Vatican
3.5 hours
Times vary
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Highlights

  • Enjoy a complete tour of the Vatican and go beyond the expected, gaining deeper insight into its countless artistic and architectural treasures.
  • See the best of the Vatican Museums—from the Sistine Chapel to the Raphael Rooms and the Belvedere Courtyard—and explore St. Peter’s Basilica, home to Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldachin.
  • Avoid often hours-long lines with skip-the-line access at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Relax in the company of a small group, making it easier for you to engage with our 5-star guides.

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Tour description

More than the Sistine Chapel—this skip-the-line tour shows you the best of the Vatican Museums.

Our Complete Vatican Tour goes beyond the ordinary to give you unrivaled insight into one of the world's most sacred sites. 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 wanted to see—plus some surprises you didn’t expect.

The pièce-de-resistance, of course, is the Sistine Chapel. By the time we arrive at the crown jewel of the Vatican, your guide will have explained the stories and secrets behind the paintings—what they mean and why they’re so renowned—so you can fully appreciate every detail.

Enjoy a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (and skip the line!).

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 (and avoid the long line to get in!) with your expert guide to enjoy Michelangelo’s moving Pietà, Bernini’s ornate Baldachin, and the chair of St. Peter, among other treasures.

Explore with one of the best guides in the business on our Complete Vatican Tour.

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 sightseeing perfection! We also use privileged entrances 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 who want a truly in-depth Vatican experience.

Note: The special access passage between the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesdays and subject to other unexpected closures during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. On such days we will instead explore the magnificent Pinoteca Gallery.

Sites visited

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

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Caroline

Feb 20, 2024

Great guide ! So enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Added some great anecdotes and opinions which brought the features alive .

Mary

Jan 24, 2024

This tour was amazing! We visited in August 2023 and can’t recommend it enough. Our guide was so knowledgeable and made the entire tour interesting and engaging.

Melissa

Jan 18, 2024

Our tour guide for The Vatican/Sistine Chapel, Julia, was overall delightful. Her personality is warm and approachable, and we were stunned at her knowledge of the art details throughout the tour. Julia kept the tour interesting with her relatable stories along the way, she felt like that great college professor who always has a packed class with a waiting list! We felt really lucky to have Julia as our guide. This tour is a little long at 3.5 hours, and our feet/backs were a bit sore toward the end, so wear your most comfortable walking shoes.

John

Jan 13, 2024

Excellent tour. Well worth the cost. Our tour guide Polina was knowledgeable and friendly. She helped guide us through an immense museum that would have been overwhelming without her. The access to Sistine Chapel and then St. Peter’s was great.

Jill

Jan 13, 2024

We would highly recommend this tour as it gives you a real insight into the sights and history of the Vatican, and the surrounding area. Our guide Polina was excellent and made sure we were well informed throughout. The tour was at a comfortable pace that allowed us time to reflect on what we were looking at. Polina also pointed out at the end additional areas we might want to explore, thus ensuring that we not just left wondering where to go next.

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