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Jubilee Full Day Tour Incl. Four Major Basilicas

From US$ 124 per person
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • E-ticket/Mobile voucher
  • Spend a day seeing some of the most holy sites in Rome.
  • Take a guided tour of the Vatican including the Sistine Chapel.
  • Walk through the Holy Doors of St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Visit the three Major Papal Basilicas of Rome with your Expert Tour Guide.
The 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy is the perfect time for pilgrims to visit Rome’s holiest sites. This tour will take you to the Holy See’s most significant churches and monuments in one unforgettable day. With an expert guide, air conditioned transport and a small group of no more than 15 people you will visit the Sistine Chapel, take a guided tour of the art collections in the Vatican, bask in the beauty of St. Peter’s, explore the three Major Papal Basilicas, and even see the Holy Stairs. There is simply no better way for religious tourists to immerse themselves in the Jubilee.

Your day starts at the Vatican where you’ll take a guided tour that visits all the sights you knew you wanted to see and some surprises you didn’t expect, including the Raphael Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, Belvedere Courtyard, Laocoon, and others.

The cherry on top is the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo spent eight years working on his now-famous frescoes. By the time we arrive at the Chapel, you’ll know not only the story behind the paintings, but what they mean and why they’re so renowned.

From Michelangelo’s masterpiece it’s off to St. Peter’s Basilica via the special-access passageway that allows you to avoid the entrance lines and focus on the majesty of the immense sanctuary. You’ll see Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching Pietá and have a chance to walk through the Holy Doors (open for the first time in 16 years).

After the Vatican you’ll break for Lunch, which is not included but you’re guide will have plenty of restaurant recommendations. They will also give you directions for the short, easy journey to the starting point for the next leg of the tour, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, where your next guide will be waiting.

As the seat of the Pope and the oldest papal basilica, San Giovanni was the first Catholic Church in the western world. Your guide will show you the 14th century baldachin; the incredible gold mosaics in the church apse; and the twelve monumental statues of apostles, each sponsored by a prince or pope. Near the church you will also stop at the Scala Sancta or Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem by Constantine I’s mother, St. Helena. The devout come to climb the stairs on their knees as, custom has it, Jesus did on his way to trial under Pontius Pilate. We won’t have time during the tour (nor is the deeply personal act very fitting with a guided tour), but you’ll have all the information you need to appreciate the climb if you do return to do it later.

Next you’ll head to the Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura, or Saint Paul Outside the Walls. Built by Constantine I, it’s one of the least visited (and least crowded) of Rome’s major churches, and also one of its most architecturally impressive. Reportedly built atop the remains of St. Paul, its stunning cloisters and mosaics are among the most precious of Rome’s hidden gems.

You’ll cap off the day on a high note with a visit to the oldest of Rome’s churches dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary - the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Its 5th century mosaics and the story of the early Christians who made them are sure to deepen your appreciation for the roots of Christianity.

The most holy churches in Rome can be difficult to visit in a single day if you are using public transport. We remove the annoyance of finding your way between them in the afternoon by providing you with an air-conditioned mini-bus chauffeured by a professional driver. With a group of 15 people or fewer you will have plenty of time to quiz your expert guide on all the details of the places you visit and soak in the atmosphere of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
what’s included
  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Transport between churches by comfortable air-conditioned car/minibus
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Headsets
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
what’s excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
  • Transportation between the Vatican and St. John Lateran
  • Lunch
Tour details
Availability Every Mon & Sat
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 7.5 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Rome, Italy
Good to know > Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
> Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
>Please remember that churches visited during the tour are holy places, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks of Italy cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress.
> On rare occasions, when the basilicas are being prepared for high masses or a special private event, the tour group exit and/or the basilica itself can be closed without prior notification. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
> While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of our group Vatican tours.
> Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.
> Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
> Special note for tours running during the Holy Year (Jubilee): All guests must now pass through a security check before entering religious sites.
> Please note that your average lunch break is 1 hour and 30 minutes in between your Vatican Highlights Tour in the morning and your Major Basilica Tour in the afternoon. Please allow plenty of time to reach your afternoon meeting point at Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano. If you decide to take a taxi after your morning tour, please be aware that the average taxi costs from St. Peter's Basilica to Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano are around 25-30 Euro.
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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Walks of Italy / Product Category: Walking Tours
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