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Tour code: 3731VATICAN_SMALL
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

Bernice M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour was beyond our expectations. Our tour guide was an art history graduate and answered every question and knew everything there was to know about our surroundings. She was very professional and helpful on our tour. We would highly recommend this tour.

Patricia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Alex was the perfect guide! He was so knowledgable and yet knew when to add a bit of humor . I felt as if we had way more than a taste of the Vatican! The tour company was very accommodating also. I had made a mistake in our travel plans and they easily rescheduled our tour!

Lois J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Laura was an absolutely terrific guide. She was knowledgable and made the most of our visit we would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

St. Peter's is beautiful and you will want to hang around for hours. The Sistine Chapel ceiling is worth seeing, but the crowds are loud and unruly. The Vatican museums need more time to enjoy, but they closed early so we were rushed through. Our guide was excellent and the small tour size is well worth the price.

Mary R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Had a great tour with Laura, learned a lot.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

excellent tour guide tiffany did an outstanding job explaining all there is to see


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic day. Doriana was just incredible with all her knowledge of the Vatican. She Made it a very enjoyable day for us with memories to last a lifetime.

JoAnn V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide was well versed in the history and provided us with insights as to the relevance of various pieces we were viewing. Great tour. Well worth it.

Catherine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I've taken this tour twice, in June 2013 and May 2016. Both times it was great. The Vatican is very crowded, so it's a huge benefit to skip the line. This tour is a small group max 12 so you can interact with the tour guide and get lots of great information. On this latest tour, Flemina was very knowledgeable and friendly. She kept us moving but made sure we did not miss a thing. Great job!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

subject matter of course an A - wanted to thank the tour group - we were late in catching our am tour and they seamlessly and graciously allowed us to join the next group

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