Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's

 
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Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

Tour in a small group that never exceeds 25 people

See all the most important sights in the Vatican City

Feast your eyes on the artwork of old masters like Michelangelo and Raphael

Explore the Pio Clementine Museum, Belvedere Courtyard, and more

Time saved:

Average time saved with skip-the-line ticket
2-3 hours

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  • English Tour

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 3 hours, Skip the Line / Fast Track Entry

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  • English Tour: Semi-Private

    A maximum of 12 participants will be on this tour.

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    Duration: 3 hours, Skip the Line / Fast Track Entry

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  • German Tour

    Live guide: German

    Duration: 3 hours, Skip the Line / Fast Track Entry

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    Live guide: French

    Duration: 3 hours, Skip the Line / Fast Track Entry

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    Live guide: Spanish

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    Live guide: Portuguese

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Meeting point:

8 Via Germanico, at the intersection of Via Germanico and Via Leone IV

Overview:

Discover one of the most beautiful and storied sites in the world with skip-the-line access to the Vatican. On this fantastic 3-hour tour you will see the Vatican Museums, the exquisite Sistine Chapel, and the dramatic St. Peter's Basilica.

Description:

Take a 3-hour tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums. This exceptional tour includes a comprehensive visit to the Sistine Chapel, a tour of the Maps Gallery, Candelabra Gallery, Pio Clementino's Rooms, Tapestry Gallery, Belvedere Courtyard, Pine Courtyard and much, much more within the Vatican corridors.

Vatican City is one of the most interesting and beautiful sites in the world; your expert guide will take you to some of the major attractions, as well as to some lesser-known spots that other tourists often miss. You will receive a broad base for understanding the remarkable history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican.

The walking tour goes beyond the gold, pomp, and stateliness, revealing a history full of dark tales of deceit and lust. Get a taste of it all as you uncover the nitty-gritty and the high and mighty, the dirty politics and the ethereal beauty of this most remarkable of Renaissance creations. A world of discovery awaits you.

What's Included:

• Headsets
• Skip-the-line access at the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.

What's Not Included:

• Entrance tickets - purchase these at the meeting point on the day of the tour
• Transportation

Good to Know:

• St. Peter's is closed to the public on Wednesdays from 8:00-12:00. During this time slot, the tour will not include St. Peter's Basilica.
• At the Vatican, please abide by the dress code and keep shoulders and knees covered. This dress code is strictly enforced and you may be refused entrance if you do not follow it.
• Tickets for the Vatican Museums cost 23 EUR for adults and 16 EUR for students under 26 who have an ISIC card. The ticket fee must be paid to the guide in cash on the day of the tour. This ticket fee already includes the EUR 4 ticket booking fee and EUR 2 fee for headsets.
• On 24 and 31 December, the tour does not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica.
• On Fridays, the 15:00 and 19:30 tours don't include a visit to St.Peter's Basilica, as it will be closed; the tour will visit other parts of the museums at this time.
• Please note that this tour is not wheelchair-accessible, due to the route taken through the Vatican Museums.

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  • Rating: 5

    Reviewed by Robert from North Brunswick, United States on August 30th, 2014 <wonderful guide.....headsets to hear.....highly recommend


  • Rating: 5 “Highly recommended. Felix is excellent”

    Reviewed by Nikolaos from Tanunda, Australia on August 30th, 2014 Felix is well versed in all Vatican matters. Very informative and well worth the moderate cost. Highly recommended


  • Rating: 4 “Knowledgeable and friendly”

    Reviewed by Vinod from Chorleywood, United Kingdom on August 30th, 2014 So much to see so little time. The guide did well to navigate through all the artwork and monuments providing snippets of historical context


  • Rating: 5 “excellent, very informative, & quite personalised”

    Reviewed by John from lismore, Australia on August 28th, 2014 Although 1member of our group complained that the guide explained the painting of the Sistine chapel in too much detail, I found it very clear and to the point. I thought that I knew a lot about it already, but learned a great deal more from the guide, which made my viewing all the better. Good work, Irene!


  • Rating: 2 “Inexperienced guide and poor radios”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Radstock, United Kingdom on August 28th, 2014 Our guide was very nice, but lacked confidence and her english was not great.

    Also, the radios did not work well and so it was difficult to hear.


  • Rating: 3 “Count your Change and Enjoy the Tour”

    Reviewed by Gedwin from Metro Manila, Philippines, Philippines on August 28th, 2014 The line was disorganized and the girl at the counter did not give me the right change for my entrance fee and she was quite rude too.

    The tour was good because the guide was very informative and accommodating. overall, i'll still do this but will be careful to the people at the counter.


  • Rating: 5 “excellent tour.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Belfast, United States on August 28th, 2014 So much new information. Really got a great feeling for the history. Thanks.


  • Rating: 5 “Worth every penny!!!”

    Reviewed by Susan from Lakewood, United States on August 26th, 2014 Excellent guided tour of Vatican!! Thank you


  • Rating: 4 “Skip the Line. A must”

    Reviewed by Kimberly from Olney, United States on August 25th, 2014 Worth the money to not have to wait in line and you get a personal guide explaining all about the art in the museum.


  • Rating: 4 “Fantastic guide,!”

    Reviewed by Nassrin from London, United Kingdom on August 24th, 2014 We had a fantastic guide who really went into a lot if trouble to explain everything in depth. She obviously is very passionate about what she does.
    Your receptionist could have been much more friendly and efficient!


  • Rating: 5 “Very good”

    Reviewed by Margaret from Corlette, Australia on August 23rd, 2014 Our guide Marcia was lovely.


  • Rating: 5 “Fabulous!”

    Reviewed by Carol from oakville, Canada on August 22nd, 2014 It was an insane day at the Vatican due to the holiday closure, but our guide tried her best to give us an amazing experience regardless of the hordes of people. Super easy to book online, convenient location for meeting and yes we skipped the massive line up. Fabulous experience!


  • Rating: 5 “Great guide, for the best out of our visit”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands on August 22nd, 2014 Mind you, in August the Vatican is incredibly crowded. And I mean INCREDIBLY crowded. You can only shuffle with the flow through the museum. Nevertheless, our guide Paulo managed to keep his group together, and he was very knowledgeable, far beyond the standard stories. He could answer any question, and his enthusiasm for the art was infectious. We enjoyed this tour (first time ever we booked this kind of guided tour), but with the heat and the crowd it was pretty exhausting. We'd love to go back in November or March.

    One note: the website does not mention very clearly/ visibly that the entry tickets are not included in the price. So add €23 per adult, unless you benefit from some special reductions.


  • Rating: 5 “Very good tour!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Oslo, Norway on August 22nd, 2014 Martina did an excellent job at our tour. She was informative, good at picking out the most important sights in an otherwise enormous collection and full of small fun facts.

    We had a great time!


  • Rating: 5 “Sehr nette Tourleiterin!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bremen, Germany on August 21st, 2014 Es war alles gut organisiert, die Tourleiterin war sehr nett und hatte eine Menge Ahnung von allem!


  • Rating: 5 “A tough tour tour made easier”

    Reviewed by Colin from Cork, Ireland on August 21st, 2014 Tour operator was really good and told a great story about the Vatican


  • Rating: 3 “Could be better”

    Reviewed by Corneliu from Galati, Romania on August 21st, 2014 It's a good choice to take a guided tour for this place. However, there is room for improvement:
    1. language skills: there were times when I couldn't understand the guide at all due to pronunciation
    2. story: add bits of context of the times, not just plain data
    3. make yourself more visible: have a flag as identifier


  • Rating: 3 “Entire tour could have been done in 2 hours rather than 3”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Calgary, Canada on August 20th, 2014 The tour guide was enthusiastic and informative but the tour could have been done in 2 hours rather than 3.


  • Rating: 1 “Not informative at all”

    Reviewed by Philip from Montreal, Canada on August 19th, 2014 If you want someone to guide you around without telling you any relevant or informative information about what you're seeing, this is a perfect tour for you.

    I've been on infinitely better tours full of informative information and a helpful guide. This one was nowhere close.

    The guide brought us through the rooms and let us explore on our own... something we didn't need a guide for.

    ON TOP OF THIS, the price of the tour doesn't even include the entrance fees, so you're essentially paying someone to lead you through the various rooms... and that's it.

    Horrible.


  • Rating: 4 “Great tour with an experienced guide with excellent knowledge.”

    Reviewed by Phillip from Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom on August 19th, 2014 Our guide took us aroud the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters showing us points of interest and explained in great detail their history and the stories behind how the Vatican was created. Although it was extremely busy, our guide was patient and we felt relaxed and able to absorb the information given. Very good tour. The only downside was the entrance fee was not included in the price of the tour.


  • Rating: 4 “Very informative guide learnt a lot.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Rowville, Australia on August 18th, 2014 Our guide was very good we learnt a lot and she had some good stories. The vatican was so busy everyone warned us but WOW so so so busy ppl everywhere. St. Peter's was so amazing.. Thank you for a good afternoon.


  • Rating: 5 “Thank you for a fantastic tour.”

    Reviewed by Sara from Zurich, Switzerland on August 18th, 2014 A very interesting tour. We loved it.


  • Rating: 4 “Great guide, Incredible crowd”

    Reviewed by Christian from Bad Nauheim, Germany on August 18th, 2014 Our guide was great but the amount of people in the museum and particularly in the Sixtina was incredible and ruined the experience (and was beyond any safety standards).


  • Rating: 1 “Not worth the money! Don't do it!”

    Reviewed by Brianne from Millgrove, Canada on August 18th, 2014 Couldn't hear the guide most of the time either bc the headsets were crap or interference. Over priced to have someone rush you through everything. Not clearly enough stated that the entrance fees are not included. Best part was skipping the line, but that's not worth 30€.


  • Rating: 5 “Expensive but worth it”

    Reviewed by Antonio from Gondomar, Portugal on August 17th, 2014 It was an excelent way of visiting Vatican, systine chappel and St Peter's Cathedrall


  • Rating: 2 “You'll end up paying more than it was advertised”

    Reviewed by Kristina from Vancouver, Canada on August 16th, 2014 We ended up paying €23 more at the door. The price that you see is the price for the tour guide only. When you get to your group meeting place, they won't take you unless you pay the rest of the money, as part if the entrance fee. When I asked why it wasn't advertised anywhere, they showed me the fine print at the bottom of the second page, saying: "You gotta read properly!" A REAL Italian job! Well done!!


  • Rating: 5 “Well worth it!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Burkburnett, United States on August 16th, 2014 The tour was great! It was worth the money and the effort. The tour guide was informative and helpful. The headsets worked perfectly, and we could always hear her and find her. The tour allowed us to skip all the lines and have easy access to the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. This was the best thing we did in Rome.


  • Rating: 1 “Due to bad communication of their 2 offices our visit didnt take place”

    Reviewed by Bart from Waregem, Belgium on August 16th, 2014 Due to bad communication of their 2 offices our visit didnt take place and they tell me a refund must be arranged completely by myself :-(
    Worst service ever ! Hope GetYourGuide will do a better job and refund me without endless discussions?


  • Rating: 4 “Very interesting, no waiting in line”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Erembodegem, Belgium on August 16th, 2014 It was very crowded and extremely hot outside the day we visited. The tour left on time, we went straight to the entrance, got our radio's and headphones and we were on our way. Very smart guide let us through the Vatican museum. We ran out of time and after short explanation explored saint Paul's cathedral on our own.Only 1 remark: meeting point is hard to find, we almost missed our tour because we couldn't find it. Maybe signs would be a great idea to lead people to the meeting point, or meeting point outside saint Peter's square.
    People at headoffice were not very friendly, that for me was the biggest flaw.


  • Rating: 5 “Smart and on the money”

    Reviewed by Charlotte from Toronto, Canada on August 15th, 2014 Our guide hit the perfect mix of fact and history.


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  • “Perfect!”

    “Very well organized. Timing of the tour was just right. Size of the group was good.
    Guide spoke German very well. Can only recommend.”

    Josef from Frauenkirchen, Austria

  • “It was very good”

    “Amazingly factual high-quality tour, sometimes we were told a little too much and shown too little”

    Cornelia from Berlin, Germany

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