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  • Location:Rome, Italy
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)
Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this must-do Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! With some 12,000 rooms spanning nearly 4,000 years of history, the Vatican’s magnificent museum complex can be overwhelming, so let an expert guide introduce you to its defining highlights on this 3-hour tour. Visit Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

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.

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour including the Vatican Museums, 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
  • Pass through captivating sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco – considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica on a fully guided Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you really want to skip the long lines to the Vatican, this is the tour for you! Enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway and let your knowledgeable guide point out all the must-see artistic and architectural highlights.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms and St Peter's

See incredible ceiling frescoes inside the Vatican Museums!

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. Head straight inside with your guide and enter the world’s most extensive private collections of art.

Hear the stories and secrets of the intriguing Vatican while following your guide through incredible rooms like the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps, a seemingly never-ending corridor adorned with intricately detailed Italian maps. Pass through the Gallery of Candelabras, seeing ancient sculptures and opulent candelabras from Imperial villas, and wander through Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard to pose for pictures in front of the bronze Pigna statue.

Amble through Raphael’s Rooms, marveling at the interconnecting galleries that showcase the artistic genius of Raphael, and then enter the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel – the crowning glory of any visit to the Vatican. Gaze up at Michelangelo’s famous The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, see The Last Judgement on the chapel’s back wall and absorb the sacred ambiance of the pope’s private chapel.

Your tour finishes with a fully guided visit to St Peter’s Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church, where more artistic masterpieces await. See La Pieta, a stunning Michelangelo sculpture created by the artist when he was just 24, and admire Bernini’s Baldachino – the ornate bronze canopy that sits above St Peter’s high altar. Bid your guide farewell and take a stroll through St Peter’s Square if you wish.

8:10am Small-Group Tour:
Upgrade to the 8:10am tour, and not only will you skip the long lines to enter the Vatican Museums, but you’ll gain access as soon as the doors open -- before the general public step foot inside. Groups never exceed 12 people, ensuring you’ll see the Vatican highlights up-close with personalized attention from your guide.

7:30pm Tour:
Book the evening tour and explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the main closing times – an opportunity available for a strictly limited season. Access is only possible for people pre-booking an evening tour, so book now to secure your spot! The season runs every Friday from May 6 until July 26, and then from September 6 until October 25. Numbers are limited to 20 people. Tour does not include a visit to St Peter's Basilica.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Sev was exceptional!!!! He was very passionate about all areas. This walking tour was 3 hours and the time went fast because of Sevs knowledge and passion.

Djlutton from Pa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

what a brilliant tour - so interesting and we did skip the lines! Would highly recommend this

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was fantastic! He did a great job of keeping track of all of us and was funny and knowledgable. His English was perfect and we felt very lucky to have found this tour because it was the key to our successful visit to the Vatican. We brought three children ranging from 7-13 years old and he was wonderful with them as well. I would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very knowledgeable guide, saw a lot in a short time despite huge crowds and very hot weather.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had an excellent experience on the tour. We did the small group 12 people, early entrance and it definitely seemed worth it. We truly skipped the line, no waiting. Prior to going everyone warned us about being very cramped and crowded in the museum, but we had plenty of space for viewing, likely due to the early entrance. The guide kind of forgot her name, maybe Danielle? was superb and really made the experience. She was enthusiastic and you could tell she really loved what she was doing. She moved us along very efficiently, but we never felt rushed. She really knew her history and art. She was able to answer any questions asked in an effective way. She also treated other tour groups and guides we encountered along the way very respectfully. This tour option may be more expensive than some other companies out there, but based on this experience it was worth it to us for the quality of the guide. We could tell that she actually cared about our experience. Thanks!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a really good overview. You really need a second day after this tour opens your eyes. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was great. We were able to see and learn so much that day with her. We saw all of the major treasures at the Vatican in a pretty short time. Unfortunately these spots were jammed with other tourists on the day of our visit so conditions were not great. If we return to Italy again, it will NOT be in August...too hot and too crowded. Otherwise I would highly endorse this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great and knowledgeable guide. English was excellent. Skipping the line is worth the price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing tour absolutely amazing. Our tour guide was fabulous. He spoke perfect English very clearly. He was a mine filed of information. Was fascinated listening to him, he answered all questions to the full and also gave out extra information regarding Rome itself. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tour to anyone. This was an amazing tour that covered all areas that we wanted to see, was fascinating.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

very informative appreciate the tour just hitting the highlights

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