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

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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

Meeting point

Meet your tour guide at Via Germanico 8, 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

  • 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

(5795 Reviews)
5/5 stars
No alternative to visiting the Vatican

A person can't really visit the Vatican without a proper guide who can point out important items, explain the history and knows where to go. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very knowledgable and made the visit a good experience.

5/5 stars
Francesca was outstanding, very informative and entertaining.

Great time

5/5 stars
It was magnificient

Sara was an excellent guide tour

5/5 stars
Really Worth It

It was an excellent tour, lasted as long as we hoped for. The pace was fast, the facts were interesting and to the point and our guide, Nicola, spoke very clearly and was able to answer any question he was asked. And of course the site as such was fascinating. While cost was not too high, I think that it should be more clearly indicated that the entry fee is not included in the initial cost and that an additional 24 euros per head needs to be incurred before entering.

4/5 stars
It was useful for a first although the price was a little high.

My biggest problems were: 1. It was not clearly state - before you pay - that entrance ticket to the museum was not included. 2. It claimed that my ticket was stored on my mobile. I have an iPhone. I have no idea where it was stored.

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