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The Vatican and the Sistine Chapel; Small Group Tour - Skip the Line!

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Key Highlights
  • See the magnificent frescoed ceiling of the Sistine chapel
  • Skip the Line entrance to the Vatican
  • The tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • This is a small group tour, with a maximum of 12 people which makes for an intimate experience and allows for interaction with the guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr 17 - 16 Jul 17: Daily except Sunday
    17 Jul 17 - 03 Sep 17: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
    04 Sep 17 - 15 Oct 17: Daily except Sunday
    16 Oct 17 - 31 Oct 17: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
    01 Nov 17 - 31 Dec 17:Monday & Saturday
    01 Feb 18 - 28 Feb 18: Monday & Saturday
    01 Mar 18 - 31 Mar 18: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday


    4 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    The tour departs from the main entrance to the Vatican museum, your guide will be waiting outside holding a sign with name of the tour written on it.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends in St. Peter's basilica

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Tour the important sights of the Vatican and discover the rich culture and history of the city though its landmarks.

    This small group tour is an ideal way to tour the Vatican as the numbers are limited which gives all participants the opportunity to interact with the expert local guide.

    Enjoy a tour of one of the largest art collections of the world, spanning from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to contemporary art. Learn about the famous Popes and their glamorous lives during the Renaissance period of Roman history. Admire the works of important renaissance masters at the St. Peter's Basilica and Square and see the magnificent frescoed ceiling of the Sistine chapel.

    This Vatican tour will provide an enlightening insight into the rich cultural heritage and history of the one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

    Should you be looking for a more personalised experience, we have an alternative which operates with a maximum 12 passengers, click here for more details>>


    Meet your guide outside the main entrance to the Vatican museum at 1:00pm for your Vatican and Sistine Chapel Small Group Tour. You will visit:

    Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Church: See one of the largest art collections in the world, spanning from Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian antiquities to contemporary art. Learn about the famous Popes of Rome, their love for art and their glamorous lifestyle during one of the most enlightened periods in Italian history, the Renaissance.

    Sistine Chapel: The Sistine Chapel, located in the Apostolic Palace, is the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. The chapel is famous for its architecture, and the frescos by the greatest Renaissance artists, including the legendary ceiling by Michelangelo.

    St. Peter's Basilica and Square: This immense area houses many precious works including the breathtaking Pieta by Michelangelo, and Bernini's papal canopy. The tomb of Saint Peter is the focal point of the basilica.

    The tour ends in St Peters Square at around 5:00pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • English-speaking driver-cum-guide
    • Reservation and entrance fees to enter the Vatican museum without standing in line
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, at least a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

    The guide will be holding a sign with the name of the activity operator written on it. And the name of the activity operator will be on your booking voucher.

    This is a small group tour and operates with a maximum 8 passengers per group. However a minimum of 5 are required to operate the tour. If you book this tour and the minimum of 5 passengers is not met you will be given the option to move to another departure or a full refund will be given.

    Religious sites require a dress code. Shoulders and knees must be covered. Large bags and glass bottles are not allowed.

    Headphones provided when the group is over 5 people.

    Due to an early closure of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica on 24th and 31st December the tour will depart at 09:00am on 24th and 31st of December.

    Additional info

    Tour is operated in English.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • Excellent Tour

      The guide is just lovely with lots of information. Thank you Avventure Balissmo...

      Tse Kit Sing Stephen, Taiwan, 19/Jun/2013
    • Excellent your of Vatican

      Our guide Francesa was excellent. She was interesting and easy to understand. She was especially attentive to my elderly parents needs. She made sure we were seeing what we...

      Robert J Shannon, United States, 11/Apr/2015
    • Great tour for all things Vatican!

      Great tour! Sergio, our tour guide, was excellent - his knowledge of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Bascillica was exceptional. Value for our dollar was...

      Joseph John Fewer, Canada, 15/Oct/2013
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