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The Best Vatican Tours to Take and Why + Map

written by Sean Finelli October 1, 2019
Best Vatican Tours

You already know that a trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to the famous country within the city, Vatican City. But, there are so many different tour options, how do you choose?

It all depends on your travel interests and schedule. All of our Vatican tours include skipping the line for tickets, local English-speaking guides, a tour of the Vatican Museums, and a visit to the Sistine Chapel.

In this guide, you'll discover our best Vatican tours and be able to discover which one's right for you.

Tips & Structured Options

Create a browser folder and bookmark this post in your browser along with our article on the best Colosseum tours.  Using bookmarks makes organizing a trip much easier.

Every tour with "Vatican" in the title includes the Sistine Chapel. Hopefully, this makes choosing easier. Decide on the price you are comfortable with and how long you think your attention will last and go from there.  Our most popular tour is the Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour but we'll go over all this below!

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First Entry Vatican Gold Tour with Sistine Chapel

early morning vatican gold tour

Our Super Early Vatican Gold tour offers a unique and exclusive experience in the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Enter an entire hour and a half before the general public at 7:30 am and witness the Sistine Chapel in complete serenity with no crowds.


Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

privileged entrance vatican tour

Want to see the beauty of Michelangelo’s masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel but don’t want to be crammed in like a can of sardines? Boy, do I have the best Vatican tour for you! Start your day off bright and early with our 3.5-hour Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel which enters the Vatican a full hour before the general public and heads straight for the Sistine Chapel. By starting the tour here, you’ll get to marvel at Michelangelo’s masterpiece with limited crowds. Is there a better way to start your day?


Flash Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour

If you're one who doesn't long to spend hours and hours inside of an art museum and wants to simply cross the Vatican off your bucket list, this is a perfect tour for you. Only 1.5 hours long, this Flash Vatican Tour allows you to skip the line at the Vatican, see the main galleries and Sistine Chapel, then go about your day. This is ideal for families with young kids, people with reduced mobility and budget-friendly travelers.


Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb

Looking for the best views in Rome? We don't blame you. Our Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb visits St. Peter's Dome right as it opens, before there are any lines. After you climb to the incredible lookout, your guide will escort you into St. Peter's Basilica for a guided tour.


Vatican Highlights Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel

Vatican highlights tour

Rome is full of must-see sites, and the Vatican should definitely be at the top of your list. If you are looking to see all that Rome has to offer in a short amount of time, then this Vatican Highlights Tour is the one for you. You’ll see the main highlights of the Vatican Museum’s best galleries, Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the must-see Sistine Chapel and tour St. Peter’s Basilica all with an expert guide in just two and a half hours, leaving you with plenty of time to climb St. Peter’s Dome. 


Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb

complete vatican tour

Looking to climb St. Peter's Dome and get a guided tour of the Vatican. This experience is for you. Our Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb first allows access up to Rome's most scenic viewpoint atop St. Peter's Basilica, then continues into a skip the line Vatican tour.


Detailed Itinerary Vatican in a Day Tour with Sistine Chapel

vatican in a day tour

Are you an art and history lover looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Vatican Museum’s art collection? Our five-hour Detailed Itinerary Vatican in a Day Tour with Privileged Entrance is perfect for you! This tour dives deep into the magnificent artworks housed in the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll even get the bonus of a visit to the Pinacoteca, Carriage Pavilion and Bramante Courtyard. The five hours will fly by as you soak up all the beauty and history of the priceless works of art on display.


Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

skip the line vatican tour

If you don't have time for an early morning tour or would prefer to visit in the afternoon, then our Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica is the tour for you. With multiple start times throughout the day and skip the line tickets, you’ll find a time that’s just right for you.


Rome in a Day including Colosseum and Vatican Museums

rome in a day tour

Our Rome in a Day tour is one of our most popular tours to date.  You get a comprehensive tour of the Vatican museums by an English speaking guide.  You'll also get a full Colosseum tour including the Roman Forum.  The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, and Spanish steps are also on the itinerary.

It is a great way to get the main highlights of Rome before discovering it even better on your own. While we provide transportation at times this tour makes for a long day with lots of walking. Be ready for a big dinner on your own after with plenty of hydration - does vino help with hydration?


Vatican Night Tour with Sistine Chapel

On this guided Vatican visit, enter the Vatican Museums after closing time and experience the museums with very few crowds. This Vatican Night Tour only runs on Fridays during certain times of the year, making it a very exclusive experience.


Vatican Museums, Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Trip

castel gandolfo day trip

Are you visiting Rome on a Saturday during the spring or summer months? Why not make a whole day of it with our Vatican Museums, Gardens & Castel Gandolfo Day Trip?

With this experience, you will take a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens, and a day trip by train to the Pope’s Summer Residence. A return train ticket and delicious lunch fit for a pope are included!


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1 comment

Shen Min Chue July 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

We are currently looking at all the various tour possibilities. Do you have tours which cover one or more of the restricted hidden areas of the Vatican Museums; namely the Bramante Staircase, the Niccoline Chapel and the Cabinet of Masks? Thank You.


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