Just returned from a Med Cruise on board Celebrity Eclipse. Booked Best of Rome with Discovery Tours as there was 7 of us travelling together and we thought we'd maximise time and have a more personal service by booking a private tour instead of the ships tour.
How right we were. We booked over the internet in July for our cruise in September, we asked for priority tickets to the Colloseum and Vatican City to be bought in advance.
At 8am Gilberto arrived at the port of Civitevecchia to pick us up in an air conditiioned limousine and Gilberto escorted us all day apart from in the Vatican City when he arranged for a Vatican City guide to accompany us.
Having done the ships tour before, which was ok, this was the best experience ever especially for my family who had never visited the eternal city before.
Gilberto was very informative and gave us information as we travelled from the port to Rome. Our first top was the colloseum where the queue was very very long to purchase tickets, Gilberto handed us our ticket as we left the vehicle, along with a mobile phone with his number programmed in, in case we wanted to stay longer or had any problems.....WOW the phone stayed with us all day which I thought was a great idea, we didn't need it but you never know!
Being in the small vehivle allowed us to get quite close to all of the major tourist spots without us having to walk long distances. Don't get me wrong, it is nice to wander round the city by foot, but in a short space of time, to see as much as you can this was the perfect way.
All in all I would highly recommend Discovery Tours, and would definitely use them again!
Gilberto recommended places to eat, was flexible with our itinerary, brilliant!
Thank you Gilberto for a wonderful day.
PS this was also cheaper than the ships tour with a similar but not as extensive itinerary!
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