After arriving in Rome, we will meet our local guide at the Vatican Museum, where we will have skip-the-line access. We will be able to see the best sections of the museum and visit the Maps Gallery, the Candelabrea Gallery, Raphael's Rooms, the Tapestry Gallery, the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pine Courtyard, and much more! After that, we will step inside the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece, where we will see "The Creation." Nest, we will enter the imposing St. Peter's Basilica. Inside, we will admire the opulent interior and see the "Baldacchino" by Bernini and the Pieta by Michelangelo.
This small country, surrounded by the larger city of Rome, is the center of the Catholic Church and home of the Pope. Famous sights are St. Peter's Square and the Basilica, as well as the Vatican Museum.
In 1508, Michelangelo, the famous Renaissance artist, came to Rome to pain the ceiling of this chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the residency of the Pope. The resulting mural has come to be regarded as a sublime masterpiece.
Perhaps the most famous church in the world and the center of Roman Catholicism, this ornate basilica in the small sovereign state of Vatican City has been a place of pilgrimage for nearly two thousand years.
In terms of combined annual visitors, this museum complex, owned and operated by the Catholic Church in Vatican City, is the 5th most visited museum in the world. It houses the Sistine Chapel, the iconic piece by Michelangelo.
*Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.
Please be advised the meeting time at 08:30 am;
Meeting Point: Info point “Vespucci” (free port shuttle stop).
Inclusions & Exclusions
Round trip transportation from Civitavecchia in a comfortable shared bus
Radio guides to hear the guide’s live voice
3-hour guided tour at the Vatican Museums in English
Entrance fees to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel with Skip-the-line entry
Meals and drinks and personal expenses
Tips and gratuities (optional)
Headsets / multimedia audio guide inside the Basilica (at extra cost on the spot)
Tourists visiting St Peters Basilica and / or Vatican Museums will be required to check large bags, backpacks, large video cameras and water bottles at designated check points. We recommend passengers to not bring any of these items. Flash photos are not permitted in the Vatican Museum.
Video and photography are not permitted at any time in the Sistine Chapel.
All customers booked on this option are required to make their own way back to the meeting point for the return transfer to Civitavecchia; the meeting point is the same point where they have been dropped off in the morning; guests are required to be at the meeting point at least at 3:25 pm, in case of delay the driver will be forced to leave with the rest of the group and the passengers will be forced to use an alternative mean of transport at their own expenses.
On very rare occasions St. Peter’s Basilica closes without notice (e.g. various reasons decided directly by the Vatican). We will endeavour to list any affected dates as they become officially available. During mass celebrations on Sundays and public holidays, you may be forced to see the
cathedral from just outside the door. During the Pope's Wednesday General Audience, St Peter's may
be closed to the public. Since all these events are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
Skip the line passes allow guests to skip long lines at the ticket office, however there are some formalities which cannot be waived to access the Vatican Museums; pre-booked voucher change and security controls can take up to 15 minutes waiting.
Children are required to show a valid ID document due to ticket age restrictions.
This tour has a pre-booked entrance at 11.00 am (not refundable and not changeable)
After the tour ends passengers will be escorted closed to the Basilica entrance unless they wish to spend additional time on their own in the Vatican Museums (guidance of St. Peter’s not included).
St Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel have a strict code of dress: shorts, bare shoulders and miniskirts are not permitted. This applies to both men and women.
Please kindly note that nearly all sections of the Museums are accessible to disabled visitors, but we cannot consider this extraordinary site totally wheelchair accessible due to the natural limits imposed by the antiquity of the complex which in many cases have not allowed to offer 100% step free routes inside the many Museums departments.
For those with reduced mobility not using their own support, wheelchairs are available free of charge and can be booked before the day of the visit by contacting the Vatican deputy office or up-on request at the "Special Permits" desk in the entrance hall. To collect the wheelchair the visitor must present a valid identity document.
Toilets with facilities for persons in wheelchairs are situated throughout the Museums. Unfortunately, persons using wheelchairs are not authorized to tour the Vatican Gardens on account of difficulties for their safe movement caused be the nature of the pathways.
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Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your e-ticket. You must print and bring e-ticket(s) on your trip, as they serve as proof of purchase.
Terms & Condition
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Booking changes: A fee may be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Name changes or corrections may be treated as a cancellation and cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary may be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply.
Cancellations and Cancellation Fees: Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our
office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to TakeTours by email or through web mail at Contact Us. Standard cancellation penalties per person as follows:
Up to 2 working days prior to departure (local time) - 10% of total purchase amount.
1 working day prior to departure (local time) - 30% of total purchase amount.
Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.
Itinerary Variations: We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - the organizing travel agency reserves the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
Tour Cancellation: We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, TakeTours' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour. Please note that organizing travel agency is not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers.
Currency Fluctuations: All tour prices are current at the time of publication and are susceptible to currency fluctuations. We reserve the right to alter the tour price in accordance with changes in foreign exchanges rates and changes in prices for services. The rate that you pay when you reserve your tour will protect you against future currency fluctuations; on the other hand, no price adjust (refund) will be made based upon change in tour prices.
Remarks: The corporate organization cannot be held responsible for any eventual partial closing of the Vatican Museums, It also cannot be accountable for delays, irregularities or any damage caused by a third party or forces beyond its control. The corporate organization is in no way responsible for any loss of valuables left on the coaches. During some religious holidays or private ceremonies by the Pope, it is not possible to visit The Sistine Chapel or the inside of the Basilica. The corporate organization guarantees the pick-up of clients from hotels central located. To visit a Basilica, a Church or Vatican Museums it is kindly requested that both ladies and gentleman dress in a manner suitable for entry in a Sacred Place.
Responsibility: The Company acts only as an agent and/or intermediary for independent suppliers. As a result it retains other contractors to provide transportation, accommodation and other related travel services. The Company accepts no responsibility for any such losses or any additional expenses or and distress due to delays, sickness, weather, strikes or any other causes.
Passengers shall be regarded as carrying his/her own risk with respect to loss or injury to person or property. The Company is not liable for any loss, injury, accident, damage, delay or expense which
may arise during the tour.
Passenger accepts full responsibility for losses and expenses due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes, wars, quarantine and changes in itinerary.
The Company will not held responsible if passenger carries any unlawful items or irregularities, any losses and expenses are the responsibility of the passenger.
The Company, tour guide and driver do not accept liability for lost or stolen personal property during the tour.
Insurance: Purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended. We will be pleased to
assist in inquiries of any travel insurance.
Prices may vary and are subject to availability by season, weekend, and/or holiday.
While we will make every effort to maintain a regular operation, we reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip and issue a full refund to affected customers under special circumstances.
We reserve the right to modify the tour arrangements for smooth operation of the tour.