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Complete Vatican tour with Vatican Museums (small group)

Complete Vatican tour with Vatican Museums (small group)

Our full Vatican tour is designed to give you a unique insight into the history and art collection of the Vatican.

  • More individuality: 15 participants maximum
from 75 $ per person
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Our full Vatican tour is designed to give you a unique insight into the history and art collection of the Vatican.

The facts

Details

  • Languages: English
  • Participants: 1 - 15
  • Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes
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  • public (with other participants)
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Your experience

Highlights

  • Enjoy priority admission to the Vatican Museums with pre-booked group tickets and save hours of waiting
  • Enjoy our specially designed route: the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere Courtyard with "Apollo Belvedere" and "Laocoön and Sons", the Pine Cone Courtyard, the Gallery of Candelabras, the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes and paintings in the Sistine Chapel and learn the incredible stories behind them
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica and marvel at Bernini's bronze canopy and Michelangelo's "Pietà" and other incredible masterpieces

Description

The tour stratifies with passing the (always long) queues and getting straight into the museum to dive into the galleries with some of the most famous artworks in the world. Our specially designed itinerary includes all the unmissable pieces and also includes some of the lesser known works that will really inspire you. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will give you a revealing insight and context (along with some great stories) as you explore the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere and the Laocoön Group, the Pine Cone Courtyard, the Gallery of Candelabras, the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries.

The piéce-de-resistance is of course the Sistine Chapel. Your guide will prepare you for your time here by telling you the stories behind the creation of the iconic frescoes and what they mean. When you enter, you will appreciate the full size of the room by seeing small details like Michelangelo's self-portrait and the rather painful revenge he planned for the Pope's aide (he wasn't his biggest fan...).

Finally, we exchange the artistic masterpieces of the Vatican Museums for the architectural masterpiece of St. Peter's Basilica. Travelling with a licensed guide has its advantages, as you will see when you use the special door that leads from the Sistine Chapel directly to the Basilica (and past long general queues).

Every second of this tour is worth it, as you will find out during the one-hour tour with your guide. He will lead you to Michelangelo's "Pietà" (The only work he ever had to sign. Your guide will tell you why :-), to Bernini's soaring Baldacchino altar and to the worn-out feet of St. Peter, which pilgrims rub for their happiness.

While many tour operators include 25 or more people in their Vatican trips, we will never put you together with a group of more than 15 people. We have a passion for the Vatican and would like to share this passion with you in private groups led by the most dedicated and experienced guides in the Vatican.

Please note

Additional information

Tips for tour guides are welcome but never obligatory.

Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place and that clothing must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.

We would like to point out to our customers that the Basilica of St. Peter may be closed during special celebrations, including the Easter festivities. If this happens during your visit, we will spend more time in the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. In this case we cannot provide a refund.

Although the Vatican Museums are equipped with lifts for wheelchairs and prams, they only offer access to certain areas of the museums. For this reason, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on our group tours in the Vatican.

Please note that guests in the Vatican Museums are only allowed to carry small handbags. Larger backpacks and pointed umbrellas etc. must be left at the cloakroom. It is the guest's responsibility to return to the entrance of the Vatican Museum to pick it up after the tour

Included in the price

  • - Preferential admission to the Vatican Museums
  • - Preferential admission to St. Peter's Church
  • - Expert guidance from an Italian guide
  • - Small groups with never more than 15 people
  • - Headphones
  • - Tips
  • - Hotel pick-up / return transport

Meeting point

At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in the Piazza del Risorgimento Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the official start time.

Cancellation Conditions

amendments:
For changes made within 72 hours before the start of the trip: Changes are subject to a change fee per person, per tour, subject to availability.

Late arrival & no-show:
No refund or rebooking in case of late arrival or no-show after start/departure of the tour.

This deal can be cancelled for free up to 3 days before the date of the activity.

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