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Private Tour: Basilicas of Rome

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What to Expect
Uncover Christianity’s history and architectural influence on the Eternal City during this seven-hour tour beginning at your Rome hotel at 8am. Be sure to dress modestly since you will be visiting churches with strict dress codes, including no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed and knees and shoulders covered for men and women.

You’ll travel by air-conditioned vehicle to St. Paul Outside the Walls and your guide will spend about 30 minutes explaining its significance as you experience the grandeur of its altars, ceiling, and sculptures. You’ll next travel for about 30 minutes to the other side of the city, to visit Santa Maria Maggiore, hearing the legend of the church’s construction by a Roman patrician and his wife after receiving a vision from the Virgin Mary. Nearby, you’ll visit St. John Lateran, where your guide will explain the significance of the church’s many Renaissance artworks, and its role as the seat of the Pope. Take a brief 10 minute walk to nearby Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, one of Rome’s seven pilgrimage churches, housing relics said to be from the Passion of Jesus, including thorns from his crown, and pieces of the cross. Your guide will make recommendations for lunch, and after a leisurely meal, you’ll travel along historical Appian Way for about 20 minutes to Church of Domine Quo Vadis. There, you’ll see footprints in marble that are popularly held to be a miraculous sign left by Jesus. If the tour schedule allows, you will visit the nearby Catacombs, a subterranean ancient Christian burial site. Your tour will conclude with an included transfer back to your Rome hotel at about 3pm.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your accommodation in Rome
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
your accommodation in Rome
  • English Speaking driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Entrance fees 8 euro per person for the Catacombs
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch at your own expense
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Our day at the Vatican spectacular. Simon took great care of our group of 10 as we wriggled our way through those special halls. There is a lot to see and so much information was shared. He also took care after to help us get to our spur of the moment destination after the tour.
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Impressive knowledge of the tour guide. The private coach and driver prior to and after the tour of the Vatican was very enlightening of my many trips to Italy. I would reecomment this company very highly to my friends and family. Luka was more like family than a guide.
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My daughter and I had a wonderful time and very informative private tour around Rome, that was customize for our interest. The tour guide name I believe was Maximus and he spoke perfect English and was extremely knowledgeable. We really enjoy it. I would definitely would
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Luca picked us up at the airport at eight am and we were on our way to Roma. Witty, articulate and informative Luca was a non stop encyclopedia of the city. The wonderful Maria gave us a private tour of The Vatican. She was incredible! The next day Fausto took us to the
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