Sistine Chapel's ceiling

Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Private Tour
4.95
Out of 316 Reviews
  • Duration
    3 h.
  • Start time
    10:00 & 14:30
  • Meeting Point
    Near Museum Entrance (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
    English
Experience the Vatican Museums like a VIP with your own private tour. Enter the museums through our exclusive partner entrance, exit to St. Peter‘s through a special door in the Sistine Chapel. Our guide will even tailor the itinerary for you.

Wonderful tour & knowledge by tour guide. Amazing experience..

David

Tour Highlights

  • Official No Wait Partners’ Entrance at the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • All tickets and reservations costs
  • Your own expert, English-speaking guide
  • Audio headsets for groups of five people or more on our private Vatican tours
Group in front of Last Judgement in Sistine Chapel

See the Vatican Museums Your Way

With your own dedicated, expert English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility to call the shots – seeing parts of the Vatican Museums that appeal to you most.

St. Peter's Basilica sunny day

Experience the Grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica

Our Private Vatican Tours visit not just the Vatican Museums but St. Peter’s Basilica too – so you see the best of the world's tiniest state in just three hours.

Vatican Museum gallery

Make the Most of Every Moment

With Official No Wait Access at the Vatican Museums and Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica, you won’t waste a precious moment in line or covering the long walk from the Museums to the Basilica.

Description

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.

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What's included

  • No Wait Access into the Vatican Museums
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Intimate private experience
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food and beverages

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • 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.

FAQs

  • Where does the tour meet?

    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.

  • I am taking a Vatican Tour that includes Saint Peter’s Basilica, will we go up the dome?

    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.

  • Can you provide wheelchairs for Private tours to the Vatican Museums? Can I bring my own wheelchair to a private tour?

    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: accoglienza.musei@scv.va 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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Our tour with Francesca...

Our tour with Francesca was the highlight of our entire trip. We were traveling with our 89-year-old father, who had trouble keeping up with the masses and she was absolutely wonderful. In addition to her keen knowledge, she made sure our pace was accommodating to him and passages were clear to the point where she even secured a seat for him when we reached the Sistine Chapel. It was a privilege to have someone with such knowledge, kindness and compassion as our guide and we thank her and City Wonders for such a memorable experience.

Very personable...

Very personable, knowledgeable and professional young lady.

guide was excellent

guide was excellent

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