Insider's Guide to Rome

Major attractions, tips and our top things to see and do.

Get the
Inside Scoop

Privacy Policy

Call (888) 651-9785

Tour code: 3731VATICAN_SMALL
Enter the Vatican Museums before the general public for an intimate, 3-hour tour with a small group limited to 12. Cover all the highlights of the nine miles' worth of museums, and hear the stories from your guide that bring the art to life. Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous 'Creation of Adam' painting; Raphael's Rooms, with frescoes painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; and the impressive St Peter's Basilica. Stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.


  • 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

Recent Photos of This Tour

What You Can Expect

Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter’s and Sistine Chapel

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 Judgement.

Finally, the last part of the tour visits St Peter’s Basilica, the beautiful domed church that houses the 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

Spruce Lee Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing tour, our guide Stephanie was great, she had so much passion and knowledge, the early tour was the best without the massive number of tourists.

chengwu z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Andres L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour

Andres L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour

Gerald K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour leader was excellent and had a great amount of knowledge about the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and St. Peter's Square! Was delightful and Skip-the-line was great, as we did not have to contend with large crowds!

Steve W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and the audio whisper system worked very well.

Umberto F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Guide was fantastic, great information and energy - truly enjoyed our morning - thanks


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a great experience to see the heart of Catholic church!

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide for the tour was a local who was a world of knowledge - she radiated her love for the city through the way she explained the history and helped us to appreciate everything 100 times more! My husband and I were captivated through the entire tour and loved all the information we learnt from our guide. You could tell the guide loved her job and her home place, therefore it made it an absolute joy.

James O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was everything we expected and more, our guide was Fantastic ans so knowledgeable and helpful.

From USD $ 106.01

View price calendar

Low Price Guarantee

Select Travel Date

Enter Total Number of Travelers


Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message