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Vatican Museums - Small Group Tour

Roma, Italy
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3 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


See the best of the Vatican Museums with this 3-hour tour including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Learn about the amazing collection inside the vast museum from your knowledgeable guide. Join a group of no more than 20 people to ensure more chances to interact with your guide.
  • 3-hour Vatican Museums tour including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums to avoid the long lines
  • See the highlights of the museum with your professional guide
  • Marvel at the beautiful Michelangelo frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Explore St Peter's Basilica following the museum tours
Explore the famous Vatican Museums with a 3-hour tour that includes the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

Enjoy skip-the-line access with your licensed guide to bypass the long lines at the museum's entrance. Learn about all the highlights of the vast collections inside the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms. See the gorgeous Michelangelo frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel.

Make your way to St. Peter's Basilica via a special skip-the-line passage. Walk through the enormous church. Learn about the history of the church and its artwork. Enjoy more time to explore St. Peter's Basilica at your leisure after the tour is over, including a chance to climb the dome (own expense).
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the typical group size?
Group sizes for this tour are capped at a maximum of 15 travelers.
How long is the tour?
Approximately 3 hours long.
What languages is this tour offered in?
This tour is offered in English.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
, Aug 2019
You definitely have to go! Book online ahead with a private guide. Wear comfortable flat shoes, the marble floors are a killer! Bring water as the line up to the cafe is long......take in everything.
Response from Host , Aug 2019
We always recommend comfortable shoes and a refillable water bottle. Thank you for this beautiful review!
Great Tour
, Jun 2019
Fea was a terrific tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable and passionate! She fielded questions extremely well and really gave the right context to the art in the museum.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
We pick enthusiastic guides because we want to ensure our customers are able to fulfill their curiosities, thank you for sharing your experience of our Vatican Museums - Small Group Tour!
Vatican Small Group Tour
Tamara Z
, Jun 2019
So I thought that booking this tour would help you beat the long lines....not so much. We waited in lines with other "pre booked" tours and it still took over an hour (in the rain no less). Our guide's Italian accent was so heavy that my husband couldn't understand most of what she was saying- even with a head set. Having been to the Vatican several times before - I was excited to see some newer areas with artwork, etc...that we had not seen previously. The Sistine Chapel of course is always the highlight, but keep in mind it is very crowded and very controlled. Your time there is limited.
Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you, Tamara, for sharing your experience. From what you wrote, you probably had a tour day with heavy weather. We are sorry for all the unforeseen complications. For the future, please note that while you may be assigned an Italian guide, they are fully enthusiastic and ready to adapt your needs and so if you require them to speak more slowly or clearly please feel free to ask, the same goes for any details regarding the artwork or tour sites. The Sistine Chapel is indeed the highlight and it is very well protected.
Average Guided Tour
, Oct 2018
Initially wasn't very clear where we meet and we nearly missed it arriving jst a few minutes before it started.The guide was very knowledgeable and her English was very good and could communicate effectively with all of us.It felt a bit rushed the tour and not having time to appreciate the artefacts, paintings, sculptures and carpets. There was not enough time allowed to spend in the Sistine Chapel though we were suppose to be there for 35 minutes but ended up leaving after 20 minutes to go to the St Peters Ballistica. It didn't allow us time to really experience the quality of the artwork, history or how it must have been completed. We felt short changed here.At St. Peter's Ballistica this was rushed also.Overall we did not enjoy the tour and appreciate the Vatican as it should have been better for what we paid. Looking back it would be better to pay to go in on your own and use an audio guide or a specific tour book that you can follow whilst waking around. We do not believe it was value for money for paying over £110 for of us. I will add this on Trip Advisor as well.
Jo H
, Sep 2018
Our guide Diego was great! He was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide!!!! I would highly recommend a tour with him.
A must if you can cope with the...
, Jun 2018
A must if you can cope with the hordes of people. Fast track tickets only helps to get in faster, from then on its bedlam.
Fe was our guide for the Vaticans...
, Jun 2018
Fe was our guide for the Vaticans Highlights Tour. It would not be the same without her! She was so fun and excited about the tour and it really made us so happy to be around her. She gave the perfect tour and all of the highlights in the amount of time we had. I cried in the Sistine chapel because Michelangelo's work was so beautiful. Raphael rooms were stunning. No trip to Rome is complete without this tour. We ran into Fe a couple of days later in Rome and I quickly went to give her a hug. She is fabulous and we really hope to meet her again one day upon our return to Italy.
FANTASTIC tour!! Our favorite...
, May 2018
FANTASTIC tour!! Our favorite. DEFINITELY worth skipping the line! Our guide was Julio sp? and he was WONDERFUL! This was the best of the three tours we did during our time in Italy. The Vatican is amazing and VERY crowded. This covers all the highlights in an intriguing fashion and Julio made the whole experience personalized despite the absolute masses of people there! Thank you!!
Julio was captivating and managed...
Jennifer A
, Mar 2018
Julio was captivating and managed our group of 25 expeditiously and with patience. He gave us options for after our tour and clearly loves what he does. Thank you!!
Our Vatican Highlights tour was one...
Andrea S
, Feb 2018
Our Vatican Highlights tour was one of the most enjoyable things we did on our recent vacation to Europe. Our tour guide Fe did an excellent job. She shared her passion and knowledge of the most amazing sites of the Vatican. This was a very memorable experience! The 3 hour length was perfect for me and my daughter. This is a highly recommended tour!

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