Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

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See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! After paying your entrance fee direct, head inside the world’s largest collection of private art with an expert guide, and see for yourself why the Vatican is a mecca for millions of travelers. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Finish with a tour of St Peter’s Basilica, and see the beautiful ‘La Pieta’ sculpture while learning about it from your guide. Choose from a selection of different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum).

Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
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  • Min price: $45.68
  • Length of visit: 3 hours
  • Departure Point: Vatican City, near Ottaviano metro station

Departure Times:

  • Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 8.30am with an English-speaking guide.
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  • Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 10am with an English-speaking guide
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  • Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 12:30pm with a English-speaking guide
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  • Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 1pm with an English-speaking guide
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  • Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 2pm with an English-speaking guide
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  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people. Departs at 8am with an English-speaking guide
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  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people. Departs at 8:30am with an English-speaking guide
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  • Good for:
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
    • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
    • Skip the line
    • Likely to Sell Out
  • Operates: Daily, except Sunday
  • Inclusions:
    • Professional guide
    • Fully narrated tour
  • Exclusions:
    • Vatican Museums entrance tickets are NOT included 
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot).
    • A supplement of approx. 23 euros (adult) is payable directly. Entrance will be free of charge on World Tourism Day.
    • Supplement will be 24 euros starting from January 2018.
    • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
    • Luggage storage NOT available
    • Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
    • Tours departing Wednesday: 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. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
    • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list any affected dates as they become available. The tour guides aim to notify guests if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
    • This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
    • Our tours end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's, or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
    • We cannot predict when individual museums will be crowded. In general long lines are common at major attractions in summer, on most weekends, and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays). Our skip-the-line tickets (not included in the price) enable you to skip the line if indeed there is one. 
    • Please note: Raphael Rooms are available only for the first morning tour.
  • Return Details: Concludes in St Peter's Square
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviews

  • 5
    - 15 December 2017 -

    Fantastic. Worth every penny. Very informative and interesting guide. Viator has never let me down.

  • 4
    - 14 December 2017 -

    Great tour. Guide was very informative.

  • 5
    - 13 December 2017 -

    very beautiful concert an exceptional trio

  • 4
    - 13 December 2017 -

    Vatican trip needs more time. It was completely beautiful but I wish I had more time. Kinda hard to see and truly enjoy the treasures in the Vatican in such a short time. I will need to revisit!

  • 5
    - 05 December 2017 -

    Our tour guide was so knowledgeable, we learned so much and enjoyed the tour immensely!

  • 5
    - 02 December 2017 -

    We did an early tour which i totally recommend. We had no problem finding our tour guide, she was so informative, the Vatican museums are so vast she just selected the most important things. You had the option to return to the museums later if so wished. My star was St Peters Basilica words cannot describe its beauty. It was a once in a lifetime experience!! It was quite busy but well worth it.

  • 5
    - 02 December 2017 -

    Excellent tour. Well worth taking this if you want to see your way around Vatican with a knowledgeable guide

  • 5
    - 02 December 2017 -

    Overall great experience and tour. Tour guide was very informative. Really enjoyed the whole tour!

  • 4
    - 02 December 2017 -

    Love the tour. Excellent tour guide. Felt rushed and didn't see everything. I wonder if the audio tour will be better.

  • 4
    - 29 November 2017 -

    A good guided tour but there was not much skipping the line because of the size of the crowds in the Museum and the Chapel. An awesome place to see with the displayed wealth and history. It is recommended that an early tour be taken to try to avoid the crowds. The whole day could be spent in the complex to try to get an idea of the history of the place and see most of the content of the whole place.

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Things to Do in this tour

Vatican Museums

Vatican museum is the collection of artworks connected with Christianity and Popes of Vatican. It is situated next to St. Peter’s Basilica. The museum displays the most remarkable items from the Renaissance period. It contains 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel (; Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina [kapˈpɛlla siˈstiːna]) is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between...

Vatican City

The world's smallest state, center of Catholicism, and home to the Pope. The Vatican museum is known worldwide.

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