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Overview

Visit Rome’s historical headliners on this full-day priority tour that combines skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry to the Colosseum. Led by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll enter the Vatican Museums via an exclusive reserved door to explore its renowned collection of art masterpieces, including Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco in the Sistine Chapel. Then visit St Peter’s Basilica before spending the afternoon at the Colosseum and Roman Forum, where you’ll learn about the fascinating ruins of Ancient Rome. You’ll have free time between the two tours to buy lunch.
  • Full-day Rome combo with skip-the-line walking tours of the Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica and Colosseum
  • Combine two best-selling Rome tours in one memorable day, led by expert guides
  • Enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved entranceway with a guarantee you will not wait in any long lines
  • View the Vatican’s art treasures, including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and visit St Peter’s Basilica
  • Avoid the lines at the Colosseum and explore its first and second tiers
  • Tour the fascinating ruins at the Roman Forum and visit Palatine Hill
  • Enjoy free time between the Vatican and Colosseum visits

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Skip-the-line passes to the Vatican Museums and Colosseum mean you can save up to six hours of waiting-in-line time during high season. Although not all areas require special clothing, be sure shoulders and knees are covered for when you explore holy sites.
Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica tour:
Meet your guide in Vatican City to begin your combo tour of Rome’s two most historical and iconic attractions. With your skip-the-line ticket, enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved door for exclusive tour partners, avoiding the long entrance lines, even the priority ones. Follow your guide around the museum complex, home to the world’s most renowned collection of art, from Renaissance masterpieces to classic statues. Dozens of rooms and galleries are housed here, and you’ll visit the most well known, including the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Candelabra, learning about the histories of these rooms and their contents as you go.

Admire the Pinecone Courtyard and Raphael’s Rooms before finally arriving at the Sistine Chapel, where you can gaze up in wonder at Michelangelo’s famous 16th-century ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment wall fresco. When your time in the chapel is up, continue to St Peter’s Basilica—the world’s largest Catholic church, known for its enormous dome—to see another Michelangelo work, his La Pietà sculpture, and be wowed by Bernini’s bronze baldachin altar canopy.

At this point, you’ll be left by your guide to enjoy free time for lunch and to make your own way to the meeting point for the second half of your tour (food, drinks and any transport are at your own expense).

Colosseum and Ancient Rome tour:
After meeting your guide, skip past the main entrance line to the Colosseum with your fast-track ticket, and head in the amphitheater for a tour of its first and second levels. While you walk, listen to tales from your guide about the gory gladiator battles and other events that took place here centuries ago to entertain emperors and some 50,000 spectators.

Leaving the Colosseum, walk over to the neighboring Roman Forum, the center of political and commercial activity in Ancient Rome. As you explore the ruins, learn about sites like the Temple of Julius Caesar, and climb up Palatine Hill for a panoramic view of the ruins and Circus Maximus, where chariot races were held. Your tour comes to an end here, from where you can continue exploring on your own.

Please note: During the low season, the itinerary described operates in reverse. You’ll tour the Colosseum and Roman Forum in the morning, followed by the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica in the afternoon.

Reviews

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, Nov 2018

These tours were well worth the money. We were able to clearly find and meet the guides in both locations. We skipped ahead in both major attractions. The lines in both places were huge, so this was easily a good value. Unfortunately, it's a bit like Disney world. The Vatican has about 30,000-40,000 visitors per day and the rooms are not large. Take pictures when possible, so you can look at details later. The experience is crowded and hot until you get to the Basilica. The Colosseum was more accessible as was the Forum and Palantine hill. The biggest challenge to this was the fact both tours are on the same day. That was a ton of walking and we were exhausted about halfway through, so I suggest a hop on/hop off bus or something a bit more relaxing for the following day.

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, Oct 2018

The two tours were not the same guide or group from morning to afternoon. Both of our guides were very good. We enjoyed both guides and they gave plenty of information with out seeming rushed. There is obviously much that was missed in the Vatican Museum. I can see spending a few days walking around the exhibits there. The colosseum and forum were about the right amount of time. It was nice that the guide had pictures of what the sites look like now and then renderings of what it would like like complete. Truly an amazing place to visit. The skip the line aspect saved us so much time. Highly recommend this tour.

G
, Oct 2018

We had a great morning with Paulo a our guide and he kept us moving and interested. The break between the Vatican and Colosseum was welcomed as the 3 hours of Colosseum + Palatine was exhausting. Our guide was very informative and the experience was well worth it but nevertheless it was not for the tired or weak of heart. The meeting of guides was easy and both were very professional and knowledgeable.

P
, Oct 2018

this is a great way to see the major sights of Rome without needing to fall in those endless lines. time is gold and theres a beautiful city waiting for you. I gifted this trip for my parents during their travel to Italy. due to some health restrictions the tour guide accommodated my parents to their best ability and made sure that they still got the most out of the tour. this i appreciated very much since my parents were going on their dream trip to Italy. the tour guide also guided them on the best transportation onto the next location. appreciate very much that you guys took care of my family. they enjoyed your tour and have great memories.

M
, Oct 2018

Wish we could review thse 2 tours separately. Our first tour was the Vatican with Katia who was pleasant, knowledgeable and friendly. We would rate her a 5. We loved every minute of it. The second tour was the Colossium and Forum with Emmanuela who was cocky, boastful and irresponsible. She was completely apathetic towards losing people in her group who could have been injured in the crowds ascending the stairs and which could have been avoided had she stopped at the top to check if she had everyone or even annouced what direction she was turning. We rate her 0.

T
, Oct 2018

very disappointing ,very crowded,very loud-the Sistine Chapel was wall to wall people.I spent $250 just to be put in fray sooner-not to mention the nefarious,petulant cops pulled us off the bus for stamping our tickets and fined us $65

J
, Sep 2018

Patrick at the vatican was a great tour guide. He was very informative and organized had a good sense of humor too. The gal that was our Colosseum guide was excellent too. Can't remeber her name but she was from Spain.

H
, Sep 2018

We had a wonderful time on these tours. If you are only going to do one tour while in Rome, I highly recommend this one. Knowledgeable, friendly, entertaining guides.

C
, Sep 2018

This was SO worth the money! There was an enormous group of people trying to get into the Vatican Museum and we bypassed all of them. That in itself made it worth the money. More than that we had an amazing guide who was so knowledgeable about everything. If you're looking for an easy way to see multiple locations this is it! Just remember there is limited time for wandering you are required to stick with the group. Highly recommend!

K
, Sep 2018

Great tour by our tour guide Luca. He was very informative and had good information on Vatican City. It was an excellent experience as well as St. Peter’s Basilica.


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