Vatican Highlights

Guided Tour Of the Vatican

Vatican Highlights, 3.5 hrs

Vatican Highlights an exceptional tour for those wanting a complete experience in Vatican City. It’s an uncompromising and unhurried exploration including Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St.Peter’s Basilica in 3,5 hours.

You can choose to tour Vatican with a small group of maximum 8 people or we can fully customise the tour for a deeper insight with a private tour. We follow a route that visits all the sights you knew you wanted to see and hidden gems you never knew you wanted to see! Our Vatican Highlights tour is designed to give you a comprehensive insight into Vatican’s art, history and culture.

This is the centre of Roman Catholic Church and the whole site is an elaborate complex of extraordinary treasures, art, palaces and gardens overlooked by Michelangelo’s mighty dome of St Peter’s.

You will learn all about the art, history and culture of the Vatican on this walking tour, while also discovering Renaissance masterpieces. You will see artwork by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio and Ghirlandaio, as well as some ancient statues that are part of the Vatican collection.

By the time your guide takes you to the magnificent Sistine Chapel you will know all about the paintings within in; their story, history and meaning.

Vatican Highlights tour will end in St Peter’s Basilica so you can visit Michelangelo’s Pietà. Located outside of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica has its own entrance and its own rules, with limited hours for guided tours. Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica is one of the world’s most important Christian sites and the world’s largest ancient basilica.

This 3.5 hour guided tour of the Vatican Highlights is perfect if you want a complete Vatican City experience. An experienced, knowledgeable and friendly guide will take you on a walking tour of this grand state, which is a must do Rome exploration. You will be taken to some of Rome’s most famous sites, including the Sistine Chapel, St.Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums.

The entrance to Vatican is an elaborate sight, filled with art, treasures, palaces and gardens. As you enter the magnificent walled city you will be in awe of St. Peter’s Square and its Egyptian obelisk, which stands right in the middle of the square.

The square is right in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, but we will not yet enter the Italian Renaissance church, as this we save for last. Instead, your guide will take you to other landmarks around the Vatican, like the Belvedere Courtyard, Pinecone Courtyard and the famous Raphael Rooms.

Your guide will then take you to the phenomenal Vatican Museums, which are one of the most important culture sites within the walled city. You will stroll through the Gallery of the Candelabra, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and the Pinacoteca, amongst other rooms.

The last stop on your guided tour of the Vatican is St. Peter’s Basilica, which is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture.

The magnificent church was designed by Michelangelo, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Donato Bramante and Carlo Maderno, and has a cruciform shape. Inside the church is the incredible Pietà, which is one of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures. You will also see Bernini’s Baldachin that sits over the church’s high altar.

St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the world’s largest churches, as well as being an important Christian site. It is built over St. Peter’s tomb, and receives numerous pilgrims. The church offers limited visiting hours, which is why it is best to visit on a guided walking tour.

This is the most comprehensive and intimate tour you will find of the famous church, especially because our Rome walking tours never have more than 8 people.

This tour runs everyday except Sunday and starts at 125Euros.

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    • Sistine Chapel
    • Raphael Rooms
    • Belvedere Courtyard
    • Pinecone Courtyard
    • Gallery of the Candelabra
    • Gallery of the Maps
    • Gallery of the Tapestries
    • St. Peter’s Basilica
    • Michelangelo’s Pietà
    • Bernini’s Baldachin
    • St. Peter’s Square

Vatican Highlights Included

  • Pre-reserved tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • Pre-reserved tickets to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert Walks Of Europe Professional Tour Guides
  • Small groups of 8 or private tours
  • Headsets for shared groups


  • Lunch
  • Transport back to hotel

Meeting Point

  • Private Tours: at the hotel
  • Shared tours: at the Vatican. You’ll receive proper instructions  when you book.


This tour runs everyday except Sundays.

  • Morning Session:  09:30 – 13:00
  • Afternoon Session: 13:30 – 17:00

Prices for Private or Shared Groups

  • Shared groups, max. 8 people: 125Euro per person.
  • Private groups: Base price of 350Euro for two people. Please add 50Euro for every additional person.
  • Children are free until the age of 12, accompanied by an adult.

Important Note
  • Vatican Museums get great number of visitors every day so your patience always helps
  • Please also note sometimes the Basilica is closed due to ceremonies without prior notice

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