Exclusive Vatican Tour
Please note: Infants seated in adult's lap are free of charge.
On your small group Vatican tour, see the renowned Sistine Chapel, enjoy skip-the-line access to the great works within the Vatican Museums, and admire the beauty of Saint Peter's Basilica for a comprehensive view of this unique city-state. As you explore the beautiful detail and intricacy of Rafael's art, listen to what your expert guide has to share you about the lives of great artists who spent time working at the Vatican. Also learn about the rivalry between Rafael and Michelangelo that existed as they worked side-by-side to complete their respective masterpieces.
Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will answer any questions you might have during your Vatican tour. As you explore the area, discuss with your small group the great works on display at the Vatican and interpret their meanings. In the Sistine Chapel, discover the beauty of Michelangelo's famous frescoes and examine their beauty for as long as you'd like. As you look up and around, you'll learn about the relationship between Pope Julius II and Michelangelo and how this relationship helped Michelangelo to create some of the greatest work known to the world.
On this intimate tour of the Vatican, open both your eyes and your ears. While you walk from room to room exploring each exquisite collection of art, your guide will entertain you with stories about famous Popes. Hear about their love of art and glamorous lifestyles.
Your tour continues as you visit Saint Peter's Basilica, where you can discover a vast array of artistic beauty. Discuss Michelangelo's "Pieta," the piece that caused Pope Julius II to contact the young artist for other, more important works he had in mind. You can't miss Bernini's 98-foot tall bronze baldacchino, which towers above the chapel's altar. Gaze upward to be awed by the exquisite dome, designed by Michelangelo and eventually completed by Giacomo della Porta and Fontana in 1590. Listen to the story of the simple fisherman who became St. Peter, the first Pope of Christianity, and how his great deeds inspired the iconic basilica.
Take in the Belvedere courtyard, and the impressive Pio Clementino museum with its beautiful Greek and Roman statues. Your guide will also show you the stunning candelabra gallery and the tapestries gallery, as well as the astonishing Raphael rooms, the Borgia's apartment and examples of Bernini and Bramante's work. The final part of the tour will focus on Saint Peter's square, home to important Papal ceremonies. Here you will have time to admire Michaelangelo's Dome and Bernini's colonnades. Immerse yourself in ancient art and learn about the history of the Catholic church and its leaders on this guided small group Vatican tour.
Immerse yourself in ancient art and learn about the history of the Catholic church and its leaders on this guided small group Vatican tour.
Please Note: This tour takes place in Rome. Guests on ships docking in Civitavecchia will need to make their own way to Rome from Civitavecchia (approximately 50 miles away) at their own expense. A taxi ride takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to and from the pier each way. There is train service from nearby train stations, and the average trip takes approximately 90 minutes each way. Your cruise ship may offer a shuttle to a nearby station.
Reviewer: Elaine Turnbull
Francesca was an excellent tour guide, who was very tuned in to one member of the groups' physical limitations. She was extremely well informed and gave us plenty of time to view and appreciate the things she was showing us. We felt this was one of the best excursions we took!
Reviewer: John Fox
Our guide had worked in the Vatican for a number of years and knew and was known by everyone working there, which made getting around with all of the crowds much easier. Before we started and went inside, he took an I-pad, and showed us all of the things we would see. He broke up the tour into segments, and did this for each segment. Not only did he show us the things to look for, be explained in depth all about them We now understand so much about different things we have seen on several of the trip. We have probably done a hundred different excursions over the years, but this guide made this trip extremely special and more than worthwhile. We only had two other couples in our group which also helped to make it great, yes there was a total of six of us. Look at all the other groups going thru, and they have 30 to 40 people trying to hear over a headset. Go with this small group Excursion, and try to get this guide.