Ancient Rome Wheelchair Accessible Cruise Excursion
This wheelchair accessible Rome cruise excursion is the cheapest way for disabled cruise passengers to visit Rome from Civitavecchia. You’ll spend three hours with an expert tour guide, then you’ll have the rest of the day to explore Rome on your own using John Sage’s Rome Accessibility Guide. Accessible train tickets and accessible bus tickets are included.
The wheelchair accessible Colosseum is one of the most iconic sights in the world and is included on this Rome wheelchair cruise excursion. Long lines of visitors can form at the Colosseum, but your officially-licensed tour guide will be able to bring you to the front of the line. They will also ensure that you can use the elevator to reach the upper floor of the Colosseum.
After a visit to the Arch of Constantine located next to the Colosseum, your Rome wheelchair cruise excursion will bring you along a smooth sidewalk to the Roman Forum. While the Colosseum was where the crowds were entertained, the Forum was where daily life and government affairs were centered. The wheelchair accessible lift will bring you down into the ruins that were buried for centuries.
You’ll see the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Roman Senate, and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Your local tour guide will explain the significance and history of each of them. And who couldn’t be excited to see the funeral pyre of Julius Caesar!
Accessible bus tickets and accessible train tickets are included in the price of this excursion. The Colosseum entrance tickets are free if the client can produce a medical certificate with states 75% disability or a driver’s license which has a D marked on it. Disabled tour participants should carry some certificate or document stating their disability. Otherwise getting a free ticket in the Colosseum & Roman Forum is a matter of luck on what the officer at the ticket counter has to say.
Your actual itinerary of the Ancient Rome Wheelchair Accessible Cruise Excursionwill be adjusted to avoid crowds based on the timing and date of your visit. You might visit the St. Peter’s Basilica first or you might visit the Vatican museums first. The schedule has been optimized to give you a great day of sightseeing in Rome. Times below are approximate.
7:45 – Disembark cruise ship and travel by bus or walk/roll to Civitavecchia train station
8:41 – Depart Civitavecchia train station
10:00 – Tour guide greets you at Rome’s Termini train station
10:15 – Arrive at the Colosseum. Visit the Colosseum then walk/roll to the Roman Forum
12:45 – Finish tour of the Roman Forum
12:45 to 16:40 – Explore Rome on your own using John Sage’s Rome Accessibility Guide
16:40 – Arrive at Rome’s Termini train station
17:10 – Depart from Rome’s Termini train station
17:55 – Arrive Civitavecchia train station
18:30 – Board cruise ship
At the end of your two and half hour tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, you can decide to either 1) have the tour guide escort you back to the train station via an accessible bus or 2) explore Rome on your own using John Sage’s Rome Accessibility Guide. If you choose to explore Rome on your own, be sure that you allow plenty of time to arrive at Rome’s Termini train station 30 minutes before your scheduled departure.
If you would to spend more time visit the ancient, Renaissance, and Baroque sights, you can choose the Rome Highlights Accessible Excursion by Train. If you would like to include the Vatican in your tour, you will need to use a wheelchair accessible van to quickly bring you between the sites….the Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursionwould be your best option.
– It will take approximately 30 minutes to get from the cruise dock to the Civitavecchia train station.
– You will need to arrive at the Civitavecchia train station 30 minutes in advance to get assistance onto the train. We will reserve assistance boarding the train and your accessible train tickets.
– Note that there are no tour refunds if you miss the train. Consequently, you may want to build in at least 30 minutes of extra time to get to the Civitavecchia train station.
– If you miss your scheduled train, you will need to call your tour guide. You might be able to take a later train and still take part of your tour.
– The cost of the guided tour is non-refundable if you are unable to meet the tour guide on time. This includes unexpected delays from cruise ship delays, train strikes, and accessibility changes. If you do not want to worry about the port shuttle and the train, you can book one of our Rome accessible van cruise excursions and the guide will meet you at the ship.
– If your cruise ship arrives earlier than 8:00 and you would like to get an earlier start, please let us know so we can book you on an earlier train.
– If your cruise ship departs earlier than 19:00 (many depart at 18:00), please notify us so we can book you on an earlier return train to Civitavecchia
– Roman Forum
– Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
– Arch of Titus
– Arch of Septimius Severus
– Basilica of Maxentius
– Roman Senate
– Temple of the Vestal Virgins
– Temple of Saturn
– Temple of the Divine Julius
– Arch of Constantine
The Ancient Rome Wheelchair Accessible Cruise Excursion has a 3 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it is accessible to wheelchair users although they may need assistance at the Civitavecchia cruise dock getting onto the port shuttle. Your route will likely include some of the uneven terrain in the Roman Forum. If you need a more accessible tour, the accessible Rome driving excursions require less walking/rolling between sights.
Your Rome wheelchair cruise excursion begins with disembarking your cruise ship and getting onto the Civitavecchia port shuttle. It is a low floor bus but does not have a wheelchair ramp (photo of bus shown below on the left). The photo on the right shows the wheelchair accessible exit to the Civitavecchia cruise port.
The route between the port exit and the Civitavecchia train station is shown below. You can wait for a bus or walk/roll the 600 meters (usually quicker).
This Rome wheelchair cruise excursion utilizes the accessible entrance to the Civitavecchia train station (shown in the photo below on the left). It includes a wheelchair lift to get onto the train at the Civitavecchia train station (shown below on the right). We will reserve assistance for you to get onto the train….you just need to give one of the train station staff members your name!
We will reserve handicapped accessible seats for you. They will be located on the train car that has an accessible toilet.
When you arrive at Rome Termini train station, a train station staff member will meet you with a special vehicle to transport you the 850 meters to the Sale Blu office. Your officially-licensed tour guide will meet you at the Sale Blu office.
Your tour guide will bring you to one of the wheelchair accessible buses that travel to the Rome city center. Your guide will have already purchased your bus tickets.
When visiting the Colosseum with a disability, your tour guide will escort you past the long line of visitors to the entrance. To visit the upper level of the Colosseum, your guide will use the wheelchair ramp (shown on the right) that leads to the elevator.
An accessible visit to the Roman Forum is possible using the wheelchair lift shown in the photo of the right. Your tour guide will bring you along a route that avoids the severely uneven ancient cobblestones (shown in the pic on the right).
After visiting the Roman Forum, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the rest of the city using John Sage’s Rome Accessibility Guide. It will help you to avoid cobblestones and use wheelchair ramps where possible.
The accessibility guide provided with this Rome wheelchair cruise excursion will allow you to avoid sidewalks with steps (shown in the photo below).
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Tour duration: 7 hours with tour guide. 10.5 hours including round-trip train transportation.
Cost: 450 euro for 1 or 2 people. 525 euro for 3 or 4 people. 600 euro for 5 or 6 people.
* 50 euro off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
Days of the week the tour is offered: Every day of the week
Meet-up time: You need to catch the 8:41 am Civitavecchia to Rome train. The tour guide will meet you at the Rome Termini train station at 10:00 am.
Meet-up place: Sale Blu disabled passenger office in Rome’s Termini train station.
Dress code: Covered knees and shoulders
Maximum number of people on tour: The train and bus can fit two wheelchairs and many able-bodied passengers.
Entrance tickets: Not included. Some entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country stating the percent of their disability. Otherwise the ticket to the Colosseum & Roman Forum is 12 euro per person.
Cancellation policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, and no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, and gratuities.
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