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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

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See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! Head inside the world’s largest collection of private art with an expert guide, and see for yourself why the Vatican is a mecca for millions of travelers. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms (available only during the early morning tour) and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Finish with a tour of St Peter’s Basilica, and see the beautiful ‘La Pieta’ sculpture while learning about it from your guide. Choose from a selection of different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (16 people maximum).

Before you start, our multilingual staff will welcome you at our fully equipped, air-conditioned offices.
Highlights
  • Check off Vatican City’s landmarks in a single half-day walking tour
  • Get in-depth info on the culture, history, and art of Vatican City
  • Guarantee admission to these popular attractions with a prebooked tour
  • Opt to upgrade for early-morning or evening tours outside of opening hours
What to Expect
Choose a start time that fits your schedule, and then meet your guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Skip waiting in the often-long lines for tickets and pay your guide directly for admission (not included in tour price). Step inside and begin your tour. Your guide will narrate an orientation and give in-depth commentary on the highlights of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel as you walk. Explore Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the School of Athens, a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael. Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you'll see Michelangelo’s famous La Pietà. Before wrapping up your tour outside the church, take a moment to rub the foot of the statue of St. Peter for luck. Opt to upgrade your experience with a before-hours, small-group tour or an after-hours tour (St. Peter's Basilica not included), when the premises are closed to the public.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Vespasiano, 46, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Bathroom access
  • Recharging station for your devices
Exclusions
  • Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tours departing Wednesday: St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list any affected dates as they become available. The tour guides aim to notify guests if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
  • Our tours end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's, or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
  • We cannot predict when individual museums will be crowded. In general long lines are common at major attractions in summer, on most weekends, and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays). Our skip-the-line tickets (not included in the price) enable you to skip the line if indeed there is one.
  • Please note: Raphael Rooms are available only for the first morning tour.
  • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot). Adults over 18 years old should pay 24,00 euros per person and 6-17 years old should pay 16,00 euros per person.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please be informed that, the The meeting point for English language tours is Via Germanico 8 & the meeting point for Other languages is Via Vespasiano 46a.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

An extremely informative tour with an enthusiastic guide, julius we think, well worth the cost as a spectacle amazing especially the Sistene Chapel the scale and magnitude of the artists achievement was staggering. Not to crowded so comfortable experience.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went on the Vatican tour yesterday. It was fantastic! Our guide Patrice was brilliant- knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. He made it a great experience. The buildings, sculptures, tapestries and artwork were mind blowing. So glad we chose this trip! For those commenting...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You are paying 90 Euros for 2 people for a tour only. Plus, they charge an additional 24 Euros per person for tickets when you check-in. It’s a complete rip-off. FYI tickets are 17 Euros at the Vatican without an online reservation, and it’s only...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting to see all the amazing artwork and statues that are there are amazing. Also the views from the Vatican are beautiful

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank lynno0o
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This tour was so beautiful and amazing as the sights and art works were breathtaking. The only downside was it wasn’t well organized for that big of group. The tour guide was great but the group was too big for her to handle. The meeting...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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PhillDeGreat
3 September 2019|
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Response from truyenl2016 | Reviewed this property |
That means the package will cover tours guy and skip the line ( so worth it ) to go inside the Vatican . if you want to see the “ museum “ you have to pay extra . ( I think 24 dollars in my case ) .
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Sasekea H
29 August 2019|
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Response from Silvia F | Reviewed this property |
There is a wide range of options, depending on your wishes. Prices should start at 45€ and go up to 90€. In my opinion, the best option is to choose the skip the line guided tour.
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21 July 2019|
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I would contact the tour agency directly for your answer. However, if you're staying in central Rome, I wouild consider walking or Uber over to the meeting place or your hotel will get you a taxi in minutes. Faster, cheaper... More
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  • Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and 2 more
  • Duration: 3h
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