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Key Details

  • City: Vatican
  • Duration: 3hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: Times vary.

Tour Highlights

  • The Complete Vatican Tour is For visitors who want more than a flying Sistine Chapel visit, our no-wait Complete Vatican Tour goes beyond the expected, offering you a deeper insight into the Vatican City.

  • See the best of the Vatican Museums – from the Sistine Chapel to the Raphael Rooms and the Belvedere Courtyard. Then explore St. Peter’s Basilica with Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s baldachin.

  • Avoid lines that often stretch for hours with skip the line access at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Small groups of 15 or fewer keep groups intimate and our 5-star guides easy to engage with.

The Sistine Chapel Roof The Raphael Rooms, visited on this Vatican tour The School of Athens' by Raphael Can you see Rocky? The Raphael Rooms The Belvedere Torso, inspiration for masters Priceless ancient sculpture at the Vatican Museums Greek sculpture, the Vatican Museums Apollo Belvedere' at the Vatican Museums The ceiling at the Gallery of Maps, Vatican Museums Gallery of the Tapestries, Vatican Museums A Polish masterwork at the Vatican Museums The Virgin Mary at the Vatican Museums St Peter's Basilica, included on our Complete Vatican Tour Bernini's 'Baldachin' altar, St. Peter's Basilica The 'Pieta' by Michelangelo, St. Peter's Basilica St. Peter A footrub for good luck St. Peter's Basilica, from St. Peter's Square St. Peter's Basilica Side chapels at St. Peter's Basilica Alexander VII monument, St. Peter's Basilica

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

The Raphael Rooms on our Complete Vatican Tour

MORE THAN THE SISTINE CHAPEL, THE BEST OF THE VATICAN MUSEUMS.

Our Complete Vatican Tour goes beyond the expected to give you a real insight into the Vatican City. From the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms, to incredible ancient sculptures you may never have heard of. Our route through the Vatican Museums visits all the sights you knew you wanted to see and some surprises you didn’t expect.

The pièce-de-resistance, of course, is the Sistine Chapel. By the time we arrive at the Chapel, your guide will have explained both the story behind the paintings and what they mean and why they’re so renowned.

St Peter's Basilica, on our Complete Vatican Tour

GUIDED TOUR OF ST. PETER’S BASILICA (AND NO LINES!)

Located outside of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica has its own entrance and its own rules, with limited hours for guided tours. Our Complete Vatican Tour ensures that you get inside the Basilica (not to mention skip the lines!) with your expert guide to enjoy Michelangelo’s Pietà, Bernini’s baldachin, and the chair of St. Peter, among other treasures.

Small groups & expert tour guides

EASY, ENTERTAINING, ENGAGING, COMPLETE.

We’ve spent years growing a team of passionate experts who want to share the Vatican with you. Combine them with a small group and you have a recipe for sight-seeing perfection. We also use privileged entrance at the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, bypassing general access lines that can stretch for hours at each site during high season.

The Complete Vatican Tour offers an uncompromising, unhurried exploration of the world’s most fascinating independent state, for those that want a truly complete Vatican experience.

Sites visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter’s Square

Included

  • Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups, never more than 15 people
  • Headsets

Reviews

5-stars from over 2867 Customer Reviews

Monica was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. She knows the Vatican so well!!
An amazing experience! Our guide waa so great, she was clear, had detailed knowledge and made it a great tour.
Camilla was great - friendly and informative

Important information

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

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.

We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. We are unable to provide refunds in this case.

While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of our group Vatican tours.

Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks 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 a student, or child reduction.

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Monica was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. She knows the Vatican so well!!
An amazing experience! Our guide waa so great, she was clear, had detailed knowledge and made it a great tour.
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Camilla was great - friendly and informative
Uta was a great tour guide, she pointed out some amazing facts and points throughout the tour. She was attentive and answered all of our questions. Overall an outstanding tour and guide.
Igor did a terrific job of guiding us through the Vatican. We very much enjoyed the experience!
Everything was convenient and the guide made everything interesting and intimate.
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Tour guide did an incredible job.
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Great tour. Very informative and Dario made it very enjoyable to partake.
Great tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican. Very informative and skipping the lines a huge plus.
Our guide was outstanding in every respect. He gave us all the information we needed before we entered the site, and was always available for questions. His knowledge was superior and his pleasant attitude made for an enjoyable visit to the Vatican. I will definitely recommend Walks of Italy Tours to my friends.
SEV was terrific! Unlike most of the guides nearby, he was engaging, conversational, and had great transitions from any topic onto the next point of interest! Wish he had been our Pompeii guide, too!
SEV was terrific! Unlike most of the guides nearby, he was engaging, conversational, and had great transitions from any topic onto the next point of interest! Wish he had been our Pompeii guide, too!
Excellent guide (Vincenzo, not sure about the spelling). Very knowledgeable and informative.
Camilla our tour guide was amazing and went above and beyond for our group sweating he butt off in the heat of the day. Thank you so much Camilla!!!!
Good tour very much enjoyed the guide
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Maddy was great
This your was everything I had expected and more! The guide was fantastic and so informative! I didn’t have any questions because he answered everything! Would highly recomend this tour!
Everything went very smoothly. The set up and meeting place was easy to find and the folks getting us set up (audio transmitters, etc.) were well organized. The guide, Siriana, was excellent and knew her stuff! Her knowledge that she imparted to us was much more than what we could have learned if we went on our own.
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Awesome tour. We had a great guide!
Siri was fantastic! She gave a very informative presentation all while keeping control of the group through a very crowded space. Great guide!
Dario was great , friendly and entertaining
Eleonora was terrific. She was very knowleable and gave great insight during the entire tour. I highly recommend her and this tour.
A very professional and knowledgeable guide. Very impressed
A very professional and knowledgeable guide. Very impressed
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The tour was wonderful and Nick was a great guide.
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We loved the tour. We got so much more out of our Vatican City visit, then we would have alone.
Perfect
Fantastic guide!
Absolutely loved our tour guide that day! She was SO impressive with her knowledge of what we were seeing. She was very patient, very engaging, and a delight to listen to during our tour!
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Excellent! Pieta and st peter was closed but guide was excellent
We were so happy that we booked a tour to view the all that this had to offer. Laura was so great! She knew exactly how to manage her way through the crowds and still get us to see all that we could in the given time frame.
Very satisfactory tour. Enza expertly guided us in the true sense. With too much to see in a single visit she threaded a path through the 15 galleries and picked out the objects she felt we should see, and explained them. Excellent communicator and obviously passionate about her subject. I am not an art lover, but I enjoyed and gained from the experience because of Enza.
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