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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

Kathy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour, over load of information! Hopefully you get Julia for your tour guide. She is very knowledgeable. Great tour!

Christopher J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide, Francesca, was excellent. It was well worth it to skip the line and hear all about the Vatican musuems and St Peters from an expert. Highly recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide, Lindy, was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone's questions were answered. She gave us a very thorough explanation of what we would see on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, using posters for demonstration. She provided information about various tapestries and works of art throughput the the museum and basilica. We got so much more from this experience because of this tour and our experienced tour guide.

Raymond L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

very welcoming guide with a lot of good information! early skip the line also made the trip a lot less crowded than what it could have been.

Ann C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

A most enjoyable tour with an excellent tour guide. Her depth of knowledge was amazing and she was very passionate about the tour. I would encourage people to pay for the skip the line as it is so well organised and gets you to the start of the tour so quickly. Would recommend this tour company to family and friends.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was totally worth it! We were able to tour with Tiffany who is the best tour guide I've ever had! before the crowds, so we were able to really enjoy everything. I highly recommend paying more for this one, and contacting City Wonders to ask for Tiffany specifically. She was so knowledgeable and accommodating.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

First time in Rome, tour was fascinating. Our guide Viviania sp? was a positive, kind, and highly knowledgeable tour guide. Our only challenge was that we went on a Saturday morning - extremely crowded and hot in most of the museum areas. Would highly recommend this tour - the title says it all, Skip the Line.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

So worth it!! We did the Saturday, July 10th 10:00am tour I don't remember the guide's name but she was awesome. Skipping the line alone is worth booking the tour but there's so much to the Vatican and having a knowledgeable verbally walk you through all of the details from the point of entry to the Sistine Chapel is pretty priceless. It really helps you appreciate what you're looking at a lot more.

Also it was very well organized and on schedule we I appreciate.

Colin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Well organised despite numbers involved, guide very knowledgable, good value.

Beth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very, very informative particularly in regard to the Sistine Chapel. Our tour guide provided great detail on the Michelangelo frescos which greatly heightened the experience.

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