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what time do tours end?

Hello!

We are going on a 14-day EU tour, and I'd like to book an activity for the last day. It says there is breakfast, which we'd love to partake in with the group. Any idea what time this usually is? We'd like to book the Vatican at 10:30am. Is there time for both?

Also, any advice on beaches near Rome (thinking of Sperlonga), please share.

Thank you!
Anya

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Hello, Anya. I have not been on this particular tour, but on quite a few other RS tours. Breakfast means it is available, and you may or may not see tour friends there. Sometimes, folks have to leave really early to catch flights or ongoing transportation. Everyone says farewell the night before at the last group dinner. Hotel breakfasts usually begin 8-ish, sometimes earlier. I would imagine you can book the Vatican for 10:30 - all other factors considered like traffic, location of hotel, etc.

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Yes, same experience as Debbie. Not a scheduled activity, just breakfast on your own same as every other day, and you can leave anytime. Its a time to say goodbye, but some people may have already left, or choose to sleep in. Ask your tour leader at the first meeting and you'll know what to do.

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The hotel's breakfast was 7 AM - 9:30 AM (really unwritten rule was 7:15 AM, lol). Our tour guide joined us at our last breakfast so we had an additional opportunity for conversation. Some tour participants left before or during breakfast for flights or further travel. Others joined at various times. We stayed additional days and carried on with our planned personal activities by 10 AM.

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Our last breakfasts have been a mixed bag. Many folks are scrambling to get to flights, others saying last goodbyes, others just quietly passing time as they are staying on. You have time so enjoy breakfast, say your goodbyes, pack up, check out (unless you are staying on) and get to your tour. Cannot help you with beaches.

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Scedule the Vactican tour. The last night is the night you say your good byes. The tour is really over on the last night. The last day the hotel of course offers breakfast. The hotel sets a time from say 7AM to 10AM for breakfast as all hotels set a time. People go to breakfast when they can and some people make it to breakfast but others need to make early morning flights. Others are staying on in Rome and either staying at the hotel or moving to another hotel.

You are not missing a group activity. This is how it is on all tours not just the 14 day Euorpe tour. I have taken this tour and 14 other tours.

So plan on going to breakfast early, you may see others there and then get to the Vatican for your 10:30AM tour.

Have a great time! It is a great tour. The Vatican is amazing.

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Schedule the tour whenever you want it. People say good-bye the night before as a lot will have very early flights. No need to base it on breakfast that morning.

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Thank you, everyone, for all the replies. Very helpful. Yes, it is a RS tour (EU 14 days).

Ended up scheduling Assisi for Monday (after quick breakfast), to Sperlonga (on the sea. Must swim on this trip) on Tuesday, back to Roma on Fri, and Vatican/Castel Gandolfo on Fri/Sat, before we fly back to Paris on Saturday.

Have not booked train tickets. Sperlonga is hourly from Roma every day, so perhaps best not to book, just buy then? Assisi is 3hrs, so perhaps should book that? Any advice welcome.

Again, thank you!
Anya

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We used RIck Steves’ recommendation & booked “The Roman Guy” (theromanguy.guy) company for Vatican Tour. They take group in before the Vatican opens allowing for a better experience without the crowds. Half way through your tour the place opens, but they don’t catch up with you as you have that head start! They also do an excellent Colosseum tour!

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Ended up scheduling Assisi for Monday (after quick breakfast), to Sperlonga (on the sea. Must swim on this trip) on Tuesday, back to Roma on Fri, and Vatican/Castel Gandolfo on Fri/Sat, before we fly back to Paris on Saturday.

Have not booked train tickets. Sperlonga is hourly from Roma every
day, so perhaps best not to book, just buy then? Assisi is 3hrs, so
perhaps should book that? Any advice welcome.

Anya, are you saying you're doing Assisi as a day trip from Rome, than back to Rome to go to Sperlonga? Or are you going to Sperlonga from Assisi, then back to Rome on Friday?