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Vatican Small Group Guided Tour

A curated tour for the ultimate Vatican experience

  • When 8:30 AM daily except Sundays
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Meeting Point Directly across the street from the Caffè Vaticano

€54 per adult

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

€54 per adult

€54 per adult

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

Highlights

  • See the best of the Vatican Museums on a streamlined, skip-the-line express tour that makes the most of your time.
  • 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

Make this tour private

Book this tour for just your group.

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Dress code

Hats, sleeveless shirts, and shorts, skirts, or dresses cut above the knee aren’t allowed in the Vatican. This applies to men and women, though young children may have some leeway.

Headsets

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

Tour ending point

The guided portion of your tour ends at the entrance to the Sistine Chapel. You are free to visit Saint Peter’s Basilica on your own with helpful tips from your guide on what to see.

Refund policy

We offer a 100% refund up to 48 hours before the start time.

Meeting point

Where to find your tour guide
Meet your guide across the street from the Caffè Vaticano, in front of the entrance next to a large white door with two statues on the top. Your guide will be holding a sign that reads “ExperienceFirst.”

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.

What is the rescheduling policy?

We understand plans change. You can always change your tour 24 hours or more before you tour. We offer a 100% refund up to 24 hours prior to your tour start time. Within 24 hours of your tour, we would have incurred hard costs and therefore cannot allow rescheduling or cancellation without costs.

What if it rains?

Our tours run rain or shine, so please check the local forecast to plan. In rare cases when we have to cancel for extreme weather, we’ll offer you the chance to reschedule or give a full refund.

Are gratuities included?

Tips are always appreciated but never expected. They’re a great way to tell your guide they did an awesome job and show your appreciation.

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