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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.

Highlights

  • 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)

What You Can Expect

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

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.

Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.

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. A visit to St Peter’s Basilica is not included.

Customer Reviews

Greg K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Sylvia was an amazing guide. Her knowledge of the museum was incredible and she was able to keep the pace steady and without delay. We could not help to appreciate how she continuously held our collective attention without regard to the crowded conditions. There were a few radio glitches but she was patient with us and was patient with us until everyone was able to hear clearly. We were VERY PLEASED with our experience at the Vatican and strongly recommend this tour option.

jannetbakke

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Throughly enjoyed this tour. A word of wisdom - there is only one bathroom on either side of the chapel and its outside. Beware of beggars who appear slovenly and distraught as we saw an old lady who experienced an 'episode' - her entire face was covered, along with her body in rags, yet her sandaled feet where those of 20 year old and beautifully pedicured.

bohare22

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Excellent tour,the Vatican was a education with a great guide in Cecelia she was fantastic, altho sound quality with the headphones at times was not great but that may have been due to the building. Very crowded but that's expected.

LAURA A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Although the Vatican MuseumWas extremely crowded I felt like the tour was so worthwhile and interesting

Debra A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

We had a great tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable about this tour and this enhanced our Roman experience. Well worth the price for first time visitors

alkeshshina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

The meeting place was easy to find and the tour guide, Loreley, was just amazing ! Her English was excellent, her knowledge was phenomenal. She gave information about the Sistine Chapel long before going in, showing pictures and explaining why certain paintings appeared the way they did, the order in which the paintings should be viewed, little things of note that made the visit so much more interesting. She made what was already an amazing tour even better ! We had no problems with the audio, no lines and just an efficient informative tour of 3 amazing sites which should not be missed. The Vatican museums were so interesting and St Peters Basilica was breathtaking. Wear comfy walking shoes- but honestly worth every penny. Would highly recommend !

joelmpacheco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Thanks so much to our tour guide, Alessa, for such insight, detail, and passion in the information she provided during the tour. It was evident how much genuine interest she has in the history behind the artifacts seen in this tour. Also thank you to Celia for accommodating our request to change tour times due to the need to get back to our cruise ship on time. Had we not been able to get into an earlier tour, we would have missed St. Peter's Basilica, which after having seen it, would have been devastating! Thanks again! This was a tour to be cherished for a lifetime!

maryanncarroll1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Elizabeth our Tour Guide was so informative and knowledgeable. This is the only way to see and get a good understanding of what it took to appreciate the talent within these museums. Our group was larger than I expected and the crowds at the 8:45am tour could have poised a problem but Elizabeth managed to keep us together, answered all questions, and made this tour enjoyable. BIg thanks to our Tour Guide, Elizabeth!!

Dina K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Thanks Sev, for making this tour interesting for a teenager like me!Thank you! Evaline K. Melbourne

johnkight United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

The tour was even better than advertized. Our tour guide was easy to understand, very professional and very entertaining.

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