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What To Expect
Participate in a special day-long pilgrimage to four of Vatican's major basilicas! Deemed as the most important churches in the world, follow the traditional pilgrim path as you explore Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, the Holy Stairs, St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major basilicas.
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 an approxiamtely 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.
End your pilgrimage 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)
English-speaking tour guide
Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
No-Wait-Access to the Vatican Museums
Skip-the-Line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
Entrance to the four churches and to the Holy Stairs
Air-conditioned coach bus transfers
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.
This tour operates with a maximum of 25 guests.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.
Gratuities to guides and/or drivers providing excellent service are appreciated.
St. Peter's Basilica is subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, guests will offered a longer tour of the Vatican Museums in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour.
It is the responsibility of all guests 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.
Tour provider is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance as well as strollers or baby carriages on the 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.
Shoulders and knees must be covered.
Low cut, sleeveless tops or shorts are not permitted for both men and women.
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