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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour
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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour

By Mea Tours
The Vatican Museums are home to some of the world’s most popular attractions, such as the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms. This means there are always long wait times, but on this exclusive, skip-the-line guided tour, you breeze past the crowds and enter the museum directly. Limited to only 13 people, the small-group experience covers the highlights of the Vatican—without the wait.
from
HK$399.63
per adult
from
HK$399.63
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 13 per group
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish

Highlights
  • Skip-the-line, small-group guided tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Tours are limited to 13 people for an intimate museum visit
  • Slip past the entrance crowds with exclusive admission tickets
  • Learn about Renaissance masterworks from an art historian guide

  • Blue Badge guide
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Entrance fees are not included - those can be paid directly to your tour guide at the meeting point prior tour departure in cash only.
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums contain some of the world’s standout attractions, including Renaissance masterworks from Michelangelo and Bernini. A visit to sites, such as the Sistine Chapel, with its famous 15th-century ceiling frescoes, needs to be savored, not rushed. Most people wait hours in line to explore the Vatican, but you get an exclusive, firsthand peek at its most legendary treasures. During this exclusive, skip-the-line small-group tour, slip past the entrance crowds and save time for viewing and discussing artworks, not waiting in line. Tours are limited to only 13 people, guaranteeing an intimate viewing experience. Your art historian guide provides informative commentary and engaging anecdotes on the works of art on display and the Renaissance artists who created them. Get an in-depth introduction to treasures, such as Raphael’s Rooms, which are hung with paintings from the legendary painter, and the Gallery of Maps, containing colorful 16th-century plans of Italy.

Departure details
  • Via Leone IV, 2, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Meet your guide opposite the Hosteria dei Musei on Via Sebastiano Veniero (corner with Via Leone IV)
Return details
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will terminates in St. Peter's Square

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30495P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: with this tour you will not Skip the security lines. Security control is mandatory for everyone
  • Admission fees to the Vatican Museum are not included in the tour rate. Those can be paid directly to your tour guide at the meeting point prior tour departure in cash only. Admission fees are $24.25 USD (24€) for all those between 18 and over. For guests between 6yo and 17yo, admission fees are $16 USD (€15). All students between 18yo and 25yo with a valid student ID, admission fees are $16 USD (€15) per person. To all those infants under 5yo, admission fees are free of charge
  • If you are a Student between 18yo and 25yo, please select "YOUTH" price section, and specify it to us in the "Special Requirement Section", in this way we can provide for you a reduced ticket. Without any specifications we will provide a ticket for an Adult. Please bring with you a formal Sudent ID to show prior Tour departure.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour
  • All health and safety measurements place by the Italian Government have been placed on our tours.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour?
How much is Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour?
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour price starts from HK$404.69. Discover and book Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour cancellation policy?
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour?
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour is hosted by Mea Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Mea Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30495P3

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Via Leone IV, 2
    Via Leone IV, 2, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Meet your guide opposite the Hosteria dei Musei on Via Sebastiano Veniero (corner with Via Leone IV)
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Stanze di Raffaello
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    The tour will terminates in St. Peter's Square
    See address & details
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About the operator

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garylZ5491WB
garylZ5491WB
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Great tour
Very nice tour. The guide meets you at the meeting place, and takes you around. He also visited a number of places
aprilbO6189YY
aprilbO6189YY
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Too fast paced
We had to choose this tour at last minute because our original tour was cancelled based on ticket availability. The
Nikolaos G
Nikolaos G
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Fun experience !
A fun experience that is much better if you have bought your tickets (skip the line) beforehand. The lines would be
Passenger799943
Passenger799943
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Guide did not show
Waited in the rain 45 minutes and tour guide never appeared. Later received a text that his things had been snatch
danmS7450TO
danmS7450TO
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Operator canceled without notification
Tour operator canceled without notice. Also, the Pantheon is not close to the Colosseum or the Forum, so this was a
kmc232
kmc232
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BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!
Very disappointed. We had one day in Rome and arrived early for our 10 am tour, the company had confirmed at 4:00 p
KarenF466
KarenF466
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A profound Holy experience.
A holy experience. These stairs are from Pontius Pilate’s and Jesus walked them several times on the day he was cru
Theodore E
Theodore E
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No what I expected
Arrived at designated location 10 minutes prior, waited 15 minutes to meet group. No one presented signage in accor
Walter P
Walter P
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Do not recommend!
Unfortunately, we were emailed 30 mins prior to our start time that the tour guide called in sick. Choices were to
joela352
joela352
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Beautiful Rome!
Having professional guide made our trip very special! Adnan was amazing, great knowledge and great attitude! Highly
danmL8165WQ
danmL8165WQ
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Not as described
I signed up for this tour to experience the pathway from the Vatican to the Castel. I had to hunt down my tour guid
Dreamer21535577677
Dreamer21535577677
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Do not book a tour guide with trip advisor or viator! They sell false advertisement through third party Rome Tour Guide!
We bought tickets to what we thought was a 3 hour guided tour to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Paletine Hill from
Nick W
Nick W
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Unreliable: They cancel last minute without warning or explanation
DO NOT BUY: THIS IS A SCAM! Not only is it more expensive than tours offered just by walking up the venue, but they
12philipe
12philipe
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AVOID, AVOID, AVOID
This tour was absolutely terrible from start to finish. I am normally a bit sceptical of the reviews on here, but t
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FRAUD DO NOT BOOK
Cancelled our booking, rude staff on the phone. No communication, no help. Disgrace business. They told everyone to
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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corner-lot10th
Seattle, WA23 contributions
Dec 2019
I just want to say how much we enjoy and appreciate your guide Eturk during our tour to Vatican on Dec 23rd.
He is very knowledgeable and even managed to keep my 2 teenagers interested the WHOLE time.
Overall we have a very pleasant experience.

Thank you,
Sandra
Written 17 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Customer, Thank you so much for booking your experience with us and for taking time to leave your feedback about your tour. Hope seeing you again for your next holidays in the Eternal City. Thank you Best Regards MeaTours staff
Written 23 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Honest C
Brownsville, TX7 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
We had the honor of having a small group tour (our family only) with Francesca and she was the best tour guide we ever had while on our Italian vacation. We recommend requesting her and you will truly enjoy your experience.
Written 14 January 2018
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Achatter
Cupertino, CA2 contributions
Erturk made our Skip-the-line Vatican Museum tour an amazing and memorable experience! He is very knowledgeable, knows the history in depth with facts and figures. His attitude and disposition is marvelous! He entertained all and any questions we all had. He waited for us patiently to catch up with him and gave us enough time to take the best pictures possible. Among all the guided tours we took in Spain and Italy on this trip, we and our kids loved the tour given by MEA tours and particularly Erturk! We enjoyed the tour of the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. It was the best tour of our trip and we thank him for sharing his knowledge of ancient Roman history and the stories that led to the establishment of the Vatican and the various Basilicas. Marvelous experience and we won’t hesitate in recommending him and this tour to anyone looking for a tour of the Vatican and who want to really understand the history behind the Vatican Museums and the various artifacts.
Written 6 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Customer, Thank you so much for booking your experience with us and for taking time to leave your feedback about your tour. Hope seeing you again for your next holidays in the Eternal City. Thank you Best Regards MeaTours staff
Written 7 January 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Wim V
Leuven, Belgium6 contributions
Oct 2018
The tour started outside the museum at 2.30 PM, but is was already one hour later, when we really went in. People that don't buy skip the line tickets, have to wait several hours at the entrance.
No wonder, that as from next Year, a max number of people will be allowed in the museum.
Once inside, the crowd is going in the same direction: towards the sistine chapel. This is really a very nice place but again too crowdy and too much noise. Next time I will go for the more expensive VIP tour in the morning.
Written 17 December 2018
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Jessica S
2 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
Cannot recommend this tour enough - so worth the money to skip the line and get a personal tour of the Vatican museums! Serena provided a lot of excellent information and history and was able to answer our many questions.
Written 3 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ACKsidental_Tourist
Nantucket, MA19 contributions
We happened to get lucky with a private tour (nobody else booked) from an extremely knowledgeable guide. The guide, Rosaletta, knew all the nooks and crannies of the Vatican (and everyone there including Vatican guards seemed to know her). She was able to help us avoid long lines and made the best use of the three hours... this was critical for our teenagers who could have been bored but seemed to like the Vatican and the tour. So Bravo and Grazie!
Written 30 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Dear Customer, Thank you so much for booking your experience with us and for taking time to leave your feedback about your tour. Hope seeing you again for your next holidays in the Eternal City. Thank you Best Regards MeaTours staff
Written 15 October 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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