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Roma, Italy
Private Exclusive Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

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Experience the Vatican’s treasure trove of artistic masterpieces and sacred relics on a private 3-hour tour. With so much to see, the Vatican can be overwhelming, but your private guide will whisk you to the front of the long lines and directly to the most important and awe-inspiring pieces in the immense collection. See highlights including the Raphael Rooms, the Octagonal Courtyard and the magnificent Sistine Chapel while learning the legends behind the art.
  • Private 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Head directly to highlights of the massive collection
  • See Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn the stories and significance of artistic masterpieces
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line entry to the museum
  • Once-in-a-lifetime experience
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Via Germanico, 16 , Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

For the Vatican Museums tour meeting point is The Maya Tours Vatican Office Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy. A short distance from the "Ottaviano" Metro (line A) Stop. Heading towards the Vatican City Walls

Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City

The tour will end at the Vatican exit

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket includes: The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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.
  • 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, dependent on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availability 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.
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Exclusive Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour?
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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Private Tour BUT you must wait to walk over with everyone...
, Jul 2022
We were prompt and at the meeting place where we met our Private Tour Guide. However, we then had to wait 15 minutes because she needed to have us walk with another big group to buy our actual tickets. This entire process of them doing head counts and then buying tickets took a total of 40 minutes before the Tour Started. Once the tour started it was fine. She was passionate and knowledgeable. I just didn't appreciate that at the end she said "you are on your own when you go into St. Peter's because Guides are not allowed. Once inside, we saw many guides. It was just a weird thing to say. She could have just dropped us off at the entrance without that comment. It made me look cheap to the people that I treated on the tour.
, Jul 2022
Our personal Guide provided great insight and perspective. She was able to go in depth on the areas we were most interested in and breeze by the things we weren’t as interested in. Her knowledge was impressive and her storytelling very engaging,
Amazing tour!
, Jul 2022
Fantastic tour! This was a family experience for us with adults and teens. Our guide was amazing and made a connection with all of us. Highly recommend this tour and this tour company. So hard to know who is who when you are booking for overseas, but couldn’t have asked for more.
Great guided tour!
, Jul 2022
Marco was a wonderful guide. Great English and very knowledgeable about the museums and their contents. He focused on what we were interested in seeing as well as pointing out other remarkable pieces in this incredible collection of museums.
Vatican tour
, Jul 2022
Deborah was very knowledgeable about the history of every sculpture or painting she shown to us. She introduced stories related to every exclusive peace of art exhibited in the Vatican museum. We really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to our friends
Wonderful Private Tour
, Jul 2022
Evana was a wonderful guide, she was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. It was so nice to skip all the lines and we were able to tour the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel at our own pace. Evana had interesting stories and was truly a pleasure to be with.
Vatican tour
, Jun 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating! Highly recommend- the tour showed the most important spots to see!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent Tour and Guide - Highly Recommend!
, Jun 2022
This was an excellent experience. We ended up being the only 2 people in the private tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican City and Catholic Church. We learned so much about the stories behind the art and artifacts. We were also able to adjust our tour on the fly and see the church which was the highlight of the tour for me. Highly recommend if you want to get as much out of Vatican City as possible.
The best tour ever
, Jun 2022
This was the most amazing tour ever. Deborah was absolutely amazing...very knowledgeable and gave us a true VIP tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best Guide Ever
, Apr 2022
Alexandra was an incredible very knowledgeable guide. I highly recommend her to all. She made the history come alive.
Puzzled by the tour guide
, Apr 2022
The tour guide was knowledgeable, but spoke fast. He did not manage time well that he left abruptly at 5:30pm and left us in the Sistine chapel. We were planning to give him tips, but he left so fast that we didn’t have time to say goodbye and thanks and give him tips. We were puzzled by him.
, Jan 2022
Alfredo our tour guide was knowledgable with a charismatic personality. He knew the ins and outs, showed us some tricks and told us some interesting stories. He surely made it a memorable experience.
Ribal AbiGhanem tour of Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
, Apr 2019
Ribal was an excellent guide and provided amazing perspective on the artwork and sculptures within the museum and chapel. Really knowledgeable and excellent guide.
What a great tour and experience...
, Jan 2018
What a great tour and experience! This private tour was definitely worth it! We met our tour guide, Alfredo Noya, at the meeting point, and we walked together to the entrance of the Vatican and went inside earlier than when it opens to the public. It was about a 3-5 min walk. The tour was with my mother-in-law and my daughter and we all enjoyed it immensely. Alfredo had an assistant with him for help with children. He was extremely knowledgeable about everything inside the Vatican museums. Every painting, sculpture, tapestry, statues, ceiling art work, All of it! He was very patient and answered every question we had. He took our pictures everywhere we wanted and was very kind and sweet. He has a great personality! He is Roman and other than speaking Italian, he also speaks English and it was very good, clear and understandable. We walked through the museums, saw a garden and ended up at the Sistine Chapel. No photos are allowed inside the Sistine Chapel, and no talking either. Afterwards, he took us to the St. Peters Basilica and walked with us and explained the history of a lot of the smaller chapels inside as well as La Pieta. He told us about the crypt below the Basilica and the Dome above. He gave a lot of great information about Rome as well. We did the crypt and the dome on our own as it's not part of this tour. The crypt is free, and the Dome was about 5 Euro to go up by stairs and 7 Euro to go up by elevator. It is worth it to pay the 7 Euro and wait for the elevator, because there were many more steps after the elevator ride that the elevator cannot get to. There are two parts to the Dome. The first part is a few stairs up after the elevator ride and looks down into the basilica. The second part is optional and only for those who do not have problems with their heart or claustrophobia. This part is several stairs, most of it is narrow, steep, and wall hugging. But at the top is a 360 degree view of the city of Rome. After exiting the Dome, there is a gift shop where every item for purchase is blessed by priests of the Vatican. Be sure to dress appropriately. Showing the shoulders is not allowed, so if you are wearing a tank top, make sure you have a shawl or cardigan to cover your arms, otherwise you won't be allowed to go in the Vatican at all. Also, you may want to wear comfortable shoes. I was wearing flat sandals, and while I was ok, tennis shoes would have been better for all the stair walk up to the Dome. I will definitely book this tour again if I go back to Rome. If you have the opportunity, ask for Alfredo Noya in advance. He was the best guide we've ever had! Also, he has a Facebook page, just look up Alfredo Noya and you should be able to find him and send him a message.
Quite disappointed by this private...
Narelle M
, Jan 2017
Quite disappointed by this private tour. I would have been better of renting the audio tour guide. I have a real love of history or art history and my expectations for this tour were with a private tour I would be provided more insight. My guide was nice, but based on the price I paid was very disappointed. I am not a huge fan of organized tours and prefer private tours so that my personal interests are met. I had a much better tour arranged through the Borghese with a party of 20 other people which was less than 10 of what I paid for this tour. If you just want someone to keep you company as you wander through the halls then this tour will be great for you, otherwise, do not waste your money. Yes, I tipped the guide at the end after all tips are expected.
The one on one experience was...
ryan s
, Oct 2016
The one on one experience was terrific. The attention paid and the knowledge shared made for a great tour of the Vatican. Highly recommend it.
A must-see, though we were skipping...
, Jun 2016
A must-see, though we were skipping the line with a lot of other groups. Expert Guide. The crowd made it difficult to see everything on our guide's agenda, and sadly the Raphael Room was closed just before we got there due to overcrowding. If it is at all possible to gain entry 30 min early it would greatly improve the experience.
Life-changing! First of all, I would...
Joe B
, Dec 2015
Life-changing! First of all, I would have given six, eight or even ten stars for this once-in-a-lifeltime experience. Our guide, Debora Diego, was knowledgeable, professional and an amazingly nice human being! We were in Rome in the late season, but the Vatican was even less crowded thanks to recent travel concerns. We were able to stroll through the various exhibits and galleries, without having to fight the normal crowds, giving us a very personal and intimate experience with all the amazing treasures. Sistine Chapel was the highlight of our entire European vacation. It was truly a magical experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
This was an experience of a life...
, Oct 2015
This was an experience of a life time. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed Linda's insight and commentary on the highlights of the Vatican. She was deeply knowledgeable of so many details that go beyond any books or written commentaries. I read up in advance of the tour to make sure I knew what to look for but Linda provided so much more insight. There is so much to see, so much to take in, so she cut through the crowds and the guards who all knew her and went straight to the most memorable sites. Thank you so much for a truly great tour!!
Roberto Notarmasi is brilliant. The...
Gerard M
, Sep 2015
Roberto Notarmasi is brilliant. The best tour guide anyone could ask for -- educated, articulate, cultured, well-mannered and enthusiastic. I highly recommend Roberto.

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