Wonderful..wonderful .Able to take pictures in Sistine chapel! So beautiful! Guided thru museums also. Great breakfast at the end and short cut to St Peter's Basilica. Opening doors with clavegero ...exciting!!!Very intimate and informational. Tiffany...OUR GUIDE...very professional and spoke perfect English very eloquently. SHE made the tour fun too!! Very best way to see this and money well spent. Last time I saw with throngs of people..ugh!
This really was the best tour we have ever taken while traveling. Our guide, Tiffany, was very personable and even more knowledgeable. The entire experience definitely had a once in a lifetime feel to it. Having been to the Vatican before, almost thirty years ago, it was remarkable to see those priceless works of art and especially the Sistine Chapel as one of a group of 18 instead of just a face in the throngs of people pushing their way through the rooms. To my knowledge no one is allowed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel but if you are on this tour you can. We spent 10-15 minutes in the Chapel while Tiffany told us about every inch of it. I will never forget this very special experience.
This was an incredible experience and we definitely do not regret the cost, totally worth it. Opening the doors, turning on the lights, no crowds to battle thru or to obscure any view, an amazing tour guide Tiffany - all in all just fantastic. Tiffany was interesting, knowledgeable and extremely nice, she also gave restaurant tips which turned out to be spot on. Do the tour, you will not regret it.
This is beyond any doubt the best travel experience we have ever had. It is just amazing! We met our tour guide, Becky, before dawn at the door to the Vatican Museums. She was very nice and knowledgeable, you could not ask for a better tour guide. For the next few hours, we walked through the galleries, no rush, before the public was allowed in, switching on the lights and opening the doors using the big, old keys on the giant keys rings used by Vatican staff. BONUS: Our key holder was the one who actually broke conclave when the cardinals elected the pope! Words cannot do justice to the experience of standing in a dark gallery that explodes into color when the lights come on. The highlight, by far, is the Sistine Chapel. Most people experience it as a room packed full of people, noisy and rushed, no pictures allowed. We, however, had it to ourselves, got to spend as much time as we wanted exploring all of the incredible details, and taking all the pictures we wanted. You even get a buffet breakfast, featuring priducts from the Pope's own cows (no joke), followed by a self-guided tour of the basillica and the rest of the Vatican, which would have been great all by itself. If you can do this, by all means, do it!
It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to unlock the doors and turn on the lights to the rooms which contain some of the most precious and historic! art treasures in the world. The whole experience was fantastic from beginning to end. A huge part of what made this tour so special was our guide Tiffany McIver. She was absolutely outstanding!!! She absolutely knows her stuff, and is absolutely passionate about it. I would love to take many more tours with her.
Do this tour! You won't regret it!
This was an excellent tour in all respects. Tiffany was a great tour leader, knowledgeable, well informed, and passionate about sharing her expertise. The tour started promptly at 6am, and lasted about two and a half hours followed by an amazing outdoor breakfast. This small group tour is a recent Viator innovation (since summer 2018) and well worth the cost. Good value overall. My husband and I would highly recommend this tour. Thanks again Tiffany! Diane and Michael
Well worth every penny!!! Felt so priveledged!! The incredulousness of this event was especially felt when we went back into the Sistene Chapel and saw how many people were there a mere hour after we had been through! And to have pics unlocking the door to The chapel and gallery of maps will be treasured forever. If you are going to splurge on something in Rome, let it be this tour!!