Private Exclusive Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

Roma, Italy

From USD 268.72

Price varies by group size

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


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

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 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, 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
  • Stroller 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.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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273 reviews
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5 Stars!
Rachel_L, Sept 2023
We cannot recommend this tour highly enough! Our guide, Marco, was friendly, knowledgeable, respectful, and so much fun. He knew so much about the Vatican and enthusiastically answered our (many) questions. 5 stars!
Great tour for family
Owen_P, Aug 2023
We had a great tour with Alessandra! She was very knowledgeable and showed us everything we wanted to see. She even recommended pizza and gelato places at the end of the tour.
Amazing experience with...
Joe_C, July 2023
Amazing experience with Deborah. Excellent guide and focused on kids so they understood what they were experiencing. Best experience in Rome so far!
Unorganized and no “skipping the line” as promised
Jeremy_G, July 2023
Tour guide Josephine was great. This was sold as “skip the line” and we waited for everything: 20 minutes in the small, hot office, then we needed to enter with the larger tour. Supposed to start at 2:30 and we were finally inside at about 3:15. If you’re willing to pay more for a private tour, I would choose a different company. And Josephine if you’re reading this- tell Maya Tour to do a better job at coordinating and organizing!
Inept tour
DrJoseA_D, July 2023
The tour office is in disarray and unorganized. Once we meet the guide did not give us any information of the Vatican and once inside she begins to speak very softly and we found not hear her. We ask her to speak louder and she says “what is then problem?” We continued the tour barely hearing her. During the tour she passes by vases, statues, and tapestry without any description or explication only stating, “this is a vase!”. This was booked last minute and I have been to the Vatican on 2 previous occasions with private tours not through an agency. This has been the worst tour similar to a bad school trip.
Great private tour
Laura_V, July 2023
Our family of 6 had an amazing time on our tour. Alesandra was a wonderful guide who was incredibly knowledgeable. She made our time at the Vatican eye memorable. Thank you!
Vatican up close and persu
Michael_C, July 2023
Highly knowledgeable and very personable- our guide was Giuseppina. Experienced and very engaging. She was attentive and explained all we saw.
Wonderful tour and great guide!
Patty_U, July 2023
Our guide was so lovely and did a wonderful job of sharing the history of the Vatican and Rome. We paid for the private tour which was worth it for the opportunity to ask questions along the way and to focus on a few things that were of interest to us.
Wonderful experience - the best tour of the Vatican
Amy_m, June 2023
This was the best guided tour I have ever been on. I had taken a tour of the Vatican 10 years ago that was not memorable like this one. Arnoldo was extremely knowledgeable. He had very interesting facts to tell us all through the tour and made sure we understood what we were looking at as Art / communication and the power and wealth portrayed in the Vatican. If I could give more than five stars I would. I highly recommend the private tour and ask for Arnaldo.
Fantastic tour!
Jonathan_S, June 2023
Gabriel from Maya Tours was fantastic. He provided us the perfect tour featuring the highlights of the Vatican. The Sistine Chapel was amazing as was so much of the artwork and buildings within the city. I would highly recommend this private experience. Worth every penny.
Can’t miss your.
todd_l, June 2023
We booked a semi private tour and we’re the only people that booked- the result was a private tour with and expert tour guide, Patricia. We did some special one-off visits for displays that were personal to us and had fun talking about influence and history of the Catholic Church. I am not Catholic but cannot help but be in awe of the Vatican, with its art, geometry, and historical significance. We got in earlier than the crowds and were whisked around special entrances to St Peter’s and other venues. Truly amazing!
Book private if you can!!
NiandraFatima_T, June 2023
Josephine was an amazing tour guide. The museums were PACKED with large groups. If you can, would definitely book private - was soooo much easier getting around and our tour guide was able to answer mine and my husband’s questions and share her knowledge and history of the Vatican and Rome in general (which she knew A LOT of).
Sistine Chapel, St Peter’sBasilica & Vatican Museum
Stephen_H, June 2023
Maria Patricia Pennuxxi is best guide ever! So knowledgeable about the Vatican ,Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s basilica! We really enjoyed spending the afternoon with Patricia
Don’t do a private tour with this company.
Mehreen_Z, June 2023
I would in hindsight have chosen to do a group tour. This was too overpriced for being rushed and also learning about art history rather than what was actually painted. I also am disappointed that we didn’t have individual tickets but rather had to wait with a group tour to enter. This wasted 40 minutes in the beginning. Ridiculous considering this cost nearly 500 USD.
Armando was a fabulous...
Scott_L, May 2023
Armando was a fabulous tour guide! Great time, great tour, etc. All the art was absolutely amazing to look at and all the history was absolutely incredible!
Wonderful tour with Alessandra
Deborah_D, May 2023
Alessandra was such a great guide. Her knowledge of art and history were excellent, and she was just fun to be around. Definitely recommend her - it’s worth your time!
Great time
Glen_L, May 2023
What a wonderful experience with Alex. She showed us all the important artifacts. She was a wealth of history knowledge. Would definitely recommend.
Just okay
Roxanne_G, May 2023
It was okay, our guide was good but have had a better experience ten years ago. There was too little time and too many people to make it memorable. The last time we toured the Vatican and Sistine Chapel there was as many people but our guide at the time was phenomenal!
Better than roughing it yourself
Carmen_L, May 2023
Unfortunately the Vatican was jammed packed with people….I’ve been there 3 times and was disappointed my son in law had to experience that. This was not our tour guide Umbertos fault. He made the best of the tour which allowed us to see the important parts of the Vatican.
Perfect Way to See the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
Howard_E, Apr 2023
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and we learned so much during the guided tour. The Vatican is vast and crowded so the guided tour is a must-have.

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Private Exclusive Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour


2 hours
Free Cancellation
USD 268.72

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