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  • Location:Rome, Italy
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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

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Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included. 


  • Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with transport from Rome to Vatican City
  • Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums with a fast-track entrance ticket
  • See top Vatican attractions: Giuseppe Momo’s spiral staircase, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and admire Michelangelo masterpieces like La Pieta
  • Upgrade to a full-day tour with an optional lunch, and see the sites of Christian Rome in the afternoon
  • Visit Basilica of San Giovanni, the Roman catacombs and Baths of Caracalla (full-day tour only)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a Vatican tour that can fit a variety of budgets and schedules. Whatever option you choose, you'll avoid long lines at the Vatican Museums and see some top sights in Rome, too!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour

See the spiral stairs in the Vatican Museums

Morning or Afternoon Tour:
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then board your air-conditioned coach near Rome Termini Station or at your centrally located hotel. Travel the short journey to Vatican City in comfort, passing alongside sites like Piazza del Popolo and the ancient Aurelian Walls.

Hop off your coach and skip past the long entrance lines with your priority-access ticket to enter the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to one of the world’s largest collections of art, featuring an extensive array of treasures amassed by the Vatican popes. Follow your guide down Giuseppe Momo’s bronze spiral staircase – an iconic Vatican attraction – and then visit two of the museum’s star attractions: Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps.

Admire the Flemish tapestries that adorn the walls of the first room, and learn how they were based on paintings by students of the Renaissance supremo Raphael. Gaze in wonder at the detailed topographical maps inside the Galley of Maps, and then leave the museum area to walk into the Sistine Chapel. Talking is not permitted inside the sacred site, so walk around at leisure and marvel at its two Michelangelo frescoes – The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement.

Finish your tour with a walk around St Peter’s Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church. Admire more artistic treasures like Michelangelo’s La Pieta sculpture and Bernini’s Baldachino, and hear little-known stories about the church’s history. Head back to your coach and make use of a drop-off at your hotel or one of several central locations in town.

Full-Day Tour or Full-Day Tour with Lunch:
Upgrade to the Full-Day Tour to combine the Morning Tour with a Christian Rome walking tour in the afternoon. If you opt to include lunch, your guide will drop you off at a traditional restaurant in the center for a delicious 2-course meal with a drink.

Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and set off to see the Christian landmarks of Rome. Walk around Esquiline Hill, the largest of the ancient Seven Hills of Rome, and head inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – a lovely 5th-century church on the summit. After exploring inside, stroll to the Holy Stairs (Scala Santa) and stop for photos by Lateran Palace, an old papal residence.

Visit the Basilica of San Giovanni with your guide, and then continue walking along the Ancient Appian Way, a historical road that dates back to around 300 BC. The lane is home to several pretty churches and catacombs (underground cemeteries), and your guide will point out several of the best. See the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, and then visit one of the three famous catacombs: San Callisto, Domitilla or San Sebastiano. After exploring underground, visit the old spa ruins at the Baths of Caracalla, and then finish your tour with a hotel drop-off or a drop-off in town.

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Customer Reviews

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great guide. Really good way to navigate the maze of museums! We were lucky that it was not at all crowded. Coming out into St Peter's Square in twilight was magical.

Elise J P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was very enthusiastic, thorough and knowledgeable. We would have liked to get into the other galleries.

Katherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A really good tour - the museums are incredible leading to the Sistine Chapel which was a lifetime ambition fulfilled, and wow words can't do it justice. We could have spent a lot longer than half a day looking round because there is simply so much to see. Our guide was really good fun and full of knowledge which made the day all the more enjoyable.

Jayne O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great experience

Leslie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had an amazing guide on this one, I wish I could remember his name. We saw the highlights without being overwhelmed. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Justin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent. Saved a lot of time and we saw the highlights. The tour guide was also humorous. I would not have wanted to spend any longer in the museum because we are not art fans however some people may find it rushed. The bus dropped us off where we wanted after the tour.

Sylvie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The Vatican tour was a highlight of our visit to Rome. Ray, our Tour guide, is very knowledgeable and entertaining. Would recommend the tour to all

Jennifer E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Skipping the line was great! Plan ahead and buy this tour.

Glen E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I loved our tour guide. He was very funny and the equipment used so that we could all hear him was fantastic.

Gloria J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was amazing. Our Guide was very good with just enough information and not overload! It was great that we were just able to enter the Vatican Museums without queuing for a few hours - well worth it.

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