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Enjoy the fullest Vatican experience you can in one day and avoid all the long lines on this skip-the-line tour. During your trip to the Vatican, you’ll take a walking tour of the Vatican Museums to see the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms, plus visit St Peter’s Basilica. Then you’ll leave the walls of Vatican City to visit other official Vatican basilicas around Rome—Santa Maria Maggiore, St John Lateran and St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A partnership with the Vatican provides exclusive entrance through a reserved door at the Museums so you will skip all the lines, even the priority ones. Tour is limited to 25 people.

Highlights

  • Skip-the-line Vatican day tour
  • See the most important sites of the Vatican City in a single day, including the major basilicas, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, guaranteeing you will not wait in any long lines
  • Take a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Visit the Holy Stairs, 28 white steps said to be walked upon by Christ during his Passion
  • Tour limited to 25 people

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I highly recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to get the full Vatican experience. You see all the major museum collections and basilicas with a fabulous guide to make sure you don't miss anything!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

Skip the Line: Vatican in One Day

In the morning, meet your guide and enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved entrance, ensuring you’ll skip all the lines, even the priority ones that are also often long. Once inside, begin your walking tour of this hallowed complex of art galleries and rooms, including the Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture wing, Raphael’s Rooms, the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries. Then arrive at the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam.

Next, follow your guide to St Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll also skip the main entrance line. As you walk around the world’s largest Catholic church, admire more art masterpieces like Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture and Bernini’s large baldachin altar canopy. The first half of your tour ends here, where you have free time to continue exploring on your own or enjoy a rest before rejoining the group for the afternoon portion.

In the afternoon, you’ll travel by coach to three basilicas in Rome that sit outside the walls of Vatican City but are official papal basilicas. Start at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, known for its sculptural decoration and 5th-century mosaics. Bernini’s tomb also lies here.

Next, you have the opportunity to walk up the Holy Stairs (Scala Sancta), a set of 28 marble steps that once led to the Palace of Pontius Pilate and were climbed by Jesus Christ, according to Catholic tradition. Then enjoy your visit to the Lateran Palace and Basilica of St John Lateran, the official Cathedral of Rome and the seat of the Bishop of Rome. Finally, arrive at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage–listed church that’s home to the tomb of St Paul, more ancient mosaics, colorful frescoes and the tabernacle by Arnolfo di Cambio.

Customer Reviews

Darryl C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely amazing, both tour guides were extremely informative and passionate, couldn't,t have been better except for headphones quality needs refining for 2016, more clarity would be good

stevex218

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour very interesting especially the backstories behind many of the sites, paintings, and historical figures, Our afternoon tour guide, Georgia, was one of the best tour guides we had on our trip and you could tell she was passionate about the topics she covered. Her knowledge on the subjects were astounding.

jsmffx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The morning tour was interesting, but the afternoon tour to the Basilicas was terrific. I could have spent a whole day at the three churches we saw in the afternoon.

Donna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very knowledgeable tour guides. This is a combo tour so you get one tour guide for the Am and one for the PM. You end the morning tour then have a break before you walk back to the original starting point to pick up the afternoon guide.The only problem is the Vatican is very crowded so you have to keep up or lose out when you go from one area to the next. The day is long so be prepared to walk a lot and see a lot. The churches are beautiful and the information you receive is great. It is a tour I would recommend

Brienna K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Both of our tour guides were very well-versed and gave us plenty of interesting tidbits.

Maria E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

My husband and I highly recommend this tour. Skipping the lines made a huge difference on how much we saw. Our tour guide took an interest in each one of us which made the tour very engaging. She pointed out the important art work, let us have time to see and appreciate the museum. We all would like to have more time in these beautiful places but our guide kept us on schedule and still gave us time to enjoy the beautiful basilica. After a break we were off to see the three other beautiful churches. She explained their significant and pointed out lots of details which made this tour memorable

tkeigher Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Unbelievable and well worth the tour, the guide was very good in her explanations of the church both theologically history along with the political history of the people and faith at the times in history. She was very balanced in her tour. The site is amazing

Tom H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The first half of the day we visited Vatican City. This was an awesome tour and experience. Saint Peter's Basilica was indescribable. You guide was very knowledgeable and professional. The second half of the day visiting 2 of 3 other Basilicas around Rome was OK. If I had it to do over, I would have just booked Vatican City, stayed there longer and had my afternoon free.

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour

sunshinesmile767

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Awesome guide and tour! The morning you visit the Vatican and get free time after the tour to do more if you want or you can go and eat lunch and meet back at the same meeting point as the morning easy to find and then you do some Awesome Basilica's and places in the afternoon. This is a must do tour!!!

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