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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, you'll skip the line and head straight inside with your priority access ticket. Led by an expert Vatican guide, your comprehensive tour visits the sacred Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, St Peters Basilica and more!

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. Numbers are also limited to just 12 people on this unique Vatican tour, ensuring you'll see the very best of the Vatican Museums in a small-group atmosphere.


  • 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

The Vatican Museums comprise one of the world's largest museum complexes, containing some 2,000 rooms that stretch for nearly 9 miles (15 km) inside Vatican City. A treasure trove of incredible art and architecture, the museums are the highlight of most Vatican visits, so queues are predictably long. Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Gain access as soon as the doors open, and head past the long lines and into the heart of the Vatican before the public steps foot inside.

In your small group of no more than 12 people, stroll through the corridors to view the world's largest private art collection, once intended exclusively for the pope. As your expert guide entertains you with tales of Vatican power and intrigue, you'll feel the Renaissance works of art come to life.

Amble through Raphael's Rooms, the four interconnecting chambers adorned with paintings by Raphael and his pupils, before visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Sistine Chapel, which is considered the pope's home chapel. Walk through this sacred Vatican site to see Michelangelo's astounding frescoes, The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, without the crowds that appear later in the day.

The last part of your small-group Vatican tour focuses on St Peter's Basilica, with its distinctive 450-foot-high (137-meter) dome. Step inside to see why it’s so much more than just a church, and gaze in wonder at its awe-inspiring architecture and mosaics, including another Michelangelo masterpiece, La Pietà. Steeped in history, St Peters Basilica is said to stand on the ground where St Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried.

Your guide will explain the highlights of the basilica and its significance as the holiest place in Christendom, before your tour ends in stunning St Peter's Square.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Guide was amazing. Wonderful sense of humor to match his knowledge. Hit all of the highlights.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fabulous way to view the highlights of the Vatican. Small group and early morning time was key to make the experience more personal and avoid the crowds. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Pay attention to instructions on where the tour is to meet, however. The designated meeting point is in front of the Vatican Museum and NOT in front of St. Peter's Square.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Phenomenal Tour Guide, fantastic tour around Vatican and St Peter's Basillica. Would highly recommend it to all of my friends!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Don't remember the name of our tour guide but she was an Italian lady. She was great and she also made sure she made eye contact which make it extra good as you feel like it's a price tour. Skipping the line is a must so this was great, she was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot. Very passionate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour had to be my favorite. The Vatican is just so amazing. The art! The art! It's unreal. They say if you look at every piece art for 30sec. you'll be there for 6 months. All the pictures you have seen do not do any justice. in fact anything need to see in Italy, the pictures just do not do any of it justice. What really made this tour was our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable. It made it so fun to learn the little things. like the feud between Michelangelo and Raphael. You have to do this tour. It is so beautiful. The knowledge of the tour guide is just great, it make all the difference.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was awesome. Our guide Barbara was fantastic. She was very sweet and very informative. Since you are not allowed to speak in the Sistine Chapel, she gave us a very informative talk before we entered which explained the importance of many of the frescos. She had a ton of close up laminated images of the particular Frescos so we could all see in detail and learn about it before we went in. All of the other tour guide groups were all crowded around two small posters that were up instead. She was very thorough and very prepared. Awesome tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Vatican City is amazing and spectacular! Our guide was very informative.

Greg H
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The Sistine Chapel is the best part but the whole tour was amazing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour and our guide, an Irish girl Rachael, was brilliant. We entered quickly with no fuss a nd Rachael was helpful, friendly, easy to understand and had a great knowledge of her subject.
The tour itself covered as much as we could hope in 3 hours and in a small group, we were able to move through quickly without being rushed. It was great value for money and we are glad we chose this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great guide and a must see!

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