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Highlight of our time in Rome and worth every cent paid for this VIP tour. Seth (tour guide) was very knowledgable and the opportunity to visit several rooms not normally open to the public was fantastic. The mask room and the Nicoli chapel were particularly great. The time in the Sistern Chapel without crowds was wonderful. We went back without a tour a couple of days later - no where near as good with huge crowds and limited views of the items we were interested in revisiting. This tour is HIGHLY recommended
This tour is so well worth the money! Fabulous guide (David) - and a small group in the extreme busyness of the Vatican made the experience so amazing. And yes, a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel - along with the private viewing of other rooms without other tourists - all so worth while! We all throughly enjoyed this tour and would definitely do it again!
Absolutely the best. Worth the money. The only way to
See this venue .
What an experience!!!! The tour guide Daniel was amazing and so warm and friendly. The private tour was beyond belief and we have recommended to several people already. The cost was worth every amount as having so much extra exposure to a beautiful place was increadible.
Our guide David was the most knowledgeable tour guide I have ever been with, he made our day and the tour very enjoyable.
We booked this tour as a family of 4 (2 teenagers 16 and 13). I was hesitant given the cost of this tour. But it is as all the other reviews before me have said, this is well worth the money. We were in Rome August 2014 and the lines and people at all of the various sites are massive and at times suffocating. This tour allowed us to see the Vatican Museum as a very small group (12) and we were for I would say 80 % of the tour in places just to ourselves. Our group had to be escorted the entire time by a Vatican staff because only he had the keys to unlock the various doors to the rooms no one else was allowed in. We saw rooms which were not open to the rest of the public and had the time to admire the incredible art completely to ourselves without having the jostle 200 people in front of us. But the best part is having the Sistine Chapel completely to ourselves. I kid you not. Our entire tour group of 12 plus our guide and the Vatican escort. That was it in the Sistine Chapel for about 40 minutes. We were able to hear our guide tell us the stories of the various panels and then just sit or walk around the entire chapel on our own. This is well worth every cent you pay. Our guide (a gentleman who I think his name is Tiber) was engaging, knowledgable and clearly loved the history of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel). Thank you Tiber and Viator for organizing this tour. It truly was a highlight for us and we will never forget it.
This was the most amazing experience. We were 11 of us plus the guide alone in the Sixtine Chapel for 30 minutes, and listening to our guide speak about it was marvelous. Then we walked back to leave and crossed a series of rooms completely empty. We also visited areas that are not open to the public. We had an outstanding guide, very knowledgable, excellent verbal skills. Expensive but totally worth it. If you like art and history, this is a treat.
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip. We enjoyed it so much that we went back the next day and took a regular tour. It made us realize how much more we got to see and experience with the small group tour. It was definitely worth the money, for the experience of a lifetime.
Fantastic choice, we had a top class guide (Davide) and the access to rooms that others couldn't go to was an absolute plus. Would do this again in a heartbeat!!
Beyond insanely good!! The best experience we had on any tour. To be in the Sistine Chapel with only a handful of other people "after hours" was well worth the money spent for this tour. Once in a lifetime opportunity!!
This tour was the best of the four tours we took while we were in room. Our tour guide Tiffany seems to live and breath art history. We learned a great deal from this experience. Not only did she talk about the art, she set the stage of what what what happening in Rome socially, economically and politically at the time to really put things into context. She also knew the area very well and recommended some very nice restaurants in Rome. We highly recommend this tour....put in the request for Tiffany if possible.
Our tour with our guide Laura was absolutely everything you promised and more. She was an excellent tour guide, on time to meet us at the meeting point and we were escorted through the Vatican Museum with our own personal Vatican security guards with keys to the secret rooms. It was awesome and especially having 30 minutes in the Sistine Chapel with only 10 of us on the tour. I couldn't believe it. Many thanks for a great experience and zero waiting in line!
Magnificent. Best guide I have ever seen. Very interesting tour indeed.
This was worth every penny! Not only did we have a half-hour alone in the Sistine Chapel (just the 12 of us, our guide and the Vatican Museums guard), which was beyond magical, but we were also alone in the Raphael Rooms and had access to many other rooms not open to the general public, the best of which was the Niccoline Chapel. I spoke with someone the following day, who took the Skip the Line Vatican Museums tour, who shared the Sistine Chapel with almost 800 people. It was loud, even though people were whispering. If you can possibly afford it, take this Private Viewing Tour. You will not regret it.
Absolutely a once in a lifetime experience, it really is worth it. Half an hour with the Sistine gallery virtually to yourself. Priceless. Seeing Vatican private rooms, chapels and the Bramante staircase was such a treat. David our guide was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Don't miss this.
David did a great job about getting us excited about the other objects we were seeing. Obviously the Chapel was the main event but his enthusiasm was contagious!
This is the tour of all tours!!!!! David was fantastic! I will do this again if ever I have the opportunity!
This tour is not cheap but it thoroughly justified the cost. My husband and I treated ourselves as I was celebrating a big birthday and we loved it. Seb was a hugely well-informed guide and made everything so interesting. I only wish I could remember more of what we were told - there was so much to take in over the three hours! The sights were just fabulous, especially the rooms closed to the general public, which felt very special, while the climax of the tour, the Sistine Chapel with only our small group present, was simply superb.