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Small Group Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover the Vatican on a group tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with an expert guide. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo and finish your tour visiting St. Peter's Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to a small-group tour.
  • Enjoy the Vatican highlights including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Choose from several different departure times, or upgrade to a small-group tour
  • Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly
  • Avoid long queues with skip-the-line entrance tickets

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.

What's Included

  • Reserved Priority Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Tunisi, 4
    Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point: At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani).

End point

  • St. Peter's Basilica
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

What To Expect

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante.

Step inside the Sistine Chapel—the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam,' which cloaks the ceiling, and admire 'The Last Judgement,' his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s 'La Pietà,' which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St. Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, enjoy an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St. Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.

If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences:

Small-Group Tour in the morning: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 10 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour in the evening: Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. A visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is not included.

Vatican Museums

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums. Walkthrough the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


Arrive early since it is a bit difficult to locate the tour guide to check in.
Bring water with you as you won’t find any inside.
Don’t go on a Wednesday because the Pope will be doing mass and it supposedly gets really crowded.
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Excellent tour
Giraffee2, Feb 2023
Excellent tour guide - very informative. Loved the time we were given in the Sistine Chapel , amazing .
Very Informative tour
Daisy_N, Feb 2023
We had Amil as our tour guide, she was lovely, funny and definitely knew what she was talking about, especially doing this for 9 years! The tour was very informative, definitely worth going on one - if we had just went on our own without a tour guide, we wouldn't know half the stuff about it. Only negative is that there is a lot of other tours going on at the same time and it can cut out when listening to the guide. However can usually get the gist of what was being said. Plenty of time after the tour to go explore which is fab, although we didn't have time to do this. Would 100% recommend going on this tour!
Great tour that is definitely worth the money.
Ellamae_b, Feb 2023
Excellent guide and wish i could advise her name. She was very clear with instructions and guidance.
Guide Oscar was excellent...
Lua_S, Feb 2023
Guide Oscar was excellent and was able to share his knowledge with us and in a very easy and made the tour very informative and friendly.
Excellent
Barry_J, Feb 2023
Really enjoyable experience brought to life by an excellent guide. Thank you so much. We could not fault the tour from beginning to end.
Overall a good tour
Debbie_B, Feb 2023
The tour was three hours and I do feel about 30 mins of this was either waiting for radios or tickets or the tour guide talking a little too much. The actual museums and the chapel were very good but St Peters bacillus was the highlight. The tour showed the highlights of Vatican City.
Both the Vatican Museums...
Jacob_A, Feb 2023
Both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. Our guide, Asunta, was knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. I would highly recommend this tour.
Best experience
Edgar_L, Feb 2023
We had a great time. The staff was friendly. Thank you so much. We hope to visit again. God bless you all.
When in rome
Maureen_S, Feb 2023
Fabulous weekend, our tour kind was very informative and friendly , knowledgable about Vatican . Would use viator again and have recommended to others already . Thank you
A must do tour
Emma_D, Feb 2023
Our tourguide Fabio was excellent, very informative, kept everyone engaged and successfully kept us all together as we moved through the crowds.
Great tour, Amil was wonderful!
Anne_B, Feb 2023
Amil was a great guide! She was funny & shared a wealth of information! We saw so much in such a short time.
Awesome way to see it all
Coleen_T, Feb 2023
I could not recommend this enough! Did it after the coliseum tour and the time flew. The art was amazing. Our guide was easy to understand and pleasant. What a great way to see everything.
Vatican City your
Danielle_D, Feb 2023
We had an amazing tour guide named Sarah. She was so kind and made sure everyone was accounted for and able to understand her explanations. Great experience.
Half tour missed!
Ellie_R, Feb 2023
1/2 half of the tour was great but then we were left in the Sistine chapel for 20 minutes which was too long and boiling hot. We left the room for some air and waited for the 20 mins to pass. We were then told as we left the room we were unable to complete the tour as security wouldn’t let us back through. The instructions to stay (in the boiling silent room) were not clear as if they were we’d have never had left if we knew we’d be thrown off the tour! So In essence we paid for a tour we couldn’t even complete and were told we wouldn’t receive any % refund. Bare in mind it’s really hard to keep up with the tour guide (very crowded) and beware you cannot leave that room without losing your slot on the tour!! We were told to wait for the tour guide at the end of the sistene chapel, which we assumed was the next corridor. We searched for some air in which the security ushered onwards.
Assunta was a terrific...
Zack_B, Feb 2023
Assunta was a terrific guide. Very knowledge, gave great instructions and information on what to do next, and had a clear and engaging voice that kept us all listening. Highly recommend!
Totally worth it.
Danielle_A, Feb 2023
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Time went by so fast and it was great to be able to skip the crowds saving time to do other things instead if standing in line. Highly recommended.
Do it!
Christine_M, Feb 2023
Had an amazingly informative guide, Francesca. The whole tour was very thorough. Saw loads. The Basilica was mesmerising. Do it!
Great tour.
Norma_M, Feb 2023
Fabio was great. Knowledgeable and kept my attention for the entire tour. The tour started right on time and the checking in process and meeting points were seamless.
The perfect guide for the perfect tour
Ginger_K, Feb 2023
Having Sarah as our guide made this an exceptional experience. She was so knowledgeable and told us so many things that we certainly would not have read anywhere else. She was the perfect tour guide. I would go on any tour with her.
Best tour in Italy
James_W, Feb 2023
The tall guy was excellent very educated I’ve learned so much. I think her name is Sarah. I have a doctorate in theology, but I’m not so much more about being here seeing the actual places of birth of Christianity.
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