You'll be met by your ship's gangplank, right on the pier where your ship docks. We'll be standing right there holding a post with your name.

The pick up time is 8/8:30 am unless you ask for different.

The tours generally last 9 hours, counting from the time when we meet morning until we return to the ship in the in the evening.

You'll always have the faculty to change any of the itineraries we suggest as you wish, basically you hire car and driving guide for 9 hours / 200kms.

The tours from Civitavecchia are operated by Roberto.

The tours from Livorno are operated by Andreas.

The tours from Naples are operated by other partners.

Tours from the port of Civitavecchia: Rome, Vatican, Ostia, Tivoli and more  
 

 
Tours from the  port of  Livorno:  Florence, Pisa, Siena, Tuscany, Cinque Terre and more  
 

 
Tours from the port of  Naples:  Pompeii, Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Capri and more  
 
 

 
 
Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia

 

Shore excursion to Rome, 9 hours

 

The drive to Rome will take 1/1.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions. The tour of Rome we do is a sort of loop. Depending on the day of the week and traffic conditions, we may start from St. Peter's Basilica and end with the Colosseum or vice versa.

Saturdays and Sundays are the best days to sightsee in Rome, most of the locals leave for the week end and there's very little traffic and you cover more ground. This is a list of Rome's major highlights, the sights you don't want to miss:
St. Peter's, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps Capitol Hill (Roman Forum view), Colosseum.

Aside from the fundamental attractions of Rome, you'll also be driving by the following sites and, depending on the traffic flow, we'll stop to take a look at them, the places are:

Palazzaccio (Old Court House), St. Andrew's, St. Mary's Above

Roman Forum

St. Mary above Minerva

Pantheon

Minerva, Piazza Venezia (Monument to Victor Emmanuel II), Theatre of Marcellus, Synagogue, Mouth of Truth and Keyhole (Roman Curiosity), Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill. Several other attractions will be pointed out just as we drive by them, such as: Castle St. Angelo and its bridge, Italian Senate, Trajan's Column, Imperial Fora, Trajan's Market, The Maps of the Empire, Arch of Constantine, Marcus Aurelius's Column, Parliament and Council of Ministers, St. Nicholas in Chains, temples of Portumnus, Hercules and the Arch of Janus, Quirinal Palace.
This is the usual itinerary, it takes you to the major highlights of the city of Rome and at the end of the day you can say you've see the Rome!

You will return to your ship at about 5:30 p.m.

 
 

 
Tour of Rome and the Vatican (Sistine Chapel) from Civitavecchia
Shore excursion to Rome and Vatican including the Sistine Chapel

The drive to Rome will take 1/1.5 hours, depending on traffic conditions. Depending on the day of the week and traffic conditions, or your preferences, we may start from the Vatican and end with the Colosseum or vice versa. It is highly recommended to make Vatican entry reservation so to make sure no time will be wasted standing in line.

Depending on traffic conditions and on your own requests, it can include more or less sites, but for sure you'll always return to your ship satisfied of the number of places you saw and the narration.

Being the tour centered on the Vatican which will use up most of your time ashore, realistically, we can only guarantee that we'll the following: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's (3 hours or more), Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia (drive).

It will depend on other factors, traffic and you personal interest mainly, if we'll be able to include in the tour these other sites:

St. Peter's Colosseum Gallery of Candelabra

Capitol Hill (Roman Forum view)  Piazza Navona, Pantheon and St. Mary's above Minerva. In any case, as we drive around Rome we'll be passing by the following places and they will surely brought to your attention. These places are: Palazzaccio (Old Court House), St. Andrew's, Piazza Venezia (Monument to Victor Emmanuel II), Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), Theatre of Marcellus, Synagogue, Mouth of Truth and Keyhole (Roman Curiosity), Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill, Castle St. Angelo and its bridge, Italian Senate, Trajan's Column, Imperial Fora, Trajan's Market, The Maps of the Empire, Arch of Constantine, Marcus Aurelius's Column, Parliament and Council of Ministers, St. Nicholas in Chains, temples of Portumnus, Hercules and the Arch of Janus, Quirinal Palace.

You will return to your ship at about 5:30 p.m.

 

 
Tour of Tuscania, Montefiascone and Orvieto - Shore excursion to the Tuscia region

A tour off the beaten path. If you already familiar with Rome and you want to see something different. Or if you simply want to have some relaxing time in the country, away from the crowded touristy areas. We will drive through the countryside north of Rome, mainly the area called Tuscia (name deriving from Etruscan) and some of Umbria (name deriving from umbra=shade), called the shady heart of Italy because of the woods and because it's right in center of the country.

Leaving Civitavecchia at about 8:00 a.m. ours first stop is Tuscania. Founded by the Etruscans, it appears today as a charming little medieval town. Unfortunately it was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1971 and they haven't finished refurbishing the old buildings yet. We can use one of the local coffee shop for facilities buying a drink from them just to return the courtesy. Continuing towards Orvieto we stop briefly at the town of Montefiascone, also a quaint little medieval town.

View from Montefiascone Tuscania, St. Peter's Orvieto, Cathedral

Sitting right on top of a hill overlooking the lake Bolsena, Montefiascone offers a great panorama. We will stop there shortly just to admire the view and eventually a stroll though the narrow streets. We'll finally reach Orvieto, the largest of the small towns in our itinerary, around 12:00 noon. Coming from the West, we'll be able to admire the view of the city sitting on its plateau of "tufah" stone. Time for lunch! In Italy people have their main meal in the middle of the day after which they like to nap. Shops in fact close at 1:00 pm and don't re-open any earlier than 3/4:00 pm. Famous Italian "siesta". You can choose between a light lunch at the wine shop (enoteca) on the main square (weather permitting you can eat outside) or local cuisine in a typical restaurant. You'll have the time to visit the magnificent Cathedral, one on the most beautiful in Italy, and stroll down Orvieto's quaint narrow streets crammed with colorful shops selling beautiful ceramics. On the way back, if you're not too tired and it isn't too late we can stop and visit  Civita di Bagnoregio. This charming little town was also founded by the Etruscans around 2500 years ago on top of a hill formed by "tufah" stone.

You will return to your ship at about 5:30 p.m.

 

 
Tour to Florence and Pisa
Shore excursion to Florence and Pisa
This tour will take you to two of Italy's most famous places: Pisa and Florence. On the way to Florence, from the port of Livorno, it would be a shame not to stop to take a look at one of Italy's most representative monuments, which is really close by: the Leaning Tower of Pisa! We will stop there briefly just to admire the famous Leaning Tower and then we'll continue to Florence. Once in the city you will be taken to see all the major highlights, such as: Piazzale Michelangelo for a gorgeous panorama of the city, Piazza della Signoria central square of Florence, the Duomo, the 3rd largest church in Italy and Cathedral of Florence, Santa Croce, the church where Michelangelo, Galileo, Dante and other famous Florentines are buried and the famous leather school of Florence was started by the Franciscan Monks, Accademia Museum, where Michelangelo's David is housed, Ponte Vecchio and more...
David Florence Duomo Pisa

Please note that your driving-guide, though very knowledgeable and speaking perfect English is not authorized to tour you inside museums. In case you like to include in your visit of Florence a guided tour of the Uffizi, the Accademia or the Medici Chapel, I would recommend to hire a local walking guide for the cost of 150 for 3 hours. Return to the ship at about 5:30 p.m.

We can make a reservation for you for the Accademia Museum to see the David without having to stand in line or for the Uffizi Museum.

You will return to your ship at about 5:30 p.m.

 
 
Tour to Pisa, Lucca and Calci
Shore excursion to Pisa, Lucca and Calci, 9 hours

Should you be amongst those who already took several trips through the central part of Tuscany, you'll surely enjoy the Carthusia of Calci. An attraction off the beaten path with outstanding frescoes from the 18th century. Yes, you maybe saw the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa already and perhaps you don't want to stop to take one more look at it, your driving guide will surely have another site to suggest instead. Surely though You'll enjoy Lucca Lucca though!

One of the loveliest cities in Italy. Like most of the other cities in Italy it was originally a Roman settlement and its topography still reveals its Roman roots. Especially in the main square which was built over the ruins of an amphitheatre, practically a smaller version of the famous Colosseum. Lucca also has its belt of walls perfectly preserved and as you approach it you feel like you're stepping back to the middle ages and someone even asked me if we needed to do something special to get the permission to get in! By the way, you may want to for a bicycle ride on the park like top of the walls of Lucca!

Lucca Lucca Carthusia of Calci

You driving guide will be pleased to take you for a nice lunch in Borgo a Mozzano in the countryside near Lucca and after Espresso he'll take you to visit the Devil's Bridge which was built in the 11th century and it is famous for its beautiful little hog-back design with arches in five different shapes.

You will return to your ship at about 5:30 p.m.

 

 
Tour to the Cinque Terre (& Portofino)
Shore excursion to the Cinque Terre (& Portofino)

Leaving the port of Livorno, you'll head north to the Cinque Terre -The Five Lands-, five mediaeval fisherman ports, disposed along a 5-7 miles gulf, which developed through the ages isolated as they could only be reached by sea.

They feature an intact architecture and unbelievable landscapes.

You'll first reach Riomaggiore, the first of the five towns and walk to the famous "Via dell'Amore" -Walkway of Love- a famous and romantic easy walkway carved into the the cliffs. The 15/20-minute walk will take you to the second town, Manarola. From Manarola you can ride the train or a boat to Vernazza, the 4th of the Five Lands, unless you want to hike the mountain path... . Maybe the most picturesque of the towns and you should be arriving there in time for  lunch in one of its typical restaurants.

This itinerary requires flexibility, some want their driving guide to stay with them and the whole time, others instead prefer to save time by

Portofino Cinque Terre Cinque Terre

getting dropped off at Riomaggiore and let him drive to meet them at the last one of the Five Lands, Monterosso al Mare. They can then use the time they saved to visit of Portofino or the Marble Quarries of Carrara.

But you will see the world famous Marble Quarries of Carrara from the distance anyway. as you'll be driving on the motorway. Mountains entirely made of this snow-white pure material.

Return to the ship at about 5:00 pm.

 

 
Tour to Sorrento Positano and Pompeii
Shore excursion to Sorrento Positano and Pompeii

A wonderful tour to Sorrento Positano and Pompeii. You'll visit the famous excavations of Pompeii, drive along the Coast of Sorrento and then cross the hills to get on the Amalfi Coast and enjoy the panoramas from one of the most famous roads in the world: the Amalfi Drive! Time permitting, the tour will be extended to include Amalfi and Ravello. You can have a great authentic lunch in some lovely restaurant by the sea and enjoy the celebrated white wines of the area. You may even stop to see the artists making Cameos.

Leaving the port of Naples you'll drive on the motorway reach the coast of the Sorrento Peninsula. Frequent stops will be made to let you enjoy breathtaking panoramas. Spectacular overhanging cliffs, the isle of Capri, the city of Naples and the Mount Vesuvius will inspire you to take incredible pictures! You'll reach Sorrento, at the tip of the homonymous peninsula, and spend some time there wandering around its colorful streets and having some "Limoncello"!

Positano Sorrento Pompeii

Leaving Sorrento you drive over the hills to get to the opposite side of the peninsula and face the Gulf of Salerno. Once on the Salerno side you drive on the famous "Amalfi Drive" to Positano. Once in Positano you'll have the time to stroll around its perfumed little streets and the ladies will go crazy over the shops selling fashionable clothes and shoes... Lunch can be on the mountain overlooking Positano or a snack in the town by the sea depending on time constraints personal preferences. After lunch you'll drive to Pompeii to visit the world famous excavations. Pompeii was a city of 30,000 souls and therefore the excavation area is really vast. Just to see the highlights you need to spend 2 hours there. 

Driving guides are nor permitted to conduct guided tours of Pompeii and we recommend to hire a local guide for the tour. The charge is about 100 Euros for the tour and they are worth it. The best alternative is an audio guide. Return to the ship at about 5:00 pm.

 

 
Tour to Sorrento Positano and Amalfi
Shore excursion to Sorrento Positano and Amalfi

A tour for those who are not interested in spending time in Pompeii, but want to have a more relaxing and enjoyable tour to the coastline of Sorrento and Amalfi. Leaving the port of Naples you'll drive on the motorway to reach the coast of the Sorrento Peninsula. Frequent stops will be made to let you enjoy breathtaking panoramas. You drive to all the most famous and beautiful towns on the Gulf of Naples as well as those on the Gulf of Salerno. You'll reach Sorrento, at the tip of the homonymous peninsula, and spend some time there wandering around its colorful streets and having some "Limoncello"! You will stroll about the narrow streets enchanted by the smell of lemons, oranges and citron, discover the little shops of the local artisans, have a great lunch by the sea and return to your ship wishing you'd have had more time to spend in this area. You'll drive along the Coast of Sorrento and then cross the hills to get on the Amalfi Coast and enjoy the panoramas from one of the most famous roads in the world: the Amalfi Drive!

Positano Amalfi Coast Amalfi

Leaving Sorrento you drive over the hills to get to the opposite side of the peninsula and face the Gulf of Salerno. Once on the Salerno side you drive on the famous "Amalfi Drive" to Positano. Once in Positano you'll have the time to stroll around its perfumed little streets and the ladies will go crazy over the shops selling fashionable clothes and shoes. Time permitting, the tour will continue to the beautiful towns of Amalfi and Ravello. You can have a great authentic lunch in some lovely restaurant by the sea and enjoy the celebrated white wines of the area as well as you may stop to look at artists making Cameos.

Spectacular overhanging cliffs, the isle of Capri, the city of Naples and the Mount Vesuvius will inspire you to take incredible pictures!

Lunch can be on the mountain overlooking Positano or a snack in the town by the sea depending on time constraints personal preferences.

Return to the ship at about 5:00 pm.

 

 
Tour to Pompeii and Capri - Shore excursion to Pompeii and Capri.

This is a great tour, but pretty packed No time to waste, you got ferries to catch! It might also be more expensive than the other tours we propose from the port of Naples and that's  because of the additional cost of the ferry (approximately 30 per person) and the ticket to the Blue Grotto (10 Euros per person). If you're ready for all this, you'll have a great day visiting two of the most famous attractions in the area, which would take two days to see, in one day! You meet your DG at the port of Naples at 8:00 a.m. and drive to Pompeii. After visiting the archaeological site, you'll get back on the motorway and drive on it for another 20 minutes to reach the coast of the Peninsula of Sorrento. From this point you'll be making frequent stops to admire breathtaking panoramas. The cliffs, the isle of Capri, the city of Naples and the Mount Vesuvius will be there for you to take incredible pictures! You'll then reach Sorrento and spend some time there until it'll be time to board the hydrofoil. Maybe you'll want to use the time to get something to eat.

Pompeii Sorrento Capri, Blue Grotto

Your driving guide will then drive you to the port of Sorrento and help you buy the tickets and board the hydrofoil to Capri. Hydrofoil's schedule changes during the season, they run more often in the high season and of course. Once in Capri you'll find our partner Paolo or his son Lorenzo  ready to show you their beautiful island. Paolo drives a vintage taxi. There is no limo service and no driving guides in Capri that's why you'll have to use a taxi. Taxi drivers in Capri use special stretched convertible Fiat's, which can take up to 7 passengers. Paolo will also take you to the Blue Grotto via land, making you save money and time.

Going there by car is a much better alternative. Those who don't know that you can drive to the Grotto, most, go on the big boats. Going the by car it takes even less than 1hr rather than the 2-3 you end up using when you get there by boat. Once you are done with the grotto, you will be taken to Anacapri and to the Town of Capri itself. Paolo will stop here and there to let you to admire panoramas and take pictures.  Time permitting you'll also be taken to the less touristy area of Capri, Marina Piccola. When the time will come Paolo will help you get back on the hydrofoil to Naples.

Return to the ship on your own by hydrofoil leaving Capri around 4:30 p.m.

 
               
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