guided tour
skip the line
2,5 hours
This tour route is NOT barrier-free

PRICES

Adult: 55€
Student: 46€
Must present a Student Card
Child: 41€
for Children of age 6 - 16
Children of age 0 - 5 FREE

Tour Description

The Vatican Museums, with more than 1400 galleries, 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.

Our tour guides are lisenced and have many years of experience. They possess incredible knowledge and passion for their work. They follow a perfectly planned route that will show you the highlights of the museums, including some of the many 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.

Headsets will allow you to clearly hear your guide, even at a distance, giving you time to take pictures and have a longer look at your favourite pieces of art. The final wonder of the Museums is Michelangelo’s remarkable Sistine Chapel, which you will see in its entirety. After the tour, we will bring you into St. Peter’s Basilica through a special exit, exclusively reserved for official guides and their groups.

Because of their fame, during high season the Vatican Museums can welcome more than 30,000 visitors per day. This unfortunately can lead to huge lines and hours of waiting. The same occurs at St. Peter’s Basilica, which has a different entrance to the Vatican Museums. By joining our Vatican Group Tour, you can avoid wasting valuable time waiting in line and can skip both lines.

Itinerary

  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Muses
  • Round Room
  • Greek Cross Room
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
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What's Included

  • Special access to the Museums with a reservation
  • Admission ticket
  • Tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Visit to the Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo’s masterpiece
  • Headsets to listen to the guide even at a distance (from 6 pax)
  • Direct access to Saint Peter’s Basilica

Highlights

  • Skip the lines to enter the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica
  • See the highlights of the Vatican Museums with an expert guide
  • Discover Michelangelo’s famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel
  • Official licensed guides
  • Exclusive access to the Basilica

Available Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish

REVIEWS

"Great tour"

Our tour at the Vatican Museums was great the very beginning.The check in was very easy and efficient. Our tour guide Tiana was amazing. She stopped at the right times and explained the story and pointed out the details. Perfect for children. I would definitely take another tour thanks to our tour guide Tiana!

DDDCayman, Ago 2017

"Deborah was a great guide"

We took the tour and cut the lines. Deborah was a wealth of knowledge who guided us around to see all.

Bryce C, april 2017

"Excellent Guide!"

Abbiamo usufruito di Maya Tours per visitare i musei vaticani e abbiamo fatto il tour in inglese poiché in compagnia di amici americani. La guida, Alessandra, molto efficiente, preparata e disponibile. Ci ha accompagnato lungo i musei vaticani rendendo la visita interessante.

Francesco E, Ago 2016

"Vatican city Skip the line"

Hi. We don’t often use Tour Guides but found this the best way to visit the Vatican, to see all that mattered without queueing in the sun for hours or standing for long periods of time. Jason was our tour guide, very quick on his feet, an American who delivered our English speaking tour very clearly and with humour thrown in. We thought Jason was great, his hi tech radio headsets were also fab. Skip the line with tour guide was extremely helpful and worthwhile

Linda m, may 2017

"Guided tour by Roberto: Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel"

On our way to the museum we met with Hussein who took us to the offices and gave us an offer that we haven’t regret for a second, and all with a smile.We had our tickets in advance so we each paid extra 35€ for the tour and for the extra guided tour and for skipping the line to sain peter’s basilica. The tour started right on time and our tour guide Roberto was simply GREAT. As a person who hates guided tour… I surprisingly enjoyed every second of it… Roberto was VERY informative aץnd funny

GadiaNasser, april 2017

"A brilliant tour guide"

Although paying for a guided tour seems a lot of money it is well worth every penny if you get a good tour guide. Ours was brilliant. You can pay by credit card which not many operators do. There were many touts trying to sell tours but we resisted and so pleased we did. The tour set off in good time and the group was not too big ensuring we could all see MARCO (our guide). He was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and proud of his heritage it was difficult not to be drawn in. He gave us a great insight into the Vatican City its history. He told us so much about Michaelangelo, his life, work, paintings and sculptures. Incredible. He enthused with his knowledge and stimulated us to such an extent that on returning home we researched further into this fantastic history. Choose Maya Tours for your guide around the Vatican City and Sistine Chapel, it is well worth

YorkshireBeliever, may 2017

"Amazing time"

Thank you Tiana for such a wonderful tour and experience. You did an amazing job showing us through Vatican City as well as St Peters Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. What an awesome tour. You did great. Thank you, Anthony and Alanna

Abatch99, July 2017

"Great visit"

Visiting the Vatican museum and the Sistine chapel with maya tours was a great experience. With his great sens of humor and his perfect knowledge of the vatican and its history our talented guide Jad made this visit a very informative and entertaining experience

Cecileji, Ago 2017

"Roberto and the Vatican Tour"

There were so many Vatican tours from which to choose and we went with the Maya tour and it was an excellent choice. Our guide Roberto was impressively knowledgeable, friendly and able to answer any questions we asked. I can’t imagine walking through the museums and cathedral without the explanations and references offered by our guide. It’s also true that the tours offer a “skip the line” advantage. The non-tour entry lines were blocks long with a 3-hour wait.

Chitowntraveler016, Sep 2017

"Vatican City Tour"

Our guide was Roberto who gave an excellent tour of the whole Vatican city museum covering Sistine Chappelle and others.

Ahmed A, Oct 2017

"Sistine chapel"

Our tour guide of the Vatican museum, Sistine chapel & St. Peter’s was Roberto. He was fantastic, he knew all the history and facts. He took time to answer all of our questions. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a English speaking guide.

Josep A, Oct 2017

"Amazing tour by Gabriel!"

Great value for money! Gabriel was such a good tour guide! He also gave us some tips for places to go and restaurants.

Emilia K, Oct 2017

"Wonderful tour of Sistine Chapel (Skip the line)"

I’m always hesitant to book tours such as this as they can vary widely, mainly based on the guide. We were VERY lucky to get Eugene Hertoghe as our guide. He was friendly, funny, passionate and knowledgeable. He made a point of connecting with each person in the group and enhanced our knowledge of what we were seeing throughout the tour.

TylerSore, Nov 2017

"Vatican tour"

We had Tiana as our guide and she was truly excellent. Her story telling was enchanting and made all the information so interesting. We learnt so much from her. She was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging, her face lit up as she explained various pieces to us, she was very funny too. It made it all come alive for us. I would highly recommend her.

Laura F, Nov 2017

"Great Guide, Michelangelo and Much More"

We arrived on Thursday and left on Monday so we had three days in which to see as much as we could. Unfortunately for us the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel were closed on Friday and Sunday so that left Saturday. We arrived by chance outside the offices of Maya Tours at 9.55 am and, after agreeing to pay 110 euros for a skip the line trip with a guide, we joined an English speaking group of around twenty people and were on our way round by 10.00 am. The guide Sevario was outstanding. He not only knew his art history but he kept all the people in our group interested and laughing. He was thoroughly entertaining and we were able to see everything at a pace that suited us. Considering it was packed that was quite some feat. It took a couple of hours but at the end we thought we had got a bargain. the Sistine Chapel, the Map Room and much of the other things to see are at above head height so even the crowds did not matter that much. I would recommend this tour unreservedly. Not only do you avoid the queue, you get loads of information wrapped in a sense of humour.

James C Loches, Francia, Dec 2017

"Hardly recommended."

Company’s staff was very friendly and helpful, the guiding tour was wonderfull, enjoyed with our guide Gabriel Lombo who gave the group a fantastical approaching in vaticans history, monuments and knew how describe with an incredible richness of details the meanings and reasons of vaticans collections history and places. We went to the dome of st pts basilic, and been to the catacombs of many personalities of catholic church.

I strongly recommend the guiding tour and will obviously do it againg when i go back to rome.

Vinicius B, Dec 2017

"Alessandra is a fantastic guide!"

My friends and I had an excellent time touring St Peter’s, the Sistine Chapel, and several of the museums in Vatican City. She was extremely knowledgeable and fun to hang out with. You should definitely request her by name!

Cheesehead574, Jan 2018