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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Roma, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the Vatican on a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museums. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps and Raphael’s Rooms; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo; and hear little-known tales about sacred St. Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
  • Enjoy priority access through a Vatican Partner entrance, and tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • See captivating sites such as the Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps, and Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
  • Choose from four different times, or upgrade to a small-group tour (maximum 12)
  • Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly at all times

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.

What's Included

Professional guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Priority Access to the Vatican
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

1: Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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What To Expect

Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums.

Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante.

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself. Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel—the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam,' which cloaks the ceiling, and admire 'The Last Judgement,' his colorful mural that adorns a wall.

After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s 'La Pietà,' which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St. Peter’s Square.

Keep in mind that St. Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, enjoy an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St. Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date.

If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences:

Small-Group Tour in the morning: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights.

Tour in the evening: Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. A visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is not included.
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Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums. Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Dontao Bramante.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Pass through the rooms, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel — the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which cloaks the ceiling, and admire The Last Judgement, his colorful mural that adorns a wall.
Duration: 20 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s La Pietà, which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St Peter’s Square. Keep in mind that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, you'll be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. If you want to make sure that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don't select Wednesday as your travel date. If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences: Small-Group Tour at 8:10am: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Square
Passing by
Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guided visits are not allowed inside St. Peter's on afternoon tours due to religious functions. In this case guides provide full commentary from the Basilica's porch, and guests can visit the interior at their own pace without the guide
  • Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Excellent experience with tour guide
Fariha_A
, Feb 2020
Eduardo was an excellent guide. We had a wonderful time, so informative and explained and answered questions. Started on time and kept track of all of us. Took us through all main things( too many state) but we did not miss anything and he made sure to point out known sculptures and stories origins associated with them. Would highly recommend it. It made my visit far more informative than if I had would not booked with them.
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A great way to spend the morning!
Rhiannon_Jones
, Feb 2020
Francesca was a great guide! Professional, informative and brilliant at explaining anything we had questions about. St Peter's Basilica is beyond anything I've ever seen before. Highly recommend this tour for anyone going.
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Great guide. Informative tour
Paul_L
, Feb 2020
Knowledgeable guide with great skill at moving a 20 person group thru the museum chapel and basilica.
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The maps in the vatican museum
JuliaT
, Feb 2020
Sara N was our guide and she is outstanding in every respect - entertaining, knowledgeable, compassionate and clear. I really benefitted from her explanations and from the way she asked questions and kept expecting us to ask questions. She was selective and authoritative and she used images and analogies to help the group to remember. She had an encyclopaedic knowledge and I can't recommend this highly enough. Absolutely no queuing either!
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Vatican tour
Susan
, Feb 2020
Fast track and no waiting... stunning paintings in Sistine Chapel and magnificent St Peter’s Basilica...a must when in Rome.
star-5
Very well detailed tour
Andrew_T
, Feb 2020
Very well detailed tour, we went through most of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Our guide definitely knew what she was talking about
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Informative
David_P
, Feb 2020
Be prepared for a lot of walking but you see an amazing amount of stuff. Guide was very good with excellent English.
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Everything
Mary_H
, Feb 2020
Tour fabulous our tour guide was amazing 100 stars thank you loved her knowledge and was so kind very informative
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Excellent Tour
Grant_R
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour in 3 hours. Main things covered. Great guide with a fountain of knowledge. Felt very safe and in good hands.
star-5
A must do in Rome
Geraldine_O
, Feb 2020
Incredible tour, our guide Palou was so interesting and helpful. She was very enthusiastic about her work.

Product code: 3731VATICAN

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