Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica tour:
Meet your guide in Vatican City to begin your combo tour of Rome’s two most historical and iconic attractions. With your skip-the-line ticket, enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved door for exclusive tour partners, avoiding the long entrance lines, even the priority ones. Follow your guide around the museum complex, home to the world’s most renowned collection of art, from Renaissance masterpieces to classic statues. Dozens of rooms and galleries are housed here, and you’ll visit the most well known, including the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Candelabra, learning about the histories of these rooms and their contents as you go.
Admire the Pinecone Courtyard and Raphael’s Rooms before finally arriving at the Sistine Chapel, where you can gaze up in wonder at Michelangelo’s famous 16th-century ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment wall fresco. When your time in the chapel is up, continue to St Peter’s Basilica—the world’s largest Catholic church, known for its enormous dome—to see another Michelangelo work, his La Pietà sculpture, and be wowed by Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy.
At this point, you’ll be left by your guide to enjoy free time for lunch and to make your own way to the meeting point for the second half of your tour (food, drinks and any transport are at your own expense).
Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour:
After meeting your guide, skip past the main entrance line to the Colosseum with your fast-track ticket, and head in the amphitheater for a tour of its first and second levels. While you walk, listen to tales from your guide about the gory gladiator battles and other events that took place here centuries ago to entertain emperors and some 50,000 spectators.
Leaving the Colosseum, walk over to the neighboring Roman Forum, the center of political and commercial activity in Ancient Rome. As you explore the ruins, learn about sites like the Temple of Julius Caesar, and climb up Palatine Hill for a panoramic view of the ruins and Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Your tour comes to an end here, from where you can continue exploring on your own.
Please note: During the low season, the itinerary described operates in reverse. You’ll tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the morning, followed by the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.