New Air Conditioned bus, way way smart tour guide. She knew everything about all the history in all the buildings. Only problem was time restrictiion. Due to having to get back to port there was no time to get inside the Vatican. Church tours were rushed and lunch was served but had to keep moving to make the schedule work. Colloseum was unbelievable.
Walking the historic streets of Rome is an experience. Not the first time for us, but always a nice experience. We also did the hop on-hop off bus, but the traffic, fumes have or has meant that this tour is longer and more painful than previous trips. Get a city map and just walk.
Our driver and guide, Remo was terrific. Trump was in town so the traffic was horrendous, but he got us around to hit all the highlights of Rome and the Vatican. We also had a delightful lunch. We were picked up and dropped off dockside right off the ship.
The tour itself was good but Rome was absolutely packed with people so seeing things was actually difficult. Throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain would have needed a catapult! There was a lot a walking involved during the day and keeping an eye on the guide at all times was tiring.
The downside to the trip was the poor arrangements to join it. We left the ship in good time to make sure that we were not late for the coach but then had to stand in a car park for over an hour. The coach would only be called once everyone was there which was poor.
The tour was very expensive just to be driven to Rome. We chose to do the city on our own but the time there was not nearly enough to get parked and walk to the drop off point was far to far to walk and took far to long . What I did find quite bad was that we had an accident when leaving Rome and sitting upstairs right at the front of the coach took the impact of the coach hitting a road sign, mounting the kerb and knocking down a lamppost. At no time did the courier check to see if we were ok and the proceeded to take all the passenger off the coach across 3 lanes of traffic to await pick up coaches. I would not take another RC excursion as no one seemed to bother about it
Antonio was our driver and wasnt very chatty. Played tapes of descriptions of what we were seeing. We toured the Vatican museum and sisteen chapel with a guide that was good but it was Wednesday so we did not get to see the Basillica. Collesium, Trevi fountain, pantheon and St Peters Square. Long day and we barely scratched the surface of the sights of Rome.
We did the Vatican and Rome tour with ItalyTours EU (our third tour with them). They are an excellent company. Vans of only 8 people, got us very close to sites. Always prompt and returned to the boat ahead of schedule. Would definitely recommend and use again
Ultimate Rome included everything we wanted to see and lots of walking. Excellent guides on bus and City portion, Busy city with more than can be seen in a day. But they sure tried. Will need to go back someday and see the rest.
We were recently on a Viking Ocean Cruise, but could not get a Viking excursion that we wanted. So one of the people in our party found a private tour with DGS Tours,
There were ten people in our group. We were divided between two Mercedes Benz vans. Our drivers were Georgio and Pedro. We chose our agenda and were reminded that we could be as flexible as we wished. Basically, they would drop us off near the entrance to a site and pick us up as we exited. There was very little walking. At the Colosseum, one of them walked us to the entrance to make certain that we were in the correct line to avoid the crowds.
We visited the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, The Forum, Colosseum, and more. Our driver also gave us history lessons as we drove through the streets.
We asked to eat at a local establishment rather that a tourist stop. They took us to Trattoria Pizzeri with owners Dino and Toni. This alone would have made the trip worthwhile. Our waiter, Amadeus, kept bringing course after course, kept the wine flowing. Finally, several desserts appeared along with baglio Baiata Alagna Zibibbo, a dessert wine that I never got to try. Because they also brought out a bottle of limoncello that I couldn't get enough of.
We continued our tour with the sites of the Vatican.
I would highly recommend DGS Tours.
The general tour was okay. Tour guid was great. Expected to see more sights. Believe Viking should include much much more in their inclusive tours. And include going through the sites, not just a drive-by.
More than 2500 years of history live in the streets of Rome. Most of our first excursion was strictly sightseeing on a bus with limited amount of time where we actually got off the bus. Many of my pictures were reflected on the glass window or involved people's heads and therefore, are not snapshots of Rome. There will be better pictures in the next album of Rome.
2nd day -- Ancient Rome: Colosseum, Forum, National Roman Museum, and Baths
Again the bus was uncomfortable because the seating was too close together. In the description it said that we would have some time to meander on our own. (We were allowed to go into one shop where the trip leader got a kick back from the sales.) This did not happen. However, this did provide an all be it brief view of the city.
A short tour of the ancient city. Amazing place. Around each corner there appeared to be another site. As our tour was delayed by late docking of our ship due to bad weather it was fine but I think if we were there earlier in the day we would have liked a lot more time to explore.
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