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Roma, Italy
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary.
  • Art history tour of the splendid Vatican Museums
  • See highlights of the sprawling collection with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the artists and their patrons through live audio headset commentary
  • Walk beneath the sacred ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access
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Professional art historian guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Skip-The-Line Access
Lunch
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Via Germanico, 16 , Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Maya Tours in Via Germanico 16 - (almost at the corner of Via Leone IV) This tour starts from our office. Please make sure that you check in at least 15 min. prior departure time.

Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City

Exit of the Vatican Museums

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour, you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Knees & Shoulders MUST be covered for both men & women to enter the Sistine Chapel!
  • Please note that on the day of your visit certain areas of the monument/attraction can be closed due to either religious events and national holidays.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Students booking a reduced ticket must have a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Follow Me SRLS
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.

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  • "Tour meet-up was at a location about a 5m walk from the Vatican entrance so it was convenient." See review
  • "The Vatican is massive and it gets crazy there at 8 am; without skipping the lines, you would be lost for sure!" See review
  • "The cost of the tour is very reasonable and certainly gives one a great overview of the history and artifacts that can be found in Vatican City." See review

Reviews

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1,363 Reviews

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star-5
Deborah made our Experience Magical!
Natalie_S
, May 2022
Deborah was phenomenal, unbelievable, remarkable!!! I read so many reviews prior to booking with the right tour company and this one had the least negatives about their guides, and we hit the jackpot with Deborah! She was demanding in a way that kept the group together and learning. Deborah ensured we had the very best view of whichever wonder she was pointing out. Her storytelling often came around full circle and tied the history together so well. Deborah’s passion for the history, the art and most importantly her faith was awe-inspiring. I’m not sure I would want to take another tour in Italy without Deborah!
star-5
Thanks Christina
kathleen_g
, May 2022
Christina, our guide at Maya Tours, is simply extraordinary! Dynamic, smiling, playful and very competent, she kept our attention throughout the visit. We particularly appreciated the information about the Sistine Chapel. Thank you 🙏 very much for this beautiful visit!
star-5
Our guide Debra was...
Rebeccs_C
, May 2022
Our guide Debra was amazing! She gave us the best tour we have ever had . She is so passionate about her country . She was very interactive with us as well.
star-5
Vatican / Sistine Chapel.
Brenda_B
, May 2022
Our entire family loved the tour of the Vatican! Christina made the Vatican 🇻🇦 come alive for each of us, ages 23 to 65!!
star-5
A great way to extend your knowledge
Sharon_F
, May 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to address any additional questions which our party had. The Vatican is noisy and busy and keeping up was sometimes a challenge but there is no denying the knowledge our lady guide had. Because it was busy, getting to see some of the articles of interest that was being talked about at the time was missed.
star-5
Amazing experience! Our...
Carrye_M
, May 2022
Amazing experience! Our guide Christina was the best, she was knowledgeable, funny, and made it a great experience!
star-5
The Sistine Chapel was...
Juliet_T
, May 2022
The Sistine Chapel was amazing. I have been before but it never gets any less magnificent. Our guide Alfredo was terrific. Knowledgeable and funny.
star-5
Wonderful day at the Vatican & Sistine Chapel.
mconnolly
, May 2022
Alessandra was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour enjoyable for the young and old. She was a joy!
star-2
Take this tour on your own, skip the guide!
Kathy_R
, May 2022
The tour guide was in a rush to get us through this tour and skipped a lot of really great works of art. She was uninformed, there were continued problems with the headsets, and she mislead the group as to entry into St. Peters at the end of the tour. Skip the tour guide and do these museums on your own, you will enjoy the experience much more.
star-3
Way too crowded
JASON_D
, May 2022
Way too many people both in our tour and at the Vatican. The tour company can’t control the crowds so not their fault. We went in mid-May. I would not do another tour of the Vatican. Since there are so many people it might be better to read ahead and try to explore on your own.
star-5
GET CHRISTINA
Jenna_W
, May 2022
Christina was amazing! She made the tour entertaining and told us facts about things a lot of people would not know about even with prior knowledge. Definitely recommend
star-5
Wonderful!
Donna_W
, May 2022
Christina (pretty sure that’s her name) was beyond outstanding. She was nice and friendly and gave a organized presentation to the group. She gave a very helpful explanation of the art, and didn’t waste time with the soap opera drama amongst the artists. Highly highly recommend!
star-5
Spectacular
Lena_B
, May 2022
This is a Great tour. The museums are wonderful but the Sistine Chapel is a great experience and definitely must be seen
star-5
Christina, our guide, made this tour tops in every way.
Margo_D
, May 2022
Our guide Christina was the best. She provided us with clear speaking and numerous facts to give us a complete tour that was enjoyable. She also has a really cute sense of humor of which anyone would love. I recommend Christina and this tour. She made it fun for us.
star-5
Informative tour
Lelia_T
, May 2022
Wear comfortable shoes! The tour has lots of stops and can get tiring especially in the heat. Marco is very knowledgeable and tries hard to keep everyone engaged. The radio makes it easy to hear what is going on. I recommend the tour because of the rich history Marco provided; otherwise we wouldn’t know what we were looking at
star-5
Excellent guild, small group
Rosy_O
, May 2022
The tour guild was personable and ensured we could see everything. Would of liked if the tour included the Basilica as other tours had it but overall the quality of the tour was top noch
star-5
Very good
Ricardo_M
, May 2022
It was a great experience and I highly recommend the tour. Maria was an excellent guide, showing knowledge and friendliness.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Vatican museums!!!
Malgorzata_L
, May 2022
Fantastic tour guide. Debora explained history and showed us amazing details of all works of art. Sistine Chapel is amazing!!!
star-5
Christina is Great!
Amanda_A
, May 2022
Christina was amazing. Full and knowledge and very entertaining. She goes above and beyond to make it a once in a lifetime experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Sistine Chapel
Mylene_C
, May 2022
Debbie, the tour guide, got us in very quickly. She was very informative and kept with the schedule.

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