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

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

Highlights

  • 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

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Key Details

Tour Duration
3 hours
Skip the Line
Save up to 2-3 hours
Live guide
English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

Meeting point

Meet your tour guide at Via Germanico 8, at the corner 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

  • The tour does not include a visit to St. Peter's during the following times, as it will be closed. Alternatively, the tour will visit other parts of the museums:
  • Wednesdays from 8:00-12:00
  • On Fridays, the 15:00 and 19:30 tours
  • On 24 and 31 December
  • On rare occasions, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. In these circumstances, the tour will include a 3-hour visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel instead of St. Peter's. The tour operator will not offer refunds.
  • 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.
  • Please note that this tour is not wheelchair-accessible

Customer Reviews

(6192 Reviews)
5/5 stars
An awesome and well conducted Tour

A fantastic Tour and conducted by a well Educated and Knowledgeable Giude Linda....

5/5 stars
Nice, knowledgeable and telling interesting stories. Recommend!

Great experience. Nice to have someone friendly and knowledgeable to show us around.

5/5 stars
Excellent

A little disappointed that we had to queue despite paying for a skip the line tour. But it was only 15minutes and didn't cut into the tour time. Pay attention to the small print as you may only be paying for the guided tour in advance and be stuck with an extra charge for entry fee when you get to the rendezvous point. (Frankly I'd still have been looking for this now if someone hadn't shown me directly too it.) Head towards the Vatican on via Germanico and its a basement on the right hand side at the very end. The guys on the desk were pleasant and spoke good English. The guide was very knowledgable and was fluent in English. Although after 3 hours I was glad to walk around without her in my ear. The Vatican City was amazing and well worth the price.

3/5 stars
Interesting Tour, still had to que at the entrance and poor audio.

Interesting Tour and facinating area and buildings. Definatly worth to see. We still hade to que approx 30 min to get in fr.om the rain. Some of us attending the tour had poor audio quality with interruptions from time to time. Therefore we were missing out some information.

5/5 stars
Fantastic! A must see experience!

I would recommend anyone to book these kind of tours beforehand so you skip the lines! When I saw the enormous queue on St. Peter's square (I guess at least 2 hours waiting) I was really happy that I did. Everything was clearly explained and well organised. You pay extra of course, but it is worth every Euro cent. Just 1 remark: at the meeting point you have to pay 23 Euro entrance fee (besides the amount I already paid when I booked online, which was apparently only for the guide and for the fact that you skip the line). This was not clearly mentionned on my booking voucher. PS: We had a great tour guide (I believe her name was Inga Rasmussen), she really made this an unforgettable experience!

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