See the Vatican your way and at your own pace on our Private Vatican Tours. With your own expert, English-speaking guide for a full three hours, you’ll see the best that the Vatican Museums have to offer, plus a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica – and all without the hassle of having to wait in line.
As an official partner of the Vatican Museums, City Wonders offers No Wait Access to all of its guests – so you walk past even the Skip the Line queues available to other tour operators. With instant access you won’t waste a precious moment of your time with your private guide. And a good thing too – all of our guides are experts in their field and fluent English speakers. The perfect people to lead your journey through the Vatican Museums, tailoring your experience to suit your interests and needs and answering all the questions you may have.
Choose to explore parts of the Vatican Museums that interest you or opt for our classic Vatican route. Our classic highlights tour visits the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and a diverse range of galleries covering ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, maps, tapestries and precious relics.
Whatever you choose, rest assured that your guide will be the perfect host – well-versed in the history, art and architecture of the Vatican and able to answer all of your questions. Experience the masterpieces of the Vatican at a higher level when you spot the little details and hear the stories behind the artworks.
Particularly entertaining at the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo painted his personal vendettas and private jokes into The Last Judgement, or at The Raphael Rooms where Sylvester Stallone makes an unexpected appearance.
From the Sistine Chapel we’ll use a special access door to gain entry directly to St. Peter’s Basilica*. This saves us from having to leave the Museums, walk 20 minutes to the general access entrance and wait for an hour in line. Inside the Basilica your guide will walk you through the stunning artworks held inside, the monumental carved altar and the incredible architecture of Christianity’s most iconic church.
In just three hours you’ll see the very best of the Vatican on our Private Vatican Tours. Take your time in some areas of the Museums, talking about the pieces that interest you and simply skip the parts that don’t. With an expert, English-speaking guide to yourself, you have all the time you need to get the best from this experience and with No Wait Access and all tickets and reservation fees accounted for (plus headsets on groups of five people or more), we take all the hassle out of your once-in-a-lifetime Vatican experience.
St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.
The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive when you book your tour.
It is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, however you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site. Our tours do not include a visit to the Dome. Please note that if you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, you should make sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon before our afternoon tours reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.
Wheelchairs are available at the Vatican. You will need to send a request to the Vatican before your visit. Please note that you should request them by sending an email to this address: email@example.com Wheelchairs are free of charge.
If you bring your own wheelchair, please let us know while booking your private tour so that we can arrange the perfect tour for you.
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