Private Vatican Highlights Tour with St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel
A Private Guided Vatican Highlights Tour
See all of the best galleries in the Vatican Museums, visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see Michelangelo’s breathtaking Sistine Chapel in less time. This private Vatican Highlights tour includes all the best things to see in Vatican City.
What you get with this tour
What you will see on this tour
- Skip the Line Vatican Tickets
- Vatican Museums Tour
- Gallery of the Candelabra
- Gallery of the Tapestries
- Raphael Rooms
- Sistine Chapel Tour
- Michelangelo's Masterpieces
- St. Peter's Basilica
- La Pietà by Michelangelo
- Baldacchino by Bernini
- Papal Tombs
- Laocoön and His Sons
- Nero's Bath
- Belvedere Torso
- - Skip the line Vatican tickets
- - Meet at 7:30 a.m. to enter at 8 a.m. (one hour before the general public)
- - Early access to Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
- - Private English-speaking guide with expertise in art history
- - A guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays)
The Best Vatican Museum Galleries
The Sistine Chapel’s Ceiling
St. Peter's Basilica and the Papal Tombs
Emperor Nero’s Bathtub
Frequently Asked Questions
Where to meet?
Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.”
What to bring?
Entrance into any religious site requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. We understand the summers in Rome are hot - a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. Also, comfortable shoes are always recommended for walking tours. We kindly ask that you leave any large backpacks or tripods at your accommodation as they are not permitted inside the museums.
Q: Is there a dress code to enter the religious sites on this tour?
A: We ask both men and women to cover knees and shoulders, otherwise you may be refused entry to religious sites and miss out on a portion of your tour. We understand the summers in Rome can be hot, so a great alternative is to bring a shawl/scarf/sweater with you. That way, you can cover your knees and shoulders when necessary.
Q: Does this tour always include St. Peter's Basilica?
A: St. Peter's Basilica is closed on Wednesday's in the morning due to the Papal Audience. We still run the tour because it might be your only day in Rome! Instead, we visit some of the most iconic statues in the world and Emperor Nero's enormous marble bathtub.
Q: Does the tour go inside at 7:30 a.m. without waiting in any lines?
A: As an accredited tour operator we do not have to wait in the regular ticket line, but we still have to wait in a shorter security line. For this reason, we leave the meeting point as early as possible and get in the security line reserved for tour operators. The doors open for us at 8 a.m., an hour before the general public.
Q: What are the chances my tour will be canceled or the Vatican will close something?
A: We run the tour rain or shine all year round. Although it is rare, sometimes part of the Vatican City closes for special events. If an area normally covered on a tour is closed, our guide will still provide explanations of the closed areas from outside. Plus, we will show you an extra area or gallery to compensate.
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Fantastic Vatican tour!
My husband and I hate dealing with crowds and this was the perfect tour for us! It started so early that the Vatican felt empty compared to when I visited it in the past. It was a whole new experience. Our guide was so kind, knowledgeable, and engaging. Amazing tour, definitely a must-see.
My partner and I have visited the Vatican before and knew how crowded it can get. This time we chose to book a private tour and it was the best decision ever. The educated guide navigated around the crowds and we were able to cover the highlights with ease.
Such a great experience:)