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Vatican Private Tours

Express Private Tour of the Vatican Highlights

With this express private tour of the Vatican you will make quick stops at the Vatican Museum highlights, then visit the Sistine Chapel before enjoying fast track entrance into St Peter’s Basilica with its Papal Grottoes.



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Tour Description

Do you want to visit the Vatican with a friendly and knowledgeable private guide but don’t have hours to spend touring? Perhaps you are in Rome for a short time or feel like a short Vatican tour is about all you want to see in one go! Luckily RPG has created an express private tour of the Vatican, to cover the very best of the Vatican in just 2.5 hours. You will benefit from special early entrance at 8am, an hour before opening to the general public. You will meet your guide at 7:30am so that they can explain the Sistine Chapel before you enter the Vatican (explanations are not permitted inside the chapel itself).

With the help of our fully licensed private guide, you will be able to accomplish the impossible: visiting all major Vatican highlights in just 2.5 hours! Book our Express private tour of the Vatican and our expert private guide will ensure you enjoy a quick yet fulfilling visit to the Vatican.

During your 2.5 hour Vatican tour you will enjoy an express visit through the Vatican Museums, stopping quickly at the main attractions in the galleries. You will be able to make the most of your time, because we will provide you with skip the line tickets. Is there a particular work of art you really don’t want to miss? Let our private guide know and you can be sure that you use your time in the way that you want, visiting the things that really interest you.

Of course no Vatican tour would be complete without the Sistine Chapel. Named after Pope Sixtus IV, who had it restored around 1480, the Sistine Chapel hosts two of the most valuable treasures of the Vatican: its frescoed ceiling and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. If you are looking for a Sistine Chapel express private tour then you can walk directly through the Vatican Museums without stopping whilst your guide explains to you only the Sistine Chapel. Then you can spend the rest of your tour admiring this stunning masterpiece. This is a great option if you really want to tour the Sistine Chapel in depth. If you wish to customize your 2.5 hour Vatican tour in this way just let us know!

The last stop of your express private tour of the Vatican will be St Peter’s Basilica where you will see Michelangelo's "Pieta". You will access St Peter's Basilica with a special fast track passageway from the Sistine Chapel. One of the holiest sites in the world, you will be extremely glad you have a private guide by your side to talk you through St Peter's Basilica's art and architecture. From the St Peter's Basilica you will access to the Papal Grottoes located beneath the upper Basilica. In the  Papal Grottoes you will also see the Tomb of St. Peter, located right below the main altar. The Papal Grottoes is a place dedicated to the memory of the church and to the Popes. It is an holy place so pictures will not be allowed.

  • Vatican Museums (short stops);
  • Sistine Chapel;
  • St Peter’s Basilica;
This tour includes
  • 2 hours private guide
  • Skip the line tickets for Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Important Info
  • meeting point:

    In front of the entrance to the Vatican Museums, by the marble arch at the bottom of the steps.

  • other information:

    Please wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

    Remember to follow the dresscode for the Vatican: you must be able to cover your shoulder and knees.

    PLEASE NOTE: in case St Peter's Basilica is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions without notice.

    Please note that in certain periods of summer time, or when the Vatican Museums reopen its doors after bank holidays, the museums might be busier than usual.

    Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.

  • Vatican Museums (short stops);
  • Sistine Chapel;
  • St Peter’s Basilica;
This tour includes
  • 2 hours private guide
  • Skip the line tickets for Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel