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  2. Lazio
  3. Rome
  4. Vatican City

Best of the Vatican 3-Hour Small Group Tour

Product ID: 127022
Skip the ticket lines and enjoy a 3-hour small group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Discover highlights of the papal collection with a licensed guide.
About this activity
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the highlights of the Vatican City with a licensed guide
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art in the Vatican Museums
  • Save time with skip-the-ticket-line entry
Full description
Get an introduction to the highlights of the Vatican City, and then skip the ticket lines to the Vatican Museums. Wander the vast network of galleries to see highlights such as the Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Raphael Rooms.

Benefit from your guide's expert knowledge and learn the history of the Vatican City. Hear about hidden meanings behind the precious art and more. Then, marvel at Michelangelo's miraculous frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica through a reserved passageway and choose to remain in the basilica to explore on your own or leave with your guide.
  • Licensed guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Headsets for groups of more than 6 participants
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

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Important information
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for those with walking difficulties.
• You must bring your passport or ID.
• You must cover your knees and shoulders in order to enter the Vatican and you risk being refused entry if you do not follow the dress code.
• St. Peter's Basilica is subject to closure by the Vatican without notice for religious functions and if this occurs you will spend longer in another part of the Vatican City with your guide.
• There is a maximum number of 24 people for this tour.
• It is recommended to dress for the weather because this tour operates in all weather conditions.
• You can bring normal sized bags but large backpacks are not permitted.
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From US$ 59.26 US$ 47.41 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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My tour guide (don’t know how to spell the Hungarian ladies name, Renita? maybe- I remember her name means rebirth like Renaissance!) who took us around the Vatican was extremely informative, interesting and full of knowledge. Would highly recommend. Never had a private tour before and so delighted by my experience. I learnt so much more than if I had of went around using an audio guide! Please pass on my sincere thanks to the guide we had. Was very worthwhile.

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February 29, 2020

Felicity was amazing! She not only was very knowledgeable as also made us all feel very happy and at ease. She is a passionate lady and you can tell she loves art and teaching .. She was funny and fun to be with and very nice to all the group. We saw and learnt lots of beautiful and interesting things! Vatican tour was a success and we loved every minute of it! Worth every penny and will definitely recommend to all my friends and family! Had an incredible day!

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September 10, 2019

Great guide; great tour; group too large

Frederico did a great job. Knowledgeable and inclusive. Kept the group together and focused on the most impressive art. Navigated a crowded Vatican well and going with a guide is the only way to do it. But the group size - advertised as ‘small’ - was 19 and that’s too many.

May 25, 2019

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Vivicos International Travel

Product ID: 127022