If you would like to explore the Eternal City of Rome on your own, this private motorcoach transfer is ideal. You'll be dropped off in a central location, and your return transfer to the ship departs from the same place as your drop-off. A tour escort will be traveling with you to and from the ship to answer any questions you may have about sightseeing or shopping.
Note: All meals and incidental expenses are at your own expense. Please return to the meeting point no less than 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Drop-off location may vary. Guests who are planning to visit religious sites during free time or on tour, please dress appropriately. No bare shoulders or shorts are allowed. The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel are closed on Sundays. The level of exertion on this tour is completely up to you. AVAILABLE FOR ALL NORWEGIAN SPIRIT SAILINGS AND ON BARCELONA TO BARCELONA NORWEGIAN EPIC SAILINGS ONLY.
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We did this excursion in September 2012. Other transportaion to Rome may be less expensive but for peace of mind, this is probably the best way to get there. The drop off and pick up process was uneventful. We were dropped off right next to the Colluseim, within walking distance of several sites. We had a pleasant visit to Rome in June of 1991 and were quite shocked at the number of people this time around. If at all possible try to get tickets to the sites ahead of time. Otherwise, the lines are extremely long.
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Review 2 for Rome On Your Own
Date:September 6, 2012
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We took the transfer after reading the previous reviews and planned our day with a guide book based on the reported drop off point of piazza del poppo. This is no longer the drop off point - its now the colloseum - so if you plan vatican tickets based on a north drop off - make them 50 minutes later to give yourself time to get across the metro. We replanned on the coach on the way in. We took a day ticket for the metro for 6euro each but was a waste. a single ticket is enough to get upto the spanish steps then walk all the way back to the colloseum. Plenty of time to get in the main sites and stop for lunch too.A little pricey but it was a secure and comfortable way to do it and they gave free maps. The transfer bus does try to sell you hoho tickets for their own company and it does pick up right next to where the transfer drops you - as do all the other hoho buses. Really enjoyed the day and there was a commentary all the way in.
We did this one so we could see what we wanted to see. Definitely get your vatican tickets online in advance (through the vatican website). We cut over 200 people because we did this- Awesome!! Make sure the ticket entrance time is for at least 12pm or later though because the bus gets there around 11:30pm. We saw the sistine, threw a coin in the trevi fountain, saw the outside of the colosseum, and even had a little time get lunch at a cafe outside of the colosseum. If I did this differently, I would have taken the train there instead of the bus because you can leave earlier. There was a lot of walking, but it was worth it!!! Roma Rocks!!
Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I think it rivals Paris. We had never been to Rome before. We wanted to do several other tours on this cruise and we were reluctant to pay $500 for the two of us to take the more comprehensive Rome tours, so we decided to do homework ahead of time and opted for this one. We did some reading and decided to hit the Big 3: Colloseum, Vatican, and Tvirdi Fountains. You can do it and avoid crowds if you keep strictly to the following schedule:
1. The bus drops you off at a famous plaza at about 11:00 or so. 2. Take the Metro, which is right there, to the Colloseum FIRST. That way you miss the huge morning crowds at the Vatican. The tour guide in the bus on the way from the ship can tell you exactly which metro train and stops to use and transfers. It's not terribly hard to figure out. You probably won't have time for a tour inside the Colloseum, but you can pick up a tourist booklet and peek inside from the outside and still see most of it. You will also have time to walk around some of the free parts of the Roman Forum to the west. 3. There is a pay restroom (.50 Euros and not pretty) in the Metro. No later than 1:00, take the Metro back to the stop closest to the Vatican. Once you get to the Vatican stop, head south following the signs. You can grab lunch as you walk along the path. There are more lunch places near the Vatican than there are near the Colloseum. But keep lunch VERY quick. 4. Then hit St. Peter's Cathedral and square. You will have plenty of time to stand in line and walk through St. Peter's. 5. No later than 3:00 you need to leave for the Metro and head back to the Plaza where you were dropped off. Head on foot southeast to Tvrdi Fountains. There are a few signs to guide you. Walk super, super fast so you can get back to the meeting point by 4:30.
If your goal is to see the Sistine Chapel, I'm guessing you would have to skip Tvrdi Fountains and skip the inside of St. Peters, plus you would have to buy your tickets ahead of time on the Vatican Museum website, plus you'd have to book through the museum at top speed. We did not have tickets ahead of time so the tour guide on the bus advised us to not try to see the Sistine Chapel unless we were willing to forgo all the other things.