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One of the must do in Rome. After finding the meeting point for this tour its looks like utter chaos but out if this chaos is organisation. Our tour left on time and we were soon entering the Vatican Museum. Following the non avoidable security checks its onward through the sights of the museum. Be ready for crowds as even though you have skipped the queue to get in - once inside you just join the endless crowd of people passing through the museum. A knowledgeable and informative quide lead it through the museum and into the Sistine Chapel. Was then a trip through the Vatican tombs and into St Peter finally out to St Peters Square.
This is a must do in Rome but expect crowds. The only way to vist this sight is by a tour like this. This tour was well organised, informative and entertaining.
Excellent tour in a very congested environment where half of the tour guides role is to make sure they keep some separation between other groups. The Museum and St. Peters are amazing places so she was excellent at letting the building dominate but provided excellent background for several of the important players during the completion of the Vatican Museum. All in all fantastic.
Well worth the price to skip the lines. The audio tour is also very well organized and easy to use as well as very informative. St. Peter's itself is, of course, beyond description and a must see destination. This tour and the no wait tickets are a fantastic way to enjoy that experience.
Great tour! We visited St. Peter's Bascilica on our own the day before and we are so glad we decided to book this tour.
We enjoyed St. Peter's Bascilica way more with this great tour. Note there are a lot of steps and you must keep up with the group pace.
Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. There were tremendous queues everywhere but she guided us in a very stress free manner through all the halls and chambers. We saw a lot in the time we had available.
So much to take in. Wonderful tour. St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel are just breathtaking. Loved our guide as well.
Our guide Igor was very helpful in understanding the highlights of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St Peters. Learned so much!
This one is the best - a must do! First, because it truly is skip the line, and trust me, when you get there and see the sheer volume of people waiting for tickets, you will be very thankful for that. Second, because City Wonders and their guides are so great! The tour was well organized - we got to the meeting place and were immediately checked in and broken into smaller groups. Our guide was informative, and entertaining. She expertly guided us through the museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peters Basilica, which are all absolutely awe inspiring. It was the highlight of our Rome visit!
Our tour guide, Isabella,Botti was wonderful. She spent 3 hours with us, skillfully negotiating through the crowds, discussing the history and art of the Vatican. We were able to stop and ask questions whenever we needed more information and she made the large, imposing collections accessible. After comparing notes with friends who have taken Vactican tours, I am convinced that this is the only way to see and appreciate the museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St, Peter's. Brava Isabella!
We enjoyed this tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Ava was very informative in the history of each.
Amazing tour! Be careful though of a few things ... very very crowded typically on Wednesdays when the Pope gives mass. Also, St. Peter's is closed during mass. And ... the tour guide is not allowed to give tours due to the noise inside St. Peter's although we saw some guides doing just that. The museum was pretty warm and there is a lot of walking .... Still - w/all that it is wonderful!
What a feast for the eyes! You could spend a month inside the vatican and never feel like you saw enough...I felt the same about St Peter's and Sistine Chapel. What we saw on this tour was more amazing than I could have ever dreamed. You walk through with your mouth open. The beauty and history leaves your breathless. Take the tour and see what I am talking about. This definitely did not disappoint. I went July 2016
This was one of our favorite tours in Italy. A small group tour is well worth the extra money and our guide Michaela even more so. Even though it was early morning and skip the line the entrance was super crowded, but true to their word there was no wait, only a few minutes to go through security. St. Peters, the Vatican rooms and Sistine Chapel are extensive works of art with a tremendous amount of history in a maze of rooms and thanks to our amazing guide Michaela with her knowledge of history and prior knowledge of working at the Vatican the hours flew by. So happy to have taken this tour. Michaela even took the time to ask where we were from, I was lucky to be in a small group of nine, so when we went into St. Peters she can show us the decal on the floor depicting where other famous churches compare in size, it was quite funny. I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone I know,
Fabulous tour. We started with the museum and then saw the Sistine Chapel and ended in St. Peter's where our guide left us to explore on our own after giving us a few tips on what to look for. Very informative. So glad to skip the line which was already long at 8:30.
The five stars are for our wonderful tour guide. She was friendly, spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. Her narrative made this tour a meaningful experience. We booked a 9:00 a.m. tour because we had read that the crowds were smaller earlier in the day. However, the crowds in the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel were horrendous. We were so tightly packed that it became an uncomfortable situation. It was better in St. Peter's Basilica because of its size, but still quite crowded. We have since heard that later in the afternoon may be better as far as crowds go. The fact that the Pope has declared this a Jubilee Year probably increased the crowds, but unfortunately, the overall experience for us was less than we expected. This is no reflection at all on our guide who did her best with a tough situation. Overall, we would rate this experience as three stars due to the crowding.
Great tour. Just the right amount of time for the group. We then had time to go up to the coupulow on top of St Peters.
We had a great tour as the church was closed for the morning and very few were in the Museums. Had a nice lunch in the Vatican followed by St. Peters in the afternoon.
The small group tour of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's is the best way to visit both of these venues. I had visited both before on my own, however, having a tour guide makes everything come alive. He took us from room to room interpreting paintings, sculptures, and tapestries. Before entering the Sistine Chapel, our guide made suggestions on what to look for. We had ample time in the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece on our own. This was a memorable tour and highly recommended.
An excellent tour of the Sistine Chapel, Museum and St Peters Basilica. Our tour guide was very good and most informative. Tour left on time and was well worth the value. Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome.
Amazing location, a must see when in Rome. Avoided a huge line on a hot day with these tickets, walked right in to St. Peter's. We were given instructions on how to access the audio guide with wifi.
Very easy to navigate. Highly recommended!
The viator guided tour of the vatican museums etc was fantastic! We were guided through the museums as well as the Sistine chapel and St Peters Basilica by Sylvia who was wonderful. Without Sylvia to guide us through these rooms and halls,much of the significance of different art collections and frescos would have meant little to us. Sylvia was brilliant and gave us so much context and historical insight which even helped us understand the other places we visited on the rest of our trip. She was very patient and even though it was very busy she made us feel it wasn't too chaotic to still enjoy the tour. I really couldn't recommend it enough, it also means that you can skip the massive queue by just paying for your ticket to the tour guide. Thank you Sylvia for making the morning very enjoyable and extremely memorable.
Our tour guide had an art history degree and gave us great insights into the history of the vatican museums, St. Peter's and Sistine Chapel. We started right on schedule, skipped a massive line that wrapped around the vatican wall and security was quick and easy. Highly recommend this tour.
Our guide, Magdalena was fantastic. Her in depth knowledge of the Vatican and of Rome made the trip really interesting. She was also very thoughtful and caring towards the more elderly members of our group. The Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica were breathtaking, and the art work within the Vatican museum was amazing.
Erin N Australia
Excellent tour!! The ticketing process is very busy but highly organised! My guide was amazing, happy and very well versed in the history. The Chapel is breathtaking and the St Peters' Cathedral is stunning. Highly recommend.
Our guide was very knowledgable and we enjoyed the tour. The only drawback was it was extremely busy in places and as the Pope was in St Peters we did not get access to that section of the Vactican.
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