Experience 9 Of The World’s Most Iconic Attractions—Without The Crowds
From visiting Rio’s Christ the Redeemer first thing in the morning to seeing Michelangelo’s David in Florence with your very own art historian guide, you’ll feel like a VIP as you explore these famous sites without the usual crowds.
Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani)
In peak season, wait times at the Vatican Museums extend up to four hours. But not for this experience. On the Waking Up the Vatican tour, you'll enter the museums before sunrise to experience the Vatican in quiet solitude. This VIP tour allows a small number of travelers to join the clavigero (Vatican key holder) as he unlocks the museums' treasure-filled rooms, hours before they open to the public. Your guide also provides commentary inside the Sistine Chapel—a rare perk as talking is usually prohibited.
Accademia Gallery (Galleria dell'Accademia)
On this early access tour of the Accademia Gallery in Florence, you're the first of the day to see Michelangelo's David and other influential Renaissance art housed at the gallery. An art historian leads the group, limited to a max of 15 participants, through the gallery in the morning, before the crowds arrive.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
New York City, New York
Get inside the Met before it opens to the general public on this VIP EmptyMet tour. See its most famous exhibits with one of the museum’s own guides, tracing more than 5,000 years of human history and getting up close to highlights such as Canova’s Perseus with the Head of Medusa and Vincent van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses without the usual New York crowds.
The Grand Canyon
Fly over the Grand Canyon and enjoy an alfresco sunset dinner on the West Rim with this VIP helicopter tour—it's an exclusive experience that can only be booked on Viator and Tripadvisor. Travelers see Lake Mead and Hoover Dam from above, and land on the West Rim for a gourmet dinner outdoors, complete with table linens, fine china, and Champagne. Bonus: You'll travel to and from Las Vegas in a Mercedes.
San Francisco, California
Be among the first visitors of the day to tour Alcatraz, one of San Francisco's most popular attractions, with this exclusive experience. Begin at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you'll jump on a motorized cable car, and explore the city before heading to Pier 33 to board an early ferry to Alcatraz, the island prison where notorious criminals such as Al Capone, were once held.
Bypass hours-long lines and scorching midday heat on this exclusive early access tour of Chichen Itza from Cancun. Arriving before the crowds, experience-goers visit parts of the archaeological site that most tour groups miss, with support from an archaeologist guide to take in highlights including the Ball Court, the Temple of the Warriors, and the iconic Kukulcan Pyramid (El Castillo).
Catacombs of Rome (Catacombe di Roma)
Uncover Rome’s bygone secrets, tucked away beneath the streets, on this after-hours tour of the Catacombs of Rome. Visit Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini and Capuchin Crypt, the bone-decorated burial chambers beneath the church. After, continue to the centuries-old Catacombs of Priscilla where Rome’s early Christians gathered to pray and bury their dead.
Christ the Redeemer Statue (Cristo Redentor)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Beat the crowds and visit Christ the Redeemer in the early morning on this exclusive tour. With a local guide, travelers visit the peak of Corcovado Mountain to view the towering statue up close. There’s also an option to upgrade the experience and hop on the cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain (Pao de Açúcar) and see the panoramic views from the city’s high point.
Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec)
Mexico City, Mexico
Discover one of Mexico City’s most popular attractions before the crowds set in on this exclusive early access tour of Chapultepec Castle. Explore 12 rooms filled with royal artifacts and learn about Chapultepec’s origins as a retreat for Aztec rulers. A guide then takes travelers to the National Museum of Anthropology, which houses the largest collection of traditional Mexican art in the world.