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

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Spend more time inside with no-wait access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official, Vatican partner entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you'll experience the best of the Vatican in just three hours, including the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's, and more. Navigate the vast complex of artwork and history with an expert, who will bring this ancient collection to life. Choose from several departure times, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
Highlights
  • Skip hours-long lines on this Vatican Museums tour in Rome
  • Marvel at Vatican highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Listen to the guide's commentary through a personal headset
  • Opt for an early morning or evening time slot for a less crowded experience
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour, limited to 12 people
What to Expect
Depending on the time slot you selected at checkout, your experience begins outside of the Vatican Museums. Access the Vatican through a special entrance with no lines, saving hours of waiting time. Walk first through the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries, hearing your guide's commentary loud and clear through your personal headset. Snap photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard before you continue to Raphael’s Rooms. Spend the next part of the tour gazing upward at the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam' and 'The Last Judgement.' After, say farewell to your guide and continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to enjoy the church independently. Please note that on Wednesdays, due to the weekly Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Basilica may be unavailable. Ensure you select a day other than Wednesday if you’re set on seeing the landmark.
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Departure Point
1: Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Priority Access to the Vatican
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Louise was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable about the Vatican and sprinkled in some jokes to keep you engaged. Would definitely recommend!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Marc R
Reviewed 2 days ago

I thoroughly recommend doing this tour. The tour company was organised and gave very clear instructions for the meeting point to commence the tour. Everyone was already set up with their audio kits and ready to walk in to the Vatican Museum in our group...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank nattie1969
Reviewed 2 days ago

PG was our guide and very good on the day, very knowledgable and unflappable after an older gentleman became unwell on the tour. It seems that for the smallest country in the world with the largest collection of art etc - we didn't even scratch...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank BernadetteM868
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great information given. We sailed through the line. Can’t emphasize that enough as we witnessed LONG lines even for those who had made reservations. Huge crowds but Laura managed to keep us together and angle for best viewing spots. Bravo Laura!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank DeborahS741
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The tour was great! We got to see all the important parts thanks to our wonderful guide. Seeing the Sistine chapel was an amazing experience, especially since it was only something I've heard about and seen references to. However, my favorite part was getting to...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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BernadetteM868
October 6, 2019|
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Response from afterhours2015 | Reviewed this property |
We had about 15 in our group - which proved to be very manageable for the guide....... We went early morning ...the tour ends within the Basilica - which of course is huge you could spend as long as you liked in there so our... More
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Response from Bruce W | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about the Museum, but I know that you could continue touring inside St. Peters.
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Response from Anfernee20 | Reviewed this property |
That is separate from the tour. After the tour ends, the guide will direct you where to go if you want to go up the dome, it is accessed on the right side if you’re facing St. Peter’s. Be warned, there are many steep steps... More
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