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Discover the Vatican on a 3-hour St Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums tour. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork and history with a guide, who will bring the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo’; and hear little-known tales about sacred St Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.


  • Enjoy a skip-the-line Vatican tour including the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica
  • See captivating sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco
  • Explore St Peter’s Basilica on a fully guided Vatican walking tour and see the famous La Pieta sculpture
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican Museums with St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel and Small-Group Upgrade

See incredible ceiling frescoes inside the 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.

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 Dontao Bramante.

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself. 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.

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.

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

Small-Group Tour at 8:10am:
Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour at 7:30pm:
Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. This experience is only available until October 30, 2016, and the group size is limited to 20. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Magda was an absolutely fantastic tour guide! She was impeccable in her knowledge and related it in an effortless way to us!
Fascinating and beautiful basilica, Sistine chapel and the rest of the beautiful pieces of art and architecture we saw!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing!

Jonathan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Sara was a wonderful guide, and the museum is pack with priceless treasures of art and culture. I highly recommend visiting the Vatican Museum and this tour was very well run.

Cherie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very knowledgeable tour guide. I found it valuable to have a guide this time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing tour with a great guide. Best tour in Rome


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour. The tour company assigned was City Wonders and they were great and our guide, Vasco, was superb. Definitely will recommend to friends.

Caroline L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide, Lina ?, from Holland was brilliant. So personable, patient and knowledgeable.

Donald S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fantastic tour!!! My wife and I had gone to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's on other trips however, we wanted a specialized tour since we were bringing our 10- and 13-year olds to Rome to learn a little more about the world we live in. It was fabulous, we walked straight in the group tour skip the line lane to the security area it took all of a few minutes -- well worth the savings of the 2 hour wait outside in the normal entrance line. This tour was just the right size and accomplished everything we wanted it was great since everyone could interact personally with the tour guide. While there were some questions asked, the tour guide was excellent and she provided so much information on key architecture, statues, art, etc. that one was left with a very satisfied feeling following each area of the tour. She reinforced everything she talked about with documentation showing different eras and depictions on the topic to help all to better understand the history involved in the is wonderful place. One memorable moment was when she presented a book of the Sistine Chapel and went over the design and each of the paintings prior to your entrance to the Chapel. This helped pull it all together since one can be overwhelmed since there are so many paintings on the walls and ceiling of the Sistine plus you are not supposed to talk while in the chapel so this was key and she did an excellent job in conveying the information to all 10 years old to people that were in their mid-60s.

After finishing the tour, you could then go on your own to the catacombs or the up to the cupola if you desired.

I would highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for a memorable experience to the Vatican!

William K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent, informative, interesting and necessary to avoid the crowds and very long lines. Highly recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing experience.

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