Vatican Highlights

Quick Details

Duration: 3 hours

This tour runs every day except Sundays.

  • Morning tour leaves at 09:30
  • Afternoon tour leaves at 13:30

Meeting Point

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

Guided Tour of The Vatican

Vatican Highlights is 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 the Vatican with a small group of maximum eight people, or we can fully customize 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.

The Vatican 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.

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 and Gallery of the Tapestries.

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.

  • Chevron down Highlights
    • 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
  • Chevron down 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
  • Chevron down Excluded
    • Lunch
    • Transport back to hotel
  • Chevron down 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