• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 73.50 View price calendar

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Skip the line to explore the Vatican's highlights on this 3-hour, small-group tour. Listen to your guide's narration, focused on the museums' archaeology and art history, during visits to St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums.

Highlights

  • 3-hour small-group tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line access
  • Visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Narration focused on art history and archaeology
  • Departs from Rome hotels or a central meeting point

What You Can Expect

Skip the Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St Peter's Basilica elite tour

Vatican Museums

When booking, select the option for hotel pickup, or meet your guide at the tour office in central Rome. 

Arrive at the Vatican Museums to skip the often very long entry lines, breeze past the crowds waiting for tickets, and proceed directly inside. Follow your guide to see the facility's highlights, spread over almost 2,000 rooms. 

In the Sistine Chapel, take in Michelangelo's famous fresco on the ceiling and the painting of the Last Judgment on the alter wall. Continue through the museum to see masterworks such as the Lacoon Group and the Apollo Belvedere, as well as the Maps Galleries and the Tapestries Gallery. 

Enter St. Peter's Basilica to see the Baldachin Altar by Bernini and Michelangelo's La Pietà. End your 3-hour tour in St. Peter's Square to view and learn about Bernini's double Colonnade.

Customer Reviews

Maryanne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The guide Giovanna was knowledgeable and obviously proud of her Italian heritage... with good reason. The museum and Sistine Chapel are astounding. I think one attribute that really helped with the 3 hour tour was her sense of humour. It is quite irritating making your way through crowds of people all wanting to keep up with their tour guide. She kept us together, holding her umbrella high all the while explaining the tapestries and ancient art.

Karyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our guide was EXTREMELY knowledgeable! She took initiative and got us in and around in local fashion. Highly recommend this one!

junebaby48

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I think this would be an awesome tour if the crowds weren't so overwhelming. Our guide, Barbara, was very knowledgeable and with good English. She was respectful of her group of people and of the rules of the Vatican. We were all appalled at the noise and the picture taking in the Sistine Chapel. There was not a bit of respect by the crowd and it was so disrespectful. The beauty of the works of art are awesome and should have taken everyone's breath away. I hope some day to return and be able to enjoy some time at the Vatican and it's numerous museums and art without the incredible amount of people to fight my way through. It is still worth going on a tour with someone who is knowledgeable of the most precious artwork.

Kirke N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good and knowlegeble tourguide, got to see many important parts of the vatican and the basilica, the only downside is that the tour doesnt take you to the top of the basilica

Stephen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolute must to purchase the skip the line tours. Lines are horrendously long and we zipped right past with our exceptional guide who was an archaeologist in her own right. EXCELLENT.

Maureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was brilliant. small group. Hotel pick up. Included Vatican state. Systems chapel. Basilica. Guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour so interesting.

Andrew C

4 star rating: Recommended September 2017

We enjoyed our tour very much. Think it could have been alittle shorter.

Emily Paulus United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended September 2017

We very much enjoyed this tour. We had plenty of time in each place, and 3 hours was just the right amount of time. Our guide was helpful in helping us find the bus stop to get us back to Rome after the tour ended. My only complaint was our guide was hard to hear at times, most likely because there were so many tours going on at the same time and there was too much interference with the headsets provided by the Vatican museums.

promisingtraveler

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2017

This tour was designed to get you through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica as quickly as possible. My family and I were herded through massive amounts of people to see the highlights of the trip with little or no time to look around at other items or even contemplate the pieces we did see. We spent a total of 5 minutes in the Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide was difficult to understand and even more difficult to keep up with. She expected everyone to push and shove through the crowd in order to stay with her. She also criticized other tour groups vocally over the radio receiver, which I found to be offensive. Once we arrived at the Basilica, we happily ditched her and continued our tour independently.

Samuel C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2017

Tour guide although very knowledgeable rushed through the tour. By her own admission she had to finish with our group because she had another tour in the afternoon. It seemed she was trying to cram 5 hours of information into a tour that lasted about 3 hours. I felt we almost ran through the sites, trying to keep up with her. I realize the tour operator places the pressure on the guides to complete as many tours a day, the more tours the more . For 125.00 for two I don't believe we got our money's worth.

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