There are 3 lines at the Vatican; the regular line, the ticket holders line (which most skip-the-line tours use) and the Vatican Partners line. This tour enters through the Vatican partners line which means absolutely no waiting in line. Watch the video below to see why this is so fantastic!
The Vatican is a must visit in Rome! This wonderful Vatican tour features the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peters Square and Basilica and is led by an expert guide.
Your Vatican tour starts in the Vatican Museums. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the Vatican Museums brim with treasures and history. Stroll through the museums and appreciate the most extensive collection of art in the world. View Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece ‘Creation of Adam’ as you explore the Sistine Chapel and wander down Raphael’s Rooms.
After taking in the museums, be humbled by the imposing beauty of Saint Peter’s Basilica where you will see another of Michelangelo’s famous marble sculptures, La Pieta.
The wit and knowledge of your guide will ensure you get a comprehensive tour of the Vatican in a single morning!
Our local partner for this tour has been selected based on the quality and service they provide. All tours are led by expert guides and conducted in one language only (many other operators offer multi-lingual tours). This means that you do more than just “see” the Vatican; you get an in-depth, insider experience.
This tour enables you to skip all lines and enter the Vatican Museums via the partners entrance. This is one of very few tours that grants such privileged access. The tour is done in a group of no more than 20 people so that your guide can personally cater to you and make your visit to Vatican City a special and unforgettable experience.
Your Vatican tour starts in the Vatican Museums which house over 14 kilometres of the most extensive collection of art in the world. Your guide will lead you through the 2000 rooms that stretch along this 14 kilometres. Hear stories and secrets contained within the Museum’s walls and pleasures originally meant for the exclusive enjoyment of the Pope.
Continue to see Michelangelo’s famous ‘Creation of Adam’, a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The painting illustrates the Biblical story from the Book of Genesis in which God the Father breathes life into Adam, the first man.
Visit Saint Peter’s Basilica that houses another of Michelangelo’s masterpieces, La Pieta. Also see the beautiful Saint Peter’s Square, as your guide points out famous Italian sculptor and architect, Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion.
After exploring the interesting art exhibits at the Museums, the tour ends near the Basilica of St. Peter’s in the Vatican.
Watch the video and see why this tour is so fantastic!
Vatican visit is the the most interesting part of our tour to Europe. we met the tour guide Francesco (I hope this is the correct spelling of his name), he is very nice person,...SHERIF RABIE
First of all, words can't describe how amazing these places are to visit, but made even more so by the very knowledgeable tour guide - Maria. Without her absolute zest for the...Liza C Abraham
Our guide was fantastic. She is so passionate about Vatican and ensured that the group was fully engaged. She gave us so much information about Vatican. I would recommend Dark...Cheng Che To Tony
English Guided Tour:
01 Jun 15 - 15 Nov 15: Daily except Sunday at 9:00am, 10:00am & 2:30pm
16 Nov 15 - 06 Mar 16: Daily except Sunday at 10:00am & 2:30pm
German Guided Tour:
01 Jun 15 - 15 Nov 15: Daily except Sunday at 9:30am
16 Nov 15 - 31 Dec 15: Monday & Saturday at 9:30am
01 Feb16 - 29 Feb 16: Monday & Saturday at 9:30am
01 Mar 16 - 20 Mar 16: Daily except Sunday & Wednesday at 9:30am
French Guided Tour:
01 Jun 15 - 31 Oct 15: Daily except Sunday at 9:30am
01 Nov 15 - 31 Jan 16: Monday, Thursday & Saturday at 9:30am
01 Feb 16 - 29 Feb 16: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 9:30am
01 Mar 16 - 20 Mar 16: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 9:30am
Spanish Guided Tour:
01 Jun 15 - 31 Oct 15: Daily except Sunday at 9:00am
01 Nov 15 - 31 Dec 15: Monday, Friday & Saturday at 9:00am
01 Jan 16 - 31 Jan 16: Monday, Thursday & Saturday at 9:00am
01 Feb 16 - 29 Feb 16: Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 9:00am
01 Mar 16 - 20 Mar 16: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 9:00am
English Guided Tour: 9:00am, 10:00am and 2:30pm
German Guided Tour: 9:30am
French Guided Tour: 9:30am
Spanish Guided Tour: 9:00am
Meeting Point: At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani)
Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station: Exit the turnstiles – walk straight to the back end of the station and go to the left side exit. Once you’ve reached the left side, exit at V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Exit Station and walk down V.le G. Cesare to street light, cross the street and take left on Via Leone IV. Take right on Via Sebastiano Veniero and go 1 ½ blocks. The meeting point is situated at the bottom of the wide staircase.
Arriving from St. Peter's Square: As you face St. Peter's Basilica turn right, exit the piazza and follow the Vatican walls around toward the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The walls should be on your left side. Follow the walls up Viale Vaticano until you reach the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Across the street you will see Via Tunisi and Cafe' Vaticano. The groups meet at the bottom of this staircase.
Arriving by Taxi: Please notify the driver to arrive at the “Ingresso dei Musei Vaticani on Viale Vaticano” Our meeting point is across the street from the museum entrance located at the bottom of the wide staircase next to Café Vaticano.
French, German and Spanish Tour:
Meeting Point: Near the corner of Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie and Via Candia, at the very bottom of the steps that join Via Candia to Viale Vaticano. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is Line A – Cipro.
Directions from metro stop Cipro: From the metro exit you have to keep to the right and take the steps that indicate "Via Fra Albenzio". Once outside the station continue on "Via Fra Albenzio" until you reach the Church "Santa Maria delle Grazie" then cross the street "Via Candia" and you will reach the meeting point situated at the bottom of the steps that join Via Candia to Viale Vaticano.
Directions from metro stop Ottaviano: Exit the metro station on Via Giulio Cesare. You’ll exit either on one side of the street or the other. Cross to the left hand side, and start walking so that you are going against the traffic. Keep walking straight down that road, keeping left, and until you’re in view or the church Santa Maria delle Grazie, shown below. It will take you about 10 minutes. Turn left onto Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, and walk to the bottom of the stairs that you will see in front of you, that’s the meeting point.
The tour ends near the Basilica of St. Peter’s in the Vatican.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
A special dress code is required to enter the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with dress code requirements.
Please arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time and present your tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide.
You can easily recognize the tour coordinator/guide, wearing Dark Rome/ Guideman branded blue jacket/ Polo shirts.
Proof of age required on the day of the tour for those paying child rates.
If you are interested in booking the tour on a Wednesday there is a possibility of St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square not being a part of your itinerary. This is due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St. Peter’s Basilica may be blocked. As an alternative, you are offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms.
Unfortunately this tour is not suitable for those with mobility problems.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.
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