Private Vatican, Colosseum and Old Rome

Private Vatican, Colosseum and Old Rome Tour (Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica)
From $275.00/person to $1,325.00/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:
Shore Excursion Size ? Private
Shore Excursion Type Religious, Historic
Shore Excursion Duration 9 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
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; however, guests who bring their wheelchair must pay 25 EUR to the operator on the day of the tour 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 provided 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 and Old Rome

Begin your amazing journey with an approximately 60 to 90 minute drive to the Vatican City. Upon arrival in Rome, you will meet your professionally trained, licensed tour guide and begin your private visit of Vatican City, the smallest 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," are 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 Bramante, 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 to the Vatican City, visit the Piazza Venezia, known for the Victor Emmanuel Monument (also called the "wedding cake") and for the building that was Mussolini's headquarters. Climb the steps of the Capitoline hill and enjoy a beautiful panorama of the Roman Forum with the Rostrum where Mark Anthony made his impassioned speech over the body of Julius Cesar. Your driver can suggest several places where you can enjoy a local lunch with plenty of home-made wine during your free time. Stop at the most beautiful fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain. Drive by the famous Spanish Steps, where the finest shopping street is. Walk through Piazza Navona and visit the imposing Pantheon where the great painter Raphael is buried.

Then explore the Imperial area of Rome, reflecting twelve centuries of cultural, political and religious history. You will make an inside visit to the Symbol of the "Eternal City," the Roman Colosseum, one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. A 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.

This private, small group excursion provides an unparalleled experience of Rome using mini-vans to navigate the narrow streets of this beautiful ancient city. The maximum number of guests that can be accommodated per minivan is 8 passengers. Groups of 9 or more guests can be split into two minivans that will view each of the sites along the itinerary at the same time, but they will be traveling separately. Please place separate orders and indicate if traveling with another group.

Alternatively, we offer a large group version of this excursion that uses a mini-coach vehicle that can accommodate groups of 9 to 32 so that groups of 9 or more can travel together. Please CLICK HERE to view this tour.

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.

Depending on traffic or crowds at the sites, the tour may operate in a different order. All sites will be visited time permitting. You will walk only a few minutes to the sites from the vehicle. This tour is wheelchair accessible; however, guests who bring their wheelchair must pay 25 EUR to the operator on the day of the tour. 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 or additional time at the Vatican Museum.

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  12 ReviewsReview This Tour
Best excursion of our trip
November 26, 2022
Getting picked up at the ship and very near every place we wanted to visit was priceless. Valentina spoke excellent English so we didn't have to concentrate on what she was saying and could enjoy the sights even more!
Reviewer: Kathy M
5 Stars
Unforgettable Tour
September 06, 2022
This is worth every penny! You will not be disappointed with this tour. Our guide and driver were amazing and so personable!! Our guide was a walking history book but soooo much Better!! She answered all our questions and we saw so many things. Our driver was the Best at maneuvering the traffic and crowded streets of Roman. He would drop us off at a location and pick us up down the street after we saw the highlights, saving us time, so we could see more. Cold water bottles and the van's AC were a big plus on the hot day. We got to see everything we wanted and were back in plenty of time before our ships cruising time. This private tour was the best of all our excursions we took because of the guide/driver. So much better than any cruise ship excursion.
Reviewer: Trena Bryan
5 Stars
Incredible Tour
June 30, 2022
Both our driver and tour guide were fantastic. We learned so much at each out stops. We saw the Trevi fountain, the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Roman ruins, the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Our tickets, for each destination that required tickets, were purchased for us in advance. We skipped every line and were given a wealth of information by our guide. It was a long day as we had to drive an 1 1/2 hour each way from the port, but we saw everything we hoped to see in one day. It was fast paced to fit it all in but both the tour guide and driver really did a great job!
Reviewer: Erin Ashcroft
5 Stars
Private Rome Tour
November 19, 2019
This was a fantastic tour. Our driver, Mateo, did a great job navigating the windy narrow streets of Rome and was able to drop us off very close to all the attractions. Our guide, Simone, was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He was able to get us in and out of the Coliseum and Vatican without waiting in any lines. Because of him we were able to view all the attractions within our 6 hour time frame. I would recommend this private tour to anyone, it was more than worth the price.
Reviewer: Janice Quinn
5 Stars
October 21, 2019
Excellent and very knowledgeable guide. My favorite tour, my favorite guide.
Reviewer: Sherry Waters
5 Stars
Rome Tour
September 27, 2019
We had a great time on the tour everything went exactly as planned. We were able to see all of the main Rome things in one full day. Guide and driver were both very good.
Reviewer: Casey Griffin
5 Stars