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Our flagship Vatican City experience, the original comprehensive Vatican journey including fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the papal crypts. Book well in advance to guarantee availability!

Highlights

  • Skip the line access to both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Local expert tour guide makes this tour a winner for best value
  • Experience Michelangelo’s remarkable frescos in the Sistine Chapel
  • Priority entrance to the Vatican Museums

Tour duration

3.5 hours

Description

Enjoy skip-the-line entry to what is arguably the most important and largest art collection in the world. For over five hundred years, popes commissioned works of art from the most talented painters and sculptors to enjoy at the Vatican amongst an elite circle of clerics, nobles, and scholars. Each new pope sought to leave a legacy greater than the last, commissioning chapels, frescoes, and sculptures until the collection grew to more than 70,000 works of art.

Walk in the footsteps of popes and Renaissance masters as you take in the Rooms of Raphael and the Sistine Chapel, from its commissioning to the finishing touches by none other than Michelangelo Buonarroti. With an expert guide, learn to discern between myth, fact, and popular Hollywood fiction regarding this epic work of art.

Gain fast-track access to St. Peter’s Basilica to view masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Bernini, among others, before descending to the papal crypts below.  We conclude on the portico with an overview of Bernini’s magnificent piazza (St. Peter’s Square), the central obelisk, and the renowned Swiss Guard.

Inclusion

  • Priority entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • Immersive experience inside Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel
  • The remarkable frescoed Rooms of Raphael
  • Expert licensed English-speaking tour guide
  • Fast-track entry and guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Know before you book

  • Due to the route covered and/or the means of transportation used, it is not possible to participate in this tour using a wheelchair, scooter, or other aid. Please contact us to inquire about customized tour options for guests with mobility challenges
  • Despite priority access, crowding can be significant at the Vatican during peak season and this is beyond our control.
  • Tour is provided in English.

Know before you go

  • There is a strict dress code at the Vatican. Shoulders and knees must be covered for both men and women.
  • This tour departs on time. It is not possible to join the tour if you arrive late.
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a bottle of water are highly recommended.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to the start time will be refunded in full. No refunds will be made for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or failure to arrive at the meeting point on time (no-show).

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