Private Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & Museums Fast Access plus Hotel Pickup

Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Private experience
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Overview

Avoid the queues with our private 3-hour Vatican tour, accompanied by a local guide.  You will visit the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica and other noteworthy venues. 

Hear the history, facts, and curiosities of the Sistine Chapel during your visit there. Your guide will tell you  something of the history of these fascinating places as you meander through these wonderful buildings, drinking in the atmosphere.

Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Private tour
Local guide
Professional art historian guide
Local taxes
Gratuities
Hotel drop off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up the travelers if they are staying at a central hotel.

Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
As this is a private tour group there is the opportunity to visit some of the smaller museum rooms not on the usual tourist trail.  You can go at your own pace and take your time to enjoy the magnificent artwork.  Tours begin at either 9.00 a.m. or 2 pm  - you will meet your guide at the entrance to the Vatican museums and with skip-the-line entry go straight to the Belvedere Courtyard followed by the Pio-Clementino Museum to see the magnificent collection of ancient Roman and Greek Statues.    The tour continues with visits to the Gallery of Tapestries and then on to the largest and most important display of Renaissance maps in the world housed in  the Geographic Gallery.  The largest canvas painting in the Vatican is housed in the Sobiesky Room; learn all about this from the guide as well as details of the beautiful frescoes that adorn the Immaculate Conception Rooms. 
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
In Raphael’s Rooms you will gain an insight into the artist’s  greatest works, the Parnassus and the School of Athens that were painted for Pope Julius II. 
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Of course, the tour highlight is the Sistine Chapel where you can see Michelangelo’s magnificent frescoes, as well as those of Botticelli and other famous artists.  Your guide will regale you with the history of the chapel as well as recounting interesting facts and anecdotes, including details of the conclave that is held to elect the new Pope.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
 After the Sistine Chapel we visit Saint Peter’s Basilica to see Michelangelo’s famous Pieta, Bernini’s  Baldacchino,  as well as a host of statues depicting Popes and Saints.   
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Square
The tour ends in Saint Peter’s Square where you can see the Pope’s Palace and  the colourful Swiss Guard.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

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