Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s - Reviews

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Laurel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

So worthwhile to get the Before Hours Tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and directed us through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's with ease, knowing exactly when to visit each to avoid the largest crushing crowds. We were not alone in the Sistine Chapel, but there was definitely room to move around. When we walked back through at the end of our tour, it was elbow to elbow. And the Vatican Museums had very few people on our walk through. All in all, the history and information shared, as well as the ability to avoid the crushing crowds later on were worth every penny. We loved this tour!

Cherry BT New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

The best way to see and enjoy the Sistine Chapel in silence and without the crowds! It was well worth the money. I also enjoyed the rest of the tour thanks to our knowledgeable guide, Julia.

Jessica L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Our tour guide Raffa was the best! This was well worth the money to enter in an hour early to the museums and see the Sistine Chapel with hardly any people inside. Raffa was super knowledgeable about everything at the Vatican. Great tour!!

Chris C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

If you want to see the Sistine Chapel without the huge crowds that gather, take the Before Hours tour. It is a magical place and having the ability to see the wondrous art before the Chapel became overcrowded was a real treat. You could literally spend hours here, the artwork is nothing short of stunning. Well worth the money and well worth getting up early to enjoy these magnificent Vatican structures.

Angela A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

knowledgeable guide. must take this tour especially during peak season to minimise encounters with large crowds

Mariela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

It is the best way to maximize your sightseeing in Rome. Having access to eee the Sistine Chapel with less crowd was worth it. Tour operators were knowledgeable.

Hunter L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Getting there before thousands and thousands of people means that you get the best experience and the best pictures you could imagine. By the time our tour ended the line to get inside the Vatican was wrapped around the courtyard and over 2hrs wait. Really, one of the best decisions!

Desiree M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

Amazing experience! Jad was a fantastic guide whose enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and upbeat personality really enhanced our experience. I am coming back and will do this particular tour again!

Chelsea P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Incredibly knowledgeable guide! Loved getting in early before the crowds! Great value for price! Would definitely recommend!

hoytfuller

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

5-stars

James E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Go on this tour! Being in the Sistine Chapel with about 20 other people is a very humbling experience. We had to walk back through later to get to Saint Peters and it was shoulder to shoulder, a mass sea of people. We felt very lucky to have been in there and experience it in such a intimate way. Our guide was ok but keep telling us what she had got to experience the day before with the other friend guides which kind of made us feel like we were missing something. St. Peters Basilica is beautiful and massive. Go early! You wont be disappointed.

Bryce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This tour was marvellous. Our guide Marli was knowledgeable and fun. Only twelve people on our tour so easy to keep together. Good audio headsets and although the pace was steady, had no trouble keeping together. So pleased we had booked this tour. Our guide Marli made the tour and showed us insights of the history of the time when the Sistine Chapel was painted. Also guided us to the back of the Sistine Chapel where we could see without craning our necks too much. St Peters Bascillica was stunning and huge. Much bigger than I had imagined. It was great to go in before the huge queues and bonus was very small group. Would definitely like to do this tour again.

vaughny916

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Our tour guide was Jad and he was great! H sloe english very well and told many jokes along the way. He was with the company The Roman Guy. I would recommend taking this tour. He did a great job showing us things and explaining the history.

Kathy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Excellant tour and excellent guide. Highly recommend as keeping with the small group size, we only had 8 in our group. Getting into the Vatican and Sistine Chapel early with skip the line is a must. We were there before 8:00 am and the regular line was already extremely long / wrapped around the building. We were able to enter a full hour before the regular line entry. Our tour guide, Jad, was excellant, providing many tips and things to look for and interesting information. Really Great, memorable experience!

dilaurorn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Ask for Elaine! Awesome guide, very passionate about art and history. We really enjoyed it.

BARBARA N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Our tour guide Anna was truly amazing. She gave us tips on what to look for once we got inside, some history of the great Michelangelo and Raphael learning from the master. She shared details on how the fresco are created, the tricks they play on your eyes when everything is actually flat. I was blown away. She showed us around the Vatican and pointed out many details you surely would have missed as there is just too much to look at in one day. Her tour was one of the best. You will be lucky to get this beautiful person. You will know you have this one because she has The flag of Gibraltar on her guide post. Anna you are amazing. When I return I hope to have you as my guide again

Russell F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

This was our second time visiting the Vatican and this was an amazing tour. Our tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable.

Natalie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was an absolutely excellent tour. Elaine was wonderful and engaging and pitched the tour just right. My daughter has additional needs and getting into the Vatican especially the Sistine Chapel before the crowds was a must. We skipped the queue, and felt like VIP's. Elaine was wonderful with my daughter who thought she was the 'best guide ever'. Knowledgeable, paced just right and entertaining to boot. Well done Elaine, youre a star.

Jeffrey E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This was by far money well spent. Anna was amazing. She knew all the tricks to make our experience the best. She was very experienced and knowledgeable. We also liked that though she is Italian she spoke very understandable English. We saw and heard many other guides that were very hard to understand. This tour saved us so much time. The Vatican before hours tour gets you in before the crowds and you should have seen the line at 11am when we were finished! A big horseshoe going across St. Peters Square. I would do this tour again especially if Anna is the guide.

Robbyn T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This tour was amazing! Getting into the Sistine Chapel before the masses was priceless!

Joybell New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Superb early morning visit with Guiseppe, our very knowledgeable guide. We were taken immediately to the Sistine Chapel so we were able to enjoy it in relative peace and quiet with few people. Later when we had to pass through the Chapel again after viewing the museum then heading into St Peters, the Chapel was absolutely packed with tourists. Brilliant tour. Ensure you wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be on your feet for around 4 - 5 hours.

Paul L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Our guide, Sara, was intelligent, friendly and has a gift for communicating. The tour is, of course, fascinating and Sara made it even better. Highly recommended.

Elena K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

It was a great tour. Although we had to get up very early, about 5 a.m. to get from our hotel to the meeting place on time. But no regrets, and no disappointment at all! We had Nicola from the Roman Guy group. He was outstanding, very knowledgeable and helpful I had a small incident with a lost item, and Nicola went above and beyond his role of a tour guide to help locating the item. Thank you Nicola. We visited Sistine Chapel first with a small group of other early birds and the experience was totally breathtaking and Divine. Just for this experience it's worthwhile to take this tour.

yfouts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

I would highly recommend the Skip the Line Early Entrance to the Vatican tour. Don't waste your precious vacation time waiting in line.

Ian J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Impressive tour. Everything it was promised to be.

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