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Vatican, Sistine and St Peter’s with Private Guide

Product ID: 34180
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You control your Vatican experience on this private tour. With only your small group, a dedicated guide, and skip-the-ticket-line access through a Partner Entrance, there’s plenty of time to uncover the stories behind the Vatican’s hidden treasures.
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Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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  • Intimate tour with only your small group and a licensed expert guide
  • Spend less time waiting and more time discovering, with skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Hear the unexpected stories behind Michelangelo’s legendary Sistine Chapel frescoes
  • Ask your guide about whatever catches your eye, and enjoy the freedom to stay longer in places where you don’t want to miss a thing
Full description
With your licensed local guide leading the way, you’ll breeze past the notoriously long lines and through an exclusive Vatican Partner Entrance into the Vatican Museums – giving you more time to experience the artistic treasures of this unmatched collection. Seek out the sights you really want to see, dwell a little longer in areas with lots to take in, and ask questions to your heart’s content – making the most of your guide’s considerable Vatican expertise.

The tour takes in the Gallery of Maps, with its delicately gilded ceiling, the world-famous Raphael Rooms, and much more. You’ll see famous works alongside forgotten relics, medieval maps and ancient sculptures, each with its own story, before heading to the jewel in the Vatican’s crown: the Sistine Chapel.

Here, your guide will provide a richer perspective on Michelangelo’s legendary frescos, pointing out easily missed details like the painful punishments the artist painted for his enemies, and the personal message he left for the Pope.

Skip-the-ticket-line access allows the tour to move straight from the Sistine Chapel into St. Peter’s Basilica, avoiding a long ticket line outside. This vast and sumptuously decorated space holds even more stunning masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’. Ask your guide why the construction of the Basilica’s dome nearly tore the church in two – or any other questions that come to mind.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets when appropriate (so you can always hear your guide)
  • Dedicated guide
What’s Not Included
  • Tips
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Umbrellas
Know before you go
• This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress.
• Please note that large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican and must be checked into the free luggage storage area. Please do not bring these items as you may need to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance. Only very small bags are allowed.
• Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and photography are prohibited.
• On Wednesday mornings and afternoons, St. Peter's Basilica may be closed to the public due to the Papal Audience.

From US$ 356.24 Per group up to 2

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Product ID: 34180