Guided tour

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 63.29 per person

Likely to sell out

Spend more time inside when you skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel through an official, priority entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you’ll experience the best of the Vatican in just 3 hours.

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Duration 2 - 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish
Small group available


  • Enjoy faster skip-the-line access through the official Vatican Partner Entrance
  • See the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and more
  • Hear in-depth stories about the art from your expert English-speaking guide
  • Make the most of exclusive access with a maximum group of 20 people
  • Feel the history and legacy of the incredible works of art around you
Full description

Experience all the wonders and history the Vatican has to offer on this guided tour. Step inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with skip-the-line entry. Once inside, your expert guide will show you the best of the Pinecone Courtyard and Gallery of Tapestries.


Marvel at Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel, and learn all about its history from your guide. Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, which is larger than the Statue of Liberty. Gaze up into its massive dome and see its iconic sculptures, mosaics, and hidden details.


When you finish, you are free to remain inside St. Peter’s Basilica. Experience more of this amazing church at your leisure or return outside to St. Peter’s Square to admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion and the basilica’s heavenly facade.

  • Reserved access to the Vatican Museums
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica
  • Audio headsets
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St Peter's Dome ticket
  • Tips
  • Please note that St. Peter’s Basilica will not be included on the 'Sistine Chapel First Entry & Vatican Museums' option
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during the high season this can take up to 30 minutes
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies, when this occurs the local partner can offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums; the local partner endeavors to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, but this is not always possible and in these cases refunds or discounts are unavailable
  • On Wednesdays, due to the Papal Audiences, access to St Peter's Basilica is not possible until 1pm
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (like booster shots, negative COVID tests, or vaccine certificates with a QR code) may change with little notice: it is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government website
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 14332 reviews

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Oscar was out tour guide and he was excellent. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable he was very funny too. He was very patient with us as one of our party had mobility issues, made sure he waited for us at every stage even when we fell behind. Thank you for making our first trip to the Vatican a memorable one!

January 19, 2023

Skipping the line helps here and the tour guide was good. Only problems are when you must use the Vatican’s headsets for a portion of the tour, as the ear clips are not comfortable and tend to fall off. (Not the fault of the tour company. Use your time in the basilica after the tour to visit the free underground tombs. After that, go straight to the dome line and pay to see the basilica and Rome from the highest point in the area.

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December 11, 2022

Our guide was very helpful and informative. She greeted us immediately at our meeting spot. She introduced herself and gave a quick run through of how the tour would go. She stated expectations and rules. She listed out to dos and what to lookout for. The museum’s are breathtaking and it allows you to see centuries of history. The tour gives you insight to the creations the live within and how the pope’s lived. Those moments will last a lifetime.

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November 23, 2022

Product ID: 1879