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Enjoy the fullest Vatican experience you can in one day and avoid all the long lines on this skip-the-line tour. During your trip to the Vatican, you’ll take a walking tour of the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms, plus visit St Peter’s Basilica. Then you’ll leave the walls of Vatican City to visit other official Vatican basilicas around Rome—Santa Maria Maggiore, St John Lateran and St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A partnership with the Vatican provides exclusive entrance through a reserved door at the Museums so you will skip all the lines, even the priority ones. Tour is limited to 25 people.


  • Skip-the-line Vatican day tour
  • See the most important sites of the Vatican City in a single day, including the major basilicas, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, guaranteeing you will not wait in any long lines
  • Take a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the Holy Stairs, 28 white steps said to be walked upon by Christ during his Passion
  • Tour limited to 25 people

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I highly recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to get the full Vatican experience. You see all the major museum collections and basilicas with a fabulous guide to make sure you don't miss anything!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

In the morning, meet your guide and enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved entrance, ensuring you’ll skip all the lines, even the priority ones that are also often long. Once inside, begin your walking tour of this hallowed complex of art galleries and rooms, including the Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture wing, Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. Then arrive at the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam.

Next, follow your guide to St Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll also skip the main entrance line. As you walk around the world’s largest Catholic church, admire more art masterpieces like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s large baldachin altar canopy. The first half of your tour ends here, where you have free time to continue exploring on your own or enjoy a rest before rejoining the group for the afternoon portion.

In the afternoon, you’ll travel by coach to three basilicas in Rome that sit outside the walls of Vatican City but are official papal basilicas. Start at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, known for its sculptural decoration and 5th-century mosaics. Bernini’s tomb also lies here.

Next, you have the opportunity to walk up the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), a set of 28 marble steps that once led to the Palace of Pontius Pilate and were climbed by Jesus Christ, according to Catholic tradition. Then enjoy your visit to the Lateran Palace and Basilica of St John Lateran, the official Cathedral of Rome and the seat of the Bishop of Rome. Finally, arrive at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed church that’s home to the tomb of St Paul, more ancient mosaics, colorful frescoes and the tabernacle by Arnolfo di Cambio.

Customer Reviews

Sarah K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Skip the Line was the best way to go to get into the Vatican and for a 1st trip there. However, would suggest not leaving when the tour is complete and wandering around even more. There were halls and halls of art that we did not even get to glance at because of the time. Simply amazing. We were slightly confused and almost missed the afternoon part of the tour which took us on a bus to see 3 additional churches. Those were just as fascinating as St Peters Santa Maria Majore and St Pauls were 2 of the 3.

Mary Beth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a great tour and the guide was very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Thank you Alesia your were a fantastic tour guide a wealth of knowledge.We thoroughly enjoyed the tour would recommend this tour as a must. We saw so much and still amazed, the tour left me feeling quite overwhelmed such a memory I will keep for a long time.

Mary W Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was awesome.... so much to see and not really enough time. Our guide was knowledgable and answered all questions well. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A full day of walking so be prepared, but worth it.

Sarah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide was amazing, she had so much information and was able to answer all the questions we asked. The tour itself was amazing as well, a lot of history to take in and enjoy.

Helen Bircher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

As with all our viator tours, this was again excellent. Very knowledgeable and humerous guide. SO many people around the Vatican we appreciated the guides along the way from the Metro who gave us directions as well as the instructions we had from viator. We spent our lunch break with 7 other delightful people we met during the tour. During the afternoon tour we were beginning to feel that the number of Basilicas we were seeing was a bit too much for one day and then my daughter had a fall crossing a wide intersection so we didn't get to see the last one anyway. We were very impressed at the care demonstrated by our tour guide after this accident her concern was typical of the behaviour of all our guides.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour guide on this tour. Definitely worth the price! Avoid the crowds! Book this tour!

Volkan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Good English Speaking Guides. Perfect selection. No lines!

Danny V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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