Children under the age of 6 are FREE
Gain privileged access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica with a small group of maximum 20 people. Get the opportunity to marvel at the museums’ awe-inspiring art collection, world-renowned frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel, and the Renaissance era paintings in the Raphael Room.
Meet your expert guide outside of the Vatican Museums, and then head inside, avoiding the queues. Listen to stories of the artists responsible for the incredible artwork inside the museums, and the secrets of this holy district that dates back to the 5th Century.
Wander through the most remarkable rooms inside the Vatican with the expert knowledge of your guide, including the Raphael Room, Gallery of Maps, and Sistine Chapel in an intimate, small group setting.
Without the queues or the crowds, gain special access with your guide to the world’s epicenter of Catholicism, history and art. Witness the breathtaking work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, the holy interior of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Tombs of the Popes, and Bernini’s famed baldachin, the bronzed canopy over the tomb of St. Peter himself
Availability: daily at 08.30am & 12.30pm (except Sundays)
Duration: 3 hours
Meeting point: Via Germanico n.16 (closest metro stop “Ottaviano”, Line A)
- Octagonal Courtyard
- Gallery of the Muses
- Round Room
- Gallery of the Candelabra
- Gallery of Maps
- Sobieski's Room
- Borgia Apartments
- Raphael Rooms
- Collection of Modern Religious Art
- Sistine Chapel
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Small group, guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
- Skip-the-line admission and entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
- Live tour commentary via audio headset
- Early access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica to avoid the lines
- World-renowned Renaissance frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms
- Chance to witness the works of famed artists, including Raphael, Michelangelo and Bernini
- Expert guide to lead your small group experience
- Opportunity to experience the Vatican without the masses
- Private tour option available in English, Spanish, German, French and Russian. For more Information or/ and inquiries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Great Tour & Guide!"
The guide was very knowledgeable and kind, and the tour was memorable and worth the cost in my opinion. Went with a group of 9 people and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Skipping the many-hour lines as a result of this tour also was a nice bonus. Our guide, Ribal AbiGhanem, was super helpful and explained everything wonderfully. He had an accountability to keep the group together and make the experience fun, educational, and memorable for everyone involved. It was a super great experience as a result and I highly recommend this tour to others as well 🙂
"Informative and engaging tour"
Got to skip all the lines for the Vatican and got a good engaging tour with Jab our wonderful tour guide.
"Experiencing the Wonders of Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Tour with a Pro"
We (A&J) just returned from a short (return) outing to Rome and concluded that the best way to visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel were through a “skip the line” tour with the benefit of a guide who had some working knowledge of the material. We were quite amazed to discover that our particular tour guide (Deborah!) not only had a magnificent grasp of the material but a lovely and most effective way of imparting that knowledge with a spectacular facility for colloquial English, a true and obvious joy of the subject matter and a wonderful way of getting those on the tour involved in that subject matter (by quizzing us without in any manner putting anyone on the spot and with a well placed “Brava” or “Bravissimo” when she got a conforming or otherwise helpful response). She connected Greek and Roman art and artistic tradition in a most interesting and informative manner. Her joy was palpable and made the experience literally the best we have had. When taking a tour through Maya, insist on getting Deborah. Bravissima!!
"Very engaging tour"
We were in Rome for the Six Nations rugby match so we had very tight schedules and we opted for a tour at 8.30 in the morning. Glad we did!! Crowds in the museums lobby were insane but we got our tickets right away. Our guide Alessandra was very good at guiding us through the crowds and showing us in a professional and involving way all the most relevant artifacts.
We spent 3 hours inside the museum ending up in the breathtaking Basilica. Worth every penny!! Highly recommended.
We booked a day tour at the Vatican with Maya tours and our tour guide is Eugene Hertoghe.
Eugene has made our day at the vatican so beautiful and very exciting. He is very knowledgeable and knows every details of all parts of the Vatican. Great personality and beautiful scene of humour. We loved his company and he made us enjoy our tour. He is very organised and tolerant.
"Truly a great and memorable experience with JAD"
We decided to take a private tour of the Vatican today and no one could have made this experience better than Jad. He truly made a great and memorable experience for all of us and thought us a lot of what we didn’t know about, we will be back in Rome soon and will be defiantly doing more tours with…
"Excellent tour with Alessandra"
We booked a private tour of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Our guide was Alessandra Dardes. What a fantastic, knowledgeable woman! She gave us all the information we needed and clearly knew a lot about all sorts of related subjects. There were no questions she couldn’t answer. we really enjoyed it. Well worth the money, we would definitely…
"Fantastic Vatican City Tour!"
My Wife and I were just about to go into the Roman Forum when we were asked by a Maya Tours guide if we would like a tour of the Colosseum. We had already been and so we declined the offer. The guide then asked whether we are planning to go to the Vatican City and in fact we were. He gave us a leaflet and simply explained what the tour would entail and where we could find the office. There was no hassle or pressure at all and I felt completely at ease. We decided to take Maya Tours up on their offer and headed to their office just a 2 minute walk from the Roman Forum. I paid a deposit and was given a time for the next day to be at their office near the Vatican City on via Germanico as it was too late in the afternoon for us to visit the Vatican City. Now, one thing to bear in mind is that right now the political situation in Rome is severely hampering the tour guide business and companies like Maya Tours will work with other trusted companies in order to get you the tour you want. That’s nothing to be wary about, it happens so that customers get a tour! What’s more is that after the Paris attacks, many people are just not travelling to places like Rome and other big cities and this also affects the tour guides who would normally be busy. This was lucky for us because in the end we had a tour of just 4 people – a private tour almost at no extra cost! After we arrived at the office near the Vatican City we paid the final cost and met our tour guide Debora who was absolutely brilliant! She is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic it was a real pleasure to be in her company. Not for one minute did we feel rushed or bored so much so that at the end I didn’t want the tour to be over. Some people are wary about being approached by tour guides on the street and I understand that as there may be some untrustworthy guides and companies out there but for the price we paid and the tour we received we were amazed! For every negative review on here there is a reason that is easily explained and some people immediately feel they’ve been cheated and conned when things don’t go quite as they planned but never once did I get that vibe from Maya Tours and if they themselves cannot get you the tour you want at the time you want they will find someone they trust who can do it and that is good service! I would recommend Maya Tours to anyone visiting Rome and looking for a reliable tour company.