Vatican & Essential Rome Accessible Shore Excursion
Disabled cruise passengers who want to soak in all the beautiful art and architecture of Rome will love this accessible Rome shore excursion. In the morning you’ll visit some of the most inspiring artistic creations ever created: the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Last Judgment, Rafael’s School of Athens, and Michelangelo’s Pieta. You’ll have time to have lunch in an accessible trattoria, then venture into the heart of Rome to see some of the essential Rome sights: the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps, and more!
The Vatican contains over 70,000 pieces of art spread over 5 miles of corridors, and 16,000 visitors pass through each day. Your tour guide will use the most efficient and accessible routes to avoid the crowds while not missing any of the highlights. A wheelchair accessible van will bring you to the St. Peter’s Basilica entrance where you’ll be able to view the tomb of John Paul II, Michelangelo’s Pieta, and Pope John XXIII’s actual body!
The Vatican & Essential Rome Accessible Shore Excursion continues in the Rome city center with a visit to one of the most famous fountains in the world, the Trevi Fountain. The viewing area around the Trevi Fountain can get quite crowded, and your tour guide will help you to get an unobstructed view. Piazza Navona (originally a Roman race-track) and Bernini’s Fountain of Four Rivers are your next stop. A wheelchair accessible visit to the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps will be followed by some time to shop in the famous streets around Piazza di Spagna.
If you would like to add the ancient sites (Roman Forum & Colosseum) to your tour, the Best of Accessible Rome Cruise Excursion would be your best option. Another option would be to replace the ancient sites with the city center sites (Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, etc…). In this case, you should choose the Vatican & Ancient Rome Accessible Driving Tour. If you would like to only visit the Vatican, the Vatican City Handicapped Shore Excursion spends 5 hours at the Vatican and uses an inexpensive train to reach the city.
– Please let us know the arrival time and departure time of your cruise ship in Civitavecchia cruise port when making the reservation
– Please let us know the height, width, length, and weight of the wheelchair or mobility scooter when making the reservation.
– The order that you visit the sites may be adjusted to avoid crowds, protests, construction, etc…
– There is a €50 discount if you book the tour as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
– Vatican Museums
– Sistine Chapel
– Rafael Rooms
– St. Peter’s Basilica
– Vatican Tapestry Gallery
– Vatican Map Gallery
– Trevi Fountain
– Piazza Navona
– Piazza Colonna
– Column of Marcus Aurelius
– Spanish Steps
– Shopping at Piazza di Spagna
The Vatican & Essential Rome Accessible Shore Excursion has a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a wheelchair accessible vehicle to transfer to Rome and between the sights. The tour route is also completely step-free.
This excursion avoids the port shuttle without a wheelchair ramp that is required on similar accessible Rome shore excursions. It uses the wheelchair accessible van shown in the photo below.
When you arrive at the Vatican, you’ll enter the Vatican Museums using a ramped entrance and a manual door (shown in the photo on the left). The tour will use multiple elevators inside the Vatican Museums.
A wheelchair lift and ramp is used to bring you into the Sistine Chapel.
To get between the Sistine Chapel and the St. Peter’s Basilica, most visitors will need to circumvent a flight of stairs by exiting the Vatican Museums and walking/rolling outside the 1 km Vatican walls to the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica. On the Vatican & Essential Rome Accessible Shore Excursion the wheelchair accessible van will bring you between the two buildings.
The accessible Vatican tour will finish with an accessible guided tour of St. Peters accessible. Disabled access at St. Peter’s Basilica is possible by an elevator and a ramp.
After visiting St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican & Essential Rome Accessible Shore Excursion will venture into the center of the city to continue your tour. In this part of the city, you will encounter some mild cobblestones (shown in the photo on the left). The wheelchair accessible van will get you as close as possible to the tourist attractions. You will use wheelchair ramps where possible, such as the ramp at the Pantheon shown on the right.
The Vatican & Essential Rome Accessible Shore Excursion will use routes that avoid sidewalks with steps (shown in the photo below). A visit to the Spanish Steps will conclude your amazing day in Rome!
Tour duration: Approximately 8-9 hours
Cost: €1030 for 1-2 people, €1350 for 3-4 people, €1460 for 5 people. Entrance tickets must be purchased in advance and will be added to your total. See below for prices. Price includes vehicle, driver, and professionally licensed Rome tour guide.
* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
* If you can transfer into a normal car without a wheelchair ramp, cheaper rates may be available. Contact us for more information.
Days of the week the tour is offered: Every day except Sunday (Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are closed)
Meet-up time: 9 am
Meet-up place: Civitavecchia cruise dock (in front of your cruise ship’s exit door)
Dress code: Covered knees and shoulders
Maximum number of people on tour: 4 people + 1 person in a wheelchair
Entrance tickets: Not included. Entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country or letter from their physician stating the percent of their disability is more than 74%. Otherwise €27 per person must be paid to the guide before the tour begins.
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Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/meals, and gratuities.
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