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Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance

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Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance
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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

See the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public with this comprehensive tour of the Vatican Museums. Learn about the stories behind works of  art by Caravaggio, Raphael, Titian, and more from an English-speaking guide. This half-day tour includes the Gallery of Maps, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs. This intimate tour is limited to 12 people.
  • Exclusive, early access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Comprehensive half-day tour including the Papal Tombs
  • Hear stories about the art in St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Small group size limited to 12 people
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A professional English-speaking guide
A maximum group size of 13
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
St. Peter's Basilica until Further Notice Due to Covid Restrictions
Viale Vaticano, 100 , Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it. We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start. • Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops. • Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk. • Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè. • Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase!

St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Except on Wednesdays, when the tour will end inside the Vatican Museums.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Roman Guy
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance.
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What is the social distancing policy during Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Detailed Itinerary Vatican, Sistine & St Peter's Tour with Privileged Entrance.

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  • "It is a tour that requires you to be on your feet for 4-5 hours so come prepared." See review
  • "If you like to sleep late this tour is not for you." See review

Reviews

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111 Reviews

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star-5
Highly recommend!
Carol_H
, May 2022
The tour was great! We saw everything and the tour guide was fantastic! She told us all kinds of interesting facts and was funny, friendly and interesting!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Carol! Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We're glad you enjoyed the tour and the time of the guide! Thanks for booking with us and we look forward to seeing you in the futuer!
star-5
A Vatican Experience to Remember
Darryl_R
, May 2022
Awesome experience to see all the main items at the Vatican. Our Guide was amazing, very energetic and patient which was a good balance for the 5 hours. Highly recommend if you are planning to spend the day at the Vatican.
star-4
Brilliant tour of the Vatican City
Joanne_H
, Apr 2022
Informative with an enthusiastic tour guide. We saw everything we wanted to at the Vatican City. Tour was 5 hours which was quite long.
star-5
Great tour to Vatican museums.
Raisa_M
, Apr 2022
Elleanora is a great guide, extremely knowledgeable and professional. She was very friendly and turned a 5 hour tour into fun and entertaining experience.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a great review! We strive to always offer the best guides and service and we are delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience with Eleonora on our Detailed Vatican Tour! We hope to welcome you again soon on one of our tours! The Tour Guy Team
star-1
If you want to see St.Peters within a package tour do not buy this one.
Hope_H
, Apr 2022
Very disappointed. This tour was supposed to include skip the line guided tour to St Peters, however we were told that it would not be included with little to no explanation. We were not made aware until we were already inside Vatican Museum. False advertising for sure.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Many thanks for writing us a review. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the skip the line passage between the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica is currently closed. For this reason, and in order to enhance the quality of the experience, until the passage reopens, we have decided to include other sections of the Museums instead, since, the Basilica is free to visit and on this tour people have a professional official guide at disposal for 5 hours, whose use should be maximised. All our guides are instructed to provide you with relevant information so that you will know what to look out for whilst visiting the Basilica on your own. This information is clearly stated on our website and was communicated to all our distributors, so they could update their websites as well, so we have to disagree with your claim of false advertising. This itinerary is designed to avoid a 20 minutes walk to the Basilica and to avoid having to stand for an unpredictable amount of time in a queue, wasting the time you have paid your guide for, which can be used to enjoy other remarkable parts of the Vatican Museums. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed. Our Customer Relations team would have liked the chance to discuss it with you before receiving a negative review, as we always strive to offer the best service to our clients and this tour makes no exception. Many thanks The Tour Guy Team
star-5
Book it, you won’t regret.
Bo_G
, Apr 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable about Vatican history, He talked for the 5 hours with facts and funny stories during the tour and was able to answer all questions. High Recommend.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a great review! We strive to always offer the best guides and service and we are delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience on our comprehensive Detailed Vatican Tour! We hope to welcome you again soon on one of our tours! Thanks The Tour Guy Team
star-5
Superb guide and tour
Naomi_L
, Mar 2022
Cristiana was an extremely knowledgeable tour guide who could answer any question. Her breath of knowledge was truly outstanding. She made the tour interesting; bringing the history alive.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a great review! We strive to always offer the best guides and service and we are delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience with Cristiana and that she brought the history to life on our comprehensive Detailed Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour! We hope to welcome you again soon on one of our tours! Thanks The Tour Guy Team
star-5
Excellent tour
Emma_L
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour, especially if you want to have time in the Sistine Chapel without thousands of visitors. Our guide was extremely knowledgable and show us all the best Art and sculpture the Vatican Museums have to offer. A long tour but we'll worth it,
star-5
Excellent guide and small group!
calinsjohnson
, Jan 2020
Wonderful tour of the Vatican with Elly! Fun and so knowledgeable. We had a very small group which made it easy to maneuver the museums, ask questions, and get to know our guide. Would recommend this tour and Elly to anyone!
star-4
Early entry the way to go
Traveler763577
, Oct 2019
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and knew the best way to navigate the facility to maximize our time in key areas of the museum and Sistine Chapel. Headset quality needs improvement, though.
star-5
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Gary_C
, Oct 2019
The key to this tour was getting started early. Our small group tour was first in to see the Sistine Chaple. As the day progresses the Vatican becomes quite crowded. It is a tour that requires you to be on your feet for 4-5 hours so come prepared.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Unsafe
Seaside49620946064
, Jul 2019
Looking forward to this tour for YEARS, so I booked privileged entrance, 5 hour extended tour @ 0730. It was July 2019. We waited in line for 1/2 hr until the Vatican opened. A huge rush of people with a HUGE line began to form inside while our guide obtained our tickets. She was lovely. We had moments where the rooms were 3/4 full of people but then by the time we reached the Sistine Chapel it was cram packed, not a seat to sit and marvel. By that time the air in the vast hallways became thin and HOT. Crowds of people were boarded through the museums. Anxiety settling in as there were no exits, just sweaty people bumping into you. Approximately 1 out of 5 rooms had minimal air conditioning. Ashamed that the Pope allowed this many people to visit this cherished and precious place at one time. Our group barely made it to 1/2 of the museums and did not get to go to St Peters Basilica because our tour was over 5 hrs at the time and there was a line over 1.5 hours to get into. Also, the rooms we were able to visit, one could not move around in to see the artifacts and admire the paintings. Such sadness. Did I mention it was 95F out? Just a miserable experience. Waist of money.
star-5
Great Tour of Vatican and St Peter's
Wander58997827960
, Dec 2018
Very informative, guide had wonderful facts covering a wide range of of the treasures in the Vatican museum, and of St Peter's Basilica.
star-5
Worth getting up at the crack of dawn
Copson0
, Oct 2018
If you like to sleep late this tour is not for you. But, if you are willing to sacrifice some shut eye to experience the Vatican Museum - and especially the Sistine Chapel- without crowds of people, then I highly recommend the Detailed Itinerary Tour. Our guide, Francesco, was extremely knowledgeable and helped our group to navigate through the museum- outmaneuvering many of the other early morning tours so that we had many of the rooms all to ourselves. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
An itinerary not to be missed! Our...
Dolly_E
, Apr 2018
An itinerary not to be missed! Our guide JAD from The Roman guy agency made this 5 hours tour an instrucful and smooth one.He knew every single details about everything .I highly recommend this tour

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