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Key Details

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

Tour Highlights

  • 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. We’ve drawn up a route through the Vatican Museums that visits all the sights you knew you wanted to see and some surprises you didn’t expect. And because we know it’s the stories that make a visit memorable, we’ll focus on them.

The pièce-de-resistance, of course, is the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo spent eight years of his life on his now-famous frescoes. By the time we arrive at the chapel, you’ll know not only the story behind the paintings, but 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. We’ve timed our Complete Vatican Tour to guarantee that you’ll always have a tour inside the basilica (not to mention skip the lines!) because you’re really going to want a guide once you set foot inside.

Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica is one of the world’s most important Christian sites and the world’s largest ancient basilica. It’s also one of the most striking architectural spaces, taking the best minds of the Renaissance more than 120 years to complete. Inside, we’ll explore 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’re passionate about the Vatican – crazy about the art, architecture and history behind those huge walls – and our guides are too. We’ve spent years growing a team of experts that share our passion and who want to share that passion with you. While many operators fit 25 people plus in a Vatican tour group, we keep all of ours to only 15 people or fewer, so you’ll find it easy to keep pace with your guide, to hear them (we have headsets too) and to speak to them. Ask all the questions you want – our team love to show off and work hard to engage you.

To make your Vatican tour even easier and to be sure that you’re getting the best from every precious second, we 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.

This 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 2650 Customer Reviews

Siri was an incredible guide very informative and educated on Vatican City This was our second W of I tour and both have bee n outstanding
Borja was amazing!!!!
Another great tour that we would highly recommend. Our tour guide Eleanor was fantastic and was extremely knowledgable. Best of all should knew how to manage the crowds in the Vatican Museum.

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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Siri was an incredible guide very informative and educated on Vatican City This was our second W of I tour and both have bee n outstanding
Walks was an easy and efficient way to get into the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's with out having to queue for hours or good through intense security and metal detector lines. My guide was very informative and knew her history and some personal insights to the places visited. She also gave options of what to see with estimated time and distance of walking. I an glad that I used Walks for my limited time in Rome.
Burgu was great, she was patient and very detailed in her explanations, so much that she even pointed out the hidden messages in the art, and made references to pop culture so she could keep us engaged all the way. Also, at the end of the tour she even took a few extra minutes to answer some other follow up questions and then showed us how to get at the top at the Vatican, as well as below in the crypts. She.s a great girl, with a positive and jolly attitude that is contagious in the best way possible 😊
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Borja was amazing!!!!
Another great tour that we would highly recommend. Our tour guide Eleanor was fantastic and was extremely knowledgable. Best of all should knew how to manage the crowds in the Vatican Museum.
She was sooo soo good
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Our guide was fantastic in finding me places to sit down when she knew I was having pain in my back. She was very knowledgeable of the subject matter and personable. The only regret I had was taking this tour in the afternoon with the large crowds, which didn't enable us to spend much time in one place. Perhaps it is always like that in the summer, and cannot be helped. But Luciana made sure to put us in parts of the room to get the best view of whatever we were looking at, when she had the opportunity. Thank you.
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Alessia was so knowledgeable and passionate about the works of art. I was listening to her every word the entire time. My husband, whom is not big on tours, said he was interested the entire time and didn't get tired of the experience. If there was a way to choose my guide, I would choose her every time! She is really terrific and you should be very proud to have her on your team!
The tour was great and the tour guide told good stories about the Vatican and what we were seeing in the museum and St Peter's Basilica. We had no issues finding the meeting location. The tour was well worth it instead of trying to see the Vatican on our own.
Francesca was fabulous. Loved how knowledgeable she was. Very impressive that she could remember all of our names. I have suggested your tour company to others.
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What a knowledgeable and well informed guide! The best I have seen in the last 7 countries we have visited. She was very patient and attended to all questions. I would like to give her 7 stars!👍
Our guide Alessia was wonderful and informative. Despite the intense crowding in the Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s she made it enjoyable.
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Elisabetta was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable. We did not feel rushed and she made sure that everyone enjoyed the experience of the Vatican.
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Excellent tour, very informative. It was very crowded when we were there, but I know that is out of your hands. Thank you for making our tour a memorable event!
Luigi was great. The tour was great and the staff was helpful. The only negative thing was it seemed like half of our tour group had problems with the audio devices. I would recommend buying new ones so we don't spend time troubleshooting at the beginning of the tour!
The tour was wonderful. There was so much to see it was overwhelming and she was able to help us understand what we were viewing and gave us insight in to much of the art. It made it more interesting, especially to my kids, to know the background and some fun facts
Our guide was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job explaining and communicating with us.
We loved the Walks of Italy tours! The guides (Julia for Vatican tour; Gigi for the Colosseum and Forum tours) were especially knowledgeable and provided so many details and information that made the experience very rewarding and fulfilling. They really enhanced the experience to the nth degree. We will be sure to recommend these tours to everyone we know!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. A friend of ours had highly recommended Walks of Italy. Felix was an excellent tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and funny. He kept a good pace and allowed us to take quick breaks as needed (ie. for bathroom or photos). It seemed that Felix also took time to give us more details than some of the other tour guides around us, which I really appreciated. Overall, we had an excellent experience and would highly recommend Walks and Felix to anyone!
Maria Theresa was wonderful!! We traveled with our 15 and 13 year old daughters and Maria Theresa made the tour interesting enough for them to stay engaged. She was super knowledgeable and her English was great. We met at the meeting point and literally only a 3-4 min wait going through security stations.
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Headset did not work very well at all.
The walks were great. MARIA Teresa was amazing and so knowledgeable.
Out tour started promptly, and was very organized. The earpiece/microphone was essential to a great tour. Our guide was knowledgeable, intelligent, helpful and friendly. We were thoroughly impressed with every aspect of this tour, we would highly recommend Walks of Italy!!!
We are extremely pleased with the experience following the Complete Vatican tour. Our guide Maria Grazia is a lovely person with a passion for sharing. Thankful that we chose Walks of Italy.
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MARIA Teresa was amazing!
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Maria is the best guide I have ever had and I do guided tours all over the world every six month. Congrats to her super nice, super knowledge, super organised. Loved it, money worth it.
The tour was great and our guide extremely knowledgeable. We enjoyed!