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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Skip the lengthy lines and enjoy VIP access to the Vatican Museum’s many works of art on this guided, 3-hour small-group tour. Hear the stories that bring the art to life from an expert Vatican guide. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous Creation of Adam painting; Raphael's Rooms, with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; the famous Italian Renaissance church St. Peters Basilica and more.


  • 3-hour guided Vatican tour, including the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • This tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway and we guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • See the best of the Vatican in the morning to beat the crowds!
  • See esteemed Renaissance artwork, such as Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam
  • Explore Raphael's Rooms and see masterpieces by Raphael
  • Small-group Vatican tour, with a maximum of 12, provides a unique experience with your expert guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Being in a small group of no more than 12 people means there's more opportunity for questions and taking photos.Touring the Vatican Museums in the morning and entering through a reserved entranceway ensures you'll beat the crowds so you can make the most of your time at this majestic and holy place.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Statues inside the Vatican Museums

Meet and greet the tour guide outside the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries of classical and Renaissance art masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a special reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines.

Once inside, there are more than 2,000 rooms and nine miles of art, so follow along with the guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each work of art. A headset is included to hear the guide clearly.

Visit Raphael’s Rooms, four interconnected rooms with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael. Then see the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope’s home chapel, with Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and the Last Judgment.

Finally, the last part of the tour visits St. Peter’s Basilica, the beautiful domed church that houses Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures depicting the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. It is said that this is where St. Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried. Learn why this is one of the holiest places in all of Christendom.

The tour ends at St. Peter’s Square.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The tour guide 'Tiffany' was absolutely Amazing. What a credit to your company. She was in depth and interesting. Her brain must be a sponge to absorb all those dates etc....there was NOTHING she couldn't answer. The audio equipment was brilliant, we could hear everything. Was sad we couldn't go to the Basilica, but the tour was very good. I really don't think it would have been as interesting without Tiffany as the guide. We were very lucky to have her on this day, she's simply fabulous, I'm lost for words......

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Brilliant guide,enthusiastic and informative ! Can't wait to come again on another trip

jo.waxman57 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guide, Alecia, was truly knowledgeable about all things Vatican! We received an amazing tour and would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting an in-depth visit to the Vatican.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The guide made this tour a 5 star experience. His passion for the subject matter was evident and he brought the history alive!

Jason S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What a fantastic way to see the Vatican City and hear about the art and history. Loved it !

Mary Ellen m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Lovely tour guide, Vatican was amazing

Andy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic tour with a great guide who brought the whole experience to life. the Vatican museums were amazing and I spent time looking at things I never would have because the tour guide was so passionate and engaging. A great few hours and worth every penny,


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent Tour. So much information and rich history explained during this tour. Highly recommended.

Robert Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was an exceptional value with a knowledgeable guide who vividly shared the stories behind the scenes throughout the Vatican. Would highly recommend that visitors take the early morning, small group tour before the inevitable crowds arrive. Providing a handing reference map would help guests understand the relationships between the various components of the tour. Thanks to all for a wonderful morning tour.

Timothy C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour and Rachel our tour guide was truly amazing, She brought the Vatican to life, explaining all questions, She was very professional and gave a very enlightened tour. It was a very pleasant tour due in large part due to her in depth knowledge. Please pass along mine and my Girlfriend appreciation.

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