.
  • Drive to Circus Maximus for a spectacular view of Palatine Hill.
  • Reach and visit Colosseum and Roman Forum (taking about 1h).
    • The Forum and Colosseum can be visited from the outside. Colosseum Skip the lines entrance tickets can be purchased on the day of travel directly from the driver,  as long as it can be coordinated with the rest of the group. If interested please add a note in the "Notes to driver" area.
  • *Drive to Piazza di Spagna and visit the area, continue to Fontana di Trevi and visit the area (make sure to drop a coin!) then continue for a visit to the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona (*Important Itinerary Note: If you purchased tickets for interior visits of the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums you will not have enough time to fully visit this portion of the itinerary).
  • Return to pier in Civitavecchia, about 1 to 1.5 hours (depending on traffic).
 
NOTE: as this tour is shared with other travelers, it will follow a fixed itinerary. When traveling with children there is a maximum of 2 children rates applicable per order or per van. 
 
Itinerary details are indicative and may need to be changed by the driver in case of heavy traffic or any other unforeseen situation. 

 

Detailed instructions, and local contact information sent to you after purchase.

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Notes About the Vatican

VATICAN DRESS CODE: The Vatican has a very specific dress code, to be taken quite seriously especially: no exposed shoulders, knees, midriffs, or (for the ladies) cleavage.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Vatican allows visitors to change the date and time of reservation once, but they do not provide refunds for cancellations. This is not under the control of SmartCruiseTours.
 
 
 

Price Details

Semi-Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per person)
Price per person Booking Deposit Balance due to driver (in cash at travel time)
€70 (Full Fare) €20  €50 or €35 (Child 0-8 yo)** in cash at travel time 
€65 (Reduced Fare) €15  €50 or €35 (Child 0-8 yo)** in cash at travel time 
* Discounted Fare available:
  • IF you are purchasing shore excursions from more than one port (combo discount)
  • or IF you are traveling during the winter months November to March (winter discount) 
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one.