The organizers in the office were awful - they asked for 3 Euro each for headphones and said it was mandatory but then we never got headphones/nor it was needed. The waiting space was also dirty. Also we were suppose to start at 2 pm and have a 3 hr tour, and it started at 2:45 for a 2 hr tour. We saw everything we hoped to see and the tour guide herself was interesting and knowledgeable. I am glad we went on the tour but in the first week of Dec it's not needed because there are no lines!
although our tour was changed from afternoon to early morning, it was very well organized and there were only four of us.
Great and easy way to skip the long line and managed to tour in a very relax way.
Our tour guide was very interesting, had a very good knowledge of the history of the Vatican and the art history of the place .
It is really worth it.
Το Βατικανό ήταν καταπληκτικό, η ξεναγός μας καλή αλλά μιλούσε γρήγορα , το tour τελείωσε μισή ώρα νωρίτερα πράγμα που μου έκανε άσχημη εντύπωση, είχε πολυ κόσμο και πραγματικά δεν περιμέναμε στίς ουρές , θα συνιστούσα να μην διαλέγετε tour που δεν περιλαμβάνονται εισιτήρια μέσα όπως έκανα εγώ γιατί όταν πλήρωσα επι τοπου το εισιτήριο του Μουσείου μου στοιχισε τελικά πολύ ακριβά.
Our tour guide, Elena, was incredible! She covered everything thoroughly, and had lots of interesting information that we would never have known by just walking through ourselves. She was personable, and willing to wait for us if anyone in the tour wanted to take some pictures. We only wish we had booked her for seeing the rest of Rome, instead of doing it on our own.
Booked a small group tour with Viator, who used a local company. Firstly I must say that the artworks in this museum is stunning and requires a lot of time to absorb. About the tour itself: Yes, we were a small group 13 people but there were so many other groups that it was really hard to follow the guide and eventually we lost the group in the crowd. The small radios they give performs really poor and often pick up other tourguides using the same channel. We found that the guided tour did not move at the same pace as we'd like to, and also due to the huge crowds, it is hard to actually appreciate the place and its art. I believe that in our case it was not worth the money spend. The tour was advertised at 43, but I could not find this price anywhere when I booked, and in the end came to nearly double this. Keep in mind that the place is huge and 3 hrs is merely a guideline - I believe a lot more is needed. Unfortunately, again, this seems a very popular attraction and is definitely the most crowded I have ever been to, which can result in getting simply swept along with the crowd, or ushered along by the security staff. Anyone who is really interested in art and history, should investigate alternative ways to conduct their visit.