CBM are experts at making sure that you get to see the very best of Rome, avoid the crowds and jump to the front of those lines to maximize your limited time in this great city. Our expert local guides will ensure that you see it all, weaving from site to site with no stress and maximum enjoyment.
With our new Rome/Vatican by Mini-Van Tour, you will have the comfort and convenience of ship-side pick-up and drop-off, with luxury transfer to the heart of Rome, to begin the itinerary of a life-time.
You will be greeted right outside your cruise ship according to your ship’s timetable (usually 8am) by your personal English-speaking driver, and welcomed to your private minivan with a maximum capacity of 8 participants*.
Relax while you enjoy the 1 hour & 30 min ride to Rome in comfort and air-conditioning to begin your tour with your local licensed English-speaking guide* at one of Rome’s most iconic landmarks, the Colosseum.
Your expert guide will give you the full history of the world’s most infamous amphitheater and show you the best vantage points to get that amazing photo. You also have the option of exploring the inside of the building on your own should you wish (tickets not included (15 euro each, reservations made by CBM Tours upon request).
**Due to increased security measures at the Colosseum, we are unable to guarantee entry for the private visit, in view of time considerations. Depending on the security line for each day, we may or may not have time. In the event that an inside-Colosseum visit is not possible, guests will not be charged admission tickets even if reserved in advance.**
In Rome, the stops are only half the attraction. You proceed through Ancient Rome on Via Fori Imperiali, along the Roman Forum, the Markets of Trajen, and Piazza Venezia, where your guide brings these ancient sites to life, while modern life buzzes around you.
Here you be given the opportunity to explore a two-thousand-year-old temple in pristine condition and learn it’s fascinating multi-layered history.
Taking time to marvel at two of Rome’s most photographed sites, you will be able to toss a coin in the Trevi, the most extravagant fountain in Italy! Tossing one coin ensures you will return to Rome, two coins ensures a new romance and three coins means marriage is on the horizon. It’s a cheap visit for those already in a relationship!
Then, time permitting, you may have the chance to climb the biggest staircase in Europe, the Spanish Steps. With 135 beautiful sweeping steps, you will be forgiven if you just take in the view from the bottom!
After lunch, we head across town to the smallest, yet most remarkable country in the world and a major world tourist attraction, Vatican City. Our customers skip the hours-long line and head straight into one of the world’s most remarkable museums. This pathway to the Sistine Chapel is laden with breath-taking art, collected and commissioned by the Popes over the centuries, spanning from the BC era (The Belvedere Torso) to the twentieth century (Pomodoro’s Sphere Within a Sphere).
This is what every visitor to Rome wants to see. As you stare at the glory of Michelangelo’s fresco it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of one of the most iconic image of all time. While the ceiling is the crowning glory, the walls are covered with the works of so many Renaissance masters, it is hard to know where to look.
Avoiding the crowds once again, CBM takes you through a passageway reserved for tour guides that links the Sistine Chapel to the biggest church in the world, St Peter’s Basilica. Your guide will be on hand to give you the history of the church as you marvel at the stunning architecture, adorned with yet more work by the greatest artists of the sixteenth century.
The tour concludes usually at 4:00 pm. Your English Speaking driver will escort you all the way back to your ship well in time for departure as you gaze out the window through the winding streets and soak up your last sites of the Eternal City.
Upon return to Civitavecchia, you will be dropped off directly to your ship, arriving by 5.30 pm.
* FULL Guide services are based on a minimum of 7 guests. We welcome any number of guests, and guide services for smaller groups will adjust according to group size. Please see Terms and Conditions for more details.
**In peak season, your walking tour of Rome may include other CBM Tour guests, for no more than 24 participants to a guide. Headsets will be provided for groups of larger than 10.
There may be slight modifications to the itinerary depending on local circumstances.
This is a LUXURY SERVICE for the amazing price of only 109 euro per person! (Price includes Mini-Van transport with English-speaking driver, licensed English-speaking guide, Admission tickets sold separately).
We hope you threw that first coin in the Trevi Fountain and that one day you will return to the glorious heart of Italy!