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Overview

Visit the Vatican and the Basilica of St Peter during the Holy Jubilee of Mercy, December 8, 2015 to December 8, 2016. During this time, the Holy Doors of the Basilica of St Peter will be open. This 4-hour tour gives you the opportunity to tour these important religious sites with a local guide during this special time. Upgrade your tour to add visits to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
  • 4-hour tour of the Holy Doors of Rome's four major basilicas
  • Walk through the Holy Door of each basilica during the Jubilee Year of Mercy
  • See religious relics and artifacts from Catholic history
  • Tour the interior of each building with your religious historian guide

What's Included

All taxes, fees and handling charges
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Professional guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

With Vatican Museums Add On: Green Kiosk with newspapers at street level of Ottaviano Metro Station.

Without Vatican Museums Add On:  Obelisk in the center of St Peter's Square

Departure Time

With Vatican Museums the tour begins at 9am (8:45am arrival time)
Without Vatican Museums the tour begins at 11:30am

Return Details

Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore
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What To Expect

Meet your guide and tour group in the center of St Peter's Square at the Obelisk. From there, embark on a tour of the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas.

Enter the Holy Doors of St Peters and follow your religious historian guide on a tour of the Basilica's interior, where you can view relics and altars of the major saints as well as Michelangelo's Pietà.

Board an air-conditioned tour vehicle bound for the Basilica of St Paul outside the Walls, where St Paul is interned. Walk through the Holy Doors and embark on a short tour of the interior. Climb back into the van for transportation to the Basilica of St Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore), where you will walk through the Holy Doors and get a tour including a visit to the chapel that contains relics of Jesus' cradle at Bethlehem. Continue to the Arch-Basilica of St John Lateran (San Giovanni), where you can again enter through the Holy Doors and have a look around with your guide. 

Visit the Holy Stairs, where Christ was judged by Pontius Pilate, and the Basilica of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce), home to part of the Crown of Thorns and a fragment of the cross. Your tour will end her at St Croce. 

Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel (7 hours).
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Itinerary
Pass By:  
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
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St. Peter's Basilica
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Eternal City Tours
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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This was hands down the best tour we...
mharrell99
, Nov 2016
This was hands down the best tour we experienced while in Italy. And it was made possible by our outstanding tour guide, Chad Defler. Our entire group was in Rome as Jubilee pilgrims. Chad knew this and adapted the tour to our needs. He is an outstanding authority on art history and Catholic history/theology. Thank you Chad for a wonderful day. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience to tour the four basilicas with you.
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Our guide for the Vatican was far...
Nancy J
, Oct 2016
Our guide for the Vatican was far greater than we could have expected, having an education in archeology and art combined with a real love of Italian culture and history. Ferdinando was amazingly knowledgeable about the Vatican collection, and was kind enough to help us find part of the collection that was of special interest papal transportation, eg carriages, automobiles, etc This tour was terrific. Our afternoon guide was Matthew, who helped us through the other four basilicas. He is dedicated to his Faith, and serves as an example of kindness, understanding and patience.
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Lovely tour and our Guide was excellent...
Mary S
, Jul 2016
Lovely tour and our Guide was excellent - he was very knowledgeable and clearly loved his job! Would recommend this tour

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