Vatican City Wheelchair Accessible Guided Tour
Between the extensive Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter’s Square, it’s easy to spend a full day visiting the Vatican. This 5 hour Vatican tour will show you all the highlights of the Vatican.
Your tour guide can meet you at one of the accessible hotels near the Vatican or at the entrance to the Vatican Museums. You’ll start by visiting the Vatican Museums and the Raphael Rooms which contain Raphael’s School of Athens fresco. Your Sistine Chapel accessible guided tour starts just after you visit the Raphael rooms. After using an elevator and a wheelchair lift, you’ll go down a ramp with the most famous ceiling in the world above you. Your tour guide will point out the figures on the ceiling, discuss the magnificent Last Judgment on the back wall, and describe the restoration that has taken place. Your Sistine Chapel accessible guided tour finishes by going back out the way you came.
Your tour guide will spend the remainder of your tour explaining the architecture of St. Peter’s Square, the religious and historical significance of St. Peter’s Basilica, and leading you to the tombs of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II.
– St. Peter’s Basilica
– Halls of Raphael
– Sistine Chapel
– Pio-Clementine Museum
– Gallery of Maps
– Hall of Tapestries
This tour is a more accessible option than the group accessible tours of the Vatican. During the group tours, you will need to separate from the rest of the group after the Vatican Museums and before your Sistine Chapel accessible guided tour and again on the way to St. Peter’s Basilica. During this private accessible Vatican tour, your tour guide will stay with you the entire time. Accessibility details and pictures are available on our Vatican disabled access page.
This tour has a 5 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because the route is step-free and smooth. The only cobblestones on this route are a short section near the entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica.
* Important note: Wheelchair accessible transportation is not included on this tour. Private wheelchair accessible van pick-up at your hotel can be reserved in advance for €110 each way. Additionally, due to recent changes of the Vatican’s disabled visitor policy, there will be small portions of the tour where the able bodied and disabled travelers will need to separate and meet again to get from one point to another. Your guide will assist with clearly providing the meeting point
Tour duration: 5 hours
Cost: €475 for 1-2 people, €550 for 3-4 people, €650 for 5-6 people, €750 for 7-8 people.
* €20 off if booked as part of an accessible Rome travel package (Note: if your package includes more than 3 tours total, discounts will be applied to maximum 3 of the tours).
Days of the week the tour is offered: Every day except Sunday
Meeting time: 8:30 am or 1 pm
Meeting place: Hotel lobby or meeting location provided in your itinerary
Dress code: Covered shoulders and covered knees
Number of people on tour: Up to 9
Entrance tickets: Not included. Entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country or letter from their physician stating the percent of their disability is more than 74%. Otherwise €27 per person must be paid to the guide before the tour begins.
Cancellation Policy: HERE
Not included: Snacks/meals, gratuities, and transportation.
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