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The Best Vatican Private Tour 2024

$ 299
2.5 hours
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About Vatican Private Tour

Join us on this private tour of Vatican City’s top attractions with your very own guide. Skip the long lines and get right to exploring! We’ll take you to see the magnificent Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. This tour gives you a personalized and unforgettable experience!


This Vatican private tour offers what group tours can’t - your own expert guide who takes you to see the top attractions of the Vatican. Having your own guide means having the chance to ask anything you want and the flexibility to tell them what you absolutely don’t want to miss.


We want to make your visit to the Vatican an unforgettable experience and since the wait times can be a few hours spent in the sun, our Vatican Private Tour puts you in the fast lane by allowing you to skip the long queues.


Visiting the Vatican Museums means going on a truly remarkable journey filled with art and history. You will learn about the history of Christianity and see artworks from Ancient Greek and Roman statues, to Michelangelo and Raphael all the way to modern artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse and Chagall.


No visit to the Vatican is complete without admiring the Sistine Chapel, famous for Michelangelos’ frescoes. Your professional guide will tell you about them in detail.

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Receive a complete refund if you cancel your booking at least 24 hours before the tour starts!

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An exclusive VIP experience of Vatican Museums!

My husband and I had never been on private tours and this was a much more enjoyable experience. Our guide was really nice and answered a million questions we had. She adjusted to our slower tempo and we got to see all of the most important sites and works of art. And believe me, you will need more time to fully appreciate the beauty of the Last Judgment painting inside the Sistine Chapel. Overall, this was a great tour that I highly recommend booking!


No crowds, no lines & fantastic guide!

Great tour and an amazing experience. First of all, the line at the Vatican Museum's entrance was huge when we got there, so it was a relief that we could go in directly without waiting. Second of all, the guide we had was really nice and took us to the Museums and the Sistine Chapel and showed us basically all of the most important works. The Gregorian Egyptian Museum was my favorite part of the tour!



Vatican Private Tour


This private Vatican tour is the perfect option if you want the opportunity to influence the tour’s itinerary without missing anything. Your own private guide will have your full attention and will not only answer every question you might have, but you can also tell them exactly what you want to see and they will make sure you see it at your own pace.


Enjoy exclusive access to all the famous Vatican attractions and avoid spending your day in long lines! The first on your itinerary are the Vatican Museums, a stunning complex of 26 museums and countless galleries. Here, you can see some of the world’s most recognizable art, such as Raphael’s School of Athens, the Apollo Belvedere and Apoxyomenos statues and Da Vinci’s St. Jerome.


The tour continues to the magnificent Sistine Chapel, where you can admire the artwork on its ceiling and walls by the likes of Botticelli and Pinturicchio, as well as Michelangelo’s famous The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment. Our tour guide will tell you all about it and is more than happy to answer all of your questions!

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Interesting facts about the Vatican you probably didn't know

World's smallest country

Vatican City is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and the world’s smallest country, covering only one-eight of New York’ Central Park’s area. It is surrounded by walls, except around St. Peter’s Square and all around it lies Italy.

World's smallest army

The world’s smallest country has the world’s smallest army. The Swiss Guards are soldiers from, you guessed it, Switzerland, who ensure the pope’s safety. Even though they are referred to as “the world’s smallest army”, they all go through basic training in the Swiss military and there is a lot of competition to be a part of it. You can see them carrying pikes and swords, but don’t be fooled, the guards are trained to use modern weapons and understand counterterrorism procedures.

The Vatican's economy

The Vatican produces its own euros, has its own telephone and banking systems, post office, radio station and even an astronomical observatory, one of the oldest active observatories. Almost everything needs to be imported into this small country and that covers food, water, electricity and gas. There’s no income tax here, so how does the Vatican afford any of it? Well, it gets donations from Catholics all around the world and earns money from sales of museum tickets, stamps, souvenirs, coins and publications.

This is all just the tip of the iceberg and there is so much more you can learn when you visit the Vatican. Book this Vatican Private Tour now and explore the main sites at your own pace with the help of our expert guide!

Good to know

  • Visitors are required to bring a passport or an ID card. A copy is accepted, as well.
  • Free cancellation: Cancel up to 1 day before the tour date to receive a full refund.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and please remember to dress respectfully, including wearing long sleeves and pants. Hats are not permitted in the Vatican Museums.
  • Keep your travel plans flexible! Reserve your spot on this tour now and pay later.
  • You will have your own private guide on this tour of the Vatican, so please don’t hesitate to ask anything that interests you!
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Meeting point

The meeting point is at the Gaudium Travel office at 67 Via Germanico.

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FAQ - Private Vatican Tour

What is the difference between a regular and a private Vatican tour?

A private Vatican tour provides you with a lot more personalized experience. You will have a guide all to yourself and you can even change the tour itinerary to suit your preferences. Just tell your guide exactly what you want to see. This is also a great option for anyone who wants to explore at their own pace or wants to take it easy and rest often.

Is photography allowed during the Vatican private tour?

Photography is allowed during most of the tour. It is allowed in the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. However, the Vatican Museums only allow photography for personal use and don’t allow flash photography, stands, drones and selfie sticks. Photography is not permitted in the Sistine Chapel.

Can I cancel my Vatican Private Tour if my plans change?

This tour can be canceled free of charge with a full refund. Just remember to cancel up to 1 day before the tour.

Are there rest areas in the Vatican Museums?

Of course! You can stop and rest any time at various relaxation areas equipped with seats and benches. You can find them in the Courtyard of the Cuirasses, the Courtyard of the Pinacoteca, the Square Garden, the Courtyard of the Pinecone and the Courtyard of the Carriages. If you would like to eat something, there are vending machines, cafeterias, self-service and pizzerias.

What else should I visit in the Vatican and Rome?

See the Vatican crypts and enjoy the view from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica with our Scavi Tour Vatican. When in Rome, don’t miss seeing Castel Sant’Angelo with special fast-track tickets that allow you to get in without waiting in line and include an audio guide! For a complete experience of Rome, we recommend getting the Roma Pass, which gives you many discounts and skip the line access to numerous attractions in Rome, such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and National Roman Museums.

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