This activity was a 2014 nominee for the Worlds Best Attraction Guidie Award. 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

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

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  • English Tour

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  • English Tour: Semi-Private

    A maximum of 12 participants will be on this tour.

    Duration: 3 hours Skip the Line / Fast Track Entry

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Live guide
English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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 “Brilliant we beat the queues”

    Reviewed by Diane from Hoylake, United Kingdom on September 30th, 2014 Tour guide was brilliant informative and extremely helpful will highly recommend them 3 hours was plenty of time to see Vatican and Sistine chapel absolutely fabulous


  • Rating: 3 “Guide was pleasant but main thing you pay for is to skip queues”

    Reviewed by Ayse from London, United Kingdom on September 30th, 2014 A little annoyed to find out that price does NOT include entry tickets and these had to be purchased separately. This should be made clearer in the advertisement!


  • Rating: 5 “excellent”

    Reviewed by Gaelle from le plessis bouchard, France on September 30th, 2014 10/10


  • Rating: 4 “Great guide, very nice time admiring one of Italy's finest landmark...”

    Reviewed by Frederic from Puteaux, France on September 30th, 2014 Great experience, cutting lines, enjoying a great guide. But it does come at a price. Overall nearly 60€. And you pay your entry ticket 23 when it shows up at 16 (probably through group discounts, but still).
    Would recommend the guided visit, and ideally would expect a better bargain.


  • Rating: 5 “I liked guide Patritia very much”

    Reviewed by Dalia from Vilnius, Lithuania on September 29th, 2014 I liked everything- organization, services, especially guide.


  • Rating: 4 “All very easy and convenient”

    Reviewed by Paul from West pymble, Australia on September 29th, 2014 Great guide with good English skills


  • Rating: 5 “Fantastico!! Amazing!!”

    Reviewed by Kassandra from Dorval, Canada on September 28th, 2014 Our guide Arianna was so amazing and was super knowledgable! She brought life and entertainment to everything we saw! It was the best tour that I have ever taken because of her! I would recommend this tour to everyone wanting to visit the Vatican.


  • Rating: 5 “Very engagemang guide!”

    Reviewed by Emma from bromma, United States on September 28th, 2014 good level of info and pace, funny and interesting. Good sound and caring atmosphere.


  • Rating: 4 “A must see!”

    Reviewed by Andrew from Wake Forest, United States on September 27th, 2014 We met 15 minutes prior to our ticketed time and were beginning our tour inside the Vatican museum within 20 minutes. The line for tickets at that time wrapped completely around the outer wall. The guide was very knowledgable and spoke very clear English. Definitely well worth the money spent.


  • Rating: 5 “super tour”

    Reviewed by David from newcastle, United Kingdom on September 26th, 2014 Despite the fact there were thousands of people in the Vatican museum and a bit of push and shove at times.I really enjoyed the whole experience. Our guide was a guy called nicola who was great.he explained things really well and genuinely seemed to love the job.defo recommend this tour to anyone.


  • Rating: 4 “good organized, see everything you paid for, nice guide”

    Reviewed by Janine from Taufkirchen, Germany on September 24th, 2014 It was a nice guide, you can really skip the LONG (!) line in front of the Vatican.
    We unfortunately saw after booking, that you have to pay for the Vatican Museums EXTRA.


  • Rating: 5 “Great”

    Reviewed by Diana from Ingatestone, United Kingdom on September 23rd, 2014 It was very good


  • Rating: 4 “Very interesting. Now line. But the price is much too high.”

    Reviewed by Nadja from Berlin, Germany on September 23rd, 2014 Pascal is very good. He has humor and loves his job. But this offer is much too expensive. You have to pay a fee for the reservation and at the meeting point you will have to pay again for "the entrance". If you check carefully, you will find out, the entrance is much less, then what you are made to pay.
    Nevertheless, we did just shortly wait in lines and as I mentioned, the guide was very informative and at the end we did not regret to book the tour.


  • Rating: 5 “A fantastic experience with an excellent guide - Micaela.”

    Reviewed by Janice from Sale, United Kingdom on September 22nd, 2014 This tour was well worth the money, not just for skipping the line but for the expert knowledge and skills of Micaela - and her excellent spoken English. There is so much to see, it could be overwhelming; you could also not really know what you are looking at and why! With Micaela's commentary through an impressive audio system, this is not the case. She manages to distil information into meaningful chunks, whilst focusing on, and directing to the essential aspects of the tour. I know there is so much more than we saw, but there are only 24 hours in a day!


  • Rating: 5 “An amazing experience with an excellent guide, thanks Nicola.”

    Reviewed by Anna from Cape Town, South Africa on September 22nd, 2014 Experiencing the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica was a dream come true.


  • Rating: 5 “Nicola was a great guide! it was a great experience!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Bucharest, Romania on September 22nd, 2014 I would not exchange this to an audio guide. Having someone to tell you the whole history gets you into the atmosphere


  • Rating: 5 “Xxx”

    Reviewed by Marie-Christine from Oberkorn, Luxembourg on September 22nd, 2014 Xxxxx


  • Rating: 5 “Excellent”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Kongsberg, Norway on September 21st, 2014 Very good tour. The guide explained the most important things in his own way during the 3 hour tour and it is many many things to see. I would probably miss a loot without a guide.


  • Rating: 5 “Mind Blowing.”

    Reviewed by John from middlesbrough, United Kingdom on September 20th, 2014 Well worth the effort of finding the meeting place.


  • Rating: 5 “Fantastic Tour and Guide!”

    Reviewed by Emmanuel from Gresham, United States on September 20th, 2014 The tour and guide was just EXCELLENTE!


  • Rating: 3 “Guide not necessary!”

    Reviewed by S from Denny, United Kingdom on September 16th, 2014 Our guide was lovely and my mother (who is hard of hearing) could hear everything she said (our group was small so my mother was able to stand near to her). We enjoyed our tour with the guide but I felt that, on hindsight, a guide was really not necessary for the Vatican Museum, Chapel or Basilica as everything has a wee placard telling you about it.


  • Rating: 4 “Awe inspiring visit to Vatican”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Plymouth, United Kingdom on September 15th, 2014 Very compressive trip to everything interesting at the Vatican


  • Rating: 5 “Valentina - a real roman guide that shows you what is most important”

    Reviewed by Katharina from Wien, Austria on September 15th, 2014 Especially because of the quality of our guide Valentina, we took a german tour, the Vatican tour was very interesting and also entertaining. Always with a glimpse of humour she brought the history of this area to us in a very interesting way. I enjoyed all 3 hours of the tour, even when the masses of tourists in the vatican are sometimes a little bit stressful. Anyhow the vatican museums are simply huge and going there with a guide makes it much easier to pick out the most important/interesting ones. Thank you Valentina and Enjoy Rome Tours, we will definitely come back to Rome and do another tour.


  • Rating: 4 “Worthwhile”

    Reviewed by Anne from Hornsby, Australia on September 14th, 2014 Very well organised


  • Rating: 5 “a wonderful and very informative guide!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Frankston, Australia on September 13th, 2014 I have been to Rome several times and would recommend booking a guide for this tour. It was very informative and the guide was extremely passionate about the history of Rome. Thank you so much.


  • Rating: 5 “Made so much more than just a tour by the knowledge of the guide .”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Stockport, United Kingdom on September 13th, 2014 Be prepared for crowds of people as you are not the only ones who want to see the Vatican, lots of steps as pointed out by the excellent guide, the Vatican is on the top of a hill, that point never entered my head untill he told us at the start.


  • Rating: 5 “alles top”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Vogtsburg, Germany on September 13th, 2014 alles top


  • Rating: 5 “Excellent”

    Reviewed by Eleftheria from Müllheim, Germany on September 12th, 2014 5 stars


  • Rating: 5 “The guide was excellent & very informative.”

    Reviewed by Dianna from Kununurra, Australia on September 12th, 2014 The Sistine Chapel is / was poorly organised with so many people being jammed into this area at one time. Could be more orderly with certain lines and then the security could keep a better eye on people doing the wrong thing e.g. taking photos and talking. Spoilt the experience. The guide was one of the best I have experienced.


  • Rating: 4 “Personal approach and great insights into the Vatican”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 12th, 2014 Personal approach and great insights into the Vatican


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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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