Open Bus 24/48 Hour Pass & Vatican Museum Small Group Tour

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 7 more
Overview

Rome is home to a number of the world’s most important archaeological and architectural treasures, but seeing the highlights with public transportation can be daunting. See the top attractions in just two or three days with this time-saving tour that pairs a hop-on-hop-off bus pass with skip-the-line tickets and a guided visit of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, followed by free time to explore St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • Choice of a 48-hour or 72-hour hop-on-hop-off Rome bus tour pass
  • 10 stops at the top sights in the city with on-board commentary
  • Priority entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • A guided tour to take in the highlights in the vast museum galleries

All taxes, fees and handling charges
Professional, English speaking guide
Headsets to hear your guide clearly
Priority access to St.Peter's Basilica
Assitance on site and from our office near the Vatican
Hop-on hop-off Bus Tour
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Local Office
The 110 acres that comprise the Vatican City are home to some of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. The global centre of the Catholic religion attracts millions of fervent religious supporters and interested visitors each year. As you pass the famed Pontifical Swiss Guard, the Pope’s security force since 1505, you’ll enter perhaps the most recognizable plaza in the Western world: St. Peter’s Square.

Given the Vatican’s importance as a religious and historical destination, it’s no surprise that it is consistently brimming with tourists. Attractions like the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel regularly have long lines for entrance, and papal addresses are heard by thousands of people beneath the window of the Apostolic Palace.

Throughout history, wealthy and famous visitors have presented the Popes with some of the most important works of art in Western history. These include multiple sculpture museums with special galleries dedicated to statues, busts, and masks. Even more impressive is the collection of paintings with works by Da Vinci, Bellini, Titian, and a suite of rooms dedicated to the frescoes of Raphael.

The Sistine Chapel has drawn admirers from around the world for over five hundred years, ever since the completion of Michelangelo’s great Sistine Chapel ceiling. The magnificent frescoes that make up Michelangelo’s famous ceiling include The Creation of Adam, an iconic depiction of a Biblical scene; only Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa matches its artistic significance. To be admired in silence, the Sistine Chapel provokes awe amongst its visitors with breath-taking art and architecture in all directions. In order to prepare you for the grandeur of the Chapel’s interior, our guides will offer a helpful history of the art inside and provide orientation to better direct your exploration.

After this you will be left, through a priority entrance, in St. Peters Basilica, the greatest piece of  Renaissance architecture as well as being largest church in the world, to explore at your own leisure

When it comes to visiting the historic sites of the Vatican, it’s worth it to pay for a premium tour experience. Our Ultimate Semi-Private Vatican & Sistine chapel tour paves the way for you to visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel in all its beauty.

Along with this tour you can use t panoramic bus with the Hop-On Hop-Off ticket for the duration chosen; These are a 24 or 48 hour pass. You have 10 stops at the most famous attractions all around Rome's city centre.

When on board you have digitally recorded commentary in 9 different languages. Hop on to explore the city and enjoy the best views of Rome’s distinctive landmarks and learn about its fascinating 2000+ years history.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • You will retire your Bus ticket at the meeting point before the tour starts.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund
  • On the panoramic bus you can have recorded commentary in your choice of either English, Italian Spanish, French, German, Chinese Mandarin, Russian, Arabic and Portuguese. The commentary is available through complimentary earphones that you will receive when you board the bus.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure. This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE BASILICA DURING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CEREMONIES (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the POPE). The Basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases it is not possible to guarantee access to the Basilica.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attractions administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • All clients will be asked to show a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We can’t be held responsible in case of sudden closure of the Saint Peter’s Basilica or any other room inside the Vatican Museums without notice, as this is a decision of the Vatican Administration itself and we have no control over it.

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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