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Rome Tour over Christmas

I am thinking about joining the B0 Rome tour that is over Christmas. I was wondering if any one has taken that tour. I am wondering since things are probably shut down due to the holiday, what is done on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the tour.

Any input would be appreciated.

Brenda

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Hi we were going to do that tour too but I had the same concerns as you. I read that people went to the Jewish part of town which sounds interesting on Christmas. . On such a short tour I was concerned when two days were such big holidays. We decided to take the recently added Dec 30th tour. It will be over New Years but hopefully not as busy a holiday as Christmas.

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Have you called the RS office to ask? I’m sure you’re not the first to have these questions and it’s also not the first Christmas they’ve offered the tour.

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To follow up. I knew the tour would keep us busy I was worried in the free time what options we would have. I was honestly going to book this tour it worked for my family but then a new tour date was added. I am sure both will be great.

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I sent an email to RS and got the following reply:

Thank you for your email, and for your interest in our Best of Rome tour! We currently have 9 seats available on the December 20th departure. For this particular tour start date, all activities will remain the same, with the exception of the Catacombs. We will not be seeing this as a group, and will replace this with another activity (to be determined).

Because of the Christmas holiday, some of the days on this particular departure will be rearranged. For example, we will visit the Vatican on Day 3 instead of Day 4. We will be visiting The Borghese Gallery on Day 4 instead of Day 6, and we’ll be doing “Neighborhood Rome” on Day 6 instead of Day 3. To view the standard itinerary for this tour, please click here https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/italy/rome-2018. We will send out the modified schedule with the final tour documents, about 30 days prior to departure.

If you have any questions, please let us know. We hope to see you in Rome!

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Hope this helps others

Brenda

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I took this tour in 2008. I arrived xmas eve day in Rome and I think the tour actually started on xmas day. I remember most tourists seemed to be Italian families. Some things were closed xmas day. However, I did not have any trouble finding things to do or places to eat and we were able to enjoy all scheduled activities. I loved seeing Rome all decorated for the holiday, attending xmas eve mass at Santa Maria Maggiore and even the weather. We had a couple rainy days, but I don't recall hard rain or really cold temperatures.