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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3731VATICAN_P
What better way to see the Vatican than with your own private guide? Do just that on this 3-hour walking tour, and explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with customized commentary. From the splendor of Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement” fresco to the intrigue of an architectural optical illusion in St Peter’s Square, this in-depth tour charts the stories behind the Vatican’s sacred sites. Even better, the tour provides access that allows you to skip all the entrance lines — even the priority ones.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included
With your private guide, head straight inside the Vatican Museums for your intimate tour. If there is anything you particularly want to see, let your guide know. The best thing about having a private guide is that the commentary can be tailored to the things that interest you most: be it art, history or tales of the sometimes-scandalous Vatican popes.

Stroll through Raphael’s Rooms as your guide talks about the talented artists who designed masterpieces for the popes. With tales of Renaissance-era rivalries ringing in your ears, continue through the Pinecone Courtyard, Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel.

Home to some of the most influential pieces of Western artwork in the world, the sacred chapel is sure to be a highlight. Stand amid the hushed quiet — talking is forbidden — and gaze at Michelangelo’s frescoes of The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and The Last Judgement.

From the chapel, wander through to St Peters Basilica, the Vatican’s iconic late-Renaissance church. Hear more tales of Michelangelo as you view La Pietà, and admire Bernini’s bronze baldachin that frames the papal altar. Then, take a turn around St Peter’s Square to discover Bernini’s use of optical illusion at the colonnades.

Your tour then finishes at St. Peter’s Square.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Near the Vatican Museums
Duration:
3 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Morning Tour
Code: EN1000

Starts at 10am

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Afternoon Tour
Code: EN1430

Starts at 2:30pm

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Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Private Vatican Museums Walking Tour
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Inclusions:
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Private guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • This ticket enables you to skip the long lines, which can take up to two hours, to enter the Vatican Museums. All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point; expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Tours departing Wednesday: there is the possibility that you will be unable to include St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica could be closed. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you would prefer a ticket with guaranteed access to St Peter's Basilica and the square, do not select Wednesday as your travel date
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, the full 3-hour tour is spent inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Your guide will notify you if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. No refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Wheelchairs can be taken on this tour. If assistance is required, you must provide your own carer
  • Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, please avoid bringing backpacks on this tour
  • Please be aware that due to Holy Easter Holidays, St. Peter's Basilica will be closed during the selected date (March 24th, 25th, 26th) for this tour. We will substitute other areas of the Vatican to ensure you have the best possible experience
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Annette L, July 2016

Silvia was a very professional and excellent guide. This is my third visit to the Vatican and the best expierence. We really enjoyed her knowledge.

Reviewed by: HDSMACKEY, United States of America, July 2016

The tour was amazing. Our tour guide Frank went above and beyond to make this tour the perfect day. Thank you Frank.

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