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.