5 star rating: Highly Recommended 926 Reviews

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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Vatican City’s most comprehensive introduction combining two walking tours to see Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Gallery of Maps, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica and the most important Basilicas of the Vatican including Santa Maria Maggiore, Saint John Lateran and St. Paul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the only Vatican City tour that incorporates all of the Basilicas along with the Vatican Museums to ensure you see everything in one single day!

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 a maximum of 25 people, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day from Rome
  • This tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway and we guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • See the most important sites of the Vatican City in a single day, including the major basilicas, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • See the Holy Stairs the 28 white marble steps said to be walked upon by Christ during his passion
  • Guided walking tour inside the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Personalized small group and commentary (maximum 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

Morning Tour - Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica:
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. Your tour starts early, leaving ample time to appreciate the Vatican's spectacular Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms plus St. Peter's Basilica. Begin your journey by exploring one of the world’s most fascinating cultural gems, the Vatican Museum! Stroll the hallways which house over 9 miles of artworks! Experience Michelangelo’s famous "Creation of Adam" with your own eyes in the Sistine Chapel or wonder at the works of the young genius Raphael in Raphael’s Rooms. You'll visit many wings of the museum including the Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture wing, the Hall of Maps and the Hall of Tapestries. For the morning's grand finale, Skip the line via the Vatican Museums to enter St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Church in Christianity, guardian of St. Peter's tomb, Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture, and Bernini’s immense baldachin canopy. The morning tour concludes here, enjoy some free time to explore further or find a place to rest before rejoining the group for the afternoon tour.

Afternoon Tour: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Basilica of St. Paul and Basilica of Saint John Lateran

After a leisurely break you will go on to Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, which boasts exuberant sculptural decorations, stunning 5th-century mosaics and Bernini’s tomb. Next, you will have the chance to climb the Holy Stairs, the 28 white marble steps which once led to the Palace of Pontius Pilate and were walked upon by Christ during his passion. You will then visit the imposing Lateran Palace and Basilica of Saint John Lateran and the Cathedral of Rome. Finally you will see the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you'll see the tomb of Saint Paul, 5th-century mosaics, brilliantly colored frescoes and the Tabernacle by Arnolfo di Cambio.

Customer Reviews

Myra M
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Must SKIP the line it was 3 hours long in the HEAT.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour and a lot to see! Both the morning and the afternoon tour guides did an exceptional job of selecting the right features to see and were very knowledgeable. Can't imagine attempting to do this tour without a guide. The extended break in the middle was very appreciated.

chasitymeyers
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Lucina was fantastic! My 7 and 9 year olds have lasting impressions of this tour. Her attention to detail is right on and in air conditioned comfort Sistine Chapel overview before you enter. She kept us to a pace that perfect. I would ask for her again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Extremely well run. Would definitely recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Vatican and all the Basilicas we visisted were awesome! The Vatican had a lot...I repeat...a lot of people and our tour guide did a great job keeping her group together. Visiting the Basilicas in the aftertoon was a nice relaxing 'cool down' after the Vatican!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Visiting the Vatican was an exceptional experience. Being able to skip lines allowed us more time to actually see the incredible sights, and I only wish we would have had more time to enjoy all the fine artwork on display. Both of our guides were extremely knowledgeable and answered questions without hesitation.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent! Loved the tour guide and the tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Other tours show you the Vatican museum and St Peters however this tour has the added extra of 3 extra Basillicas in the afternoon, churches that you may not see on other tours but as impressive as St Peters and a lot quieter. Well worth making a day of it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Beautiful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Enjoyed this tour very much. Both tour guides were very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. I also enjoyed the free time between the two tours to have lunch and shop for souvenirs.

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