Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
What To Expect
Meet your guide and group of 26 people or less in front of Caffe Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100, opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Please arrive prior to your 8:30 a.m. tour departure time. Please note: A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums; no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements. Skip the often-long entry lines and follow your guide to see the highlights of the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms. Enter the Sistine Chapel, where you will see Michelangelo's most famous work. From there, you will again enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Peter's Basilica, while listening to your guide's narration about the chapel's history and art. Wind up your tour around 11:30 a.m.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
St. Peter's Basilica is a church. As such the Vatican can decide to close it with no notice. In this case you will spend longer in the Vatican Museums with your guide
Departure times may vary
A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 as proof of age
If you arrive late you might loose the entrance at the Vatican Museums
Near public transportation
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Julio was an engaging guide. Knew the subject matter very well. English a little spotty, but not a problem. The tour itself is basic: Follow the herd of other tours through the Tapestry Room, Map Room, a couple Raphael rooms, Sistine Chapel; then into St. Peters. Very good tour for first-timers, and skipping the line is a must.
When it was time for our tour, we were immediately escorted in and our guide was very informative and quick to answer any questions. It was a lengthy tour and when we got to St. Peter's, there was talk that the Pope was going to make an appearance at a special service at noon. Since it was 11:40, we decided to leave the tour (which was almost at the end) and stand in line to see if he would come. There were many Cardinals dressed in green and then the Pope came and spoke. Although we could not understand what he said, it was a great experience. Skipping the line is the way to go since there were many people waiting in line and it was only 9 a.m.
Fe, (Felicity), our tour guide for the Vatican, was wonderful. I cannot praise her highly enough. I highly recommend her. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for the tour was infectious. I have 2 children, aged 14 and 11, and they felt able and welcome to ask questions, which were answered in detail by Fe.
The perfect tour, the guide was knowledgeable and smart. The skip the line tour is the only way go at the Vatican.
There is so much to see and experience and having a guide take you thru helps to break it down into lovely stories and sections.
This was a great tour! Our guide was well-versed in the material he presented, and he had a solid command of the English language. The starting point was easy to find. My only criticism is that it took some time to process everyone and get the tour underway. Regardless of this glitch, I would recommend this tour to anyone.
This tour was amazing. Our guide Fe was incredible, so much information delivered in a passionate and captivating manner. Lots of quirky little facts and insights into the history and the art she was describing. We were entertained and educated the entire tour. Highly recommended, fabulous art and beauty at every turn.
We would highly recommend this tour! Our guide Fe was absolutely brilliant. She presented information about all the areas we visited with easy to understand language but with such enthusiasm and passion. It really brought everything we saw to life! And she really knew her stuff! Must do! Amazing!
We ended up having only 4 people in our group, which made for a very intimate experience. For the life of me, I can't remember our guide's name I think it was Maria, but she was great. I like how she had a binder with photos of some of what we were seeing, as it was sometimes hard to see all of the details--especially in the Sistine Chapel. Our guide gave us a lot--almost too much!--information to put what we were seeing into context. We were able to cover quite a bit of ground, and I feel like it was an extremely efficient use of our time. Definitely worth doing!