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Rome: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

Rome: Private Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

From £185.77 per person

This private tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's includes luxury one-way transport with pickup from your hotel. You can avoid waiting in line with your skip-the-line admission ticket to see these exciting world-famous wonders.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, Russian, German, Portuguese, Italian, Hungarian
Pickup included
We offer pickup service from all accommodation facilities located in the city center. Hotels, B&B's and apartments. Please include, in your reservation, the accommodation name and address. Meeting point in the hotel lobby.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


The experience
  • Visit the highlights of the Vatican with the expertise of a professional tour guide
  • See world-renowned sights like the Hall of the Tapestries and the Map Room
  • Explore the Vatican on a private tour with skip-the-line tickets to avoid long wait times
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Your tailor-made tour to the Vatican Museums will begin with a complimentary pickup service from your accommodation by an expert English-speaking driver. You will be taken to the usually packed museum entrance, where you will meet you private tour guide who will issue you your skip-the-line ticket. This ticket will allow you to skip the huge entry line and access the metal detector check. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter's Dome overlooking the Vatican gardens; the perfect spot to take a great picture! Your guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations. You will enter the Pio Clementine Museum, gasping at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, and will then pass through the Hall of the Painted Maps. You will then enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, after visiting the Sistine Chapel, it is not possible to go directly into St. Peter Basilica. You will rather leave the Museums, arrive at St Peter Square, and enter from there. This is where Michelangelo's sculpture "Pieta" is kept, as well as the tombs of the popes including St. John Paul II's and St. Peter the Apostle. The tour ends in St. Peter's Square, where you will be able to admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica. At last, for those interested in purchasing religious articles or official Vatican products, the tour guide will take you to the official Vatican gift store and eventually show you the nearest taxi station or subway.
  • Skip-the-line admission tickets
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transfer with English-speaking driver and luxury vehicle
  • Private tour guide
  • Audio headsets (minimum 8 people)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Selfie sticks
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
  • This is a private tour, meaning only your group will participate
  • This tour is wheelchair accessible, please advise in advance if wheelchair access is required
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Children under the age of 6 are free
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • 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)
  • The duration of transfers are approximate (the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions)
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31 October 2019


We were picked up from the ship and taken to Rome. Had some free time there and then a great tour. Then we were needed back to the ship. An exhausting but perfect day in Rome

31 October 2019

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