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Vatican City Semi Private Tour

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3 hours

Tour Type

Walking Tour

Group Size

9 people

Meeting Point

Vatican Museum Entrance

Experience the Magic of the Vatican

Welcome to Vatican City – the world’s smallest country with a big impact. It’s an incredible place overflowing with art, history, and culture across its 108 acres. The Vatican is also home to the Holy See, and the Pope’s residence, where ancient traditions such as the papal conclave take place.

As you explore the city-state, be sure to visit St. Peter’s Basilica – a crucial church in Christendom that showcases Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring dome. But that’s not all – one of the highlights of the Vatican experience is the Sistine Chapel. You won’t believe your eyes as you take in the largest canvas ever painted by human hands. Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes cover the ceiling and walls, and it’s truly a sight to behold. These masterpieces, along with the extensive art collection of the Vatican Museums, offer a glimpse into the rich history of the Church and the incredible talents of artists across generations.

So don’t wait any longer – book your tour today and immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the Vatican.

Home of St. Peter’s Cathedral and the unrivaled Sistine chapel, the Vatican is a unique place holding 2000 years of religious tradition in its keeping. The world’s smallest city state and high seat of the Catholic Church, it is also the residence of the Pope. Here are preserved some of the most sublime creations of man inspired by his eternal yearning to give expression to the divine spirit.

*The tour needs at least 2 participants to be conducted. In case of insufficient participants we will request to consider a  group or Private tour.  

Meeting Point:- 101, Viale Vaticano, Entrance of the Vatican museum Meeting time: 8:30 am

  • Group size of maximum 8 people
  • Check out one of the most expensive tapestries in the world.
  • We lead you the  recently restored hall that has Pope mobiles, age old Horse carriage  & limo collection  including  a Mercedes Benz designed by a certain Ferdinand Porsche.
  • Skip the lines with pre-booked tickets
  • Highly qualified, entertaining and informative guides



Wear clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Consider bringing a pair of binoculars and a bottle of water.
Bring you cameras but remember to deactivate the flash.
Have a meal or a snack before the tour.

Do not carry pocket knives or glass bottles
Do not carry large back packs.  Photo attached of what is acceptable.
Do not take photos or videos in the Sistine Chapel.
Do not wear a hat inside the church.

  • Modestly accessible using a wheelchair. If possible we would request you to book a private tour.
  • Steps involved and the walking distance is about 2.3 kilometres in the Vatican. Comfortable  sneakers with inner cushions are recommended.
  • The museum allows strollers while the Basilica requires you to park them in the cloakroom.
  • Men and Women are required to cover their shoulders & knees when in the Sistine & St. Peter’s Basilica. Men are allowed to wear dignified shorts coming below the knees.

Meeting point: Entrance of the Vatican museum. Your guide will be holding a sign reading “ Europe Odyssey Tours

Means of reaching the Vatican museum:

  • Metro stop Cipro or Ottaviano on Line A
  • Bus 492, 81
  • Tram 19, Tram 12
  • Taxi to the Entrance of the Vatican museum.
  • The itinerary is not wheelchair accessible unless the person in the chair can stand up, climb and descend a few stairs.
  • Please bring a bottle of water per person.
  • If it is raining, carry umbrellas that are compact and can be folded and not ones that have sharp pokey ends. The long one given by your hotels will have to be checked into the cloakroom of the museum and involves a 1 km walk to get it back again.
  • Carry medium size back packs as large ones will be checked into the cloak room and involve a long walk to get them back.
  • The following items along with the bags will have to be checked into the cloak room: glass bottles of any kind, swiss knives, wine openers, large tripods and large bags.
  • Photography is permitted in most rooms but without flash. It is prohibited to photograph inside the Sistine Chapel.
  • The tour ends in front of the Basilica. You can spend more time inside the Basilica but you cannot go back to the Sistine Chapel nor the Museum.
  • You can also choose to climb the dome on your own, for a separate fee.
  • On Wednesdays the Basilica is closed until noon due to the Papal Audience.
  • In extraordinary cases the Basilica could be closed without notice. This is out of our hands, but will give you an extended tour of the museum and description of the Basilica. Remind you the Sistine chapel is part of the museum and not the Basilica. Refunds will not be offered due to the closure of the church.
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required to conduct a tour.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Bring Umbrellas that can fold and are not long have a pokey end
  • Not recommended for clients who cannot climb and descent stairs
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

Tours can be cancelled 96 hours before to get a full refund.
Tours cancelled 72 to 24 hours before the tour will have ticket fee retained and only the balance amount will be refunded
Non refund can be issued for tours cancelled 24 hours or less before the commencing time of the tour.


Witness the exquisite craftsmanship of intricate tapestries, meticulously woven in Brussels in 1531, based on the visionary sketches of the legendary artist, Raphael.


Admire the mesmerizing collection of 32 frescoed maps adorning the walls of this gallery, masterfully created between 1580 and 1583. These cartographic marvels are based on the ingenious drawings of the renowned cosmographer Ignazio Dante.


Unearth the timeless masterpieces of Greco-Roman sculptures from antiquity, carefully preserved within this awe-inspiring collection. Admire revered treasures such as Michelangelo's beloved ‘The Belvedere Torso and the Greek God Apollo’ from 320 B.C., and the enthralling marble statue of the Laocoon Group, a magnificent representation of ancient artistry.


Gaze upon the 1,800-year-old bronze statue of Hercules and marvel at the colossal 13-meter wide porphyry basin, originally from Nero's house, housed within a room bearing a striking resemblance to the iconic Pantheon.


Discover a treasure trove of masterpieces in this section, featuring exquisite paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Giotto. And don't miss the rare opportunity to behold the sole work of Leonardo da Vinci on display here


Experience the transcendent beauty of the Sistine Chapel, a testament to the unparalleled genius of Michelangelo. Allow yourself to be captivated by the awe-inspiring masterpieces that adorn its hallowed walls, each a shining example of the artist's divine talent.


In fulfillment of Christ's words to his apostle Peter, "You will be the rock on which I shall build my church," the world's grandest cathedral now majestically stands upon the tomb of St. Peter, bearing witness to the enduring legacy of faith and devotion.

Suggested starting time: 08:30 AM; 09:00 AM; 1:30 PM; 2:00 PM - Can clients choose one of the given timings and that features in his booking form

Tour Highlights

  • Efficient and Exclusive Access: Enjoy swift museum entry and a direct path to key attractions like the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in a small group of 8, ensuring access to exclusive areas where large groups cannot go.
  • Personalized Guide Interaction: Experience a relaxed tour with personalised attention from your guide, including assistance with photos, lunch recommendations, and taxi directions.
  • Value and Comfort in a Small Group: Get the benefits of a private group experience at a lower price, with a comfortable and interactive tour environment in a small group setting.

  • Customized tour tailored to your preferences.
  • Headsets provided for groups larger than 6 people.
  • Skip-the-line tickets for a hassle-free experience.
  • Engaging, well-groomed guides to enhance your tour.
  • The option for the guide to meet you at your hotel upon request.
  • Transportation costs to and from the tour's meeting point.
  • Water or lunch during the tour.
  • Tips or gratuity for the guide.

3 hours

Vatican Museum entrance

Tour's Location

Where does the tour start and end?
  • The tour commences at the entrance of the Vatican museum. Address: 101 Viale Vaticano or in your Hotel on request.
  • It concludes in front of the Basilica. After the tour, you may spend more time inside the Basilica, but re-entry to the Sistine Chapel and the Museum is not permitted.
Is the itinerary fixed

On certain days the St. Peter’s Basilica could be closed due to religious ceremonies; on those occasions we will not be able to visit the Basilica and instead will conduct an extended tour of the Museum & Sistine Chapel. From March 1st till 15th of November, every Wednesday the pope appears in the St. Peter’s Square from 0900 am till 12 noon. The doors of the Sistine Chapel leading to the St.Peter’s Basilica will remain closed till 1:00 pm and hence we will not be including the St. Peter’s Basilica in our Itinerary on Wednesdays’

How many people can join this tour?

● The tour requires a minimum of 2 people per booking to be conducted.

● The tour/activity is designed to accommodate a maximum of 8 people.

How do I get to the Vatican?

● Take the Metro Line A to either the Cipro or Ottaviano station.

● Alternatively, use Bus 492.

● You can also take a taxi directly to the entrance of the Vatican Museum.

What should I wear?

● Comfortable shoes, such as sneakers with cushioned insoles, are highly recommended for walking.

● Both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees when visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Men may wear respectful shorts that extend below the knees.

What should I bring?

● A pair of binoculars and a bottle of water could be useful during your visit.

● Feel free to bring your camera, but remember to turn off the flash in certain rooms.

● If rain is expected, opt for a compact, foldable umbrella without sharp ends. Larger hotel umbrellas will need to be checked into the museum's cloakroom, requiring a 1 km walk to retrieve them.

● Strollers are permitted in the museum, but the Basilica requires them to be left in the cloakroom.

● Medium-sized backpacks are allowed; however, large ones will need to be checked into the cloakroom, necessitating a long walk to retrieve them later.

What is not allowed?

● Items such as large backpacks, pocket knives, glass bottles, wine openers, large tripods, and big bags are not allowed. They must be checked into the cloakroom.

● Photography is allowed in most areas, but flash is prohibited. Taking photos inside the Sistine Chapel is strictly forbidden.

● Visitors are required to remove their hats when entering holy sites.

Is the tour physically demanding?

● The Vatican tour covers a walking distance of approximately 2.3 kilometers, requiring a fair amount of physical exertion.

● Unfortunately, the itinerary is not wheelchair accessible, as there are a few stairs to navigate. Those using wheelchairs must be able to stand and manage the steps.

● Participants should ideally possess a moderate level of physical fitness.

● The tour may not be suitable for those who have difficulty climbing and descending stairs.


● Be sure to have a meal or a snack before the tour, as it is quite lengthy. You can also bring a snack in your pocket to enjoy during the tour.

Know before you go

● The Sistine Chapel is part of the museum, not the Basilica.

● On Wednesdays, the Basilica remains closed until noon due to the Papal Audience.

● If you wish to climb the dome, you can do so independently for an additional fee.

● In rare circumstances, the Basilica may be closed without prior notice. If this occurs, an extended tour of the museum and a detailed description of the Basilica will be provided.

● Refunds will not be granted in the event of church closure.

What is the cancellation policy?

● For a full refund, tours must be cancelled at least 96 hours prior to the scheduled start time.

● If a tour is cancelled between 72 and 24 hours before the tour, only the balance amount will be refunded, and the ticket fee will be retained.

● No refund will be issued for tours cancelled within 24 hours or less of the scheduled start time.

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