Complete skip-the-line Vatican tour for small groups
Attractions & guided tours

Complete skip-the-line Vatican tour for small groups

based on 85 reviews
Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Monday-Saturday (depending on season)
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Save your time! Guided tour with entrance ticket included
  • A route specially designed to include all the treasures
  • Gape at Michelangelo's works in the Sistine Chapel
  • See the Bernini's Baldacchino Altar and Michelangelo's Pietà
What to expect

This is the tour for people who want to see everything and get the total Vatican experience. With an expert guide, you’ll spend three hours seeing everything you’ve heard or read about, including:

  • Express tickets to skip the lines
  • Tour of the galleries: the famous pieces and some surprises
  • The Raphael Rooms
  • The Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere sculpture and the Laocoön group
  • The Pinecone Courtyard
  • The galleries of the Candelabra, the Maps, and the Tapestries
  • The Sistine Chapel with detailed viewing tips
  • St. Peter’s Basilica direct via the exclusive 'guides-only' passage
  • One hour to enjoy the glory of St Peter's
  • Michelangelo’s Pietà (the only piece he ever signed)
  • Bernini’s soaring Baldacchino Altar
  • The feet of St. Peter, which pilgrims rub for good luck
  • St Peter’s Square
  • Groups limited to 20 people for enhanced contact
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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Skip-the-line access ticket and guided visit to the Vatican Museums
    • Skip-the-line access and guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica
    • Headsets for every guest
    • Expert guide
    • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Infants (0-3 years): free (no reservation required)
    • Children (4-12 years): reduced price
    Where

    Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Italy

    Meeting point:
    - Meeting point is at the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento. This is the only bar/cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to Tram stop number 19 - The closest Metro/Underground stop is Ottaviano
    What to remember
    • As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces may be removed for restoration or loan. In the case of a gallery being closed, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead
    • On rare occasions, when St. Peter's Basilica is being prepared for high Masses or a special private event, including the Easter ceremonies, the tour group exit and/or the basilica itself can be closed without prior notification. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. Refunds or discounts will not be provided
    • 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 child reduction
    • Free tour upgrade valid for all customers who booked tickets until Dec 31st, 2021: with this upgrade, you'll spend an hour enjoying the buffet before your guide whisks you to the Sistine Chapel
    • Due to covid restrictions the corridor between St.Peter's Church & the Sistine Chapel is temporarily closed to the public. The distance between the two sites without this access means that a guided visit inside St.Peter's Basilica will not be possible. To make the most out of your visit, your guide will give you a full introduction to the Basilica and explain how to visit the Basilica on your own after the tour
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    When
    • Morning Tour: 9.45am (meet strictly at 9.30am)
    • Afternoon Tour: 1.30pm (meet strictly at 1.15pm)
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    Provider
    Walks of Italy
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the experience begins.
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