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.

Highlights

  • 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

Megan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Both tour guides were very knowledgeable

Joydeep Das United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Perfect tour to explore the ever crowded Vatican City..The tour guide was very professional and in summary it was an way to explore the various attractions i.e. the Museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peters.

Lawrence B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is the most efficient way to see the Vatican. You are able to communicate effectively with the guide in a small group in spite of the fact that there is no getting around the crowds in the museums and St Peter's Basilica. We were able to walk through the 4 Holy Doors in Rome in this Year of Mercy as a part of this tour. A wonderful experience.

Vicente O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Well organised and very motivated staff. In the morning Gloria did not save efforts in showing us all she knew about the Vatican. In the afternoon it was a pleasure having Antonella who had to deal with difficult situations but managed to of the miracle.
Thank you.
VicenteNieves

Teresita M d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour was absolutely amazing!!
I HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The morning and afternoon guide were incredibly professional, great energy and a great time on experience.
Thank you both for the day. I' ll remember for the rest of my life.
The staff were very organized and professional.

Jo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was really interesting and very knowledgeable not only about the Basilica, but also the art in the museum. Even though these buildings were packed with people she continued to check that we were all in tow, and answered all our questions.

Corey I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Tiffany was wonderful and this was one of my favorite tours of our whole trip. We learned SO much and its easy to see why this tour is highly rated, in three different cities with many different tours Tiffany was my favorite. guide. ever. SO helpful, SO knowledgable, SO amazing!

William V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guides.

Debra T United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was my first actual tour during this trip to Rome, and I loved it. Tiffany did a fantastic job in the morning, and her passion for her job was evident. The crown jewel was St. Peter's Basilica ... what an extraordinary feat of engineering! The second part of the tour was very interesting, as we journeyed to the various basilicas.

danonealdavis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

great guide

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