“Great tour! ! The line for visitors without a fast pass extended for miles, while we accessed Vatican city from a different entrance and our guide conducted a very efficient tour. Loved it. Some of the most beautiful art we've seen in Europe. ...Alexandra V., United States – See more reviews
What To Expect
Meet our Expert Guide at foot of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums, and depart for this visit at some time sharp, don't be late!
The Vatican may be the smallest country in the world, but with 9 miles of priceless artwork held in over 2,000 rooms, navigating it can be overwhelming. Even before exploring this vast collection visitors can endure a wait of up to 3 hours in the public queue, and even up to one hour in the Skip the Line queue. If you want immediate access to the museums and to be taken on the absolute best route through the most iconic sights, leave yourself in the capable hands of an Official Vatican Partner. This highly exclusive status, earned through taking over a million visitors through the museums over the years, grants you the privilege of No Wait Access through the Partner's Entrance, as well as the most comprehensive itinerary on the market, honed through a decade of experience.
As you stroll past the long lines, your English-only speaking guide will provide you with your own personal headset, ensuring you won't miss a moment of their educational and entertaining commentary. With so many fascinating artefacts to admire, you'll appreciate having the freedom to get up close to these masterpieces without having to remain by your guide's side to hear their incredible stories. Your group of 20 people or fewer gives you the flexibility to move easily from room to room while affording you personalized attention from your guide and the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like.
Be astonished as your guide takes you through rooms such as the Galleries of the Candelabra, Tapestries, and Maps, where treasures from the past surround you and come to life with your guide's enthralling storytelling. Meet artistic giants such as Raphael and Michelangelo as you admire the intricacy of the famed Raphael Rooms, and have your breath taken away by the Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel.
End your comprehensive tour in St. Peter's Basilica, where you'll benefit from privileged Skip the Line access, ensuring you waste no time in seeing another artistic triumph; Pietà. Immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of this cathedral, topped by the famous towering dome, before emerging in St Peter's Square to pick out the balcony from where the Pope delivers his public addresses.
The service ends at St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square.
St. Peter's Basilica
No-Wait Access and Skip-the-Line entrance into the Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
Headsets during guided tour
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
There will be no charge for children under 6 years of age and reservation is not required. Please provide proof of age.
Entrance to the Vatican requires a strict dress code.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended. We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or impairments requiring special assistance and customers with strollers or baby carriages on this tour. A private tour is recommended for wheelchair users.
On Wednesdays, the morning tours may be cancelled and no access permitted at St. Peter's Basilica & Square due to Papal Audience.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area. The group will not be able to wait for those who need to check their baggage.
Shoulders and knees must be covered.
Low cut, sleeveless tops or shorts are not permitted for both men and women.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 45 minutes
4 hours and 30 minutes