General

On our skip the lines Treasures of the Vatican Small Group Tour, your group of no more than 13 people will skip the long lines to visit the treasures of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

On this half-day Vatican Small Group Tour, your small group of no more than 13 people will skip the long lines to visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. You will also visit to the Raphael Rooms, which most tour companies omit from their Vatican tours.

In the museums, among the largest in the world, your art-history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues, and artefacts in these rooms, explaining each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history. The highlight of this tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo, and of his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.

Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peters Basilica (if open), again without waiting in line! Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. The Basilica features several chapels, and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

This is one of the most popular Vatican Small Group Tour in Rome, so don’t delay … book today!

SEE ALSO …. Early Bird Vatican Tour

Vatican City

Vatican CityVatican City, officially known as Vatican City State is the world’s smallest country, a sovereign city-state located entirely within Rome. Created by the Lateran Treaties of 1929, it had a previous, and far more powerful incarnation – the Papal States. It is unique in the modern world in having Latin as its official language, though Read more

Tour Fee

Tour Fee (Entrance tickets included)

  • Adults: €69
  • Under-18: * €55

 

* Photo ID may be requested by Vatican staff. If not presented an additional adult ticket will need to be purchased at the price of €20.

Summary

Operative Days

  • Monday to Saturday

Group Size

  • 4 min, 13 max

Departure Time

  • 7.30am, 8.30am, 1.30pm

Check-in Time

  • 7.15am, 8.15am, 1.15pm

Meeting Point

  • Our office on Via Vespasiano (full details sent with confirmation email)

Duration

  • 3.5 Hours

Languages

  • English only

Skip the Line Tickets

  • yes

Tour Description

On this half-day Vatican Small Group Tour, your small group of no more than 13 people will skip the long lines to visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. You will also visit to the Raphael Rooms, which most tour companies omit from their Vatican tours.

In the museums, among the largest in the world, your art-history expert local guide will introduce you to masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the sculptures of ancient Rome, helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues, and artefacts in these rooms, explaining each item's place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history. The highlight of this tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You'll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo, and of his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You'll hear about the history of the period, with the difficulties encountered by the patron, Pope Julius II and by the artist, Michelangelo.

Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you'll enter St. Peters Basilica (if open), again without waiting in line! Standing beneath Michelangelo's great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. The Basilica features several chapels, and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo's most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

This is one of the most popular Vatican Small Group Tour in Rome, so don't delay ... book today!

SEE ALSO .... Early Bird Vatican Tour

Note

  • If you book for less than 4 people, you may not receive an immediate confirmation. This is because we require a minimum of 4 people for this tour. We do not request a credit card payment however, until we can confirm the tour has the required minimum. You will be contacted as soon as we have the required minimu.
  • Unfortunately, due to unavoidable stairways in the Vatican, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send us an email and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.

     

    ARRIVE ON TIME

    You must be check in with our tour coordinator at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the time of the tour you are booking, which is the time at which the tour DEPARTS. You have one responsibility after you book your tour - to arrive on time to our meeting location, details for which are included on your confirmation email and also on the Meeting Points link on our website. If you arrive on time, we will take care of everything else! 

    As your booking confirmation will be automatically sent to the email address you provide us with at the booking stage, it is advised that you use a personal, rather than work, email address. Many companies' firewalls block our emails, and it may also be necessary to contact you when you are in Rome, which we will not be able to do if you do not have access to your work email.
     
    If you do not provide us with a phone number that is working when in Rome, we will not be able to contact you if you are running late for your tour. It is your responsibility to make contact with us in this situation.
     
     
    CANCELLATIONS:
    Cancellations must be made by clicking on the "View/Change Booking" link that is in your confirmation email.