Rome (from Civitavecchia) cruises

A visit to Rome is an unforgettable experience. Explore the legends of the ages: the Vatican and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Catacombs. Stroll down the Via Veneto or sip cappuccino in the Piazza di Spagna. Italy's "Eternal City" is eternally fascinating. Throw a few coins in the Trevi Fountain and you may be back again!

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Jubilee 2016 Rome & its Basilicas

    Discover the treasures of 4 of Rome’s Basilicas on this historical and religious tour, designed specifically for the 2016 Jubilee ‘Year of Mercy’.

    Jubilee 2016 Rome & its Basilicas

    Your visit of the Eternal City will start outside the walls of the Papal Basilica of St Paul’s, which is one of Rome's 4 ancient Papal Basilicas. The Basilica was built over the burial place of St Paul, and inside you can admire the portraits of the pope’s reign during the time of St Peter through to Pope Francesco.

    Follow your guide to the 2nd Basilica, the Papal Arch Basilica of St John in the Lateran (the Cathedral of Rome). It’s the oldest church in the west and here, you can admire the Twelve Statues of the Apostles’ and the largest standing obelisk in the world. You’ll also see the famous “Scala Santa”, the stairs of the passion of Christ.

    You’ll then continue to the 3rd Papal Basilica, the Basilica of St Mary Major. With its famous mosaics, it depicts scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary, Christ and scenes from the Old Testament.

    Afterwards, you’ll stop at St Peter’s Square, where you can admire St Peter’s Basilica, the largest Christian church in the world. Here, you will have some free time for lunch, to browse the souvenir shops or time permitting an interior visit of St Peter’s Basilica.

    At the end of the day, you will be escorted back to your coach for the return journey to Civitavecchia.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot.The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1½ hours each way. A guided interior visit to St Peters Basilica is not included. At the entrance of the churches you may encounter considerable crowds, lines and delays at the venues. Please dress conservatively when visiting sacred sites. Visitors will be required to check in large bags, video cameras and bottled water. For security reasons churches could close at short notice. In this Jubilee year, Vatican authorities will give priority to pilgrim groups. Should the designated coach drop off/pick up point for the churches be congested or unavailable, an alternative location will be used.

    Tour code

    ROM_167

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    10½ hours

  • Civitavecchia Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Civitavecchia Private Tour by Minibus – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by minibus. Private minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 6 passengers. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so passengers are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    ROM_701

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Roma Train and Coach Combo

    Independent sightseeing with a difference. Take the Roma Train for a unique way to reach the eternal city and return by coach – a perfect combination.

    Roma Train and Coach Combo

    You will be transferred from the pier by shuttle, for a 5 minute ride to the train station of the port of Civitavecchia, where you will be directed to your carriage.

    Sit back and relax, as you take the hour long train ride to St Peter’s Station. During your journey the local hostess will provide a map and offer some handy tips on how to make the most of your time in Rome. Upon arrival, your hostess will direct you to St Peter’s Square, where you will begin your independent exploration.

    Perhaps head to St Peter’s Basilica or venture further afield and discover as many of Rome’s treasures as your pace allows.

    At a time specified by your escort, meet and enjoy the return journey to Civitavecchia by coach.


    This excursion will operate by coach and train. This tour may be operated in reverse order and is unguided, exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the train or coach and local transportation in Rome is readily available. Please remember to take Euros; major credit cards and debit cards are also accepted for purchases. The walk from the train station to St Peter’s Square is approximately 15 minutes and the walk from the meeting point to the coach stop is 10 minutes. Please take note of the pick-up time and allow plenty of time to reach the train station or the coach stop for the return journey. Both the train and the coach cannot be held for latecomers. Carriages will be allocated for Cunard Guests’ exclusive use; however the Roma Train is not exclusive. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ROM_172

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    9½ hours

  • Wine Tasting & Marta

    Visit an award winning winery and enjoy the distinct taste of Italy’s finest wines, and take a stroll on the shores of Lake Bolsena.

    Wine Tasting & Marta

    Depart from the pier and enjoy a panoramic drive through the Etruscan countryside to the town of Montefiascone, a town of the Alta Tuscia which looks over the Lake of Bolsena.

    Here, you’ll visit a well established Winery and sample three of the famous local wines accompanied by local products.

    Afterwards, proceed to Marta, a small village on the southern shore of Lake Bolsena. The village, whose economy is based primarily on the traditional activities of fishing and agriculture, is perched on a hill and descends gently to the shores of the Lake.

    Enjoy some free time to discover the beauty of this village, characterised by narrow streets, picturesque corners and dominated by the magnificent clock tower.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Montefiascone takes one hour. There are steps to negotiate at the winery. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros are accepted for local purchases. There is approximately 20 minutes of walking on this tour. On Sundays and public holidays, the majority of the shops will be closed and only souvenir shops will remain open.

    Tour code

    ROM_145

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Sights of Rome & River Cruise

    A panoramic drive, twinned with a leisurely river cruise, presents Rome’s famous city sights from a different angle.

    Sights of Rome & River Cruise

    What a perfect combination! See the sights of the city centre and then sit back and enjoy a fascinating river cruise along the Tiber, as you glide past an array of famous monuments.

    A panoramic tour will show you Rome’s renowned landmarks, including the Pyramid, Circus Maximus, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Via Veneto and Villa Borghese.

    Embark on a ‘river cruise’ with views of Castel St Angelo, Roman Bridges, Tiber Island and more. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera, as you’ll want to capture the charm of Rome from the water.

    On your return to Civitavecchia you‘ll catch a glimpse of imposing St Peter's Basilica and Vatican City.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves very little walking. There are approximately 100 steps to negotiate onto the boat. The river cruise is an hour long. The above itinerary may operate in reverse.

    Tour code

    ROM_147

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Royal Windsor Castle

    TBA

    Royal Windsor Castle

    TBA

    Tour code

    ROM_178

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Rome for Families

    Explore Rome on a tour especially designed for families. See the highlights with expert guides and have fun with interactive games.

    Rome for Families

    Designed to entertain both children and adults, this tour provides a memorable experience that will capture the attention of the entire family. Through songs, games and with the aid of a booklet, families will experience an engaging and interactive approach to the city of Rome.

    On arrival in Rome, you’ll take a panoramic coach tour and pass by Terme di Caracalla, Colosseum (exterior visit), and the Circo Massimo.

    Afterwards, step off the coach for a refreshing stop at Piazzale Caffarelli, where you’ll be treated to views from one of the most beautiful terraces in the city.

    Back on the coach, you’ll pass by Tiber Island, St Peters Basilica and Castel Sant’Angelo. Afterwards, you’ll start a walking tour that allows you to see areas of Baroque Rome and upon arrival at Piazza Navona, children will be able to take part in activities and games and listen to stories of ancient Rome.

    Enjoy some free time to relax and take in the atmosphere, before you head back to Civitavecchia.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1½ hours each way. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking on this tour. Lunch is not included.

    Tour code

    ROM_170

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Treasures of Rome

    Capture the true spirit of Rome as you explore some of the city's landmarks and highlights.

    Treasures of Rome

    Your journey from Civitavecchia takes you along the highway, through the city and into the heart of Rome.

    Upon arrival, you will visit one of the grandest of all Rome's monuments, the Colosseum. Once inside, it is easy to imagine the magnificence of ancient Rome. From one of the great viewpoints, you will see this enormous arena that once featured 76 numbered entrances, marble seats and subterranean passages where animals and other apparatus were hidden from view.

    A short stroll from the Colosseum leads you to the Roman Forum (exterior view). See remains of the Senate buildings, where decisions affecting the entire Roman Empire took place. Your guided walk will continue through Venice Square and on to the Trevi Fountain. Join the romantic custom of tossing a coin into Rome's most famous fountain to ensure that some day you will return.

    To round off your tour, you will head to the Pantheon for an exterior view of the immense columns and awe-inspiring hemispherical dome. Afterwards, free time will be given for you to enjoy the charming Piazza Navona and browse the shops and boutiques.

    An Italian-style luncheon will be served to allow you to 'refuel' during your tour.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves a substantial amount of walking and standing (approximately six hours in total). Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please dress appropriately for entering churches.The itinerary is subject to local conditions. For safety reasons, a maximum number of visitors is allowed inside the Colosseum at one time and as a consequence of this new rule also the access of groups with reservation may be stopped and delayed. For security reasons there is a metal detector check before entering the Colosseum. It is strictly forbidden to enter the colosseum with backpacks, suitcases, trolleys and large bags. Please be aware that lockers are NOT available.

    Tour code

    ROM_020

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Ostia Antica

    Explore the magnificent ancient city of Ostia Antica and admire the beautifully preserved Roman ruins.

    Ostia Antica

    Founded by King Anco Marzio around the 4th century BC, Ostia Antica was Rome’s main commercial port and military base, with a population at its peak of nearly 100,000 inhabitants. Barbarian invasions and malaria led to the decline of city and eventually all the inhabitants abandoned it. Buried for centuries by sand, the city is remarkably well-preserved and, although maybe less spectacular than Pompeii or Herculaneum, it gives a more complete picture of the life in the Roman Empire.

    Your visit starts at Via delle Tombe, which leads to the Porta Romana - one of the city’s 3 gates. This is the beginning of Decumanus Maximus, the main road through the town. From the Neptune and Amphitride Baths, you’ll walk to the theatre built by Agrippa and to the Forum, which once formed the centre of the city. Discover the main public buildings - the Capitolium and the Temple of Rome and Augustus.

    There are no fewer than 18 temples dedicated to the Persian God Mithras, as well as a Jewish Synagogue dating from the 1st century BC and a Christian basilica. See the House of Diana and the Termopolium, an ancient Roman bar, with a marble counter and a fresco representing the fruits and foodstuffs that were sold there. After this fascinating stroll through the past, re-board your coach to return to Civitavecchia.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot.There is a considerable amount of walking on this tour, over uneven ground and cobblestones. Please wear flat, comfortable shoes; bring a hat, sunscreen and water. This tour does not operate on Mondays.

    Tour code

    ROM_158

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Civitavecchia and Italian Music Recital

    Take in the highlights of Civitavecchia’s historical town on this interesting snapshot tour and music recital.

    Civitavecchia and Italian Music Recital

    Civitavecchia meaning ‘old city’ is one of the largest ports in Italy and is just 70km from Rome. Here, there are remains of the Port of Traiano and the city of Centumcellae that was conquered by the Saracens in the year 828 and transformed into a military base.

    After a short transfer by shuttle bus, you’ll arrive at the famous Michelangelo's Fortress, where your walking tour will begin. Stroll along the Marina Grande to the Ghetto district, the oldest part of the city. The name derives from the presence of the buildings earmarked for Jewish families, but Jewish people never lived there because the houses were occupied by families of fishermen. Pass by the Theatre and the market place to reach the walls of the city near Piazza Aurelio Saffi to see the Church of the Orazione. After a short walk, you’ll cross the arch to Piazza Leandra, right in the historical centre, where you find the Church of the Star, famous because this religious building is the starting point of all the processions and religious rites of Civitavecchia.

    Your last stop will be at the Cittadella of the Music where you’ll enjoy a 30 minute concert consisting of typical Italian music, including some pieces from famous operas, the Italian Belcanto and Roman and Neapolitan songs.

    Return to the ship by shuttle bus or remain in the city centre to explore independently.


    This excursion will operate by shuttle bus and on foot. This tour is predominately on foot over cobbled, uneven and inclined surfaces. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    ROM_173

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Pope's Summer Estate & Private Apartment

    Spend a relaxing day at Castel Gandolfo. Visit the Pope's Summer Estate and private apartment, followed by a panoramic drive around Rome.

    Pope's Summer Estate & Private Apartment

    You’ll board your coach at Civitavecchia and make your way through the scenic Lazian countryside to this ancient town. Castel Gandolfo is thought to date back as far as 37 centuries. In the early 12th century, the Gandolfo family bought the land and constructed an impressive palace on top of the 1st century ruins of a grand villa belonging to Roman Emperor Domitian. the area became the property of the Gandolfi family who built a palace atop the 1st century ruins of Roman Emperor Domitian’s grand villa. The palace later became the Papal summer home when, in 1626, Pope Urban VIII took residence.

    Upon arrival at the villa, you will leave your bus and take the small, comfortable eco-friendly vehicle that will take you to the Pontifical Villas. Your visit will be enriched by your guides live commentary, the guide will be at disposal to answer your questions and satisfy your curiosity.

    After the visit of the Pontifical Villas, follow your guide to the Apostolic Palace (the Pope’s Residence) where you’ll have the opportunity to enter the Pope’s Private Apartment which was opened to the public in 2016.

    After your visit of the Pope’s Palace, enjoy some free time and a snack at the quaint village of Castel Gandolfo where you can admire great views of lake Albano, the deepest lake in Italy.

    Afterwards, you will re-board your bus and head to Rome, the eternal city. Once in Rome, a panoramic drive will show you Rome’s renowned landmarks, including St. Angel Castle, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum where you’ll have the chance to stop for a photo opportunity before your return to the ship.


    This tour will operate by coach, eco-friendly transportation and on foot. The transfer to Castel Gandolfo is approximately 2 hours each way. For security reasons there is a metal detector check before entering the Pontifical Villas and long queues may be expected. The Pontifical Villas at Castel Gandolfo are still used by the Pope; therefore access may be restricted or denied at any given time for security reasons. Regrettably, the eco-friendly transportation used for the Pontifical Villas visit is not wheelchair accessible. Please dress appropriately to visit the Pontifical Villas & Apostolic Palace: No exposed shoulders or knees, no tank tops or shorts accepted. This tour includes a 5 minutes uphill walk to reach the entrance of the Pontifical Villas. The order of the tour may be reversed. This tour does not operate on Sundays or religious holidays. Lunch is not included..

    Tour code

    ROM_159

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Italian Countryside & Catacombs

    Visit the ancient Roman underground Catacombs and experience the spectacular Roman countryside.

    Italian Countryside & Catacombs

    Upon arrival in Rome you will visit the Catacombs, a curious underground maze of tunnels where the early Christians, persecuted by the Romans, practiced their religion in secret. In the Roman Hills lies a wealth of beautiful countryside.

    You will follow the Appian Way, which runs along one of the first ancient Roman military roads into the campagna (countryside) dotted with farmhouses, villas and palaces.

    In Rome’s wine-growing hinterland, you will stop at the Monte Due Torri farmhouse, which is located in the Albani Hills. A member of the household will greet you and will lead you on a tour of the property. Upon entering the home you will be invited to assist in the preparation of the meal. Enjoy a lunch of local products; homemade bread, wine, fresh mixed salad, pasta and a dessert.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There is approximately one hour of walking involved on this tour. The terrain at the Catacombs is rough and uneven. The visit to the Catacombs is led by a Vatican guide and you may be asked to join another group not connected to P&O cruises. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Euros and major credit cards are accepted for local purchases. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from claustrophobia.

    Tour code

    ROM_164

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Rome On Your Own

    An opportunity to rediscover Rome if you have been before, and the ideal option for those who prefer to explore independently.

    Rome On Your Own

    As you walk through this treasure-filled city, the shadows of the past surround you. Images of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Pantheon mingle with the splendour of the Vatican, the magic of the Trevi Fountain and the warmth of a hundred flower-filled piazzas.

    On arrival in Rome you will leave the coach for a full day of independent exploration. Wander through the shops or sample Italian cuisine at restaurants nearby. Venture further afield and discover as many of Rome's treasures as your pace allows.

    This is the perfect opportunity to tailor your day to suit your needs and make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

    At a time specified by your hostess, you will meet up and walk back to the coach park for the return drive to Civitavecchia.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended, as is a bottle of water. This tour is unguided, exclusive of luncheon and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the coach and local transportation in Rome is readily available. Please remember to take Euros; major credit cards are also accepted for purchases. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please listen carefully for the pick-up time and place.The drop off point is either Teatro Marcello close to Piazza Venezia or Via di San Gregorio, by the Arch of Constantine depending on local traffic conditions. Transfer time to Rome is approximately 1½ hours.

    Tour code

    ROM_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Romantic Roma

    Explore Rome in the comfort of a private car, and the personal attention from your guide as they introduce you to romantic Rome.

    Romantic Roma

    Depart Civitavecchia’s pier for a private car transfer to the Eternal (and romantic) City of Rome. In the morning, you will a enjoy a pleasant drive among the incomparable architectural treasures and sites of the city, such as St Peter’s Basilica, St Angelo’s Castle, the Jewish Synagogue and Circus Maximus.

    Next you’ll visit the stunning complex of the Baths of Caracalla, built during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla. This turned out to be more of a leisure centre than a series of baths, since it also included two gymnasiums and a library.

    Your discovery of the Eternal City will continue by horse and carriage, which will meet you at the Colosseum. Heading towards your deluxe restaurant for luncheon, you will pass by the Roman Forum, Venice Square, and the Pantheon, where you will step inside.

    At the Trevi Fountain, make sure you toss in a coin to ensure your return to Rome, and enjoy the throngs of Romans and visitors meeting at the Spanish Steps. After luncheon, enjoy some free time for shopping in the famous Via Condotti and sightseeing in the Via Veneto area.

    Meet your private car for the return journey to the pier.


    This excursion operates by private car, horse and carriage and on foot. Tour price is per couple, not per person. Please purchase one ticket only. Wear comfortable walking shoes. There is approximately one hour of walking on this tour.

    Tour code

    ROM_163

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Civitavecchia Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Civitavecchia Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 2 guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    ROM_700

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours