Skip the Line Sistine Chapel & Vatican Tickets and Tour

 
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Highlights:

See the Papal treasures of the Vatican Museums

Marvel at the Sistine Chapel

Go inside St. Peter's Basilica on the morning tour (except on Wednesday)

See the Raphael Rooms, part of the Papal Apartments

Skip the line for fast entry to the Vatican's most famous sights

Average time spent in line:
2-3 hours
Waiting time with ticket:
None!

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  • English Tour

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Live guide: German

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Live guide: Spanish

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Live guide: French, Portuguese

    Duration: 3 hours

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  • German Tour with Pick-Up from selected hotels

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    Duration: 3 hours

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Overview:

Visit one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world with skip-the-line access to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The guided 3-hour morning or afternoon tour also explores the papal treasures and magnificent art of the Vatican Museums.

Description:

Tour one of the holiest sites in Christendom on a 3-hour guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums including a comprehensive visit to the Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces of St. Peter’s Basilica. With exclusive skip-the-line access, saving you long waits in the lines that form outside one of the world’s most popular attractions.

Considered among the most important places in the history of human civilization, start your tour at the museum to see the important collections of art that various popes have acquired throughout the centuries.

Look out for renowned sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art. Feel the weight of history and get a sense of the sacred as you spy paintings by Raphael, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo, including his masterwork in the Sistine Chapel.

Only in the morning
Admire Bernini’s colonnade in St. Peter’s Square and go inside the Basilica. Built over the centuries by famous architects including Michelangelo, its iconic dome is one of the glittering symbols of Rome.

What's Included:

• Guided tour
• Entrance tickets
• Professional tour guide
• Skip-the-line entrance

What's Not Included:

• Pick-up – applies to all tours except the German tour with pick-up
• Drop off
• Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica – applies to all afternoon tours

Good to Know:

• Tours run every day except Sundays and religious holidays.
• Tour ends close to St. Peter's Square.
• Strict dress code: no skirts above the knee, no shorts, no bare shoulders (tank tops or sleeveless blouses), and you must wear shoes. You will not be permitted inside the basilica unless you are dressed appropriately. Since this tour goes into the Basilica through the Sistine Chapel, it is important that you respect the dress code.
• If there are children with you, please do not take the tour with your baby buggy. Vatican Museums allows you to take baby buggies into the Museum, but not inside the Basilica, therefore it is strongly recommended that you do not carry the buggy with you before entering the Museums, otherwise you will risk losing the group at the Sistine Chapel.
• Please note that on Wednesdays the tour will not enter the Basilica due to the Papal audience
• Spanish, French (in low season, requires a minimum of 4 people) and German tours may be led in multiple languages

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  • Rating: 2 “Disappointing”

    Reviewed by Elizabeth from Sudbury, United States on July 21st, 2014 Still took us over an hour to enter the Museum-all the guides stick to a particular route and points of interest making it impossible to appreciate or even walk through the dense crowds. Honestly, I did not have high expectations and I only booked it for getting in without a wait. I am a professor of art history so I abandoned the tour as soon as we were in and explored on my own. The Pinacoteca with the brilliant Raphael's and Caravaggios were abandoned and a joy to visit. The Raphael Signature Room and Sistine Chapel were uncomfortable and extremely crowded. In defense of any guide it was incredibly crowded this last Saturday.


  • Rating: 2 “Not enough time was given to peruse the museum and take pictures”

    Reviewed by V from Congleton, United Kingdom on July 20th, 2014 Would not recommend any person taking a guided tour of the Vatican Museums as you are not given enough time to take in the splender of it all. Our bag was taken from us on entering the Vatican as supposedly this was too large to carry round, we only had a standard back pack. At the end of the tour which finished in St Peters Bascilica, we then had to take a half hour walk to the entrance to retrieve our bag. The tour finished at 5.30pm, allowing for the retrieval of our bag, we were unable to enter St Peters and had to cut short our experience as the Vatican closes at 6.00 pm.
    We recommend that you input in your selling notes to warn customers of this in order that they can prepare well for their tour


  • Rating: 3 “Meeting point in the shade would be nice!”

    Reviewed by Jennie from Dover, United Kingdom on July 19th, 2014 Lots of information given during the tour but sadly it was quite difficult to retain as the group was far too big for this extremely busy environment.


  • Rating: 2 “Very disapointed”

    Reviewed by Jade from London, United Kingdom on July 18th, 2014 It was off to a bad start when we had to wait around for a long time before even going anywhere. Our group was huge and it was often hard to hear what the guide was saying through the earpiece.

    When we finally got to the Vatican entrance there was a big kerfuffle about someone else joining the group so again we had to wait another 15 minutes for this to be sorted.

    The guide we had was very polite but i felt like he was just reeling off the facts as opposed to telling the stories and contextualising everything. A few group members requested to join another tour that we passed as their tour guide seemed a lot more engaging.

    Would not recommend. Very avergae tour.


  • Rating: 4 “Skipped the line was great!”

    Reviewed by Larissa from São Paulo, Brazil on July 17th, 2014 It was a good experience, very well prepared guide. My only concern is that, they should consider having a special fare for kids over the website.


  • Rating: 4 “Muy profesionales y concisos y sabedores de lo que estaban explicando.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from polinya, Spain on June 30th, 2014 Positiva


  • Rating: 5 “Well worth the money!”

    Reviewed by Mark from Philadelphia, United States on June 27th, 2014 The best feature was "skip the line". Crowds were big and lines were very long. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgable. The only critique was that in too much time was spent in the different living quarters.


  • Rating: 5 “Excellent tour with a very interesting guide”

    Reviewed by Heather from Hook, United Kingdom on June 26th, 2014 So glad we took the early morning tour as that included the Basilica which was absolutely amazing. The tour through the museums was wonderful, stunning art work, in my humble opinion more impressive than the Sistine Chapel. The tour moved rather quickly, but taking into account the volume of visitors that is understood. Good guide who seemed was very interested in his subject. Do make sure you include a visit to the Basilica, that must not be missed.


  • Rating: 4 “Great way to see the "popular" statues and paintings.”

    Reviewed by Gloria from Oakville, Canada on June 25th, 2014 Group too large - should have had 2 guides. Meeting place in front of Footlocker - easy to find. Took almost an hour until we finally got into the Vatican.
    Guide was very informative and showed us all the highlights and was very patient. Would have been over-whelming to have done it on my own. Would have liked him to have also shown us through around St. Peters rather than just talk about it to us. A must to avoid the long lines!


  • Rating: 4 “Interesting and informative in tough conditions”

    Reviewed by Mark from London, United Kingdom on June 25th, 2014 The start was shambolic with poor organisation and a large time getting into groups.

    Once this was done and the tour finally started (late), it was good, informative and interesting. The guide coped well with a large groups in busy and hot conditions.


  • Rating: 5 “A very interesting and informative tour”

    Reviewed by John from Huddersfield, United Kingdom on June 20th, 2014 This was our first visit to Rome and we were looking forward to seeing the Sistene Chapel and the Vatican. We were certainly not disappointed and were very glad we had booked the tour beforehand. Our guide was interesting and very informative. Her English was of a very high standard. She answered questions knowledgeably and clearly. We felt we were being taken on an individual tour even though there were a lot of people on the tour.


  • Rating: 4 “Excellent informative and easily accessible”

    Reviewed by Maureen from Glen Iris, Australia on June 16th, 2014 It was a very hot day so a hand fan would be handy and no air con in the museum. Guide was interesting and informative and answered our questions. It's a long walk so good comfortable shoes necessary.


  • Rating: 5 “Great tour”

    Reviewed by Jacqui from Buderim, Australia on June 13th, 2014 The tour guide was very informative. The audio was hard to hear because of the thick walls and too many people on the tour/inside at once. Waited a long time to get sorted at the start.


  • Rating: 5 “great tour of Vatican”

    Reviewed by Renee from Lincolnwood, United States on June 10th, 2014 Hi! We had a great tour of Vatican city! Roberto was a very knowledgeable
    and entertaining guide. I would sign up again for this tour!


  • Rating: 3 “Ok tour, very hard to understand guide.”

    Reviewed by Kelly from Arlington, United States on June 8th, 2014 It was very hard to hear/understand our guide. Even standing right next to him you couldn't hear him. The tour would be much better if we could have heard him.


  • Rating: 5 “Everything about the tour was excellent - a wonderful guide”

    Reviewed by Wendy from Eleebana, Australia on June 7th, 2014 It was a wonderful experience. From pick up at our hotel to the conclusion of the tour, every aspect was well organised, clearly explained and very well executed. The tour party was larger than expected but the guide kept everyone together and patiently gave interesting explanations about the various art works and features. We were in awe of the architectural and artistic treasures and felt privileged to be seeing them. What we saw was clearly only a fraction of what there is to be seen, but we felt we had really got our money's worth. The tour did go longer than we expected and we did not make it to our afternoon tour of the Colosseum, however we were exhausted anyway.


  • Rating: 5 “History made real in a fictional context”

    Reviewed by Johan from Stockholm, Sweden on June 1st, 2014 We had a great time along the path of illumination, learnt new things and shared many laughs.


  • Rating: 5 “Incredible, life changing experience seeing the Vatican.”

    Reviewed by Gina from Carmel, United States on May 29th, 2014 Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about everything we were able to see and was wonderful about keeping our group together and getting us around other groups Entire tour was amazing, breathtaking. Were so pleased with the tour and how organized it was. Thank you for an unforgettable experience.


  • Rating: 4 “Bonne prestation. Point de rendez-vous un peu moyen peu pratique.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France on May 26th, 2014 Très bonne prestation de la part de la guide, dommage que nous étions mélangés avec des portugais, ce qui a ralenti le parcours et "squizzé" certaines explications qui étaient faites en double (français et portugais). Sinon rien à redire.


  • Rating: 5 “Superb! A must see!!”

    Reviewed by Heather from Visalia, United States on May 25th, 2014 This was a wonderful tour! The Sistine is a majestic experience! Our guide was amazing and knowledgeable! Really enjoyed! A must see!! Get your guide is the BEST way to do tours. Skipping the line and getting right in is a must otherwise you will waste most of your day waiting! We loved all of our get your guide tours we booked for our 21 day European vacation!


  • Rating: 4 “Enjoyable time”

    Reviewed by Suzanne from Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom on May 23rd, 2014 A bit chaotic at the begining meeting the guide to get ear pieces but after that no problems and the guide was very knowlegable very enjoyable time and would recommend due to large crowds at the Vatican


  • Rating: 3 “To many people!”

    Reviewed by Peggy from Hamilton, Canada on May 18th, 2014 The tour did what it said it would do. Saw what we were promise and our guide was informed, courteous & entertaining. That being said, when we arrived at the meeting point there had to at least 150 people there waiting. 2 company representatives showed up 08:30 hrs on the dot to organize us into language groups and to assign guides. Utter chaos!!!! This took 45 min. Every other language group was small but the English groups were over 30 people each.! This shouldn't have been a surprise and arrangements should have been made for the number of English guests booked! By the time we got in the Vatican was packed! You could barely move and we kept losing the guide in the crowds. Will never do it again.


  • Rating: 4 “engoyable and educating!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Johanneshov, Sweden on May 15th, 2014 our top guide Fabio was excellent, attentive and very well informed! enjoyed every minute of it.


  • Rating: 4 “Thanks to this activit, we did admire the Sistine Chapel!”

    Reviewed by Linda from Melle, Belgium on April 26th, 2014 The tour was very well organised. It went very quickly due to the crowd but we could follow our guide Eleonore, she took care of the group very well. Her info was very good en clear thanks to the ears.


  • Rating: 3 “Average”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from London, United Kingdom on April 21st, 2014 Terrible organization at the meeting point, they guy left the place w/o letting me know


  • Rating: 5 “great”

    Reviewed by Jeroen from würzburg, Germany on April 7th, 2014 tourguide was great, avoiding waiting time was money well spend!


  • Rating: 3 “Tour ohne Warten am Eingang”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Guhrow, Germany on March 22nd, 2014 Der Führer war nett, leider war die Gruppe von den Interssen sehr unterschiedlich. In Teilen kamen sie mit dem gebuchten Shuttle auch noch zu spät.
    Ich denke, man hätte mehr sehen können.


  • Rating: 5 “Amazing and informative tour!”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Easton, United States on March 16th, 2014 The skip the line aspect was great, the line to enter wrapped around the outside. My mother and I learned so much, she had been before but had just walked through by herself. Our tour guide was very informative and explained everything in just enough detail. Great experience all around!


  • Rating: 5 “very enjoyable with a knoweldgeable guide”

    Reviewed by Anthony from NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, United Kingdom on February 26th, 2014 very enjoyable with a knoweldgeable guide


  • Rating: 5 “Excellent tour with extremely informative guide”

    Reviewed by William from Antrim, United Kingdom on February 2nd, 2014 The tour was very well organized and the guide was extremely well informed!


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