Essential Vatican guided tour: Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
Attractions & guided tours

Essential Vatican guided tour: Skip-the-line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

4.5/5
Excellent
Based on 3421 reviews
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£51.00
Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Availability: Varied
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Visit must-see locations such as the Courtyards of the Vatican City, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Sistine Chapel
  • Admire the beauty of the Vatican with your expert guide
  • Enjoy a more personalized experience with smaller group tours
What to expect

Discover the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica all in one intimate fully guided tour! After entering through the Pinecone Courtyard, this semi-private walking tour begins at the Vatican Museums where you'll skip the line and head straight inside.

Explore the myriad of paintings, sculptures, and tapestries the Museums have to offer. Your expert guide will then lead you to the Sistine Chapel. Bask in Da Vinci’s illustrious and renowned ceiling frescoes as your guide enlightens you on its all-important history.

At last, your guide will escort you into St. Peter’s Basilica, bypassing long lines of spectators, to provide an overview of this spectacular church. At the end of the tour, you can remain in St. Peter’s Basilica at your leisure, or you may return outside to St. Peter’s Square to admire Bernini’s clever optical illusion and the basilica’s heavenly façade.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • What's included
    • Faster than skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
    • All entrance and reservation fees to the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums
    • Expert tour guide
    • Audio headsets when necessary
    What's not included
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food/Beverage
    Where

    Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Meeting point:
    Make sure to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the departure of the tour. Coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition.Please meet at the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi, between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano. The guide will be waiting at the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano-Musei Vaticani (red line A). Latecomers cannot be accommodated or will not be eligible for a refund.
    What to remember
    • Please note that small group tours will have no more than 12 participants and regular group tours will have no more than 20 participants. Meeting points and inclusions are the same for both tours
    • In case of unexpected closures of some of the areas inside the Museums, the guide may have to slightly modify the itinerary. For example, if some of the internal connecting areas are closed for safety reasons, Raphael's Rooms may be replaced with the Pio Clementino Museum, where Laocoon and Apollo Belvedere statues can be found
    • Please note that the time and date of the tour cannot be modified after purchase
    • Guests with wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour
    • Strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour
    • This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs
    • Government-imposed COVID restrictions may be in force for entering the tour country and venue. Please make sure to check the official travel advice on the government website
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    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

    What people say about this experience

    Excellent

    4.5/5

    Based on 3421 reviews from verified customers

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    Review categories

    Safety

    4.6/5

    Service

    4.6/5

    Staff

    4.6/5

    Value for money

    4.4/5

    • Anonymous

      From France - November 2022

      Great

      Overall rated

      4/5

      Belle visite en petit groupe du Vatican avec un guide de très bon niveau qui a su nous guider à travers la foule de touristes nombreux en cette périod ...

    • Anonymous

      From United Kingdom - November 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

      Our tour guide was informative funny kind ( I went with my 92 year old father and she was able lead the group whilst being attentive to him

    • Anonymous

      From Brazil - October 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

      A guia era muito experiente e tinha conhecimento sobre todo o tour realizado

    • Anonymous

      From Italy - October 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

      Tutto fantastico guida bravissima e preparata e anche molto disponibile alle nostre domande. Bravi.

    • Anonymous

      From United States of America - October 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

      Georgia our tour guide was amazing and very knowledgeable. She gave us a lot of history and showed us what was in the ceiling and walls of the Sistine ...

    • Anonymous

      From Germany - October 2022

      Excellent

      Overall rated

      5/5

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