• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Explore the treasures of one of the world’s greatest art collections with this expertly guided 3-hour tour through the Vatican museums. Skip the long lines to head straight inside the labyrinth of galleries, where your knowledgeable guide will lead you to ancient and Renaissance highlights including the Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Laocoön sculpture and, of course, the magnificent Sistine Chapel. Learn the stories behind the masterpieces, and then get direct entry into the stunning interior of St Peter’s Basilica. Group size is limited to 12 for a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • Small-group 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Skip the long lines with priority entry
  • Hear the stories and scandals behind some of the world's greatest masterpieces
  • Marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • See the Raphael Rooms, Belvedere Courtyard, Hall of Maps and more highlights
  • Gain direct entry into St Peter's Basilica
  • Group size limited to 12 for easier navigation

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Experience Tour

Vatican

Customer Reviews

Gina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great to skip the line. Excellent tour guide. Beautiful artistry and history.

Lynette G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I am giving this a 5 star review because of our guide Frederico. He had such a vast knowledge of the Vatican and was able to tell us amazing stories and history details. We did an early tour and I recommend going early or late because it is so crowded on this tour. Even during a non peak season, it was super crowded. I don't think I would do this tour again as I was underwhelmed by parts of it. I would love to one day go back and experience a Mass but do not have a desire to cram myself into a room to see the frescas again. I am glad we did it as we had an amazing guide and he gave us a great deal of information we will remember, but it was just not worth fighting the crowds to do it again.

bcevans

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was one of the most exceptional tours we have ever taken. It was a small group mix of several cultures which contributed much to the sites we saw. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. She could and did answer many questions. She also was very caring to help my husband enjoy the tour with a short-cut for him to avoid many stairs because he was experiencing a lot of hip and back pain. The length of the tour was just right, and being able to avoid LOOONG lines was a real blessing. We had the extra experience of being able to go through the Holy Door, open for the Year of Mercy. It is only opened by the Pope for special occasions approximately every 25 years. We would highly recommend the small group tours for the Vatican because otherwise being able to hear in the vastness and large crowds would be very difficult.

Jenny D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour - small group, very informative and our guide was very knowledgable. Highly recommend!

aliceannm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide. Since it was December, we did not face the huge summer crowds. Guide met us on time and did not rush us at all. Good day!

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was incredible! We had a bit of confusion with the meeting location in the morning meeting point is at a bookstore, but the bookstore is a corner location so we were dropped off by our taxi at the store and din't realize our actual meeting location was just around the corner. We figured it out and met our wonderful guide Nadia to find we were the only participants of this tour, so we were rated to a very personalized experience. Nadia seems to have a wealth of knowledge about the history and significance of the art and sculpture we saw everywhere. We waited only about two to three minutes for her to purchase tickets, then were ushered right past all the larger tour groups, so we did indeed skip the line. This made for a much better experience overall, and allowed us to focus on what we wanted to see. Once in the museum, Nadia found a quiet corner to sit down with us and explain the art we would see in the Sistine Chapel, using an iPad to show examples and explain the significance of the art. since there is no talking allowed inside the Sistine Chapel itself, it was nice to be given advance information so we would grasp the significance of what we were seeing. Fascinating stories behind all this art. We finished with the chance to see the changing of the Swiss guard near the entrance to St Peter's Basilica.

Ewa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour guide was superb making the tour unforgettable.

Linda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was amazing. Our guide was fabulous. You can't go to the Vatican without a guide. There is just too much history details you won't know. Highly recommend.

David W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Skip the Line is absolutely worth every cent. When we arrived there was a 4 hour wait for general admission.

Kim C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Wonderful your with only 7 of us. Well worth the money to have things pointed out and explained as well as passing the huge line ups.

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