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Best of Rome Private Shore Excursion

This customizable tour allows you to visit all of Rome's main sites with a professional driver in a comfortable van. Departing from your ship's pier, you will be taken as close as possible to each site, providing more time to truly experience Rome.

 

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Reserve 1 minivan for a group of 1 to 8 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per group not per person)
Passengers Total Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to driver (in cash at travel time)
1 to 3           (1 car/van) € 320 (winter only) €70 €250 fare avilable ony November-March travel
4 to 6           (1 van) € 370  €70 €300 or €280  November-March travel
7 to 8           (1 van) € 420 €70 €350 or €330  November-March travel
9 to 12         (2 vans) € 710 €110 €600 (2 vans) or €560  November-March travel
13 to 16       (2 vans) € 810  €110 €700 (2 vans) or €660  November-March travel
9 to 11         (minibus) € 510 €110 €400 must be booked separately (contact us here)
12 to 13       (minibus) € 560 €110 €450 must be booked separately (contact us here)
14 to 16       (minibus) € 610 €150 €450 must be booked separately (contact us here)
NOTE on 16 seats minibus: this tour involves more walking than the 2 vans option, but much less than tours by large bus
Optional Professional Guide Service for ROME Museums or ROME City Walking Tours
Num. People / Duration Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to the guide (in cash at travel time)
 1 - 10 People for 3 hours € 163 € 30 € 133 (for 3 hours service) 
11 - 20 People for 3 hours € 173 € 40  € 133 (for 3 hours service) 
 1 - 20 People for 6 hours € 316 € 50 € 266 (for 6 hours service) 
for 21 or more people     there is an additional cost of € 2.50 (for 3h service) or € 5.00 (for 6h service) per person added to                                        the balance due to the guide
Rate Note: On Sundays, 1st and 6th of January, Easter Monday, 25th of April, 1st of May, 2nd of June, 15th of August, 1st of November, 8th - 25th and 26th of December the balance due to the guide is 15% higher.
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. 
€70,00
Reserve 2 minivans for a group of 9 to 16 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
€110,00
Reserve 1 to 10 people 3h Guide Service and pay a booking deposit view full price details >>
€30,00
Reserve 11 to 20 people 3h Guide Service and pay a booking deposit view full price details >>
€40,00

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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

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INCLUSIONS: 
  • Travel in air-conditioned 8 or 7 seat vans, ideal for reaching historical sites and reducing walking.
  • Licensed professional driver.
  • The driver will assist you with basic information and suggestions. 
  • Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.
 
EXCLUSIONS:
 
DURATION: Approx. 9 hours from pick up to drop off time - additional time: €30/h paid to the driver(s)
 
TIME: You indicate the desired pick up time (8:00 or 8:30 am suggested)
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL: alt MODERATE (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.

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Available Discounts

  • Use coupon code MULTIPRIVATE at check out time and get €10 for each additional private excursion you book after the first one. 
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Tour Description

Proposed Itinerary (may be reversed or rearranged as needed)

NOTE that the itinerary can be customized and coordinated directly with the driver according to your specific needs and/or preferences.
  • Pick up at cruise ship’s pier (driver will have a sign with your name)
  • Depart pier and drive to Rome for about 1.5 hours
  • Reach and visit Vatican Area (this may be done at the end depending on Vatican daily actvities).
    • St. Peter's Basilica - free to enter, will need to pass security check which is likely to have a long line.
    • Vatican Museum which includes the Sistine Chapel (takes from 1.5 to 2h) - Skip the lines entrance tickets are absolutely necessary (purchased separately here).
    • To fully visit the Vatican we highly suggest choosing the licensed guide service, this will allow you to enter the Vatican Museum, visit the Sistine Chapel (which is inside the Vatican Museum), and take advantage of a passage reserved to guided groups that will allow you to enter S. Peter's Basilica avoiding the very long lines.
  • Drive to Circus Maximus for a spectacular view of Palatine Hill.
  • Reach and visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum (allocate about 1h to visit, more for the interior in-depth visit).
    • The Forum and Colosseum can be visited from the outside. For interior visits, skip the lines entrance tickets are absolutely necessary (purchased separately here).
  • 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 BOTH the Colosseum AND the Vatican Museums you will not have enough time for a complete visit of this portion of the itinerary.
  • Return to pier in Civitavecchia, taking about 1.5 hours

Itinerary details are indicative and may need to be changed by the driver in case of heavy traffic or any other unforeseen situation.  

 

Price Details

Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per group not per person)
Passengers Total Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to driver (in cash at travel time)
1 to 3           (1 car/van) € 320 (winter only) €70 €250 fare avilable ony November-March travel
4 to 6           (1 van) € 370  €70 €300 or €280  November-March travel
7 to 8           (1 van) € 420 €70 €350 or €330  November-March travel
9 to 12         (2 vans) € 710 €110 €600 (2 vans) or €560  November-March travel
13 to 16       (2 vans) € 810  €110 €700 (2 vans) or €660  November-March travel
9 to 11         (minibus) € 510 €110 €400 must be booked separately (contact us here)
12 to 13       (minibus) € 560 €110 €450 must be booked separately (contact us here)
14 to 16       (minibus) € 610 €150 €450 must be booked separately (contact us here)
NOTE on 16 seats minibus: this tour involves more walking than the 2 vans option, but much less than tours by large bus
Optional Professional Guide Service for ROME Museums or ROME City Walking Tours
Num. People / Duration Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to the guide (in cash at travel time)
 1 - 10 People for 3 hours € 163 € 30 € 133 (for 3 hours service) 
11 - 20 People for 3 hours € 173 € 40  € 133 (for 3 hours service) 
 1 - 20 People for 6 hours € 316 € 50 € 266 (for 6 hours service) 
for 21 or more people     there is an additional cost of € 2.50 (for 3h service) or € 5.00 (for 6h service) per person added to                                        the balance due to the guide
Rate Note: On Sundays, 1st and 6th of January, Easter Monday, 25th of April, 1st of May, 2nd of June, 15th of August, 1st of November, 8th - 25th and 26th of December the balance due to the guide is 15% higher.
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.