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What To Expect
Participate in a Jubilee Tour like no other! Follow the traditional pilgrim path to celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy in Rome! Be there to become one of the spectators of the opened Holy Door during this special time every 25 years!
Start off the tour by meeting with your guide and entering the Vatican Museums using your no-wait access privilege, allowing you to bypass the long queues. your guide will take you to see one of the world's most prized art collections as he explains the history behind each one. Travel back in time as you step inside Raphael's Rooms where you can admire his ornate works among other treasures.
Next, head over to the Sistine Chapel which you can explore by entering a special access door, allowing you to bypass yet another winding line of tourists. Marvel at the largest church in the world of Christianity, the St. Peter's Basilica. Contained in this immense church are some of the old world's treasures such as Michelangelo's "Pieta", St. Peter's tomb, Bernini's gigantic Baldachin (a canopy over the altar) and many more!
You will be able to visit the other three major basilicas of the city through transfers via an air-conditioned coach. After a trip to the St. Peter's basilica, enjoy a 2.75-hour lunch break before heading to the St. Paul Outside the Walls, a well-known UNESCO World Heritage Site. The remains of Saint Paul himself are kept inside this church along with an attractive display of 5th century mosaics and brightly-colored frescoes.
Then, come to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, an impressive Roman Cathedral and the traditional seat of the Pope. By reason of its historic Papal headquarters, the Saint John Lateran church is considered more important than the St. Peter's Basilica by some.
Climb up the 28 white marble steps of the Holy Stairs or Scala Sancta. This marvelous staircase is believed to have been climbed on by Christ during his passion. Taking the steps normally takes about an hour and a half due to the tradition of saying a prayer on each step, but you are welcome to take the first step only and say a silent prayer as you take in the religious atmosphere surrounding this great staircase.
The Jubilee tour ends with a tour of the St. Mary Major Church or the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore as the locals call it. Admire 5th century mosaics, finely sculpted decorations, mesmerizing frescoes and Bernini's tomb.
Gallery of the Tapestries and the Candelabra
Gallery of the Maps
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo fuori le Mura)
The Holy Stairs (La Scala Santa)
St. John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano)
St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore)
No-Wait Access into the Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
Skip-the-line entrance into St. Peter's Basilica
Entrance into the four churches and to the Holy Stairs
Air-conditioned coach bus transfers
Headsets during guided tour
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
The morning service ends at St. Peter's Basilica/St. Peter's Square around 11:10 AM. The afternoon service ends at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, near Termini, around 5:00 PM.
The second part of the tour starts at 14:00.
Gratuities to guides and/or drivers providing excellent service are appreciated.
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs, comfortable shoes are recommended.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.
The Vatican Museums are among the most highly trafficked sites in the world. With over 6 million visitors in 2014 and numbers rising year-on-year, the museums give rise to a whole new meaning of the word "crowded." This tour's routes are designed to minimize exposure to crowds as much as possible, but be aware that the museums are very busy by nature.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
All four Basilicas are subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies during the Jubilee. Furthermore, we are not able to grant access through the Holy Doors, as the sites might be very busy.
Shoulders and knees must be covered.
Low cut, sleeveless tops or shorts are not permitted for both men and women.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.