Excursion Guide Rome


The offer of excursions in Rome is gigantic, but how do you find the excursion that suits you best?

With this excursion guide we try to offer you some help in making the right choices. The offer is large and your time is limited. So making the right choice is crucial!


There are literally hundreds if not thousands of possible shore excursions to Rome to choose from. But we don’t want you to be left with headache by comparing all options. Here are some guidelines that will help you to make the right decision.

First, there’s something very important you should be aware of. During a cruise, you have limited time to visit Rome and there’s a lot to see. So, it’s all about making choices. You just can’t see everything in a couple of hours. Consider your shore excursion as a first and quick way to have a taste of the city. And if you like it, you can return later for an extensive city trip.

Second, Rome is a very popular destination, attracting millions of tourists from all over the world. That often means crowded places and queues, especially at the big monuments and museums such as the Colosseum and Vatican City. If you want to visit those monuments inside it will take a lot of your time. Queues may be up to 3 hours.

Thirdly, Vatican City, one of the most important highlights, is a sacred place. During mass on Sundays and public holidays, you can’t visit the cathedral and during the Pope's Wednesday General Audience, St Peter's is closed to the public. St Peter's Basilica also has a strict dress code: shorts, bare shoulders and mini-skirts are not permitted. This applies to both men and women. Scissors, knives, or other sharp objects may not be brought into the church.

How to choose an excursion in Rome?

“on your own” versus “guided”

For those who like maximum freedom and want to explore Rome on their own and at their own pace, the “on your own” excursions are the best option. This type of excursion usually consists of a return transfer (mostly shared transportation) with a fixed pick-up and drop-off point. In some cases, a tour leader will provide additional explanation during the trip between Civitavecchia and Rome, but usually this is basic. Once arrived at Rome you are on your own. You fill in your own day without any assistance and you are responsible for returning on time to the agreed pick-up point for the return trip to the port. This type of excursion is the cheapest as you don’t pay for any additional services from a guide, entrance tickets, food, drinks, …. We already offer Rome on your own for € 19 per person. You can’t even beat this value for money when taking the train from Civitavecchia to Rome.

If you want to visit Rome, accompanied by an expert guide, opt for a guided tour. Sometimes the guide will travel with you from Civitavecchia, but most of the times your guide will wait for you in Rome. Along the way, you will already receive some useful information from the tour leader or driver. Once in Rome the guide will stay with you during the day and guide you along the city, with explanation and background information, before returning to the port. We offer a great and complete full day guided Rome tour from €35 per person.

And for those who want the best of both worlds we offer an excursion combining a guided tour with some free time to explore a part of the city on your own. Prices start at €29,5 per person.

“private” versus “shared”

Shared tours are the most popular. They are (much) cheaper then private tours. You make the excursion with other people, whether from your cruise ship or another one docked in Civitavecchia. The cost for the bus, driver and guide (if applicable) is split over the group which makes it very affordable. Our best-selling shared guided tour to Rome is available from €35 per person. But, as you travel with different people in a group, you have less flexibility. For example, you sometimes must wait for fellow passengers or you must wait your turn to see something or ask your question to the guide.

Private tours offer maximum flexibility, but they come with a price tag. You can opt for private transportation or even go for a private guide. We offer a private car with driver from €350 per car up to 3 persons. Small groups or families from 6 to 8 persons pay €450 for a private minivan with driver. We can even arrange a private bus with driver for a group of 19 persons at €700. The cost for a private licensed guide in Rome is between €250 - €300 for a day.


What about entrance tickets?

Most of the time, entrance tickets are not included in our shore excursions to Rome and are always optional. There’s an easy explanation for that. Sometimes, discounts are applicable for children, students, elderly, etc. It would be too complex to offer all different price options in advance. Another reason is that some shared tours don’t offer the possibility to visit monuments from inside because there is simply not enough time during a shore excursion. Others like to keep it optional to leave you the freedom and decide on the spot whether you go inside or not.


If you want to have the possibility to visit the Colosseum and other monuments from inside, check this small group shared tour from €158 per person.

You could also book a Rome on your own tour and arrange your (skip the line) tickets in advance, but you are responsible to match it with the transportation schedule.

During a private excursion, we can arrange everything for you. Just as an example, we offer a very complete Rome, the Eternal City - Private Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia Port for €81 per person (based on a private group of 8 passengers)

To walk or not to walk

Rome is quite large and the highlights are scattered throughout the city, often far away from each other. All our shore excursions in Rome involve a certain degree of walking. There’s simply no other way around to see monuments as Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain,… Cars are not allowed to stop in front of Colosseum, Vatican etc. If you have walking difficulties, better ask us before booking your excursion. Most tours offer a good balance between bus and walking. We also offer a full day walking excursion to Rome for the hiking enthusiasts.


Whether Civitavecchia cruise port is your starting or ending point of your Mediterranean cruise, you most probably need a transfer to/from the airport, Roma Termini railway station or your hotel in Rome.

The cruise port of Civitavecchia is located about 70 km (45 miles) away from Rome. As you will be travelling with all your luggage, you better arrange a comfortable transfer, giving you flexibility and enough room to enjoy the 1 hour ride.

We offer different options for transfers. A transfer is always a one-way transport from A to B eg from the cruise port of Civitavecchia to Fiumicino Airport.

How to choose a transfer in Rome?

“private” versus “shared” transfer

We basically offer two types of transfer. A private transfer for you and your company only or a shared transfer where you are travelling with other people. Both are valuable options.

Shared transfers come cheaper but don’t give you the same flexibility as private transfers. A shared transfer often has fixed departure times or is only running on certain days, not always suiting your needs.

A private transfer is tailor made and is executed at the time you prefer. You also don’t have to wait for other passengers to show up and there is no intermediate stopping point along the road.

If you want maximum privacy, flexibility and efficiency, go for a private transfer. If you have sufficient time and you don’t mind travelling with others, go for the cheaper shared transfer.