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Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

Vatican City: Best of the Vatican Small Group Tour

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Skip the ticket lines on this guided group tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Discover the highlights of the papal collection and Michelangelo's frescoes with a licensed Vatican guide.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Portuguese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish


  • Discover the highlights of the Vatican City with a licensed guide
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art in the Vatican Museums
  • Save time with skip-the-ticket-line entry
Full description

Enjoy a skip-the-line guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Learn about Michelangelo and Raphael and discover their incredible artworks. Your guide will walk you through the amazing galleries and share with you many stories and anecdotes.

See the marble statues of the Apollo of Belvedere, the Laocoon and his sons, and the Torso which was used as a model by Michelangelo for representing the characters in the Last Judgement. Benefit from your guide's expert knowledge and learn the history of Vatican City and its Museums.

Hear about hidden meanings behind the precious art. Then, marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and admire the beauty of the Creation of the World and the Last Judgement painted over a 9 year period.

  • Licensed guide
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry
  • Headsets for groups of more than 6 participants
  • Tips for the guide
  • Transportation
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months

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Meeting point

Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Backpacks

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
  • Those with a certified disability of more than 74% and their carer/companion go free of charge with a certificate of disability, which you must present at the Special Permits and/or the reception desk in the entrance hall of the museum
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible or suitable for those with walking difficulties
  • You must bring your passport or ID
  • You must cover your knees and shoulders in order to enter the Vatican and you risk being refused entry if you do not follow the dress code
  • There is a maximum number of 25 people for this tour
  • It is recommended to dress for the weather because this tour operates in all weather conditions
  • You can bring normal sized bags but large backpacks are not permitted
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 1292 reviews

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Overall the experience was good - we had a charming guide, and she explained everything to us in an exciting way. The thing I did not like or thought could be better is that for this money there should be included at least St Peters Square, if not basilica itself. You only get the Vatican museum tour (and skip the line ticket - which is definitely convenient, as there are A LOT of people). The tour lasted for 3+ hours, even though it should be 2,5h and after that, we had to walk to the square by ourselves which ended up being a 4+ hours experience and felt it just can be better organized for 50+ euros per ticket. Don't get me wrong, of course, we could walk there alone, but we expected it to be in that 3 h, until the very end we didn't know that the Sistine chapel is the last we see our guide.

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June 25, 2022

Our tour guide (we think her name was Laura but we have taken a lot of tours) was fantastic! Taking the tour was the best way to see the Vatican. Do NOT skip St Peter’s Basilica- most incredible part of the tour. Our guide had so much knowledge of the Basilica!

June 25, 2022

I’m glad we did this, as the Vatican museums are way too vast for us to have figured much out on our own, but this tour was a little lacking. The place was packed even on a Wednesday morning, which is no one’s fault, but our guide would sort of take off through the crowds without making sure the group was with her. She would eventually stop and look for people, but if you weren’t right behind her she was very easy to lose. She moved through rooms very quickly, not a ton of time to look at things. That said, she was very friendly and knowledgeable. She parted ways with us right before the Sistine Chapel - if you want to see the basilica as well, I recommend asking your guide how to get their before you part ways; it’s actually quite a walk and you have to leave the museum and walk around the outside of Vatican City and then re-enter at St Peters Square.

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June 24, 2022

Product ID: 127022