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The Complete Vatican

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 20 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


The Raphael Rooms on our Complete Vatican Tour


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


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


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


  • 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 20 people
  • Headsets


5-stars from over 3228 Customer Reviews

Fabulous tour and extremely experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Excellent tour, very knowledgeable and friendly guide
I was continually impressed by the knowledge of my guide. His presentation of the history and details of the Vatican was phenomenal. It was an awesome tour.

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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Fabulous tour and extremely experienced and knowledgeable guide.
Excellent tour, very knowledgeable and friendly guide
I was continually impressed by the knowledge of my guide. His presentation of the history and details of the Vatican was phenomenal. It was an awesome tour.
We also did an Ancient Rome tour + Ceasar August wife house on Sunday 9/12 with a guide named Tiberius. We give this tour and guide top rating also. In Florence on 14/12, we did a Tuscany countryside tour ( including Sienna, San Grimelani + lunch and wine tasting) with Viola. Again top rated tour and top-rated guide!!! We do another in Florence tomorrow (15/12) (Academia museums + duomo) and are sure it will be fabulous also :)
Our guide Andrea was excellent—his description of the Sistine Chapel was like being in a classroom with a professor… Exactly the right length and made our enjoyment of the Sistine Chapel a wonderful experience. He did an excellent job of not losing any of us and keeping us together in a sea of humanity. He was the best guide we had in three weeks of being on vacation. Thank you so very much!
Wonderful, but guide needs to realize that many in his mostly American group are protestant and they want an evenly balanced presentation..
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I will do again the Vatican garden.
Such a fabulous tour. Mary-Grace was incredible. Her knowledge and delivery were superb. The lady was there to meet us promptly and the tour organisation was so smooth. We couldn't recommend more highly!! We also booked the Colosseum tour - it was equally superb.
I had a great time on the tour; it was a great experience going through the vatican and our guide was very helpful in pointing out things and discussing different points we otherwise would have missed
I have been to 70 different countries and taken hundreds of different tours. I’ve even been to the Vatican 3 times before, but this tour was the absolute best ever. Our guide, Sev, was so polite, caring, and knowledgeable. His compressive knowledge was amazing. He had a knack for explaining the items we were looking at, defining the context, both in terms of location and time, and making us think more broadly. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
Guido is an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable.
Marta was very nice and really knows her stuff about the history of the Vatican. Marta is very poised and beautiful. Is she single?
We loved Marta!
I am very happy with my Vatican tour with Burcu. She was an excellent and very informative guide, and super friendly and funny too! It really felt like walking around the museum with a friend. The pace of the tour was great too. It felt like there was enough time to talk about the iconic pieces as well as some of the lesser known artwork too, without being rushed. I had visited the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel on my own about 9 years ago, but this time was easily my favorite. I learned so much more this time around with a guide. The museum is so massive and it feels much more worthwhile to visit it with someone who can curate everything for you. I will definitely make sure to recommend this tour to friends!
Camilla was very informative and patient with our sometimes inattention due to the sheer volume of the sights we were taking in on this tour. She was personable and open. I only wish we could have spent a little more time in the museum but seeing everything in one tour is impossible. We had ample time to look around at the Sistine Chapel and the tour ending where it did allowed us to go back in on our own and explore St. Peter's Basilica more if we wished.
Claudia was an outstanding guide. Very happy with out Vatican tour.
We loved Bo, she made us feel very comfortable and got us involved throughout the tour. We will never look at the art we saw or the Vatican in the same way. There was so much detail and we enjoyed every minute. If we’d done the trip alone we would not have seen as much and been as well informed. Thank you Bo.
Our guide was brilliant 😊
Excellent guide and tour. Thank you Peter Kitto
Luigi obviously loves what he does and is very knowledgeable. He was a very gracious guide. My only suggestion is that it seemed the tour lasted too long. Once it reached three hours, it is too much information to absorb. I love the small group!
Francesco was A-mazing! His love and passion for art were truly inspiring. He brought all of it to life for me. There is so much to see and he made it possible to see many works of art that I would have walked passed if I was not on his tour. I learned an incredible amount of history in our time together. I cannot say enough about how I felt on this tour.
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Our guide, Donata, was excellent! She conveyed a tremendous amount of important information but she was also a lot of fun.
Our guide was very informative and very knowledgeable. I found the tour really interesting. The 3 hours went by so quickly! We saw everything we needed to see.
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Mikaela was a fantastic tour guide. You can see that she is passionate about art, Rome and educating tourists with interesting information we may not have otherwise discovered. Thank you for a wonderful tour.
Luigi was informative and insightful and showed concern for the youngest members of our group, to ensure they were enjoying the experience as much as the rest of us. I highly recommend both our guide and this company.
Felix was exceptional! Easy to follow and hear, extremely patient with the group and gave great information about the Vatican.
Luigi was great!
Monica is an excellent guide. Humour and information.
Michela was a true delight and very knowledgeable.
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Our guide Julietta was great!
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Let me say how pleased my family was with the amazing tour of the Vatican. Our tour guide, whose name escapes me, was great. Very knowledgeable, patient, and clearly passionate about what he does. We will definitely be recommending your company to our friends and colleagues for their holidays and vacations in Rome.
Felix was an excellent guide and I would book with him again.
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Our very friendly and extremely informative guide made the Vatican tour for us come alive! All her wonderful stories of the historical events totally enhanced our appreciation of the Sistine Chapel...we knew what to look for and what we were seeing. If we had not booked your tour we would not have gained the very important knowledge we needed to fully appreciate and understand the treasures of the Vatican.
Donata was a lovely tour guide and Walking encyclopedia. We enjoyed the whole experience
Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide who was also personable
Emma was absolutely fantastic! I had the only child in the group and she engaged him into this tour, was gracious and had a great sense of humor.
Our tour was wonderful. The guide really personalized the experience. Very friendly. Highly recommend this tour
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Uta had a great understanding of the Vatican area. She guided us through a lot of information in a very logical manner. We really enjoyed see the highlights and especially appreciated all that was shown to us. Thanks again TOM and Marianna
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