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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica

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Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Revel in the Renaissance relics of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica on this comprehensive tour. Explore the highlights of the famous museums as you stroll through the vast galleries and marvel at the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's magnificent frescos. Next, head to St Peter's Basilica—with skip-the-line admission—where your guide points out priceless monuments like Michelangelo’s 'Pietà' and Bernini’s 'Baldachin.'
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See art by Renaissance masters like Botticelli, Perugino, and Raphael
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn more about the legendary works from an expert guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine or negative test are required
Guided Tour of Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica briefing
St. Peter's Basilica Free Tour
Food and drinks
Transportation to/from attractions
17:30 and 18:30 Tours St. Peter's Basilica will be closed
Arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour start time
Caffè Vaticano , viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Viale Vaticano 100, Rome, Nearby Caffè Vaticano a cross the road from Vatican Museums’ Main Entrance

Viale Vaticano , Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Identity Card and Covid-19 Vaccine Passport are required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship
  • Please note that St Peter's Basilica can be closed last minute for private services
  • Your guide will give you an introduction to the basilica and you are free to decide how long you want to stay inside
  • Our guide will explain all the information about the Basilica and you can visit the Basilica by your self
  • No guided tours inside the church, the guide will provide a briefing and you can stay as long as you want
  • Police Controls to get inside the Basilica can not be skipped and all visitors must go through the metal detector
  • We will not be able to accomodate you if you don't arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour start time
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tours of Rome
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Vatican City Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and Vatican Basilica.

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  • "Try to catch the morning tour so that you the option to venture on your own in the Vatican ." See review
  • "I can recommend taking a tour, especially as you don’t want to be queuing up for either the museums or the basilik (February is calm, but the queues still looked horrid from afar)." See review
  • "Does get extremely crowded and hot going through the building." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Very Enjoyable
Mark_J
, May 2022
Our tour giide was great! She explained a lot, and was very helpful. We would have been lost without our guide.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Great day
KRZYSZTOF_B
, May 2022
Very friendly informative guide made the tour and the museums Sistine Chapel and finally the Basilica was a wonderful experience
star-5
Great Experience
kellan_T
, May 2022
Great experience and memories. We learned at lot and saw some very interesting things. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Winderful
Laura_H
, May 2022
Wonderful tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable nd thought us many things we never heard before. Highly recommended!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-4
Good tour but rushed
Alexander_T
, May 2022
Rafael rooms and Sistine chapel were highlights. Spent too much time in other parts of museum so even though the evening tour did not include the basilica, it still felt rushed.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
Recommended
Taylor_F
, May 2022
Guide did well even through how busy it was! Very knowledgeable on all the information and funny as well!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-5
The most memorable...
Pavel_K
, May 2022
The most memorable experience were Vatican’s museums. Everything was amazing . We enjoyed everything So much and We highly recomend visiting of Vatican
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again
star-2
Ok
Klara_P
, May 2022
The tour was ok but we waited one hour to start. If someone is late we should wait max 10 minutes and start without them.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hello, Thank You for leaving your feedback. we are glad that you liked the tour and we are sorry for the delay. we normally advise our guide to wait max 10-15 minutes for urgent cases of delay. Best wishes
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
No basilica included
Turner_S
, Apr 2022
The tour we booked was due to begin at 2:30pm, I would recommend booking a morning slot if possible as the afternoon slot was not enough time to see much at all. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and polite but he was unorganised and unfortunately due to terrible time keeping we did not visit St. Peter’s basilica as it closes at 6pm and we were still in the Sistine chapel at 5.30pm. I was under the impression you could enter the basilica from a side entrance within the Vatican itself but this tour guide rushed us back through the Vatican, we had to walk so fast we weren’t able to stop and ask questions about anything or stop at the gift shop where my friend wanted to purchase some holy water. We were then marched around to St. Peter’s square where we joined a queue (I thought the tour was skip the line) and only then the tour guide casually announced that the basilica must have closed at 6pm. It’s a bit concerning that they don’t know this information if they’re delivering tours regularly and surely these details should have been checked. We then checked to make sure the opening times hadn’t changed during our stay and it closes at 6pm every day. It was such a shame. We didn’t have time to take photos anywhere within the Vatican or look at what we wished to. I requested a refund as we weren’t visiting that part of Rome again and so we were unable to see the basilica during our trip and they refunded me £17 which equates to about €6 each for 3 adults, after checking what other tour trips offer for a much cheaper price I don’t think this refund is fair and I wouldn’t recommend this. The tour guide did have great knowledge but perhaps this company shouldn’t run tours starting in the afternoon, or perhaps I’d recommend booking a morning tour and then enjoying the Vatican and museum at your own pace for the rest of the day.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Dear Turner, Thank You for your feedback. We are sorry that our experience did not go as you expected and promise to keep always selecting the best guide. it's also fair to tell you that during Easter holiday the situation in the Vatican was out of control due to the MASSIVE NUMBER OF VISITORS UNEXPECTED Best wishes
star-5
Awesome guide!
Lisa_B
, Apr 2022
You're was on time and the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She made it trip memorable! Thank you Elizabeth!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know that you liked it and looking forward to seeing you again

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