The Complete Vatican Tour With Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel

Highlights

  • Skip the line at the Vatican Museums with pre-reserved group entrance tickets, saving hours of waiting

  • Visit the most essential areas of Vatican City - the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel

  • Enjoy a specially designed route highlighting all the works you wanted to see and a few surprises you won’t expect

  • Stand in utter awe under Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and learn the incredible stories behind its frescoes

  • With only 20 people (or fewer), a comfortable headset and an expert guide, your experience will be intimate and surpass your expectations

Summary

This comprehensive tour takes you deep into the Vatican Museums with an expert licensed guide to reveal the best of the museum's collections at a relaxed pace. Admire the Sistine Chapel, an innumerable amount of ancient sculptures such as the Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoön, and hear about the stories that make up the Raphael Rooms. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance into the Vatican museums.

Tour info

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
20
Pricing (From)
Adult: (15-99 years)
€65.00
Child: (2-14 years)
€58.00
Infant: (0-1 years)
€0.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Lazio, 00192, IT

Dropoff location

Vatican Museums, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT

Why take this tour?

A visit to the Vatican Museums is often a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With over four miles of galleries filled with works of art, masterpieces, and treasures coupled with entrance lines that stretch for hours, you can easily fall victim to ill-prepared plans. Not with us!

On our Complete Vatican tour, you'll experience Vatican City in the company of an expert licensed Vatican guide. One of our most popular itineraries this tour hits the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and amazing views of St Peter's Basilica all in one incredibly planned itinerary. (Trust us, we thought of everything!) With your guide and a small group, you'll be armed with an encyclopedia of knowledge.

You'll start in the Vatican Museums where we have carefully traced out an itinerary taking you past the most famed artifacts, including the ancient sculpture that inspired Michelangelo's depiction of God in the Sistine Chapel, the Belvedere Torso, the mythical Greek sculpture Laocoön & His Sons,  the mind-boggling Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestries, and, of course, the Stanze di Raffaello - the rooms painted by Master artist Raphael - considered by many to be every inch as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel. 

The highlight is, of course, the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo's towering frescoes wow every visitor. You will have already learned the purpose, dedication, and history behind the Chapel from your expert guide and will be able to pick out details others will miss.

With skip-the-line access, a small group, and the best, licensed guides in Rome, we don't just show you the Vatican, we explore its most interesting corners while helping you decode the art, architecture, and history that make it one of the world's top attractions.

Sites Visited: 
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Vatican Museum Terrace with view of St. Peter's Basilica
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries

What’s included?

  • Local English-speaking guide

  • Skip-the-line ticket for Vatican Museums

  • Headset

  • Gratuities

  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

  • Lunch

Things to know

Before you book

  • We cannot accept wheelchairs on this group tour. Our group route utilizes staircases where elevator access is not easily accessible. Those with wheelchairs and limited mobility can contact us ([email protected]) so we can arrange your visit.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

Before you go

  • This tour is in English.

  • This is a walking tour. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.

  • The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows.

  • If you cannot join your tour at the last minute (running late, etc), please contact us. We may be able to reschedule your tour with a small amendment fee depending on availability.

  • All guests must pass through security. For useful information/restrictions about your tour in the Vatican Museum, visit https://m.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani-mobile/en/visita-i-musei/consigli-utili.html

  • All guests (including children) must bring ID on the day of their tour.

  • Only small backpacks and handbags are allowed inside the Vatican Museums. Storage is available but please note you must return (about a 20-minute walk) to the entrance to pick up your items at the end of the tour.

  • Due to the religious nature of the Vatican, all individuals regardless of gender must cover their shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for those denied entry.

  • We cannot accept wheelchairs on this group tour. Our group route utilizes staircases where elevator access is not easily accessible. Those with wheelchairs and limited mobility can contact us ([email protected]) so we can arrange your visit.

  • Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.

  • Walks comply with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Italy government guidelines for the most up to date information

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Cancellation Policy

    Cancellations received greater than 24 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 24 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.

Redemption information

    Mobile tickets will be accepted


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Walks (takewalks.com, walksofitaly.com) began over a decade ago (2008, to be exact) in Rome, Italy. We quickly became the premier walking tour company in 7 countries - Italy, Spain, France, the UK, Greece, and Portugal. Our US cities include San Francisco, NYC, Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

In 2021, we joined The Hornblower Group (cityexperiences.com) expanding our reach and working alongside this powerhouse travel brand.

Our tour products vary but predominantly we #takewalks, exploring the world by foot - we believe, the best way to get into the heart of a city and its incredible people. From introductory strolls to food tours, day trips, cooking classes, and below the surface, in-depth tours, we have our hand in everything a traveler could want. Oh, and we also like to give our clients exclusive access to the biggest attractions in the world...

Despite the big changes in our brand over the years, our focus has remained simple - to relentlessly create tours with the client experience at the forefront and anchored upon the dedicated, intelligent, and above all, passionate local guides who want to share their cities with you.