Just so pleased to have booked a private tour as had done it before 7 years ago with a ship excursion and this was awesome with a wonderful gal , very informed and just saw so much and missed all the crowds. Took us to a small restaurant to eat to save time. Only bad thing was the driver was to meet us outside of gate at port according to our paperwork and he had gone inside and wasn't there when we first come off the ship so we sort of missed each other. Fortunately my son had a cell phone to call world tours and got it straightened out but was abit uneasy until he found us.
If you are on a cruise ship and only have 1 day in port to visit Rome, this is the to go. We were met by our driver shortly after we got off our ship and were taken to the Vatican steps where we met our guide, Elanora. She was wonderful. She was able to adjust our day to allow us to do a few different things we wanted to do, yet we still were able to see all the main sites. She was the perfect combination of knowledgeable tour guide and gracious host in what she called her city. When our tour was over, our driver got us back to our ship in plenty of time for dinner. It truly was a wonderful day and well worth the money.
This tour was well worth the cost! The tour began at the Vatican Musuems and we skipped what appeared to be a couple hour wait. After the Vatican Musuem, we toured the Panthenon, Trevi Fountain, and the Colloseum. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about each site. Great way to see Rome in a day
The private tour was well worth the money. Our guide, Annalisa C was excellent. She had everything organized from transportation, tickets, and even took us to a place with the best Gelati in Rome. We didn't have to wait in the long lines for our tickets or entrance into any of the main attractions. However, when we left the Vatican the line for tickets was around the block. Annalisa's knowledge on the history of the Vatican and Colosseum was informative, interesting, and made the tour of this amazing city exactly what I had hoped for. I was nervous about booking an excursion outside of our cruise, however, I'm very happy I did and would have no hesitation to book again through Viator on my next cruise. Great job Annalisa!!!!!
Our tour guide was knowledgeable, skilled and very experienced in maneuvering us through the crowds and sites which optimized our time and experience. This all day tour is fast paced, and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole day!
Our driver Simon and our guide Raphael were both amazing. We were able to tour the Vatican extensively see Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and tour the Coloseum. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided in depth information for all locations. This was my third time to Rome, but learned more in one day than on week long stays. Most ship sponsored tours have up to 50 people trying to follow one guide through extremely crowded places, while we were able to move quickly and see exactly what we wanted. An expensive tour, but well worth the money.
Very informative as well as beautiful. It's a tough day but well worth it. Our tour manager had a PHD and was awesome. His back ground was in Anthropology. We couldn't have asked for more.
David was an amazing guide. We had a fabulous day in Rome and were able to see the highlights in short order.
Our driver was friendly and professional. Our guide, Silvia was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable and passionate in her explanations. We had an amazing day.
What a wonderful tour! In retrospect it's hard to believe how much we got to see and learn in one day. Transportation to/from/within Rome was comfortable and on-time. Our tour guide, Sev, was simply outstanding. His incredible depth of knowledge and storytelling ability brought all the sites and, really, any part of Rome or Vatican City we discussed to life in new, interesting and compelling ways. If you're lucky enough to get Sev as your tour guide the only issue you'll struggle with is trying to figure out how to give a rating higher than five stars. Highly recommended. Thanks for a great day!
Our tour leader was so knowledgeable and helpful. Really enjoyed the tour.
Our guide, David, was a veritable font of knowledge, and his passion for Rome really came through. Plus, he was very accommodating of our children, always making sure to find shady areas, and plenty of breaks for ice cream, water, and bathrooms. An unforgettable day.
The best tour I have ever been on in my life, and that is saying a lot. We had a guide that spoke English better than most native English speakers I know. Our guide had a PhD in archaeology and knew art history so well that there were things that she could point out that we would never have picked up on if we visited Rome a hundred times. A private tour is more expensive, but you get to see what you want to see when you want to see them at your pace without having to wait on anyone. No wasted time waiting in lines. If you are going to go all the way to Rome, this is definitely worth it.
The tour guide was amazing. She engaged everyone on the tour. There is so much more to see but we saw enough to get a taste of Rome
Booked private tour for family of 6. Would highly recommend a private tour if you're short on time and haven't visited this area before. We talked w/others on our cruise that did public transportation and they struggled w/heat and crowds. We had a clean, comfortable van that our driver maneuvered right up to the spots we needed to go which is no small feat in Rome. Got to pack the most into our short time in this spectacular city.
About the tour.. We had a bit of confusion on where to meet the driver. In hindsight, the instructions were clear that we should meet outside the port terminal, but when we got off the ship we saw other drivers at the gangway. Being new to the tour process and thinking maybe something changed, we waited at this spot. After a bit and no driver, we called the local contact and found out where to meet up. We took the shuttle and found him, but had lost an hour by the time we got going. We wound up getting everything done, but felt a little stress early on. A note in the tour instructions that some drivers will be by the ship, but yours will be at the terminal would prevent this. Once on the road, we were able to talk w/our guide, David, and settled in for the drive. We elected to tour St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Pantheon, Piazza Narvona, Trevi Fountain, Colosseum outside only and the Forum. David did a great job of adjusting the tour as we wanted, getting us past the long lines this alone is worth the price of the tour, and sharing his knowledge of the history and important points at each stop we made. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and his English was excellent. He also took us by a take-away sandwich shop down an alley by the Pantheon that was wonderful. By the end of the day, we were very tired but had been able to see all the things we wanted to see. Our driver got us back to the ship in plenty of time so even though we got off to a rough start, the tour was everything we had hoped.
Our driver was a smoker and it was unpleasant. He did not smoke in front of us, but in the vehicle.
Our guide was the best! Bright, kind and passionate about her knowledge to share. We were with our grandchildren 10 and 13 with their parents, she did an excellent job sharing the information and keeping everyone's attention. A perfect experience with the guide.
Our tour guide Annalisa was great. She was very informative and personable. She had everything organized to take us through all the sites in our limited amount of time. Our driver was very good from the pier to and around the city and back to the pier. I will tell my travel agent about this tour company so she can recommend it to other travelers.
This was excellent nothing more to say great driver and fantastic tour guide very obliging.
No better way to see Rome in one day when arriving by cruise ship. Superb guide, great driver, saw it all, and the guide took us to a local restaurant rather than a typical "tour" restaurant.
It was awesome our tour guide leader was very knowledgeable and helpful spoke great English and was always considered of out needs and what we wanted to see I highly recommend this company
My husband and I decided to do this tour because of the reviews we read, and are so glad we did.
Our driver Melissa was timely and professional, and our guide Tiberius (hope spelling is correct) was awesome. Tiberies was very knowledgable and answered all questions. We had a great day.
This tour was absolutely the most incredible and memorable of our Mediterranean Cruise that my sister and I took. Since neither of us had ever experienced Rome before, we knew that we had to do it right and by choosing your tour, that is exactly what we did. Our tour guide, David was absolutely fabulous and extremely knowledgeable on all of the history of Rome, especially the Vatican. Mauricio, our driver, was courteous and capable to ensure that we got back and forth from the cruise ship to Rome in comfort and style. For anyone who has never experienced Rome before and even for those that have, I would highly recommend Viator Tours and especially David or delightful and knowledgeable tour guide. It exceeded our expectations in every way.
I was very pleased with the high quality of service provided. We really could not have asked for more. Our ship arrived late so we were a little rushed, but we still saw everything on the itinerary. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We would not hesitate to use them again.
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