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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica

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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

First, enjoy the luxury of skip-the-line tickets and bypass the stressful queues. Enter the Vatican and start your tour with a visit to the Vatican Museum, a true spectacle for everyone who visits. Your tour itinerary through the museum is specialized to focus on the most important parts of the site. Next, you will visit the Sistine Chapel. Once inside you will get to marvel at this glorious place, not to mention, see in the flesh, Michelangelo's masterpiece depicting the last judgement, on the ceiling. This is a true sight to behold. Finish your tour in front of the Basilica of St. Peter, the biggest church in the world. Our guide will give You an introduction about the Basilica and you are free to stay inside all the time you want.
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See art by Renaissance masters like Botticelli, Perugino, and Raphael
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn more about the legendary works from an expert guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine or negative test are required
Guided Tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica briefing
St. Peter's Basilica Free Tour
Food and drinks
Transportation to/from attractions
17:30 and 18:30 Tours St. Peter's Basilica will be closed
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time to sign up.
Tour runs on time as all voucher are skip the line with a tight schedule to get inside.
Caffè Vaticano , viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Viale Vaticano 100, Rome, Nearby Caffè Vaticano a cross the road from Vatican Museums’ Main Entrance

Viale Vaticano , Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine Passport are required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship
  • Please note that St Peter's Basilica can be closed last minute for private services
  • Your guide will give you an introduction to the basilica and you are free to decide how long you want to stay inside
  • Our guide will explain all the information about the Basilica and you can visit the Basilica by your self
  • No guided tours inside the church, the guide will provide a briefing and you can stay as long as you want
  • Police Controls to get inside the Basilica can not be skipped and all visitors must go through the metal detector
  • We will not be able to accomodate you if you don't arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time
  • VIP Group Tours are small group of 4 - 24 Max visitors
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Ordinary Group Tours are groups of 4 - 35 max visitors
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours of Rome
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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  • "Try to catch the morning tour so that you the option to venture on your own in the Vatican ." See review
  • "I can recommend taking a tour, especially as you don’t want to be queuing up for either the museums or the basilik (February is calm, but the queues still looked horrid from afar)." See review
  • "Does get extremely crowded and hot going through the building." See review

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star-3
Informative but not engaging
David_M
, Aug 2022
Very knowledgeable tour guide, however she was speaking quite quickly and was not able to engage most of the kids on the your. My one son loved it, but my other 2 kids lost interest after 30 minutes and my daughter described it as her "worst experience" of our trip. I am translating that "teen rating" to 3-stars...lol. Also, it was a little hard to find the Tour Guide as it wasn't clear who we should look for.
star-5
Excellent
AmandaK
, Aug 2022
Experience was great! We had the best tour guide. She was very informative and helpful. Learned a lot.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
Great tour, bad meet up directions.
Tony_S
, Aug 2022
The tour was really good and covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. We had plenty of time in the Sistine Chapel and Map Galley (me favorite). We also has a short time in the Basilica of St. Peter but we did a full tour of that a previous day. Our guide was really good. I only gave a 4-star rating because the meet up instructions were not very good. We arrived early at the designated spot and were directed to a store front that was unable to help us. After some confusion and working with other lost participants we found our guide just in time. Definitely get there early and be persistent.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Vatican 2022
Patricia_E
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was patient, kind, and informative. He knew a great deal about the Vatican and its artwork. Highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
Our guide was personable,...
Donald_G
, Aug 2022
Our guide was personable, knowledgeable and helpful. She did a very good job on a very hot day. Well done!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Vatican Tour
Lisa_R
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She made it a truly memorable experience for the family.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Penny_H
, Aug 2022
We loved all the amazing art and history. So much information that we didn’t know. Loved it very much and our tour guide was great!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Really enjoyed our second...
Francesca_P
, Aug 2022
Really enjoyed our second trip to the Vatican Museums, Sistine chapel and the Basilica. Elisabetta was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Worth the time and money....good tour.
Robert_E
, Aug 2022
Elizabeth (sp) was very nice - easy to understand, and listen to. Tour was complete, ending in the Basilica, where you could spend as much time as you wanted before leaving. The meetup is near a nice cafe where you can get water, gelato, etc while you wait. Several tour groups including ours meet on the steps to the left of the cafe.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great tour
Joanne_L
, Aug 2022
A great way to see the Vatican and to hear the history behind it. The right amount of time was given to each section and our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Also worth the money to skip the very long queue to get in!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again again
star-5
Brilliant
qnp7zcthxx
, Aug 2022
Unfortunately I didn’t make it due to feeling unwell but the text and phone call was made to me at 2.30 to see where I was and that to me was very appreciated…Thank-you for your concern for me ..Time has come to an end for me in Rome but will come back and make sure I’m well to see The Vatican God bless
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to know that you could not join the tour and looking forward to seeing you next time you visit to Rome again
star-5
Great Tour Experience
April_B
, Aug 2022
This was such an excellent tour! Elisabetta was so knowledgeable, funny, and kept the group engaged. It was definitely worth it to skip the line on a 95 degree and sunny day. Also it was very beneficial to have an experienced and passionate guide to lead you through!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Worth the extra money for no queues or hassles
Claire_B
, Aug 2022
We went on this tour on a 36 degree day in peak season. It was made so much easier and more enjoyable, having the queues and hassle taken care of for us. Benjamin was a fantastic guide who provided insights we’d not have picked up from the standard Vatican experience. Well worth the money
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Amazing
Jodi_S
, Aug 2022
An amazing tour of an amazing place! Truly inspirational! Too bad the Pope was visiting Canada while we were there.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
A great tour with with a great guide
Dave_W
, Aug 2022
An excellent tour that covered all the key must see areas of the Vatican City. Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable, with great explanations. We enjoyed a queue free visit which was fantastic
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great tour !!
Valeska_G
, Jul 2022
It was great to have the opportunity to see all this beautiful sculptures knowing so much more about the Vatican. Highly recomend the guided tour , its wonderful to learn from there.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
A piece of history before your very eyes
Angela_N
, Jul 2022
Visiting the Vatican City is a must-do for first time visitors to Rome. Words cannot describe the opulence and majestic beauty of the glorious Sistine Chapel, enameled in art with intricate details and gold finishings. We arrived a little early to make sure we knew where to find our tour guide. It was a bit confusing at first as many ticket scalpers were at the meeting point asking everyone if they had tickets — it was hard to tell who was realLily there to help. Eventually we saw the right tour operator and she quickly checked us in and explained what to expect in the coming hours. It was extremely hot and crowded from entry to exit, so staying together and balancing picture taking was a bit of a challenge. Our guide was well versed and passionate about the Sistine chapel — and I especially enjoyed the story behind the creation of man. If you’re planning to do this tour this summer, make sure you wear lightweight clothing that covers your knees and have a scarf to cover your shoulders as part of the dress code for the chapel. Bring some water with you to stay hydrated and be prepared to take a lot of pics!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Excellent tour. A must do experience. Rome is stunning. So much history
Fiona_M
, Jul 2022
Loved the Sistine Chapel. St Peters Basilica was beautiful. Brilliant tour definitely recommend. Tour Operator explained everything in detail. All of us enjoyed the day.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-3
The tour is misleading,...
CrishanKenneth_L
, Jul 2022
The tour is misleading, it says Vatican Basilica but there is no Vatican Basilica for the 5.30pm tour. You should indicate this during the booking.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you. it is clearly stated that 17:30 and 18:30 tours dont visit the basilica, instead visit Rafael Rooms again
star-5
Great tour guide of a beautiful state
Rhianna_M
, Jul 2022
Really informative tour guide who let us skip the queues for most of the sites. Would highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again

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