St. Peter's Square and Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum
With so very much to explore in Roma, seeing St. Peter's, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in one “fell swoop” of a day is a very good introduction to this ancient city. Expect to see sights including the masterpieces in the Vatican Museums, the famed Sistine Chapel, the statues of saints in St. Peter's Square, and the Colosseum of ancient Rome. Lunch is usually included in these tours offered by the cruise lines.
Price: Adults expect to pay from $180 to $230 through the cruise lines for 9.5 to 10.5 hour tours.
Booking Advice: While walking tours of these famous areas in Rome are always recommended, this does mean the day can be physically arduous, so these tours are not for everyone. Third party vendors online have some very competitive prices for half day (4 hour tours) that may not be as physically strenuous.
These 5 hour tours are by coach, and while you're not going to have the same in depth experience a walking tour provides, you'll pass city highlights such as the Old Roman Walls, Villa Borghese, Porta Pincinia, Via Veneto, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum, and the Arch of Constantine and Circus Maximus. There's typically about 45 minutes to explore St. Peter's Basilica and Square.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $70.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as easy in terms of physical exercise. Hop On/Off Bus tours are also another way to see highlights of the city, minimize the walking time, and save Euros.
On Your Own Tours of Rome
These tours are typically full day (9.5 hours), and as a rule don't include perks such as lunch. However, if you've been to Rome before, or just know what you'd like to see, these are worth considering. Typically, you're paying for a transfer so you can see a variety of city highlights. Some of these tours combine on your own time with guided tours that take you to Trevi Fountain and the Forum first.
Price: Adults expect to pay from $89 to $119, depending upon whether or not “on your own” time is combined with a guided tour.
Booking Advice: These tours are generally rated as moderate in terms of physical exercise. We do suggest the Hop On/Off Bus Tours as these are a bit more cost effective, especially when you know where you want to go. We DO suggest that it's prudent to travel in small groups when in Rome, and not solo for reasons of safety.
“Renaissance Rome”- Themed Tours
These full day (10 hour) tours are designed by theme. “Renaissance Rome” tours, for example, will guide you through highlights of that era, including the Pantheon, the Tomb of Raphael, the Piazza Navona, the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (sculpted by Bernini), and St. Peter's Basilica. Time for shopping in Rome and lunch are usually included.
Price: Adults expect to pay from $112 to $230, depending upon the tour agenda.
Booking Advice: Due to the walking involved, these tours are usually rated as physically strenuous. For shorter but less expensive tours, we do suggest reviewing those offered by online third party vendors.
Bracciano Lake & Wine Tasting
These half day (4 hour) tours take you by coach first to enjoy Bracciano Lake, & then for a stroll in the nearby town of Anguillara. From there, you go to Cerveteri, where you have the option to sample or purchase wine in this area noted for an appreciation of Etruscan culture and the fruits of the vine.
Price: Adults expect to pay from $69 to $79.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated from easy to moderate, depending upon the amount of walking involved. We do suggest checking third party vendors for tour prices and variety. There are many ways to enjoy cuisine and wine in the city of Rome!