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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 September 2015

Great guide and saw everything we wanted to. Without this type of ticket the wait would have been several hours in blistering heat.
Just remember to dress appropriately as some don't as you may be refused entry.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour by Sara N.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour guide Sara was really informative and also very passionate about her job.
The tour went for about 3hours and we didn't feel rushed and could ask questions along the way.
Highly recommend for a good historic understanding of the Vatican and the museum.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide Michaela was absolutely amazing. Very knowledgable and made the your very interesting. Book on a Wednesday morning for a chance to see the Pope! Excellent tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Guide was exceptional. She showed us all the interesting small things to give the Vatican meaning. Well worth it. A Must-do when in Rome. You can walk for hours in the Vatican and not know what you are looking at. This tour summarizes it all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We really enjoyed this tour. As promised it got us past the incredibly long lines and allowed us to spend time in the Raffaello rooms and the Sistine Chapel, as well as St. Peter's itself. Francese was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Of course, we only saw a fraction of what was available in the museum but the time we did have was used well. We also had the privilege of seeing the director of the museum which, from Francese's reaction, was rather like taking a tour of the White House and bumping into the President. That she knew him by sight was a tribute to her very deep knowledge of the art and architecture which she shared with us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very informative tour of the Vatican. Highly recommend to anyone visiting Rome. We had a very knowledgeable and witty tour guide cannot remember her name at the moment which added to the experience.

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!

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