Vatican And Papal Basilicas Jubilee Tour In Rome

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Mark the Papal Jubilee with a special tour of the Vatican and Romes patriarchal basilicas. After a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, step inside the Sistine Chapel and then behold your first major basilica of the day: St Peters Basilica. In the afternoon, visit the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. See Berninis tomb, the Santa Scala, and learn all about the jubilee and its significance in Rome. Small-group tour limited to 12 people in the morning and 25 in the afternoon.

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Your first call is the Vatican Museums, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the holiest spots in Christendom through the year. Walk past the main entry lines and step straight inside with your skip-the-line ticket. With your guide, you’ll explore incredible galleries of art including Raphael’s Rooms as well as the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica — the first patriarchal basilica visited on your tour.

When your time at the Vatican ends, enjoy a lengthy break (2.5 hours) for lunch and perhaps some independent sightseeing. Later, meet back up with your guide and travel into central Rome by coach. Your afternoon’s mission is to check off the remaining patriarchal basilicas of Rome.

Head to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where 5th-century mosaics await. Next is the pope’s traditional seat at the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. Visit the nearby Scala Santa, the white marble steps that are believed to have been climbed by Christ himself, and then continue to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Hear how the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and learn of the Christian legends that surround the peaceful place of worship.

After admiring the basilica’s frescoes, mosaics and, of course, Bernini’s tomb, bid your guide goodbye. Your tour finishes near Rome Termini.

    Inclusions for Vatican And Papal Basilicas Jubilee Tour In Rome

    • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
    • Small groups of 25 people or less
    • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
    • No Wait Access to the Vatican Museums
    • Skip the Line entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Entrance into the four churches and to the Holy Stairs
    • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach bus
    • Audio headsets, so you can always hear your guide

    Exclusions for Vatican And Papal Basilicas Jubilee Tour In Rome

    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transfer between tours
    • Food and drinks

    Itinerary:

    Sites Visited Inside
    Vatican Museums
    The Sistine Chapel
    Pinecone Courtyard
    Gallery of the Tapestries and the Candelabra
    Gallery of the Maps
    Raphael Rooms
    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)

    Sites Visited Outside
    St.Peter's Square

    Additional Info

    Confirmation will be received at time of booking

    Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, there may be 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, 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, and this may result in you having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated, and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded

    Guests must check in with the local supplier's representative both in the morning and in the afternoon.

    This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs, so comfortable shoes are recommended.

    The local supplier is unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance

    Strollers and prams cannot be accommodated on this tour

    Entrance into the Vatican Museums and the basilicas requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. The local supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress

    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.” The route taken on this tour is designed to minimize exposure to crowds as much as possible, but be aware that the museums are very busy by nature

    All four basilicas are subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies during the Papal Jubilee. Furthermore, access through the holy doors is not possible, as the site is expected to be busy

    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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    • Could not be happier. We were the only ones on these tours but City Wonders ran them anyway. Both guides were outstanding

    • With the full day tour we were the only one's on the tour. Both the morning guide and the one in the afternoon were excellent in there knowledge of the history. Since we were the only one's they could have cancel the tour. But instead of a van we had a privite car take us to the churches.

    • As a Catholic, there is no more powerful experience that to be at the Vatican. Then to take the Jubilee tour, and walk through the 4 Holy doors and have your sins forgiven, well that was worth the entire trip all by itself. We had a wonderful guide who was knowledgeable, respectful, and professional.

    • You definitely want to skip the line. It's a mad house. Well worth the money.

    • Excellent...but we were worn out! So much to see and learn about. I think there were extra tourists/pilgrims as we are at the end of a Catholic Jubilee year. Much more crowded than I expected we went mid/late October. I would recommend a little reading/research ahead of time - wish we'd done so. Viator partnered with City Wonders formerly Dark Rome - every single tour guide we had was amazing and knowledgeable.

    • We really enjoyed this tour! Both the tour guides morning and afternoon were very knowledgeable.

    • Such an amazing tour. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to see the Vatican in one day!

    • It was nice to see the Vatican Museum, cistine chapel and the 3 other Basillicas in Rome

    • Doriana was fantastic on the Vatican Museum / Sistine Chapel / St. Peter's in the morning. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and humorous. Time flew.

      However, the 3 basilicas tour in the afternoon was a bust. You are better off going to those on your own. The guides different crew fro, the morning were minimally informed and the bus slowly crept through Roman traffic. The metro is much quicker.

    • Was good to be ahead of the crowds that were waiting to enter. Good knowledge from both the morning and afternoon guides. Just a note for anyone doing the full day you finish a taxi ride away from the star at the Vatican

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