Complete St Peters Basilica Tour With Dome Climb And Crypt - Vatican City

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture and lore of St. Peters Basilica with this all-access tour. Not only will you enjoy a full guided tour of the Basilica and Papal Crypt (not usually included Basilica and Vatican tours) with an expert guide, youll avoid long lines to climb up into the titanic dome early in the morning, and gape at the amazing views of Rome.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation

Know More about this tour

St. Peter’s Basilica is the most important church in Christendom and this is the most complete tour of the Basilica available. From the heights of the immense dome to the depths of the Papal Crypt and all the fantastic art in between, you’ll explore every corner of this amazing church and come away in even more awe of it’s grandeur than when you started.

Your tour starts early, before the crowds arrive. After exploring St Peter’s Square and seeing the Swiss Guard, you’ll head for St. Peter’s Basilica dome. You and your intimate group of 15 people or fewer will take the special elevator to the first terrace of the Dome to admire the beautiful mosaics up close as your guide points out details you might otherwise miss.

To reach the top of the dome you have to climb 231 steps (there’s no elevator) but the view alone is worth the effort. In fact, it’s the single best view of Rome,  stretching from St Peter’s Square across the Tiber and beyond.

When you come down from the dome your expert guide will lead you on a full tour of the Basilica, from Bernini’s colossal baldachin to Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching Pietá. You’ll also discover the small details, stories, history and lore that are packed into every nook and cranny of this nearly 400-year-old building, including why everyone is so intent on rubbing the foot of a certain statue.

Finally your tour will include a rare visit to the Papal Crypt  where your guide will point out the most significant tombs. It’s forbidden to speak inside the Crypt (it’s a sacred site) but before you enter, your guide will tell you the stories of the men buried in them.

Inclusions for Complete St Peters Basilica Tour With Dome Climb And Crypt

  • Pre-reserved tickets to climb St Peter’s Basilica Dome with elevator access
  • Small groups of max 15 people
  • Expert local guide

Exclusions for Complete St Peters Basilica Tour With Dome Climb And Crypt

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note that skip the line access is not possible at the dome or at St. Peters Basilica's security line (although it is possible for guests entering via the Vatican Museums, who use a different door), so you may need to spend some time in unavoidable queues. Your guide will use the time well though, entertaining you with stories and pointing out the incredible details of St. Peter's Square.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • For me this was the best part of the whole visit to Rome, cannot recommend this tour enough, NOT for the faint hearted, if your feeling really brave and super fit you can walk the whole 500 steps or like me take the lift to the first platform great views then the last 200 steps have to be walked, steps are tiny and tight and walking around the dome on the inside is a very weird experience and the last few steps are bit scary! However once you reach the top and come out at the top of the dome its well worth it, wow takes your breath away literally, views are amazing and to look down at St Peters square is truly beautiful. We had the perfect views as it was a lovely sunny clear day! We took this tour mid September again get there early as crowds build up and the queues wind their way around St Peters square.

  • I went on this tour on 12 September 2017 - the sights themselves were fantastic - the view from the top of the Dome is AMAZING. Unfortunately let down by the tour guide. We were met by a lovely lady who took our details who then passed us over to our guide. This lady I didn't hear her name, rushed us through to the security queue so my first sight ever of St Peter's square was running behind her rather than taking in the grandeur. Once through security she then proceeded to tell us about the Swiss guard, hardly anyone could hear what she was saying. When I asked her to speak up she said I like to speak in a whisper!! It was only as we moved on and inside St Peter's that we realised that we were getting headsets so we could hear her more easily. She then explained that she had rushed us through as the queue gets long very quickly and the headsets would enable us to hear her. If only she had explained all of this BEFORE when we were outside the square instead of letting us get confused and annoyed. We were given postcards with various places that we could see from the top of the dome and were told that she would point these out to us but she didn't actually come to the top of the dome, we climbed up ourselves, nor did she point them out from where she waited for us outside the lift that takes you halfway. She also tried to stop the tour half an hour early and not take us to the crypt. I asked if we were going in the crypt and she said we could go in ourselves and pointed us in the general direction. It was not until another person got out her tour details and pointed out that it was included in the price that she said she forgot. She took us to the crypt - via the exit and we saw about half before she then rushed off. As I said - amazing tour sadly let down by the tour guide who appeared to have either gotten out of bed on the wrong side or had a prior appointment that she was rushing off too. Disappointed.

  • I enjoyed the tour however, the guide was unprepared and the directions for the meeting point was poor creating undo stress. The guide did not prepare for the group we had. Apparently there is a limit for guides and tourists before you should have a microphone when touring the Basilica. It would have been nice to be able to hear the guide and not be escorted out before she was complete with her tour. luckily I booked a more detailed trip for the afternoon by another company to give a more detailed tour. The view up to the Basilica dome was beautiful.

  • This was an excellent tour and exceeded our expectations. It was a small group and Felix, our guide, made the whole experience enjoyable and informative. By starting early you miss all the lines and crowds which makes this tour well worth doing.

  • Very interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Worth the cost!

  • Great tour, hit all the important sites. Tour guide Emma was super informative and attentive.

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