Private Vatican, Colosseum and Old Rome (Groups of 9 + Only)

From $230.00/person to $345.00/person (Select "Individuals" below) Price varies based on number of individuals in your group
Due to regulations at the Vatican Museum, additional information is required to book this tour. Please see the note at the bottom of the tour description.

Please note: Infants seated in adult's lap are free of charge.
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Please Note: This excursion cannot be confirmed without the following passport information for every participant: Full Name and Age. The following information is required for the lead guest: Full Name, Place of Birth (City and Country). Please enter this required information below:
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Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Religious, Historic
Shore Excursion Duration 9 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? A complimentary 6-minute shuttle is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress As you will be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered. A strict dress code is enforced in the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Shorts, tank tops, and revealing clothing are not acceptable. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican.
Restrictions The minister of tourism has established a maximum number of visitors that are allowed inside the Colosseum at once (3000 people). As a result of this new rule, guests with reserved tickets may be stopped or delayed. Participants should be able to walk on paved, as well as cobblestone surfaces. This tour is wheelchair accessible, except for the Colosseum portion, due to rocky and uneven grounds. You will walk no more than 3 minutes to the sites from the vehicle. Guests will be required to check large bags, backpacks, large video cameras, and water bottles at designated check points. As you will exit the Vatican on the other side of the city, we recommend you do not bring any of these items. Flash photos are not permitted in the Vatican Museum. Video and photography are not permitted at any time in the Sistine Chapel. Pre-reserved tickets are non-refundable. Please be aware that the Basilica may close for security reasons at any given time without previous notice. Should this occur, free time will be provide to compensate or additional time at the Vatican Museum. Infants up to 24 months can be considered a lap child and sit on the parent's lap during the tour. They will not be charged, but will need to be accounted for at the time of booking.

Private Vatican, Colosseum, & Rome Monuments Private Shore Excursion (Groups of 9 + Only)

Begin your amazing Vatican, Colosseum & Rome monuments private shore excursion with an approximately 60 to 90-minute drive to the Vatican City, the smallest independent state in the world.

Within Vatican City is the Vatican Museum. The museum is made up of over one thousand rooms and galleries containing a multitude of amazing treasures collected by popes throughout the centuries. It would take days to even scratch the surface. With your private guide and priority entrance, you will avoid the long lines outside and be able to spend more time in the museum itself. You will have time to see some of the most important galleries and outstanding museum pieces, but please be aware that you will only see a portion of the museum, and that crowds are to be expected.

At the end of the museum is the Sistine Chapel, which can only be reached by a staircase. Built between the years 1473 and 1481, it is the best-known chapel in the official residence of the pope in Vatican City. Part of its fame rests on its architecture, with internal measurements of 134 feet long by 44 feet wide, the dimensions of Solomon's Temple as given in the Old Testament. Adding to its fame is its decoration, with frescoes throughout by the greatest Renaissance artists, including Michelangelo, Bernini, Raphael, and Botticelli. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet of the chapel ceiling, 68 feet above the floor, between the years 1508 and 1512. Although he resented the commission, today the ceiling, and especially "The Last Judgment," is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievements in painting.

From the chapel, a staircase leads you past the long lines waiting to enter the Basilica, to your last visit in the Vatican City, St. Peter's Basilica. The Basilica has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites in the world. It is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. Catholic tradition holds that Saint Peter's tomb is below the altar of the Basilica. There has been a church on this site since the 4th century.

Based on the design of Donato Brumante, the current building's foundation stone was laid on April 18, 1506. Five other designers and two additional popes would be involved before Michelangelo, then in his seventies, was forced to become the designer in 1547. He is the man considered the principal designer of a majority of the present-day building's interior, as well as the man who finally got the construction moving forward. Among the many fine pieces of art and mosaics on display are Michelangelo's "Pieta," and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

After your visit the Vatican City, if time permits, have free time for lunch on your own at Piazza Navona. Admire Piazza Venezia, Palantine Hill, and the impressive ruins of the Circus Maximus on your way to the symbol of the "Eternal City," the Roman Colosseum, one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. You will make an inside visit to this masterpiece of classical architecture. The Colosseum is an enormous amphitheater where gladiators, Christians, and wild beasts once battled to the death in front of 50,000 spectators. At the end of the tour, your private guide will bid you farewell and you will make the return drive to the port.

Please Note: Due to regulations at the Vatican Museum, the guest booking the tour (lead guest) must provide his or her full name, place of birth, and date of birth, matching the information in his or her valid passport, at the time of booking. The lead guest must also present his or her passport to the Vatican officials upon arrival at the museum. This ONLY applies to the lead guest, not every guest in the group. The lead guest must also provide the full name and age of all participants at the time of booking, and this information must match the information in their valid passports.

If your group includes more than 14 guests, due to restrictions for private guides, you will have free time to explore the Colosseum on your own. Depending on traffic or crowds at the sites, the tour may operate in a different order. All sites will be visited time permitting. Due to parking restrictions for larger vehicles, the walking distance from the vehicle to the sites may be up to 10 minutes each way. Please be aware that the Basilica may close for security reasons at any given time without previous notice. Should this occur, free time will be provided to compensate for additional time at the Vatican Museum.