Rome Overview with Vatican Visit
An Orientation of "The Eternal City" Coupled with a Tour of the Vatican
DURATION: UP TO 8-HOURS
Private Full-Day overview of Rome, beginning with a 4-hour panoramic orientation tour of the city with a knowledgeable English-speaking driver. At the conclusion of the 4-hours, the driver will drop you off in the vicinity of the Vatican, where you'll have 1-hour at leisure to enjoy lunch (to be paid locally – the driver can make restaurant suggestions).
After lunch, you will make your way to the nearby entrance of the Vatican Museums, where your guide will be waiting to begin a 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica.
When in Rome, the only way to fully experience the Vatican Museums is with your very own private guide leading you through the labyrinth of galleries to divulge the little known secrets of the masterpieces before you. Starting with the Vatican Museums, where we've included pre-reserved entrance tickets to avoid having to wait in long lines, this private 3-hour tour will also take you through the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s Basilica.
In the Vatican you will see the priceless collection of art and treasures that fill this amazing museum. The founding of the Vatican Museums can be traced back to 1503, when the newly elected Pope Julius II della Rovere placed a statue of Apollo in the internal courtyard of the Belvedere Palace, built by Innocent VIII. Michelangelo, Perugino, and Botticelli created the unbelievable wall frescoes that adorn the complex. You will have time to visit the famous Sistine Chapel, whose unique ceiling is surely one of Michelangelo's greatest achievements. Finish the tour with a visit to Saint Peter's Basilica, an architectural masterpiece with contributions from Michelangelo and Bernini, among others.
TYPICAL TOUR TIMELINE:
9:00AM – Driver will meet the clients in the lobby of their Rome hotel. They will begin a private 4-hour panoramic driving touring of Rome.
1:00PM – The driver will drop off the clients in the vicinity of the Vatican, where they will have approximately 1-hour at leisure for lunch (to be paid for locally).
2:00PM – After lunch, the clients will meet their guide at a set meeting point near the Vatican Museums to begin their private 3-hour tour, including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and Saint Peter’s Basilica.
5:00PM – Conclusion of the Vatican tour; clients may engage taxis (paid locally) back to their hotel, or ask their guide for nearby sightseeing and dining suggestions.
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will pick you up from your Rome city-centre hotel. At the conclusion of the tour, you may engage a taxi (paid locally) back to the hotel, or your guide may suggest other sightseeing opportunities or dining options.
Full Names: In order to purchase the pre-reserved Vatican Museum entrance tickets, it is imperative that you notify us of all tour participants' FULL NAMES, as stated on their Passports, upon booking this tour.
Includes: Knowledgeable English-speaking driver for up to 4-hours, expert English-speaking guide for up to 3-hours in the Vatican, Vatican museum entrance tickets.
Excludes: Driver Gratuity, Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometers, Lunch.
- The driver, while knowledgeable, is not a licensed guide, and may not leave the vehicle to guide on foot.
- Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
Availability (subject to change without notice)
Our private Vatican walking tours are available most days Monday through Saturday, although every Wednesday morning, a Papal Audience is held, which limits touring to the afternoon only (see Official Vatican Calendars below).