Vatican Highlights Tour: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Magpie ID: AJEUHZ
API Provider: Rezdy, TourCMS, and Zaui
Instant Confirmation
Location: Rome
Category: Attractions / Museums
Duration: 150.0 minutes
Trip difficulty:
Max Group Size:
Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - Skip long lines at the Vatican Museums with pre-reserved tickets.
- See the most iconic works of the Vatican collection on a carefully curated route through the Museums. Led by an expert guide you’ll get the context and history that makes works so much more interesting.
- Gape Michelangelo’s famous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel just before closing time - with this guided tour you’ll get all the details before you visit, so you’re fully prepped to experience the Sistine Chapel.
- Small groups of 20 people or fewer and headsets for every guest make for a more intimate experience.
Summary
This Vatican highlights tour is designed to show you be very best of the Vatican Museums and give you a deep appreciation for the art, power, and politics of the Vatican City — in just 2.5 hours. We’ve timed our Vatican Museums tour to visit at one of the latest entry times so you’ll avoid the worst of the crowds, visiting the Sistine Chapel in particular, after most of the crowds have gone home.
Description
Start your tour by skipping the (always long) lines to get into the museums, diving right into the galleries holding some of the most famous works of art in the world. Your expert, English-speaking guide will offer eye-opening insight and context (along with some great stories) as you explore the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere Courtyard with ‘Apollo Belvedere’ and ‘Laocoön and Sons’, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Gallery of the Candelabra, the Gallery of the Maps, and the Gallery of the Tapestries.

Then head to the Sistine Chapel just before closing time. Before entering, your guide will explain the stories behind the creation of these iconic frescoes as well as what they mean. When you enter, you will then be able to appreciate the full majesty of the room, spotting the little details and quirks that most visitors miss. 

Spend about 20 minutes admiring the chapel independently, after which time your guide will lead you through a special door out of the chapel and directly into St. Peter’s Basilica for an independent visit.

While many tour operators fit 25 or more people into their Vatican tours we’ll never put you with a group of more than 20. We’re passionate about the Vatican and want to share that passion with you in intimate groups led by the most engaging, and knowledgeable guides in the Vatican. 


Commentary English: Guide
Included Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums
Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica (optional)
Expert Walks tour guide
Headsets
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book 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. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
Know before you go 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.
As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces removed for restoration or loan. In the case of a gallery being closed, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.
Also, please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, 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 cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
On rare occasions, when St. Peter's Basilica is being prepared for high masses or a special private event, including the Easter ceremonies, 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.
Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas 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.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
Additional Information
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Dress Code: Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, 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 cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
Required to bring: Valid photo ID
Health Items

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-03-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
March 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 2:45 PM Departure - TO BE CONFIRMED
November 01, 2020 February 28, 2021 2:45 PM Departure - Not running

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 41.9058988, 12.4556239
Address: Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Lazio, 00192, IT
Directions: https://www.google.de/maps/place/Risorgimento-+San+Pietro/@41.9058988,12.4556239,17z/data=!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x132f60612981edff:0x2e4e09cdba360cd1!2sPiazza+del+Risorgimento,+Roma,+Italy!3b1!3m1!1s0x132f6060d267f49f:0xc7cd74227df531f7
Notes: We meet just outside the green bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to Tram stop number 19. The closest Metro/Underground stop is Ottaviano.
Start Location Notes Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Lazio, 00192, IT
End Location Address St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 41.903118, 12.454527
Address: St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT
Notes:
Start Location Notes Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Lazio, 00192, IT
End Location Address St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

2020 PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €59.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €51.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request

Options

Option Name 2020 Pricing
Option Description 2020 Pricing

Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I bring my bags in the Vatican?

According to Vatican Museum rules, only small bags can be brought inside the Museums. Handbags and small backpacks (no larger than 40cm x 35cm x 25cm) may be carried inside but anything larger than that, plus large umbrellas, must be checked at the cloakroom. Items may be left at the cloakroom without charge, but please note that you must return to this spot to collect your belongings before 5:00 pm or return the following day. As our tours mostly end at St. Peter’s Basilica this is quite inconvenient, as you will be required to walk about 20 minutes from there back to the entrance of the Museums. In the case of our Vatican Highlights Tour, guests may have to leave the tour early in order to reach the cloakroom before it closes, and thus will not be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

Can I go back to the Vatican museum after the tour?

Once the tour completes, you may remain in St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you like, however, you will be unable to go back into the Vatican Museums.

Can I remain in Saint Peter's after the tour?

Once the tour completes, you may remain in St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you like, however, you will be unable to go back into the Vatican Museums.

Can I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?

No, non, ne, nee, absolutely not. And the Sistine Chapel guards are scary, so we don’t recommend trying it.

Do our Vatican tours include Skip the Line Access?

Yes. All of our Vatican tours include skip the line access as standard. This means that we use the special group entrance with pre-reserved timed-entry tickets, so you’ll never have to wait in long general access lines. For extra special entry, check out our Pristine Sistine Tour.
Any of our group tours that visit St. Peter’s Basilica also include skip the line access there.

Can I visit the Dome of Saint Peter's after my tour?

Your guide will show you where and how to get the tickets to climb the dome. Once the tour is over, you can remain in St Peters for as long as you want and then exit to climb the dome. Please note, the desk will only accept cash for tickets.

Confirmation necessary? No