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Exclusive Half-Day Vatican City Tour with Breakfast and Gardens

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    What to Expect
    Having the Vatican virtually to yourself without the masses is a rare opportunity. Which is why this half-day guided tour begins early in the morning. Start by fueling up in the Vatican cafeteria on croissants, muffins and made-to-order eggs. And then board a shaded open-air bus for a drive around the world's smallest nation. Learn about the history of the Vatican and some insider secrets about the mysterious country and cruise down some streets that had previously been verboten to go until very recently. The 45-minute journey through Vatican City may only whet your appetite for what is next. 

    Breeze right past the long line at the Vatican Museums and enter the legendary space that holds one of the greatest collections of art in the world. Let your guide take you through the massive museum, curating a trail of the best of the best on this 3-hour segment. Learn about the history and the behind-the-scenes story of each masterpiece. Spend some time in the Sistine Chapel, staring up at Michelangelo's incredible frescos and learn how how he left a secret message for the pope! 

    After exiting the museum, stroll into St. Peters Basilica. Marvel at another Michelangelo masterpiece, La Pietà, as well as Bernini's Baldachino over the altar, before the tour concludes.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
    Departure Time
    07:15am (meet strictly at 7am)
    Return Details
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    • American buffet breakfast
    • 45-minute Vatican City bus tour including Vatican gardens
    • 3-hour Vatican Museums guided tour with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter Basilica
    • Groups of max 25
    • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
    • Early access before the main public
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican Gardens
    • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
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    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, we may experience 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, we strongly suggest that you 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 which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance
    • Please note that children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on this tour
    • Please note that on some religious festivities, the bus tour itinerary might change, and the gardens might no be accessible by bus
    • Entrance into religious sites requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. City Wonders cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress
    • On Wednesday mornings and afternoons St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public due to the Papal Audience taking place in Saint Peter’s Square. Customers who wish to visit St. Peter’s Basilica are advised to travel on another day. The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers a longer tour of the Vatican Museums in keeping with the advertised total length of the tour. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts
    • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours
    • 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 2015 and numbers rising year-on-year, the museums give rise to a whole new meaning of the word “crowded.” Our tour routes are designed to minimize exposure to crowds as much as possible, but be aware that the museums are very busy by nature
    • Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirement
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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