Make your own way to meet your private guide at Vatican museums entrance at your choice of either 10am or 2pm.
Begin by taking in the Belvedere Courtyard, which was designed in the 1500s by Donato Bramante and is considered an influential High Renaissance architectural work. Then see a large collection of classical Roman and Greek statues in the Pio Clementino Museum.
Peruse an important display of tapestries and Renaissance maps in the Gallery Maps, see the Vatican's largest canvas painting in the Sobiesky Room, and learn about the 19th-century frescoes that decorate the Immaculate Conception Room.
Next, see the Raphael Rooms, commissioned by Pope Julius II when the artist Raphael was young, in the early 1500s, and considered some of his greatest works.
Head into the Sistine Chapel to view famous frescoes by Botticelli, Michelangelo, and other renowned artists. Hear about the papal conclave that is held in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new Pope.
Continue to Saint Peter's Basilica, home to Michelangelo's Pietà, Bernini Baldacchino, and numerous monuments of popes and saints. End your tour in Saint Peter's square to see the Pope's Palace and the Swiss Guards.