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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.


  • 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


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.

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