guided tour
skip the line
00:45 hours
This tour route is NOT barrier-free


Adult: 55€
Student: 50*€
Must present a Student Card
Child: 50*€
for Children of age 6 - 16

Tour Description

This tour is an opportunity to discover the natural beauty of the Vatican Gardens from your seat on an ecological open bus. Be transported through the perfectly manicured gardens of the world’s smallest state and look upon the rarely seen architectural wonders that lie within them. Then enjoy direct access to the Vatican Museums and take your time exploring them on a self-guided tour.

On this sustainable tour you will enjoy full access to the Vatican Gardens on an open bus tour (20 places maximum) that will show you the rarely seen heart of the Vatican State. With an audio guide available in multiple languages, you will discover the stunningly kept gardens and flower beds of the Vatican, and explore the architectural treasures that most visitors to the Vatican never see.

Following your journey through the gardens, you will be able to skip the long lines for the Vatican Museums and stroll at your own pace through the fresco-lined corridors of the world’s second largest museum. Your visit will also include a visit to Michelangelo’s famous masterpieces inside the Sistine Chapel, where you can look up at the wonder of his Creation of Adam ceiling fresco.

*Minimum age for kids 6 years – no younger children allowed.
*Maximum age for students 25 years.

This is an Audio Guide Tour (multiple languages available).
The tour starts every day at 9:00, 10:00 or 13:00 (Mo-Sat).


  • Vatican Gardens
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
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What's Included

  • Open bus tour of the Vatican Gardens
  • Multi-lingual audio guide
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (self-guided tour)


  • Discover the beauty of the Vatican Gardens and marvel at rarely seen architectural treasures
  • Enjoy an ecological bus ride with a multi-lingual audio guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums and explore them at your own pace

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