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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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  • 3 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


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.


  • 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

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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: 1 hour

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

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

Stop At: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

Raphael’s Rooms are a series of galleries that highlight the talent of the lauded Renaissance artist himself.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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

Pass By: St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Passing by

  • 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

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • 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 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
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

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours

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

User's Reviews

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Keith E

Well organised tour with guide who was extremely knowledgeable and gave ongoing information to the group.

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Henry E

Perfect pace to see and hear the facts surrounding the Vatican, basilica, and the chapel. Our guide highlighted the most interesting parts of each. There is too much to try to absorb it on your own.

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Sibelle B

Our guide was Nicola and our tour was great! He enlighted all the major aspects of the Flavius Anfitheater aka Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Me and my family loved the experience!

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Morgan A

Finding the tour was not a problem as once you get to the desingated meeting spot there are many people there to assist you. Our semi-private group had only 12 people in it and the guide was simply amazing. He was super knowledgeable and equally funny. I don't usually write review but the experience was simply so wonderful that I had share. Our favorite part of the tour was St. Peter's Basilica- so much to see and it was genuinely breathtaking.

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as a first timer to ROME, i am glad that i booked this toor. The guide was knowledgeable, provided anecdote and comedy to describe what we were witnessing. Overall, truly enjoyed this experience my first time around.

User's Picture Gallery


vatican courtyard

vatican courtyard


Saint Peters Basilica

just as you walk thru the main entrance of the church. As the sun is setting it's quite a heavenly view...



Inside St. Peter's


Skip the Line: Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Rapha

Prayers for John Paul 2 @ his tomb


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The Pieta in SAt Peter's Basilica!!



Heather at the Trevi Fountain



Heather at Castel Sant'Angelo


A Fountain at the Vatican

Leaving the Vatican, Dori stood by the fountain


Egyptian Statue

Dori standing with an Egyptian statue at the Vatican Museum


Ravi at the Vatican Museum

Ravi at the Vatican Museum


Angels at the Vatican

Cherub Angels overlooking the Baldacchino of St. Peter's Basilica


Vatican sculpture

This is a HUGE revolving metal sculpture in the 'pine cone' courtyard of the Vatican.


Inside St. Peter's

The sun was beaming in at a great time when we were here. It added to the effect that this was a special place.


St Peter's

This was taken later in the afternoon in St. Peter's Cathedral.


Brett and Kerry in Front in the Vatican

This picture was taken in front of the Vatican just after the tour ended.


St Peter's Square

This is a view of the columns outside The Vatican in St Peter's Square.


St. Peter's at Daybreak

We took the extra-early tour to really avoid lines and this is what St. Peter's looked like when we arrived about 7:45 a.m. -- bathed in a beautiful light. A nice nun indicated which way to walk to get to the museum entrance.


St. Peter's Basilica

Impressive view of St. Peter's Basilica from the Square.


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Modern Art in the Vatican

A modern piece of work inside the walls of the Vatican depicting the world.





Amazing Ceiling Frescos

Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the walls, ceilings & floors!


Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums.



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