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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Latium and Rome, Rome
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  • 3 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

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

  • 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

With over 8 million visitors per year, the long lines to get in to the Vatican are almost as famous as the place itself! Over 200 tour operators have "Skip-the-Line" entry to the Vatican, but this Official Partner Tour grants you special access to the Private Partner Entrance, which allows us to enter immediately, saving 3 to 4 hours during peak season and giving you even more time to explore the beauty of the Museums.

Once inside, you and your small group of 20 or fewer people will enjoy all the highlights of the Vatican Museums with an expert guide by your side. You'll also get your own headset, so you can be sure to catch every detail. Explore the Pinecone Courtyard, Hall of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Candelabra as you learn about the history of these magnificent pieces along the way.

Later, visit the stunning Sistine Chapel and take some time inside the world-famous room to pick out the details in works like the Creation of Adam. From Michelangelo's self-portrait to revenge for his enemies, you'll discover the secrets hidden within these incredible frescoes.
After the Sistine Chapel, enjoy No-Wait Access yet again, exiting through a special door that leads straight into St. Peter's Basilica, where you will enjoy a guided tour of the holiest place in Christendom. See the gilded altar and marvel at Michelangelo's beautiful sculpture, La Pietà, before heading outside to St. Peter's Square.

After all that, you'll leave the Vatican feeling like an expert!

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. Your tour is limited to 12 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican's must-see sights.

Evening Tour at 7:30pm: 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.

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
  • 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.
  • 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.
Departure Point

Tour departs near the Vatican Museums entrance.


Departure Time

Depending on option selected


Return Details

Concludes at St. Peter's Basilica.

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Ian S

From start to finish, absolute first class. Apart from a couple of late shows, which slightly delayed the tour (being picky, but 5 minutes), the 3 hour was a great experience. The instructions for the meeting point was clear. Our tour guide was polite, friendly and very knowledgeable. The Vatican was mind blowing. I thought the 3 hours might have been too much, but it flew by with so much to see. Highly recommended.

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Christine

Our tour guide, Salvatore was excellent. Very knowledgeable and thorough. Salvatore made the tour well worth it!

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Gerald B

We choose this option for our trip to Rome. We do not regret it at all. We were able to skip any lines that existed. Laura was awesome!

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eppyvox

Very easy meeting place, excellent tour. Guide was outstanding. Got exactly what we expected. The Vatican was very crowded the day we went. Using this tour was extremely beneficial, as the lines for entry were two-three hours long.

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Caryn A

The tour guide we had was awesome, she was so knowledgeable and articulate with her words. We all enjoyed her skilled knowledge!

User's Picture Gallery

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vatican courtyard

vatican courtyard

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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...

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Inside St. Peter's

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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!!

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Heather at the Trevi Fountain

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Heather at Castel Sant'Angelo

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A Fountain at the Vatican

Leaving the Vatican, Dori stood by the fountain

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Egyptian Statue

Dori standing with an Egyptian statue at the Vatican Museum

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Ravi at the Vatican Museum

Ravi at the Vatican Museum

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Angels at the Vatican

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

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Vatican sculpture

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

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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.

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St Peter's

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

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Brett and Kerry in Front in the Vatican

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

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St Peter's Square

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

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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.

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St. Peter's Basilica

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

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Statue.

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Modern Art in the Vatican

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

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Enjoy!

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Amazing Ceiling Frescos

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

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Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums.

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