Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
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Approximately 9 hours
Vatican City UNESCO World Heritage Site
Your once-in-a-lifetime experience begins with an approximately 90-minute motorcoach drive to Rome. Your destination is the Vatican City and entrance into the world-famous Vatican Museums.
A sovereign state within the Italian Republic, the Vatican has been completely independent since 1929, and has its own radio station, newspaper, stamps, currency, railroad station and diplomatic representation. Not only is the Vatican a rich spiritual center, it is also rich in priceless treasures. More than 1,000 rooms and galleries, known collectively as the Vatican Museums, contain amazing treasures of art collected by the Popes over the centuries.
Highlights include the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel with its world-famous frescoed ceiling, and Michelangelo's dramatic masterpiece, The Last Judgment.
Visit the Cabinet of the Masks. This constitutes an exclusive area of the galleries, whose name comes from the beautiful Roman mosaics depicting masks that adorn its floor.
Along with tiled mosaic, paintings and stucco that decorate this room, the Cabinet of Masks also features several works of sculpture.
Return to Vatican City and enjoy outside views of the St Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. You are sure to marvel at this masterpiece of art, which was built on the grave of St Peter.
A short drive takes you to a lovely Roman restaurant for a three-course lunch complete with wine and coffee.
Reboard your coach for the scenic drive back to the port, reflecting on this glorious day along the way.
Please note: Tour requires extensive walking on even and uneven terrain and cobblestones with more than 250 steps at the Vatican Museums. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. The visit to the Vatican Museums is not a private visit. Modest attire is required; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered; shorts and capri pants are not allowed. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Each guest is responsible for returning his/her headset after the tour. Missing headsets incur a €50 fee. You must pass through metal detectors at the Vatican Museum. Large bags or umbrellas, bottled water, video cameras, knives or scissors must be checked at the security checkpoints. Large backpacks or bags cannot be taken inside Vatican Museums. Flash photography is not allowed in the Vatican Museums. Photography and video are not allowed in the Sistine Chapel. You will encounter lines and delays -- your patience is appreciated. Inside the Vatican Museums, the wheelchair-accessible route differs from the route taken by the group, meaning that guests using a wheelchair will miss some of the guide's commentary. Tour does not operate on Sundays or religious holidays.