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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary.
  • Art history tour of the splendid Vatican Museums
  • See highlights of the sprawling collection with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the artists and their patrons through live audio headset commentary
  • Walk beneath the sacred ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access

What's Included

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Skip-The-Line Access
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Via Germanico, 16, Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Maya Tours in Via Germanico 16 - (almost at the corner of Via Leone IV) This tour starts from our office. Please make sure that you check in at least 15 min. prior departure time.

Return Details

  • Vatican Museums, 00120, Vatican City

    Exit of the Vatican Museums

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour, you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Knees & Shoulders MUST be covered for both men & women to enter the Sistine Chapel!
  • Please note that on the day of your visit certain areas of the monument/attraction can be closed due to either religious events and national holidays.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Students booking a reduced ticket must have a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Tour meet-up was at a location about a 5m walk from the Vatican entrance so it was convenient.
The Vatican is massive and it gets crazy there at 8 am; without skipping the lines, you would be lost for sure!
The cost of the tour is very reasonable and certainly gives one a great overview of the history and artifacts that can be found in Vatican City.
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The stories were exciting...
monica_s, Jun 2022
The stories were exciting and the guide Deborah had great knowledge and a good sense of humor.It was an amazing experience.
Don’t be a minute late - no help
Claire_R, Jun 2022
The tour wouldn’t help out my young adult daughter who was lost and couldn’t find the locale .. ended up a few minutes late. They wouldn’t put her on the next tour or let her catch up or even give her a discount to rebook.. 130 for nothing. Not a nice policy .
Great tour
Teresa_H, Jun 2022
I visited the Vatican many years ago and remembered there were super long lines, people everywhere. This time I came with my family and decided to try doing a tour and It made a huge difference. Our tour guide Christina gave so much interesting information before entering the Sistine chapel and in other areas so it made such a difference to know what we were looking at and understanding the story behind paintings sculptures etc. Christina was excellent! We did the English speaking tour and I highly recommend her.
Not worth the price
Dolly_P, Jun 2022
There wasn’t much “line skipping” involved in this tour. We did a lot of standing around waiting for others to move on so we could continue our tour. Not sure it was worth the price
Crowds, Crowds, Crowds
Eric_H, Jun 2022
First, our Tour Guide was excellent in light of the conditions she had to work in. There were so many different things about this tour that was simply bad. 1. The meeting place was off a side street and there was very little signage to assist us in locating the starting point. 2. During the museum tour, we moved so rapidly through the exhibits that we really took nothing away from the experience. 3. Although beyond the tour operator's control, there were literally thousands of people in the museum. To the point, it was impossible to take in really any of the culture and beauty within the museum itself. 4. While the Sistine Chapel is amazing, there were at least 1000 people milling around inside looking up and at the paintings. Again, with so many people it was really difficult to appreciate all of the beauty. The tour operator did the best they could do in light of the circumstances. It certainly appeared that the other tour operators were struggling under the same conditions. The Vatican Museum should take a lesson from the management of the Colosseum in people management. Thank you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Lovely Vatican Tour
R_R, Jun 2022
Our group tour guide was super knowledgeable about the Vatican and its history, culture, and people. She was able to eloquently speak in a clear manner that all understood. I highly recommend their services to friends and relatives alike.
Wonderful informative tour
Julia_P, Jun 2022
Our guide Debra was very knowledgeable. She explained everything very well. She especially wanted the youth in our group to understand the historical significance of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
Tour with Deborah through Vatican City and Sistine Chapel
Charles_V, Jun 2022
Deborah our tour guide was excellent. She managed to explain and give us lots of information. We learned so much about Vatican City and Sistine Chapel.
Trevor_C, Jun 2022
Deborah was amazing!! Wow!! Her expertise and passion on this tour were contagious. Loved it. Highly, highly recommend this tour with Deborah.
The tour felt rushed when...
Andy_C, Jun 2022
The tour felt rushed when inside the Vatican museum. The guide (so think her name is Roberta) rushed everything. She walked too fast and made the group walk fast as well so we couldn’t enjoy the artwork of the museum. She didn’t wait for us to to take photos. The Sistine chapel was also rushed and too short. I’m very upset with the way the tour went and wished the guide gave us more time. The guide also didn’t speak clearly so it was hard to understand her accent on the head phone. I wouldn’t recommend Maya tours.
Great guide to our Vatican experience
Todd_L, Jun 2022
Really well done! Structured, on time, and incredibly informative. Awesome and funny guide. He made sure no one was left behind in a crazy but beautiful environment.
Great tour and guide.
Kevin_C, Jun 2022
The tour was great, very informative and loads of interesting facts. Christina was the best and we would be very happy to have another tour with her. We all think we struck lucky. The Vatican tour is a must visit when in Rome.
So good!
Turrent_L, Jun 2022
This tour was great!!! Christina was so knowledgeable and really engaging, she paid a little extra attention to the kids which was really considerate of her. I’ve been to the Vatican before and have never learned so much. The best part was that I was begging my family to wait in the very long, very sunny line to get into the basilica, but thank goodness we didn’t because the tour gave us direct access to skip the line! Definitely recommend!!
Knowledgeable, professional, and friendly staff.
Amanda_D, Jun 2022
Timely, easy, and our guide, Christina was perfect. She is friendly, courteous, funny, and most importantly knowledgeable. Always thinking about our comfort and giving us the best experience.
Once in a lifetime experience!
Kathryn_T, Jun 2022
The entire tour. Words cannot describe the views in person. Tia was nothing short of amazing and did such a great job explaining everything and giving us all the historical facts. So happy we got to tour with her!
Deborah is fantastic - highlight of Rome
Blair_R, Jun 2022
Deborah was amazing! Despite the sites being extremely crowded she knew the best places to gather and how to get the group through so everyone could see everything up close. Her knowledge and passion for history made the tour all the more memorable. Thank you, Deborah!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very good tour guide
SandraSilvia_J, Jun 2022
Marc, our tour guide was very good, he is definitely knowledgeable and approachable. We would take another tour with him.
Make sure you book this
Cari_P, Jun 2022
We had the best tour guide, Deborah… very passionate and knowledgeable … funny and interesting , knows her away around the Vatican museum and all the historical facts like the back of her hand. A great and fun tour, we’ll worth it!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Highly recommend
Rob_F, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Deborah was extremely knowledgeable, interactive and informative. I’ve visited the Vatican 3 x and this was by far my best tour ever
Terrible experience. Tour...
Magi_K, Jun 2022
Terrible experience. Tour guide hard to understand, made no effort to interact, and lost us at the end so we could not do the short cut to st. Peter chaderal. I want my money back.


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