guided tour
skip the line
2 hours
This tour route is NOT barrier-free


Adult: 60€
Student: 50€
Must present a Student Card
Child: 40€
for Children of age 6 - 16
Children of age 0 - 5 FREE

Tour Description

The Friday Evening Vatican Tour is an inspirational tour for people who love art, music and history. You will see the highlights of the Museums and the remarkable Sistine Chapel in its entirety.

It is our guides’ absolute favourite, so let them take you on what they call a “journey of fantasy”. Enjoy a small group tour and admire the masterpieces of the Vatican Museums in a very quiet and relaxing atmosphere. This tour is an extended one, so you will see much more than usual, for example the Raphael Rooms (“stanze di Raffaello”), famous for their frescoes painted by Raphael and his workshop, and the Sobieski Room.

You will listen to your tour guide’s explanation of the Sistine Chapel, whilst enjoying a live orchestra playing soothing classical music in the background. One of our guides describes it as an amazing “concert of colours”.

The last part of the tour is the beautifully illuminated Sistine Chapel. This “natural” form of light imitates the one that Michelangelo had when he was painting his most famous masterpieces, such as the Adam’s Creation and the Last Judgment.

After exiting the Chapel, the tour ends just outside the Vatican. We recommend you then go for a pleasant stroll down to St. Peter’s Square in order to capture the evening scenery and take some panoramic pictures of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican residences lit up at night.
(Note: St. Peter’s Basilica will be closed at this time).



  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Muses
  • Round Room
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Sobieski Room
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Collection of Modern Religious Art
  • The Sistine Chapel
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What's Included

  • Admission ticket
  • Reservation fee
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets (from 6 people)


  • 3 hour evening tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel without the crowds
  • Away from the sweltering daytime heat: during summer the tour starts late in the evening
  • Exclusive and unique experience: these special opening hours are available only between May and October
  • Expert tour guide
  • Small group (max. 20 pax)

Available Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish


"Vatican Museum Tour"

We made our way towards the Vatican museum ticket office and luckily bumped into a very nice Spanish guy who suggested this company. Maya tours were absolutely brilliant. Our tour guide was Lebanese and was very knowledgable and funny. He made sure all the 20 people in our tour got the best out of the visit and his explanation of the history behind how the Vatican came to be and Michael Angelo’s Sistine chapel made us appreciate what we were looking at so much more than if we had just bought a ticket. The tour lasted about two and a half hours. Definately recommend this company.

gbugs67, Gen 2017

"Worth every cent for Vatican Tour"

Our family of eight visited the Vatican during late December. The lines were hours long and we decided to join a Maya Tour. It was worth the cost in every way: we skipped the horrific lines and learned a great deal from our guide Deborah. The headsets allowed us to hear Deborah while looking somewhat independently during the tour. The tour group was huge — at least fifty, but Deborah was knowledgable and kept the tour interesting and snappy to young and old alike for several hours. Comments directed at a family accused of being gypsy pickpockets were a shock and the accuracy of the accusations is unknown. You might say this set the tone for theft and taking whatever one pleased as we learned about the history of the Vatican. Watch your pockets, indeed!

smbAlbany_NY, Dec 2017

"Excellent tour of the Collosseum, Palatino and Roman Forum "

We started under a “meteorological bomb” aka lots of rain, but our guide Diego, had so much information and was so full of energy that we stick to it and did not regret it. Booking a tour is 100% worth it as you skipped all the lines, you are given a headphones and can hear the guide perfectly , even if you fall a bit behind or look at other things while listening.
I am 100% convinced that we got much more with being with a guide _ as an historian I usually do the reading myself and/or take the audio guide, but this skipping the line make the extra $ worth.

lefaucheu, May 2017

"Best guided tour that i ever had!"

In a few words, we had the luck to find a guide very passionate about his job. A person with tons of information about cultures, religion, history and arts. His name is Ribal Abighanem. He explained, in detail, every single piece of art or history that we’ve meet along the Vatican tour. It was really a celebration of culture!

Daniel C, May 2017

"Best idea!!"

Thanks to Gabriel our tour guide we had an amazing experience at the Vatican! Was so helpful, kind with a very good English. Thank you Mayan Tours for this opportunity!!

anahí C, Dec 2017