Debark Tour - Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

ROM-965 | Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy | See Special Notes

from $219.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • St. Peter's Square and Basilica St. Peter's Square and Basilica
  • Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

You will see:


Excursion Length:
Approx. 6 hours

Max. Group Size: 26

Tour Overview

The excitement of a Princess Cruise continues on disembarkation day when you board your air-conditioned motorcoach for a scenic 90-minute drive from the port of Civitavecchia to unforgettable Rome.

Your tour's first stop is the spectacular Vatican Museum, a complex that houses one of the most impressive and varied collections of art in the world collected by the popes through the centuries. Walking through select portions of the museums with your knowledgeable guide, you'll marvel at the astonishingly rich collections and their significance throughout history.

Continue on to the Sistine Chapel, small and elegant but huge in artistic significance, and home to the masterpieces of the great artist Michelangelo. A recent restoration has revealed the beautiful colors that were used in his work. The exquisite frescos hanging on the sidewalls were created by artists such as Botticelli, Perugino, Rosselli, Ghirlandaio and Signorelli, which complete this overwhelmingly beautiful room.

Step outside into the fresh air and stroll through St. Peter's Square, This striking plaza frames the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica, located on the site where St. Peter was martyred and buried. With the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica holds 60,000 people and is regarded as one of the holiest and the greatest of all churches of Christendom. Michelangelo deserves much of the credit for the massive reconstruction, completed in 1626, and his famous "Pieta" masterpiece is one of the many heavenly Renaissance and Baroque sculptures and mosaics located inside.

Following your tour of the Basilica, you'll have free time to marvel at the enormity of St. Peter's Square and shop for souvenirs and religious artifacts. With its fountains and semicircular colonnades crowned with statues of the saints designed by Bernini, it perfectly frames the Basilica's entrance.

Enjoy a delightful walk back to the motorcoach before boarding your transport to the centrally located Ostiense Train Station. Additional transportation is also provided to the Cruise Plus Hotels.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

This tour includes extensive walking on cobblestone surfaces as well as negotiating 250 steps while visiting the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica. This tour is not recommended for Guests on wheelchair and Guests with walking difficulties

This tour can only be purchased by passengers staying at a Cruise Plus Hotel or independently in Rome. This tour will end at the Princess Cruise Plus Hotel or Rome Ostiense Station in the case you are booked at another hotel.

This tour will not be available on Sundays & Religious Holidays as the Vatican Museum is closed. In case St. Peter's Basilica is closed, its program will be replaced by a visit to the Trevi Fountain.

The drive between Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1 1/2 hours, subject to traffic conditions. Sightseeing in the Vatican City will be on foot as motorcoaches are not permitted in the vicinity. This tour involves a great amount of walking, therefore it is not recommended to Guests with walking difficulties or using wheelchairs. Guests must be able to negotiate the steps of the coach.

Proper attire that covers shoulders and legs must be worn by both men and women in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica - mini-skirts, shorts and capri pants are not acceptable.
Please note that for tour groups on visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica the use of headsets owned and provided by the site's management is compulsory. It is very important for guests to be aware that they will be responsible for the headset devices provided. The headsets company will charge Euro 50.00 for every missing device.

Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica. Large bags or umbrellas, bottled water, video cameras, knives or scissors must be checked at the security check-points. Large back-packs or bags cannot be taken inside Vatican Museum. Flash photos are not permitted in the Vatican Museum. Photography and video are not permitted at all in the Sistine Chapel.

You might encounter considerable crowds, lines and delays at the venues. Should your guide determine that the queue at the St. Peter's Basilica security check point is longer than a 45-minute wait, they will forego the interior visit of the Basilica and provide you with a full explanation and description while outside. You will be provided more time during your shopping or free period to compensate for not entering the basilica. Please be aware that Basilica might close for security reason at any given time without previous notice; this is particularly the case on Wednesdays if the Pope chooses to hold mass services in St. Peter's Square.

Tour groups are not allowed inside St. Peter's Basilica during religious services. However, entry will be allowed on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently. Should a mass be taking place in St. Peter's Basilica, the entrance may be restricted. Please be aware that Basilica might close for security reason at any given time without previous notice.
Should the designed motor coach drop off / pick up point for St. Peters Basilica be congested or unavailable, an alternative drop off / pick up point location will be used. Please note that an additional walking portion of 0.6 miles from / to the alternative location should be considered.

The order of the tour may vary due to traffic conditions but will cover the same sites.

This tour uses headsets.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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