Vatican Sistine Chapel Tour

Art and Architecture of the Vatican

A ceiling beyond compare. Artists known by just one name: Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini. The Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour takes up to 12 visitors on a journey through religious and art history. Enjoy a full tour of the Sistine Chapel, including the famed frescos which depict scenes from the Book of Genesis. View the private apartment of Pope Julius II, known for his patronage of the arts and ambitious building projects.

Your tour continues on to St. Peter’s Basilica, which has the largest interior of any church, holding 60,000 people. Find more historically important works, including Michelangelo’s Pieta. Your visit concludes in Vatican Square, home to Michelangelo’s famous dome, and Tuscan colonnades designed with a Baroque approach by his successor Bernini.

Here’s what’s included:

    • Fully escorted 4 hour walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peters Basilica.
    • Small tour groups consist of 5-12 travelers.
    • English commentary.




    • Reservation must be made at least 72 hours before tour begins. Details on making reservations are included with your voucher.
    • Travelers should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their tour departure and present their Rail Europe voucher upon arrival.
    • Child rates are valid for children ages 6 -12. Children under 6 are free.
    • Voucher must be exchanged within 6 months of purchase.
    • Tour operates from February 1 - December 31.
    • Tour operates:
      • February 1 - March 8 on Monday and Saturday.
      • March 9 - March 31 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
      • April 1 - July 18 on Monday - Saturday.
      • July 19 - September 6 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
      • September 7 - October 17 on Monday - Saturday.
      • October 18 - October 31 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
      • November 1 - December 31 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
    • This tour begins at  1:00pm.
    • Tour does not operate on January 1 - 31, March 19, April 3-4, April 6, May 1, June 29 and August 15.
    • Please note: once the tour has been reserved, the tour is partially refundable (if canceled prior to tour departure). Contact the number provided on your voucher for cancellation. Then contact Rail Europe to apply for any applicable refund:
      • You will receive an 85% refund if you cancel the tour at least 30 days prior to the tour departure.  
      • You will receive an 85% refund minus a €19 museum fee if you cancel the tour within 8-30 days of the tour departure.  
      • You will receive a 50% refund minus a €19 museum fee if you cancel the tour within 4-7 days of the tour departure.  
      • You will receive no refund for tours canceled within 3 days of the tour departure date.
    • Prices are subject to change.

    Please note: To enter St Peter's Basilica you must cover your shoulders and knees. Shorts are not allowed. The dress code to enter the Basilica is very strict so please dress appropriately.

Where does the tour start?

To start the tour, your tour guide will be located (with a sign that says “Avventure Bellissime”) at the entrance to the Vatican Museum.