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

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

Overview

See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! 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 (available only during the early morning tour) 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 (16 people maximum).
Before you start, our multilingual staff will welcome you at our fully equipped, air-conditioned offices.

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peters Basilica

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Lazio

Vatican Museums

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio

St. Peters Basilica

Duration: 40 minutes

Inclusions
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Bathroom access
  • Recharging station for your devices

Exclusions
  • Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Important: Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are NOT included and will be provided by the agency at an additional cost (on the spot). Adults over 18 years old should pay 24,00 euros per person and 6-17 years old should pay 16,00 euros per person.
Departure Point

Via Vespasiano, 46


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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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sherries

Eileen, our tour guide, was incredibly knowledgeable, did an amazing job of sheparding our group through the massive crowds, was very punctual, had a great sense of humor, and made the experience everything we hoped for. Definitely recommend the group for its organization. Thank you!

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csmallberg

We had an excellent and very knowledgeable, funny guide and really enjoyed the tour. Will definitely recommend it.

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Rhonda F

I took the tour with La Vacanza Travel's partner in Rome last Sunday. It was a wonderful tour led by Francesca Dresda. Francesca was highly professional, knowledgeable and kind. She took great care of our diverse group with differing mobility needs. In the three hours with Francesca, we gained insight into the history of the Vatican and some of the most important works of art. At the Vatican, we also got to see a visiting Bishop procession (Bishop of Copenhagen!), and a wedding in one of the side chapels in the basilica, serendipity it was, no doubt - but so cool nevertheless. This tour was totally worth the time and money. If you go, ask for Francesca. She is fantastico!

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Rocio T

The tour guide, Sylvia was great. She was very knowledgeable, funny, attentive, and full of excitement when giving us our tour.

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Bailey L

Easy instructions of where to meet and was the rules were. Our guide was very nice and kept things running quickly and smoothly. Always immensley impressed with the amount of information these guides know! Our guide had a great sense of humor too and kept things lighthearted and fun.

User's Picture Gallery

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Besucheralle Vatikan

Anhand eines Modells zeigen die Guides den Besuchern die wichtigsten Gebäude im Vatikan.

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St. Peters

Last stop in the tour.

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Museum Garden

In the Garden. This was just wonderful to visit the gardens on a beautiful sunny day.

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Map gallery, Vatican Museums

Taken during our tour. Quite apart from the colorful frescoes depicting early maps, the ceiling was truly breathtaking. Stopping to take the picture did not mean losing any of the commentary of our guide because we were receiving this over earphones.

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Notice anything missing?

Popes had male statues either castrated or covered their maleness with leaves.

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Gallery of Maps

This gallery has a beautiful ceiling and maps of Rome going from South to North.

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Vatican City

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Deckengemälde in den Vatikanischen Musseen

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Altarraum des Petersdoms

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die heilige Pforte

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Inside the Basilica

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Statute in the Vatican museum

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St. Peter's Basilica

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Me and my husband Rob

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This picture spoke to me because of Jesus and the angel. I love angels.

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