V.I.P. Small Group Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Roma, Italy
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From USD 49.07

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Discover the best of the Vatican on this comprehensive small-group tour. Avoid the crowds with skip-the-line tickets and make the most of your time in the sacred city-state. Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel over three hours and listen to informative commentary from your guide. See masterpieces from Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and more as you tour the complex with a maximum of 20 guests.
  • Visit the highlights of Vatican City during this 3-hour small-group tour
  • See the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn about the history and artifacts that are kept within the its walls
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a maximum of 20 guests per tour

What's Included


Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Germanico, 16
    Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    MEETING POINT: MAYA TOURS OFFICE - VIA GERMANICO 16 PLEASE ARRIVE TO CHECK-IN 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED ENTRY TIME! We organize everything and we’ll escort you inside the Museums, where we will provide you with your ticket.

End point

  • Vatican Museums
    00120, Vatican City

    The tour will end at the vatican museums exit

What To Expect

Maya Tours (Pass By)

Vatican Museums

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If you book for the WEDNESDAY 09:30 AM guided tour you will NOT be able to skip the line in to the Basilica due to the popes mass it will be closed until later in the day.
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 or 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.
  • Ticket includes: The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveller Tips

It's money well spent and it beats having to wait on those long lines.


307 reviews
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Highlight of our trip to Rome!
Harmony_W, May 2023
This was the most incredible day! Our tour guide Deborah was the best and so knowledgeable about the art and history of the Vatican. She made the tour so fun and assertively navigated our tour to ensure we had nothing but the ultimate experience. I'm so glad we booked this tour!
Rosemary_F, May 2023
Deborah was very professional and knowledgeable about Vatican history and art! The best! I would definitely recommend her
Very well organized and...
MarkKingery, May 2023
Very well organized and Debra (spelling) was fantastic and knowledgable. We truly enjoyed ourselves.
Great tour and fab guide!!
Lisa_C, May 2023
Christina our guide was wonderful, friendly, informative and made the tour very interesting… also with some fun!! Unfortunately we ran out of time on the tour with just 5 mins before the basilica entrance was due to close so didn’t manage to get in - Christine’s looked after us all the way though and made this tour what it was! Thank you Well worth the money, easy meeting point and check in for the tour - worth every penny but best to get a morning tour to avoid the exit to the basilica closing.
Vatican guided tour
Steven_N, May 2023
Christina was 👍 she was very energetic and knowledgeable. She wanted to make sure that week at the very best experience possible It was a fabulous excursion!!
Tour was excellent
Joanne_M, Apr 2023
Excellent guide (Deborah) and very informative and interesting. Our group were great except for a party of 4 who ruined it by being extremely rude and hostile towards Deborah. We all witnessed it and their behaviour was totally unacceptable.
Kelly_M, Apr 2023
A perfect tour… lines were lonnnnng and Christina waltzed us right in as if we had an audience with the Pope. She is delightful… friendly, funny and so knowledgeable in both art and history. She did a great job of keeping our group together and moving, finding the perfect spots to hear her narrative. We loved her way of storytelling, making the history so fun to take in… don’t hesitate to book this tour!
Lots done in a short time- informative
Rob_W, Apr 2023
We had a short tour (2hours) and DEBRA made sure we saw the most and the best! Very informative with great explanations. Worth having a guide when visiting important sites.
Very good tour
Michelle_M, Mar 2023
Very good tour! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful- great experience overall. Would recommend
Distracted by the guides actions
Ron_G, Mar 2023
Tour was good but as an American Combat Veteran I was insulted by the way Christina used the American flag. Many soldiers were sent home under one of those - she used it as a pointer to the toilet. Completely disrespectful & if we were in the US I would have taken it from her.
Kristina our tour guide...
Allan_I, Mar 2023
Kristina our tour guide was exceptional, She is very knowledgeable in all aspects about Vatican and its deep history with a very interesting facts. Its well worth touring with her.
Whirlwind at the Vatican!
Richard_C, Feb 2023
It was a very busy day at the Vatican and Deborah did a great job of herding us into the best positions to see and explain what we were looking at. It is a whirlwind, but absolutely amazing!
Valerie_T, Feb 2023
This tour is by Maya Tours, special mention to Alessandra our tour guide. Very clear english, really knowledgeable and interactive. 100 percent recommended
Highly recommend this tour!
otaylor, Jan 2023
Christina was an amazing tour guide and we could not imagine doing the tour without her! The day we visited, the museums and Chapel were SO crowded and chaotic, but she navigated us through it all with great professionalism and calmness. Christina’s knowledge was incredible and she was lovely to interact with….I definitely recommend booking this tour!
Marco was great!
Brady_B, Jan 2023
Marco was an AMAZING tour guide! Knowledgeable and personable throughout the entire tour. His passion for Rome was palpable!
Vatican Tour with Maggie
MariaTeresa_F, Dec 2022
Very professional, customer service on point, very passionate and knowledgeable, good sense of humour. We cannot fault our lovely tour guide - Maggie. You definitely set a high bar and we will surely recommend you to our friends who will visit Vatican City in the future. My children, Caleb and Aaron will not forget all the historical learnings including the magic table :). Our Vatican tour was indeed unforgettable! Thanks again Maggie :)
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helena_T, Dec 2022
Christina was very knowledgeable about art history and we learned so much on her tour. She was hilarious, so the tour was very interesting (and entertaining).
IAIN_G, Nov 2022
Christina was a great guide; very knowledgeable. She had lots of interesting stories and additional background which helped put the things we were seeing into context.
Excellent English speaking Guide for all nationalities!
Marilee_W, Nov 2022
Tour guide with Maya Tours was excellent! Her knowledge and sharing of that information was impeccable. She was entertaining and made us all feel welcome. We were from all across the globe and so English speaking was the chosen tour.
Vatican beauty
Kerry_P, Nov 2022
We had an exceptional time at the Vatican, our tour guide was awesome and extremely knowledgeable, very will organized

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