Rome, The Eternal City - CV01
OVERVIEW: The highlight is a guided tour of the world famous Vatican Museums. Marvel at Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel and discover the masterpieces housed in St. Peter's Basilica. Step back in time as you enter the Colosseum, where gladiators once clashed. Lunch is included at a local hotel or restaurant. Maximize your time by avoiding ticket lines when entering the Vatican Museums and Colosseum. Guests must be able to walk approx. 3 miles with approximately 250 steps and extended periods of standing. This tour is not suggested for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. A strict dress code is enforced at St. Peter's Basilica.
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Overview: See the artistic and religious treasures of the Catholic Church and the iconic symbol of ancient imperial power on this tour. The Vatican Museums showcase a priceless collection assembled over centuries while the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica feature masterpieces by the greatest Renaissance artists. At the massive Colosseum, imagine crowds cheering as gladiators did battle for the entertainment of ancient Rome's emperors. The tour includes a restaurant lunch accompanied by wine.
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Highlights: Vatican Museums: Explore the Church's collection of artifacts, paintings and artistic masterpieces that include Michelangelo's frescos in the Sistine Chapel. St. Peter's Basilica: Site of most papal ceremonies, this Renaissance-era church is an architectural marvel with a lavishly decorated interior. Colosseum: Step inside one of the ancient empire's greatest engineering achievements, where gladiators once clashed in mortal combat.
What to Bring: SeaPass card and photo identification Camera Cash/credit cards Sun protection
What to Wear: Conservative attire Walking shoes
Important Notes: Guests must be able to walk approx. 3 miles over even and cobblestone surfaces with approx. 250 steps and extended periods of standing. Guests in wheelchairs and those with other mobility challenges should not select this tour. A strict dress code is enforced in St. Peter’s Basilica. Short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable and guests wearing these items may not be allowed to enter. The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 90 minutes, depending on traffic. No video or photography in the Sistine Chapel. No flash photography in the Vatican Museums. The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica feature an itinerary for wheelchair users. Since this route is different, guests in a wheelchair would be on their own and miss a large portion of the guide’s commentary. Guests may be required to check large bags, backpacks, video cameras, and/or personal water bottles at designated checkpoints. If there is a special event or mass at St. Peter's Basilica, the guide will provide commentary outside and guests will enter on their own. Access may be restricted during mass. Depending upon the number of people in the basilica, it may be closed for security reasons without previous notice. If the wait at the St. Peter's Basilica security checkpoint is longer than 45 minutes, the guide will forego the inside visit and provide you with a full explanation and description while outside. Please note that for the inside visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica the use of headsets is very important for Guests. Guests will be responsible for missing headsets. The Vatican Museums and Sistine are closed on Sundays and religious holidays, in which case the tour will instead visit the Roman Catacombs the majority of the shops will be closed and only souvenir shops will be open. Due to new traffic regulations, should the bus not be allowed to pick up guests close to the St. Peters Basilica or Vatican Museum, guests will be required to walk approximately 0.6 miles to the nearest pick-up location.