The VIP tour guided by Shanon was wonderful. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate. She has a great demeanor and a pleasure to spend time with. There was not a question she did not know the answer. We spent 40 minutes in the Sisteen Chapel by ourselves including taking pictures. I would highly recommend this tour and particularly with Shanon. I would specifically ask for her. To visit the Vatican any other way is foolish.
Worth every cent. Very informative and we were allowed to see areas that not everyone else in the general public could. Group size was perfect and we were the only group in the chapel. Absolutely recommended.
Dora was our guide, and she was excellent. Sadly we were misdirected by a few private ticket touts who sent us miles out of our way. However, on arriving at our meeting place. The group were still waiting
This was a fabulous, once on a lifetime experience. To see the Sistine Chapel with such a small group was amazing. Shannon was an excellent and informative guide. This is a must see!!
This tour is worth every penny. Bypassing the crowds and seeing some less traveled rooms is a welcome respite from the very busy Vatican madness. Our guide, Shannon, was very enthusiastic and focused on making sure this was a special experience for all 11 of our group. The entire tour is amazing but the the final 30 minutes alone in the Sistine Chapel make the tour unique and unforgettable. Shannon was able to describe each panel to us with no distractions. It truly is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
This was a splurge, but absolutely exceeded our expectations. Our tour with Sev was the highlight of our trip. He was very knowledgable and entertaining--if we could have, we would have booked a different tour with him every day. It would have been well worth it.
The tour was amazing! Got to see the Bramante staircase and number of other things not open to the public. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining!! (Sev)
Nice to have Sistine Chapel to our small group. Would have wished for the full 30 mins here and to have at least 5 mins silence.
This was a very expensive tour for the time period it was to take, so my expectations for this tour were very high. I am happy to say that they were met, I think mainly because of the tour guide. Unfortunately I forget his name, but he was an American who teaches in Rome and was both knowledgeable and able to give his explanations in entertaining language. The Vatican Museums, like other world class museums, can't be fully explored in 3 hours or even 3 weeks, so I was impressed at the selection of items to be viewed. We saw a mix of items that were simply interesting, but not necessarily historically or artistically spectacular, to the most glorious works in history. The guide gave interesting explanations of everything we looked at in terms of history, art history and how and when they were acquired. One member of the tour raised a very interesting philosophical question about whether the world, or at least the Western world, would have been better off if Nero had succeeded in snuffing out the Christians or Constantine had not established Christianity as the state religion. The guide gave the best answer for this tour: change any major historical fact and the world would be different, but there is no way to know if it would be better or worse. A small, more academically oriented tour could have made this a fascinating conversation. The non-public rooms were very interesting, esp. Julian II's apts., and the opportunity to see the Sistine Chapel privately was an exceptional experience. Even the march out down corridors we hadn't seen before was wonderful. For anyone who can afford it, I would highly recommend this tour.
If there were six stars I would give this tour six! Best tour in Italy. Skip some of the crowds, there are a lot of people, and see places most will never see. Thirty mins. in the Sistine Chapel after everyone else has gone was absolutely breathtaking. Unforgettable experience. Our guide was great. Knew the staff at the Museum. Had great stories to tell.
Stunning and engrossing. Worth every cent. Sev was a superb guide. Thank you.
5 STAR all the way! This was a great tour and Shannon is a terrific tour guide. It was a very special and wonderful experience. I will recommend this tour.
I would highly recommend this tour. It was an amazing couple of hours with a wonderful guide. He was funny, informative, accommodating, and made the experience so much richer. I soaked up great knowledge of art, history, and funny anecdotes along the way. Of course, highlights were the small 7 of us alone in the Sistine Chapel, and the private chapel of a former Pope. So worth it!
One of a kind experience. We saw so much and had our own personal security guard that let us in to the restricted areas. The only drawback is that you don't go inside St. Peter's so I'd make time for that prior to the tour.
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Expensive but worth it, if nothing else, just to have a good span of time in the Sistine chapel with only our small group. What made the tour particularly enjoyable was the excellent commentary by our guide. He obviously knew his stuff and cared about sharing his knowledge.
Only negative comment--I wish we could have seen a few more works by Michelangelo and Raphael. But our time was well filled--Perhaps a little less on the outdoors in favor of indoors would be my only change. Very good memories of the experience.
Absolutely amazing being in the Sistine Chapel with just a few people was worth the price of admission. Our guide Shannon made it more impressive still. Her knowledge was deep and her presentation flawless. Definitely the highlight of our two weeks in Italy.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
There is a lot of walking through the Vatican before we got to the unique rooms and the Sistine Chapel.
Our excellent guide made this all fascinating and come to life, so the time flew past.
The time in the Sistine Chapel was breathtaking and something I will never forget, having been there previously it was always crowded and you did not get very long to see it, this was totally different and our guide talked us through all the points. It was a fantastic experience.This tour is expensive but you will remember the experience long after you have forgotten the price!!!
Excellent tour. The secret rooms, and sistine chapel without the crowd make it worth the money.
Great tour. We were the only group of 12 people in the Sistine Chapel. It was an amazing experience! Our guide Shanon was great. Would highly recommend this tour.
Doriana was a very knowledgeable and informative guide who can even throw a bit of humor into the tour. We had a great time and it was worth every penny we paid.
WOW! Was this tour worth the extra cost! It was Fantastic! Only 14 of us in the Sistine Chapel-how great was that?! And our guide, Tiffany was superb! Informative, entertaining and knowledgeable, making this visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel an experience of a lifetime! This tour is the absolute best I have ever taken and I have been on some good ones. I will probably never again visit the Sistine Chapel, because it would never live up to this experience! Thanks Tiffany for an AWESOME afternoon! Trip Advisor folks, SPRING for the EXTRA COST and experience this tour!
This is the ONLY way to see the Sistine Chapel. No crowds, no noise, no rush, able to view it and respect it for the art and beauty as it was meant to be. In addition we had the ability to view several things that are not on the normal public tours in the Vatican Museums. Our guide Shannon was wonderful! A wealth of knowledge, friendly, and it was obvious that she enjoys this tour very much as well. Well worth the money!
I highly recommend this tour. It was amazing to be in the Vatican with our small group to see the Bramante tower and other rooms that are not available to the general public. The half hour we spent with just our small group after hours in the Sistine Chapel was worth the price of admission. When we were in corridors with the general public, it was easy to appreciate the time we were able to spend in the private areas with only our small group.
Amazing experience! Sev was an awesome guide. Loved the personal time and attention and ability to have a private experience in the Sistine Chapel.
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