Private tour

The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

The Vatican: Private VIP Experience Tour

Activity provider: Through Eternity Tours

From US$ 620.35 per group up to 2

Journey into the history and art of the past of the Vatican. Experience centuries-old artworks, incredible architecture and delve into the origins of Christianity.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Private group


  • Experience the Sistine Chapel
  • See the Raphael Rooms
  • Encounter Michelangelo's La Pietà
  • Walk through the Belvedere Courtyard
  • Witness St. Peter's Basilica
Full description

Tour the Vatican on this optimized tour that offers you a VIP experience of the great masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel, the Pinacoteca, the Vatican Museums, and Saint Peter's Basilica.

There is only the one route that brings you to the Sistine Chapel, passing through courtyards and palaces dense with history and studded with works of art. Don't rush through them like a stranger; enjoy them in all their splendor.

Begin by encountering the Sistine Chapel, where you will walk through its charismatic walls and learn of the genius that was Michelangelo.

Learn who he was, how he lived and what his greatest achievements were, as you walk around immersed in his work.

Encounter the Raphael Rooms, which will allow you to enter into the courts of the Italian Renaissance.

Following the Raphael Rooms, enter the Vatican Museums and become familiar with stories of the art and history, which are captured within these breathtaking rooms. Following your art and history tour, it will be time to experience the Pinacoteca, where you will discover Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and the last painting of Raphael.

From the Sistine Chapel, directly enter St. Peter's Basilica without waiting in line. Once at St. Peter's Basilica, you will learn the Story of Fatih whilst being brought to the center of the Christian faith.

  • Skip-the-lines access to Vatican Museums
  • Fast-track entrance to St. Peter's
  • Pinacoteca visit
  • Guide
  • Transportation to and from the meeting/end point
  • Food and Beverages
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of Café Vaticano. They will have a “Through Eternity" sign or flag.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The Vatican Museums provide free entrance for visitors who have (according to the requirements stated by the Vatican City) at least 74% disability by presenting the appropriate certification and, if you need assistance from another person, that person also receives a free entrance. Please inform upon booking if you fit into these requirements and the pricing of the entry tickets will be removed from the price of the tour
  • Please be advised that this is a walking tour with steps and staircases
  • Large bags, backpacks, tripods, and large umbrellas cannot be brought into the museums. These items will have to be left at the museum coat check and retrieved after your visit
Customer reviews

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Thomas was a very pleasant and charismatic guide. His background of history and religious studies was the best touch to this experience. He put religion and art at the Vatican in a historical context and presented it in an authentic way, professionally. We could have listened to him for a whole day. Really meaningful conversations! I wish we had also seen a bit of the Vatican Gardens, but all in all this was an incredible experience which we will definitely recommend to our friends! Thank you Thomas, Pips, Desiree and the whole team!

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April 27, 2022

Thomas our private guide, was exceptional. Very personable and knowledgeable, taught us what we would learn in a Masters Class studying Italian history! Remarkable! But... but... buy... no matter what, the high point of the tour, was St. Peter’s. We have been all over the world and NOTHING compares to what you will experience there. 1 word - Breathtaking. If you don’t go on this tour, you will be missing out.

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February 26, 2020

We had a super competent guide. The tour was extremely informative and customized. 5 hours seems long at first, but the time flew by and was always full. We recommend.

July 13, 2022

Product ID: 199930