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

PRICES

Adult: 90€
Student: 80€
Must present a Student Card
Child: 70€
for Children of age 6 - 16
Children of age 0 - 5 FREE

Tour Description

This special package combines the two most important sights of the Eternal City: the Vatican and the Colosseum. Start the day early with at Vatican Museums: with more than 1,400 galleries they are some of the most important and largest museums in the world. They have a variety of superb galleries, excellent Roman and Etruscan collections and plenty more. This fantastic group tour is designed for you to enjoy and discover the Vatican’s fascinating history and beautiful art. Headsets will allow you to clearly hear your guide, even from a distance, giving you time to take pictures and have a longer look at your favorite pieces of art. You will see the highlights of the Museums, the amazing galleries such as the Gallery of the Candelabra, where you can admire the rich collection of Roman sculptures, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, along with many other art treasures, sculptures, paintings and beautiful architecture. Finally, you will enjoy Michelangelo’s remarkable Sistine Chapel in its entirety. At the end of the tour enter St. Peter’s Basilica through a special entrance, reserved exclusively for official guides and their groups.

After your free optional lunch break and some down time, meet your guide again at the Colosseum. With this tour, you will discover one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Rome’s Colosseum. An instantly recognizable symbol of the power and scale of the former empire, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, its construction took place between 70-80 AD and the oval amphitheater hosted the most horrific spectacles of the era. You will learn how it was used as a stage for gladiatorial combat, public executions, animal hunts and the less bloodthirsty performances of acrobats and magicians. Your guide will then take you to the spectacular Roman Forum, the centre of Roman public life, which contained the most important structures of the day including temples, shrines, marketplaces, the political centre, royal residences and basilicas. Through your guide’s descriptions, you will get a feel for how Roman life must have been and how the present ruins would have appeared thousands of years ago.

Then you will walk up to the Palatine Hill, the location of the Imperial Palace, which overlooks the Forum on one side and the Circus Maximus on the other, where ancient chariot races were once held. Hear the legend of how the hill was the birthplace of Rome’s founder and namesake Romulus and his brother Remus. Then hear the tale of how there was a tragic end to their story that led to the creation of Rome. Hearing the history and legends of Ancient Rome and walking in the footsteps of the emperors will make this an unforgettable experience that you will treasure for years to come.

Itinerary

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Privileged entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Colosseum
  • Roman Forum
  • Palatine Hill
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What's Included

  • Special access to the Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica with a reservation
  • Skip-the-line access to the Colosseum & Roman Forum
  • Admission tickets for all sights
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums & The Colosseum, the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum
  • Headsets to listen to the guide even at a distance (Vatican Museums only)

Highlights

  • Combine sightseeing of the Vatican and Colosseum in only one day
  • Discover the Vatican Museums and the remarkable Sistine Chapel on a guided tour
  • Admire the ancient ruins of the Colosseum, the fascinating Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Available Languages

  • English

REVIEWS

"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