guided tour
skip the line
2 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

The Vatican Gardens Tour is a guided walking tour through the green heart of the Vatican State where you will discover the perfectly manicured gardens and stunning architecture within this beautiful natural setting. Then enjoy direct access to the Vatican Museums and take your time exploring them on a self-guided tour.

Let your guide take you on a journey through the wonderful, peaceful gardens in the rarely seen heart of the Vatican State. Popes have walked around these gardens since 1279, enjoying moments of quiet contemplation in this magnificent and tranquil setting. With a licensed Vatican guide available in multiple languages, you will discover the stunningly kept gardens and flower beds of the Vatican, with architectural treasures that most visitors to the Vatican never get to see.

Thanks to the Vatican Gardens Guided Tour, you will skip the lines for the Vatican Museums and see them at your own pace. You will also be able to visit Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel and admires the incredible frescoes within it, such as the Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment.

*The minimum age for children is 6 years.

Please note: This is by far the most popular tour in the Vatican. Please note that due to extremely high booking numbers, date and time of your booking can be changed at short notice. The Maya Tours team has no influence on this. For questions and up-to-date information, our Maya team is always at your disposal.


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

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Gardens with an official Vatican guide
  • Rental of headsets
  • 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 a tour of the gardens with an official Vatican 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