Guided tour

Extended Vatican City Tour With Exclusive Sights

4.7 / 5

12 reviews

Extended Vatican City Tour With Exclusive Sights

From US$ 103.67 per person

Enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican, plus some hidden gems normally off-limits to the public. This exclusive Vatican Partner tour also includes No-Wait entry through a private entrance, so you never waste time in line.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4.5 hours
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  • Don't waste time in long lines and enjoy immediate access to the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Raphael’s Room with no-wait access
  • Start the tour in the peace and quiet of the often-overlooked Pinacoteca paintings gallery, home of the only Da Vinci left in Rome
  • Benefit from an English-speaking guide who is a Vatican expert
  • Discover the best of the Holy See including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Enjoy your audio headset, you won't miss a single pearl of wisdom
Full description
Your tour begins outside the Vatican, where your expert guide will whisk you passed the famously long lines and through an Official Vatican Partner entrance before giving you a brief overview of the tour.  You’ll then follow your guide to the Pinacoteca, also known as the Vatican Paintings Gallery. Often overlooked by independent sightseers, this is one of the quietest parts of the Museums. Enjoy the hush as you view masterpieces by Raphael, Caravaggio and the only Da Vinci left in Rome. As you wander this modern gallery, your expert guide will tell you not just about the techniques and subjects of these works, but also about the lives of their creators. Then, you will make your way to one of the highlights of our tour: the Bramante Staircase. A Vatican Guard will escort you beyond a velvet rope to this engineering marvel, which was built to admit horse-drawn carriages from street level to the Papal apartments. It’s usually closed to the public, so you’ll have this stunning helical staircase to yourself, with space to admire spectacular views overlooking Vatican City. Next, visit some of the well-known sights of the Vatican including the Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, and the stunning Sistine Chapel. Of course, no visit to the Vatican would be complete without seeing this iconic masterpiece, and your expert guide will be sure to give you all the background you need to truly appreciate Michelangelo’s most famous work. Finish your tour with privileged access to St. Peter’s Basilica through a door leading directly from the Sistine Chapel, avoiding the lines so you have more time inside to discover works like Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà’.
  • Skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica
  • Privileged access through an official Vatican partner entrance
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets for groups of five or more, so you can always hear your guide
  • Groups no larger than 20 people
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The tour ends at St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • It is the individual responsibility of all visitors to arrive at the tour departure point
  • The local partner is unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or walking disabilities
  • Entrance into the Vatican is subject to a strict dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered, no low cut or sleeveless tops or shorts will be permitted for men and women
  • Clients that do not adhere to the dress code will not be permitted entry to the Vatican. The local partner cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper attire
  • On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter’s Basilica and Square may be closed in the morning tour due to the Papal Audience
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 12 reviews

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This was, by far, the BEST tour we've ever taken!!

This was such a wonderful way to see the Vatican. Our guide was so personable and so knowledgeable. She navigated us through the museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica while providing such interesting information about the artwork. We had access to areas where no one else was admitted and had time to take pictures and enjoy the quiet and the beauty of the architecture. I can not say enough about how awesome this tour is!!

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August 1, 2018

The guide spoke very indistinct English and much too quickly.

Not planning a break in 5 hours is not a good thing either.

May 28, 2019

Excellent tour with a exceptional guide.

We booked this tour based on our son's recommendation. The tour was wonderful. Our guide, Faviania was knowledgable, delightful, and very caring.

November 6, 2018

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