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Overview

Spend a morning or an afternoon at the Vatican with this 2-hour skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel) and St. Peter's Basilica. Get an up close and personal look at Michelangelo's masterpiece, his murals in the Sistine Chapel that changed the history of painting forever. See Raphael's cherubs. Gawk at the Gallery of Maps. Explore St. Peter's Basilica. And if you want more, upgrade to a full-day tour and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Catacombs and more. Lunch can also be included.
  • Vatican and Sistine Chapel tour with transport from Rome to Vatican City
  • Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums with a fast-track entrance ticket
  • See top Vatican attractions: Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and admire Michelangelo masterpieces like La Pieta
  • Upgrade to a full-day tour with an optional lunch, and see the sites of Christian Rome in the afternoon
  • Visit Basilica of San Giovanni, the Roman catacombs and Baths of Caracalla (full-day tour only)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's a Vatican tour that can fit a variety of budgets and schedules. Whatever option you choose, you'll avoid long lines at the Vatican Museums and see some top sights in Rome, too!

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Morning or Afternoon Tour: After choosing between the morning and the afternoon tour, climb aboard the comfortable air-conditioned coach near Rome's Termini railway station. As the bus meanders through the streets of the Eternal City, take in the views and learn about the places you're about to see from your local guide. Pass through aesthetically pleasing Piazza del Popolo and cross the Tiber River, getting a view of the imposing Castel Sant' Angelo. 

Hop off the coach and skip the usually long line to get into the Vatican Museums, home to some of the world's most renowned and recognizable art works. Follow your guide down Guiseppe Momo's bronze spiral staircase to the art and linger in the great Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Map. 

Learn about the Flemish tapestries that grace the walls and about how they were based on paintings by students of Raphael, the Renaissance-era painter whose wall frescos of angels and cherubs are also in the museum. Then head to the Sistine Chapel, the room that Michelangelo painted and, perhaps, boasts some of the most famous images in the history of painting. Look out particularly for The Last Judgment and The Creation of Adam

After lingering in the Sistine Chapel for a while, head over to St. Peter's Basilica, the most important Catholic church in the world. And don't miss another Michelangelo masterpiece: his amazing sculpture of La Pieta. Also don't miss Bernini's Baldachino, used from bronze stripped off of the Pantheon. Learn about the history of the church from your guide and hear little-known stories about the building and its construction. 

Full-Day Tour or Full-Day Tour with Lunch:
Upgrade to a full-day tour which combines the morning with a walking tour of Christian Rome in the afternoon. 

Meet the guide and get ready for an engaging tour of Rome, seeing the most legendary Christian landmarks in this city. Stroll around Esquiline Hill, one of the city's famed seven hills, and home to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a massive church. Then head over to San Giovanni in Laterano, or St. John Lateran, a basilica that is the official church of the pope. Next door take a moment to see the Holy Steps, supposedly the staircase that was part of Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem, which Christ would have walked on for his trial. Today pilgrims ascend the 28 steps on their knees, saying a prayer for each step. 

At the top of the steps in the Sancta Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies, a room that was once a depository for some of the holiest relics in Christendom. Objects included the heads of Sts. Peter and Paul, a chunk of wood from the table where the Last Supper was eaten, and the Holy Foreskin, the prepuce of Jesus, which was stolen in 1527 by a marauding German soldier in the Sack of Rome. (It ended up in the medieval hill town of Calcata, just north of the city.)

Later head to the Appian Way, an ancient Roman road to visit some important early Christian churches, including the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, which boasts a cemented imprint of the ghost of Christ. Also visit some of the catacombs, burial grounds of the early Christian community. After exploring underground, visit the old spa ruins at the Baths of Caracalla, and then finish your tour with a hotel drop-off or a drop-off in town.

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, Aug 2018

Average, Vatican was very crowded

, Jul 2018

The problem with this tour is the Vatican/St. Peters Basilica attraction itself. The crowds were so heavy and our guide was so pressured to keep everyone moving together that there was no time to stop and appreciate anything, and instead we were constantly herded among throngs of other groups from start to finish.

This all culminated when we entered the Sistine Chapel. Essentially there were 500 people in a room meant to comfortably accommodate 50.

Aside from that our guide Vanessa was knowledgeable and effectively managed the group of about 20. Green Line Tours was also very helpful when I failed to read the pickup instructions and instead arranged to be met at the entrance of the museum.

But the bottom line is this experience is not how I would ever choose to appreciate art and history, and do not recommend this tour.

, Jun 2018

It was very well organized and it is the only way to go and skip the line and have a expert explain each chamber.

, Jun 2018

I did this tour on a Saturday afternoon and it was a regret. This is the busiest time one can attempt this tour. Our guide was constantly having to fight for a space for us so that she could provide her explanations. This was the 2nd time I did a guided tour and was disappointed that the Raphael rooms are not included in this tour. So if that is something you want to see make sure you book a tour that includes that. Also, don't do a Saturday afternoon in peak season. You can barely walk and you are rushed to see things and that is if you can see things. Either than that I think this tour is good but would be more enjoyable during a less crowded time.

, May 2018

very bad tour guide.spoilt our experience

, May 2018

Tour was very nice. Skip the line is the only way to go. We walked past almost a 1/2 mile long line and entered the Vatican Museum in under 10 minutes only had to wait for security. The Vatican was crowded due to the holiday May 1st weekend, not the tour's fault, but try to go during the week when it is less crowded if you can. We spent about 3 hours in the Vatican Museums. My disappointments were that we DID NOT visit the Raphael Rooms maybe due to crowds and we only got to spend 10-15 minutes in the Sistine Chapel. This particular tour Greenline arrived and left the Vatican via bus from central Rome. This is good if you don't want to travel to the Vatican yourself, but I feel that it cut the tour short. After leaving the Sistine Chapel which felt rushed, we had 10 minutes to walk through St. Peter's Basilica before the group had to get back on the bus and go back to the Greenline office. I would have rather had the tour end in the Vatican and be left with more time to walk through St, Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square on our own.

, Mar 2018

It wasn't until we got to the Louvre that I read the small print. We needed to go to an office a few blocks away to get the audio tour. The staff was not very helpful in answering questions. We also needed to give a 60 deposit for the audio equipment - which after the tour we had to walk back to the office again to return. They have audio sets at the Louvre - I would definitely go that route next time. My sons audio set did not work once we got to the Louvre. I definitely would not do this tour again.

, Mar 2018

I do not recommend this tour. We were hurded in and through like sheep and not given sufficient time to look at any of the artwork. When we entered the Map Room we had to move so quickly through that I was not able to study any of what I made the trip for. Same with the Sistine Chapel-compelled to move through so quickly that there was no time to have a meaningful view and study. After the Sistine Chapel we went into St. Peters Cathedral and the tour guide left us on our own, giving NO information, no background, no history. The only positive thing the tour did was allow us to not wait in a long line to be pushed through the interior so quickly and with very, very little information. I do not recommend this tour and recommend you simply pay to skip the line in a different manner and take the necessary time to see what the Vatican has to offer.

, Jan 2018

Everything we needed and nothing we didn't!

, Jan 2018

Our Guide was personable and knowledgeable. We were very happy with his presentation. The afternoon tour was very busy and, as he warned, if you fall behind you get swallowed up by the overlapping tour groups. Best to go in the morning as it is the only way to really appreciate the vast treasures on show at the Vatican museum.
Would be better if tours could be spaced out more instead of a free for all.


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