Wake up and take a tour of the Vatican that lets you see it before it opens to the general public. See three of Rome's top attractions, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Visit the Vatican on this semi-private walking tour with a maximum of 12 guests that shows you the Vatican museum without the crowds.
You don't want to leave Rome without seeing the Vatican. Your Vatican tour guide will take you through the architecture, history, and politics of the site, while walking you through one of the most amazing attractions in Rome. Tour the Vatican museums and see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica alongside a knowledgeable tour guide after skipping the very long line. The incredible painted ceilings and walls of the Sistine Chapel are sure to take your breath away, and the ornate architecture of St. Peter's Basilica will have you in awe. Atop the burial site of Saint Peter, the Basilica is an incredible example of ornate Renaissance architecture. The Sistine Chapel features the not-to-be-missed Last Supper fresco by Rosselli and d'Antonio, as well as the unparalleled ceiling by Michelangelo. Your Rome shore excursion will give you more than just a taste of this incredible place; you'll be immersed in the history, beauty, and tales of the Vatican.
Enjoy the storied walls of the Vatican before the crowds get there. Walk with a guide through the sites of the Vatican and learn about this awe-inspiring site from a professional.
Please Note: On rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica and/or Sistine Chapel are closed without notice. In these circumstances, the tour will include a visit to the Vatican Museums and/or Sistine Chapel/St. Peter's Basilica. St. Peter's Basilica is closed during select times of the week. During these times, the tour will visit other parts of the museums. The tour includes admission and headsets. Also, a dress code is strictly enforced; men must wear long pants, and knees and shoulders must be covered at all times. This tour ends at St. Peter's Square and takes place in Rome. Guests on ships docking in Civitavecchia will need to make their own way to Rome from Civitavecchia (approximately 50 miles away) at their own expense. There is train service from nearby train stations, and the average trip takes approximately 90 minutes each way. Your cruise ship may offer a shuttle to a nearby station.
Our tour guide Linda couldn't have been better! She had so many interesting facts and was so friendly and personable. It's clear she enjoys sharing the highlight areas of the Vatican with eager tourists. The Sistine Chapel was far beyond our expectations; we were blown away by the vastness of masterpiece painting throughout. We enjoyed our climb to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. AN excellent adventure!
Reviewer: Karen Monson
We really enjoyed our tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Shore Excursions tour guides beat out all of our cruise tour guides. No fault to our guide but more time in the museum would have been nice. The crowds were crazy!! So glad that we could skip hours of standing in the rain!
Excellent time saver - skipping the long line. Knowledgable guide touched on the highlights to stay within time frame. At the end, we were already inside and able to further explore on our own.