Your English-speaking tour driver will welcome you at the dock beside your cruise ship in Civitavecchia at 7:30am. (suggested time)

Once in Rome, we will drive straight to the Colosseum where you are going to meet your local, official English-speaking guide.

Your highly expertise English speaking guide will guide you around and into the Colosseum and the Roman forum telling you all stories and anecdotes that bring the ruins to life.

A symbol of the Eternal City and the entertainment center of ancient Rome, the Colosseum is certainly one of the most important monuments of ancient Rome. You will learn about the gladiators, the emperors, and the society that attended the bloody games held at the Colosseum. Here, over 50,000 people gathered to watch gory gladiator contests.

In your Colosseum tour, you will hear about the amazing four centuries of history behind it, and get a sense of how Romans celebrated the best and worst of their society; this was greatly influenced by the emperors’ overwhelming powers.

After the Colosseum, your guide will guide you into the Roman forum, known as the heart of the ancient city and the Roman Empire.

From its mythical beginnings to the rise of Christianity, we will explore the politics, religions and myths of this great civilization, bringing to life the numerous ruins of over 2,600 years of history.

Your official English-speaking guide will bring the artifacts of the ancient Roman forum, dating back to 6th century BC, to life as you wander through the ruins of numerous temples, basilicas, palaces, arches and shops. The first Roman civilization began here, and in turn became the administrative and commercial center of ancient Rome.

This tour also features other sites of ancient Rome, such as the Arch of Constantine and Piazza Del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo.

For lunch, your tour driver will be pleased to recommend some typical Roman restaurants or “Trattoria” in the area.

After lunch, we will take you to see and visit the Pantheòn, the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome. As the brick stamps on the side of the building reveal, it was built and sanctified between 118 AD and 125 AD.

On the way back to your cruise ship, we will drive to the ancient Appian Way where you will have the chance to stop and visit one of the famous Catacombs located in the area. Catacombs are underground burial places under or near Rome, Italy, of which there are at least forty, some discovered only in recent decades. Though most famous for Christian burials, either in separate catacombs or mixed together, they began in the 2nd century, much as a response to overcrowding and shortage of land. Many scholars have written that Catacombs came about to help persecuted Christians bury their dead secretly. The soft, volcanic tuff rock under Rome is highly suitable for tunneling; it is softer when first exposed to air, but hardens afterwards. Many have kilometers of tunnels up to four stories (or layers).

We will depart from Rome in order to be back at the dock beside your cruise ship by 4.30 – 5.00pm.

This tour length approximately 9 hours in total and is conducted by an English-speaking tour driver, and an official, English-speaking guide for a privately-guided tour of the Colosseum, Palatine (Imperial Palace) and the Roman Forum.

Price of Colosseo & Roman Forum standard admission tickets booked online is 14 Euros p/p. Please purchase your tickets to the Coliseum & Roman Forum in advance by clicking HERE.
Once completed select to print your vouchers at home and bring them with you in order to avoid
long ticket line as the vouchers are required to be converted into tickets:
Please note that for safety reasons the Coliseum can accommodate up to 3.000 people at once. This could lead to delays in access to the site, even for pre-booked visitors.

Tour Breakdown:

  • Depart pier and drive to Rome- 75 minutes (depending on traffic conditions);
  • You have approximately 7 hours to spend in Rome. The order of the tour can vary based on traffic conditions. The amount of time spent at each stop is based on your interests and time available;
  • Return to pier in Civitavecchia- 75 minutes (depending on traffic conditions);
  • Tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestions but always covering the mentioned sites;


• Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
• A fun and informative private English speaking tour driver to lead you through the day
• Private transportation by air-conditioned and fully equipped luxury Mercedes Benz vehicle
• Free wi-fi and fresh bottled water on board
• Parking, city passes, fuel & tolls
Not included

Meals & entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
Gratuities (entirely at the client’s discretion)

Available departures

Estimated Rates*
LOW Season: From November 15th 2019 thru March 15th 2020
Rates start from €







Low Season

€ 600,00

€ 650,00

€ 700,00

€ 750,00

€ 1.500,00

Estimated Rates*
HIGH Season: From March 15th 2019 thru November 15th 2019
Rates start from €







High Season

€ 650,00

€ 700,00

€ 750,00

€ 800,00

€ 1.800,00

Due to Italian laws, the price for groups of 9 and larger includes an official guide and/or tour escort for tours and excursions. (Excludes port and city transfers) Our rates do not include entrance fees or meals, unless specifically stated above in description. Rates and/or discounts are subject to change without notice.

All prices listed include tax, so you should never have to pay more than the advertised price

*Rates may subject to change depending on availability & seasonality,so we highly recommend to proceed with your booking as soon as possible in order to secure the published price.

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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Ancient & Imperial Rome.

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  • We had ancient and imperial Rome we were on an ncl cruise with 6 people. Discovery tours met us at the ship with our name on a sign no stress. Our driver/ guide Gilberto was very knowledgeable and friendly. We started with a pleasant drive to Rome and a nice overview of the city. We were given a private tour of the colosseum, forum, and palatine hill. Our tour guide Judy was great, it was very educational. The walking was intense but worth every step. Gill took us to a nice restaurant at the farmers market and a quick trip to Vatican. I would highly recommend this tour for first visit to Rome. christian v