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Rome: Vatican Day Tour With Skip-the-Line Tickets and Lunch

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

Rome: Vatican Day Tour With Skip-the-Line Tickets and Lunch

Activity provider: Walks of Italy

From US$ 154.06 per person

Explore the Vatican on this guided day trip. See the Sistine Chapel, explore the museums with skip-the-line tickets, stroll the gardens, and travel on the Pope’s train to Castel Gandolfo for lunch.

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Duration 10 hours
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Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • A full-day in-depth tour of the Vatican with a small group (no more than 15) and
  • Skip-the-line to the Vatican Museums, visiting the Octagonal Courtyard, Raphael
  • Tour the Vatican Gardens and take the Pope's private train, departing from insid
  • Skip the line at the Papal Palace in Castel Gandolfo, a scenic hill-town where c
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Villa Barberini with local produce and wine, includin
Full description
Whether it's your first or fifth visit to the Vatican, take the time to discover all there is to see on this full-day comprehensive tour of its museums, gardens, and grounds. You’ll begin early by meeting your guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums where you’ll skip the usually long lines outside to go straight in. This collection houses 26 distinct museums and 70,000 pieces of art. But we’ve taken the stress out of your day by ensuring you’ll be accompanied by an official Vatican guide who knows these museums inside-out and will be able to take you to the best of the best. Enjoy the exquisitely crafted sculptures in the Octagonal Courtyard, the magnificent Raphael Rooms, and the ornate Gallery of Tapestries. You'll also arrive at Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel, fully prepared with tips from your guide on what to look out for. Next, you'll journey into the stately Vatican Gardens. Entry to this collection of landscaped gardens, forests, and medieval monuments is strictly for those on tours (like this one), so you’ll be sure of a slice of tranquility within the bustling city-state. After you’ve soaked in the fresh air, you’ll make your way to the Vatican Rail Station with your guide for a journey to make your Vatican experience complete. Opened as recently as 2015, you’ll step aboard the Pope’s train and set your sights on one of the most beautiful hill towns in all of Italy coming into view. Steeped in history, Castel Gandolfo is not only the summer residence of the Popes but close by is the birthplace of the legendary Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome. The gorgeous gardens of the Villa Barberini are where you’ll be treated to an inviting buffet lunch, made of traditional Italian dishes and fresh seasonal ingredients. Use your free time after lunch to explore the charming town further. We’d recommend visiting the Papal Palace for an audio tour (included) where you can roam inside the Pope’s apartments, which are vastly more extensive than even those of the Vatican! Afterward, be sure to wander towards the beautiful Lake Albano and take in the scenic hill views.
  • Skip-the-line Vatican Museum tickets
  • Skip-the-line Papal Palace & Garden tickets
  • Journey on the Vatican Train
  • Buffet Lunch of local produce
  • Audio Tour at the Papal Palace
  • Local official Vatican guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Just outside the tourist station shop.

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Excellent tour. Could not have asked for more. I was admittedly apprehensive about this tour (and the associated cost), but found that this was one of my most memorable experiences that I have ever had within Rome. Highly recommend this!

July 5, 2022

It was a very nice experience. Our guide was the Best. She loves history. We learned a lot of interesting informations. I liked it very much.

July 16, 2022

Product ID: 419579