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Vatican Guided Tour

An express tour through the highlights of the Vatican Museums
  • When 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Meeting Point Directly across the street from the Caffè Vaticano

€47 per adult

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€47 per adult

€47 per adult

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  • Local experts
    Personal stories and insider travel tips
  • Top rated
    Thousands of reviews averaging 4.9 stars
  • Worry-free booking
    Flexible scheduling and refunds

Experience Highlights

  • Tune in on personal headsets when needed so you won't miss a thing.
  • Find the can’t-miss highlights among the many galleries with an expert guide to make the most of your time.
  • Learn about Raphael's School of Athens and the beautiful art it helped bring to life.
  • Marvel as you stand beneath the most celebrated fresco in the world, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
  • Tour the Pio Clementino Museum where ancient wonders, like the Laocoön sculpture, will amaze you.
  • Admire the Raphael Rooms as you learn how long it took to cover them in floor-to-ceiling paintings.
  • Get practical tips for how to visit another landmark of Vatican City, St. Peter’s Basilica.

Itinerary

  • Vatican terrace

    Where you can admire the beautiful dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

  • The Pinecone Courtyard

    Crowned by a massive bronze pinecone sculpture made by ancient Romans

  • Pio Clementino Museum

    Classical statues dating back to the 16th century

  • Vatican galleries

    Filled with tapestries, candelabra, historic maps, and more

  • Raphael Rooms

    A series of visually striking rooms covered in paintings by Renaissance masters

  • Sistine Chapel

    With Michelangelo’s famous fresco, including the Creation of Adam and other scenes

Plan Your Trip

Arrive 15 minutes early to the check-in point.

The tour starts promptly, and you’ll need this time to get through the security check. You may not be able to catch up if you arrive late.

Be sure to follow the dress code.

Hats, sleeveless shirts, and shorts, skirts or dresses cut above the knee are not permitted inside the Vatican. This applies to men and women, though young children may have a bit of leeway.

Headsets are included for tours that have 5 or more participants.

Your headset will help you hear your guide in some cases where you might need it. For small groups of 4 or less, headsets aren’t needed.

Tour runs rain or shine.

This tour happens in all weather, so please dress accordingly and check the local forecast. In rare instances where we have to cancel for extreme weather conditions, you’ll be allowed to reschedule for another time (if available) or be issued a refund.

Meeting Point

Caffè Vaticano

FAQs

Is admission to St. Peter’s Basilica included?

Admission to the basilica is free but not part of this guided tour. However, our guide will direct you to the entrance and give you instructions on what to see and tips for how to enjoy your self-guided tour of this historic church.

Can we take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?

Photos and talking aren’t allowed inside the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will give you an overview in advance of what you can expect when you enter. Once you’re there, simply enjoy the beauty above and around you.

Where does this tour end?

The guided portion of your visit ends in the Sistine Chapel. After the tour, you are free to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica at your leisure, armed with helpful tips from your guide on what to see.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

We understand plans change. We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time for this tour. We also offer rescheduling to another date the tour is running at no extra cost if you’re unable to make this tour. Please keep in mind there are no refunds available if you have already rescheduled your tour.

What is the policy on gratuities?

Tips are always appreciated by our guides but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job and if you personally want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide.