By Nahrain John @karryontravel22 Jun 2018Visiting a popular site, such as the Vatican, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most, which can sometimes fail to live up to expectations thanks to the sea of other tourists. Crowds cause long annoying waits, they disrupt views and they can disconnect visitors from the experience. Or to put it bluntly, they’re bloody annoying. It’s for this reason that since 2016, Trafalgar has offered its guests an exclusive after-hours tour of the Roman Catholic Church headquarters that comes with a private on-site dinner. Legit! Trafalgar literally lets guests end their day practically solo in the Vatican. Seeing the success of this exclusive experience, TripAdvisor has emerged with its own out-of-hours Vatican offer, but this time it’s ‘Waking up the Vatican’. Those who prefer to start the day a little earlier can experience the popular attraction before sunrise and before it opens to the public. They’ll be able to see the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s rooms, the Galleries AND they’ll join the ‘Clavigero’, the key holder, as he unlocks the doors to the public. The 20-people tour is led by an English-speaking guide and is available from now until 1 June 2019 (blackout dates apply) for a cost of AU$717 (€449). READ: Trafalgar takes travellers to the Vatican Museum after hours READ: TripAdvisor reveals the ‘Most Excellent’ countries to visit READ: Pope spontaneously marries flight attendants mid-flight Would you like to Wake up the Vatican? Other stories you may like TRIPADVISOR: These are the “Most Excellent” hotel chains in the world VIRTUOSO: It’s full steam ahead for 2019 with the evolution of the Travel Advisor Would you take a tour of Italy with MUSSOLINI’S granddaughter?