Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, St Peter’s, Sistine Chapel, Small-Group Upgrade Option

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Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica on this guided Vatican walking tour, in a group of no more than 20 people! See Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of the Maps and more, and then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s fresco ‘The Creation of Adam.’ Finish with a St Peter’s Basilica tour and hear the secrets of the holiest place in Christendom. Choose from four different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (12 people maximum). Skip the long lines for St. Peter’s Basilica with special access directly from the Sistine Chapel.

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines.
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  • Min price: $65.99
  • Length of visit: 3 hours
  • Departure Point: Tour departs near the Vatican Museums entrance.

Departure Times:

  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour in a group of no more than 20 people. Arrive at 7:45am to start at 8am
$75.73 Book now
  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour in a group of no more than 20 people. Arrive at 8:30am to start at 8:45am
$79.33 Book now
  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour in a group of no more than 20 people. Arrive at 8:45am to start at 9am
$75.73 Book now
  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour in a group of no more than 20 people. Arrive at 9:45am to start at 10am
$65.99 Book now
  • Skip-the-line Vatican tour in a group of no more than 20 people. Arrive at 2:15pm to start at 2:30pm
$65.99 Book now
  • Skip-the-line Vatican evening tour in a group of no more than 20 people. Arrive at 7:15pm to start at 7:30pm. Does not include St Peter's Basilica. Available for a limited summer season!
$86.54 Book now
  • Small-group upgrade: Skip-the-line Vatican tour in a group of no more than 12 people. Arrive at 7:50am to start at 8:10am
$112.39 Book now
  • Good for:
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
    • Multiple departure times and locations available
    • Skip the line
    • All entrance fees included
    • Small-group tour
  • Operates: Varies
  • Inclusions:
    • Entrance fee
    • Professional guide
    • Skip-the-line entry
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (optional)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • 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
    • Pre-booking this ticket enables you to skip the long lines (which can take up to two hours!) to enter the Vatican Museums. Please note, all visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.
    • 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. 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 would prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date.
    • We are unable to accommodate other entrance times. Entrance is strictly limited so you must arrive early. Anyone who arrives late cannot be accommodated
    • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended
    • Duration of the walking tour is 3-hours
    • 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. 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.
    • Do you cater to wheelchair users? Do you or the Vatican provide wheelchairs? This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible or either strollers. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after entrance, 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.
    • When our tour is over will we be able to visit St. Peter's Basilica or the grottos or dome? Absolutely. 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 guide will happily point you in the right direction!
    • Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that these items are not taken on this tour
  • Return Details: Concludes at St. Peter's Basilica.
  • 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
    - 19 December 2017 -

    the tour guide is excellent.

  • 5
    - 19 December 2017 -

    This was truly amazing. The guide exquisite. Skip the line very worthwhile. Note that the Sistine Chapel gets crowded no matter how fast you get there.

  • 5
    - 19 December 2017 -

    Our tour guide was beyond Amazing! The passion, expertise and knowledge made this a fabulous tour and day. Highly recommend.

  • 5
    - 19 December 2017 -

    This was great! Our guide shared fun and interesting information and moved through the museum at just the right pace while highlighting the greatest pieces.

  • 5
    - 18 December 2017 -

    Highly recommend this tour! Michael gave us so much context and history it made the visit extra special. The highlight was the Sistine Chapel.

  • 5
    - 18 December 2017 -

    Our tour guise was fabulous and kept us all together and moving at a perfect pace even thought the museum was very crowded.

  • 5
    - 18 December 2017 -

    This tour was amazing! Our tour guide was outstanding.

  • 4
    - 18 December 2017 -

    Couldn't fault the booking/organising/tour directions or tour guide. Other than the huge crowds, it remains a must see!

  • 4
    - 18 December 2017 -

    Good tour, but very difficult to follow guide as it was so crowded. I ended up being left behind at the Sistine Chapel because the guide mis-counted, but I was able to catch up and only miss about 15 minutes. Would recommend a smaller group tour if possible.

  • 4
    - 18 December 2017 -

    The Vatican is really crowded. This tour was well done and gave us a manageable way of visiting. Guide was very knowledgeable.

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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...

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