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.
There were about 15 of us on a comfortable bus. Our tour guide was very efficient, but seemed a bit harried. Of course, we only had 4 hours to see the highlights of Rome, visit Vatican City, and leave for the cruise port. In the beginning, she left a couple of our tour group "in the dust" as she rushed to the bus, but when this was called to her attention, she apologized and was very attentive. On this particular tour, the visit to Vatican City might have been skipped. There was really no time to do anything there except visit the restrooms and gift shop. I think all the highlights of historic Rome were covered in this somewhat frantic trip. I have good photos even if I don't know what they are!
We had a group of 8 people and drove down to Rome. Had skip the line tickets for the Colosseum. A few had a private guide for the Vatican while the rest did their own thing. It cost me 80 euros for a private tour. Can't beat the price. We were back to the ship by 5 pm.
We got to tour inside of the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican, and Sistine Chapel. Busy busy day but we got to see these wonderful historical sites and didn't have to wait in the normal lines we would have if we went on our own. Long day of walking but a must do for anyone going to Rome.
A very intense day with much walking. Our guides were excellent. Got to see the Colosseum,the Forum,Trevi Fountain. Drove by the Spanish steps, had a very tasty lunch of salad,lasagna,wine and dessert. Line up and waiting time too long ,so was not able to get inside the Vatican. This was most disappointing. However ,they do warn you that this could happen. The crowds were overwhelming. Ride from port to Rome over an hour,so adds to the day. It is a very good tour,but exhausting. Glad to get back to ship and relax with a glass of wine.
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