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Christian Rome

Day Trip, Group Tour
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See the treasures of Christian Rome on this tour that takes you to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, the Appian Way, and the Catacombs. Combining bus and walking tours, this trek through some of the major sites in Christian Rome will take you inside the real world of Italian and Christian history.

Explore Christian Rome on this Day Trip

Experience the world of Christian Rome on this tour that takes you to the highlights of the city and ushers you inside the world of Christian history. Visit basilicas, catacombs, chapels, and the Baths of Emperor Caracalla. Learn about these iconic sites with a tour guide who will teach you the ins-and-outs of the history, architecture, and beauty of Christian Rome.

Begin at Esquiline Hill and visit inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This incredible ornate structure is often referred to as "Our Lady of the Snow" and is the biggest church in all of Rome that's dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It gained that title from a legend that states that the Roman patricians known as John and his wife offered to donate their possessions to Mary and were shown Mary's thanks by a snowfall mid-summer and a vision of the Virgin. See the Holy Stairs, or Sancta Scala, where Jesus stood on his way to trial. Pass by the Lateran Palace, where Popes lived for a thousand years. Tour inside the Basilica of San Giovanni, which is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome. The oldest basilica in Rome was dedicated in 324 and suffered two major fires in the 1300s but was fully reconstructed since; the current facade dates to the 1700s. The interior of the Basilica of San Giovanni is not to be missed, as it is full of amazing artwork and architecture. Finish your tour of Rome and its Christian sites with a visit to the Catacombs, either San Callisto, Santa Domitilla, or San Sebastiano. These spooky and spectacular underground burial tunnels will top off your trip with their creepy, haunting beauty. The tour will end with a spectacular view of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla.

See the world of Christian Rome on this tour and visit the sites that have made their mark on Christianity and on Roman history. Tour important basilicas, catacombs, and Christian sites, learn the stories behind them, and see the world of Christian Rome. This Rome excursion is great for all ages and for anyone looking to see Rome and learn about its spiritual and political past.

Please Note: This tour does not provide custom hotel drop-off. Full details will be outlined in your electronic ticket. This tour takes place in Rome. Guests on ships docking in Civitavecchia will need to make their own way to Rome from Civitavecchia (approximately 50 miles away) at their own expense. There is train service from nearby train stations, and the average trip takes approximately 90 minutes each way. Your cruise ship may offer a shuttle to a nearby station.

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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.
Starting At
$91.00 USD
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Tour Duration
3 Hours
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A taxi or shuttle (not included) is required to reach your departure location
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
As you will be visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen is recommended.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible.