Guided tour

Rome: Vatican Guided Tour

4.9 / 5

61 reviews

Activity provider: Gaudium Travel

Rome: Vatican Guided Tour

Activity provider: Gaudium Travel

From US$ 92.38 per person

Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums, visit the Sistine Chapel, and enjoy priority access to St. Peter's Basilica. Explore its vast collection of artifacts on a small group tour or private tour.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Russian, French, Spanish
Private or small groups available


  • Enter the Vatican before the general public arrives
  • Explore the Vatican Museums
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel and its frescoes
  • Choose between a shared group or private tour
  • Discover St Peter's Basilica after the tour without waiting in line
Full description

Enjoy an early morning tour of Vatican City before the crowds arrive, one hour before general opening hours and 30 minutes before other groups.

With you English-speaking guide, see the Vatican Museums, the Pinecone and Octagonal courtyards before you visit the Room of the Muses, the Round Room, and the Greek Cross Room, the site of the 2 sarcophagi of the Constantine family. Take a walk through the galleries of the Candelabra and the Tapestries, and the private gallery of Pope Gregory XIII, to admire the collection of Italian cartography. Head to the Sistine Chapel and hear about what Michelangelo endured while working on the scaffolding for seemingly endless hours in the Sistine Chapel.

It is in this Chapel that all eligible cardinals meet to elect new popes.

End the tour with a brief explanation of St. Peter's Church, followed by priority access through the passage between Sistine Chapel and St Peters's Basilica.

  • Skip-the-line ticket for Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Priority access to St.Peter's Basilica when the passage between Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica is open (except on Wednesday mornings and during religious holidays when St.Peter's Basilica won't be included in the tour)
  • Guide
  • Headsets to hear your guide during the tour
  • Transportation
  • Entry to St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday mornings wont be included due to papal audence taking place on St.Peter's square
  • St.peters basilica can close on very short notice due to religious celebrations.
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica is permitted only to visitors dressed appropriately (shoulders and knees must be covered and no hats are allowed)
  • No photography or filming is permitted in the Sistine Chapel
  • It is obligatory to deposit suitcases, large backpacks, and umbrellas in the cloakroom
  • St. Peter’s Basilica will be closed on Wednesdays due to the Papal Audience. In this case, you will be offered an extended guided tour of the Vatican Museums. As an active Catholic Church, St. Peter's Basilica is also subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. The Sistine chapel passage will remain closed on Wednesday morning due to Papal audiences, it can also sometimes be closed at short notice
  • Groups never exceed 10 people, ensuring a comfortable experience
  • Due to spontaneous changes to local Covid-19 regulations, St. Peter's Basilica could be closed on the day of your visit
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 61 reviews

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Luigi was an outstanding guide, knowledgeable with a background in art history and theology. We highly recommend him! We were initially skeptical because we had never used ‘Get Your Guide’ and the prepaid cost made us uncomfortable. However, our experience was exceptional. Directions to meet our guide were precise. A phone number was provided if we had issues finding where our tour began or if we could not find our guide. Our taxi dropped us early at the noted address. It was a business that was not open. 15 minutes before our tour, 2 guides arrived. One was Luigi who called us by our first names and the tour began immediately. We were a block from the Vatican. Luigi had our tickets and with minor exception, the massively long lines were avoided. He explained the grounds, buildings, art, history, religion…in layman terms, and patiently answered our questions. The tour covered all things noted in the ad. We were more than satisfied and would highly recommend this tour.

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October 15, 2022

The tour was easy to find, easy to get through and the guide was great! We enjoyed the ability to roam around a bit while still listening to the live tour. The size of our group was prefect and the items covered in the tour were wonderful. Value was spot on as well.

August 16, 2021

Martina our guide was perfect throughout the visit! She paced the visit very well, knows absolutely every nook and cranny of the Vatican. She speaks French very well, listens, answers questions and is always trying to find out if you are doing well. We did not see the 2 hours of visit with her and absolutely recommend her!

July 16, 2021

Product ID: 54786