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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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour guide Doriana was AWESOME!! She had so much knowledge, was easy to understand and exceptionally informative. My 73 year old mother understood every word, and loved her as well. The Vatican is huge and there is so much to see, she made it informative and didn't loose anyone in our group. The afternoon guide was just as good and was entertaining and very easy to understand. He highlighted all of the sights from the Vatican to each stop. He was very informative and knowledgable of all of the Basillicas after the Vatican. I would highly suggest seeing the sights with a guide, as there is so much to learn, and without them it old have been way less interesting.

Thomas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Of all the excursions we took in Rome, this is the one not to miss! Our guide Sabrina did an excellent job in the morning guiding us through the highlights of the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's, and the Sistine Chapel. So glad we were able to skip the lines as the crowds were large. In the afternoon,our guide Pia gave us an outstanding tour of the 3 major Basilicas - the highlight of our 7 days in Rome!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I really enjoyed this tour. The Vatican is so crowded with tourists and other tour groups that it's difficult to navigate through the galleries. Our guide, Martina, was excellent. She guided us through the hordes and provided background to what we saw in the galleries, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

Marie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Absolutely amazing day, everything was just wonderful. Our tour guides, Maria Vatican portion and Georgia 3 Papal Basilicas portion were both fantastic very knowledgeable, friendly, experienced, and patient ... everything you would want in tour guides. I'm so glad we did this tour, it really made our trip. Also, this was a real skip the line tour, and thank Goodness, because the line we saw went down the long block and around the corner! Would recommend this to anyone visiting for the first time. Also, most of it is indoors which is good for rainy days.

Nataline A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was one of my favorit toursFinding the group in the morning was difficult because the streets in Italy are kind of confusing.our tour guid Emma was extremely educated we saw so much the first half.second part was with dimirty excellent guid showed us other churches. It and #39;s worth every penny 8hrs

Nicholas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guides for both the morning and afternoon tours were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We would recommend this tour, and gained a great deal of useful information.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great combination of inside Vatican and churches outside Vatican. Very professional helpful and knowledgable guides.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

great day

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


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.

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