Skip the Line Private Tour: Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St Peter Basilica

Badge of ExcellenceRoma, Italy
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the vast collections of the Vatican Museums, the glorious Sistine Chapel and enormous St Peter's Basilica with this private skip-the-line Vatican City tour. Arrange the tour at your convenience at any departure time.
  • 3-hour private skip-the-line Vatican City tour
  • Join a knowledgeable guide for a tour of the famous collections in the Vatican Museums
  • See ancient Roman artifacts as well as masterpieces from different artistic eras
  • Marvel at the singular beauty of the frescoes in the Raphael rooms
  • Stand in the Sistine Chapel in awe at the work of Michelangelo
  • Visit St Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom, to cap off the experience

What's Included

  • Admission tickets
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Headsets if needed
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Caffè Vaticano
    viale, Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Departure Point: Near the Vatican Museums entrance Address: Meeting point: in front of Vatican Entrance, at "CAFFE VATICANO" meet your guide holding the sign "Once in Rome" Directions: Metro stop Ottaviano line A, once you got off your train go upstairs and take the first exit on the left, and the stairway to the right, you'll end up at the crossing between Via Ottaviano and Viale Giulio Cesare, cross Via Ottaviano which should be on your left (so keep walking on via Giulio Cesare) until you see a flowers stand, turn left (the street you see in front of you is Via Leone IV) until you see a pedestrian crossing with traffic lights, Cross the street and follow the walls you see on your left (those are the walls of the Vatican State) the street climbs up slightly, follow it ( the name of the street is Viale Vaticano) until you reach number 100 (on your right), it is a bar called CAFFE' VATICANO, your guide will be waiting for you outside of the cafè holding a 'Once in Rome' sign. By CAB: ask the driver to take you to the Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) NOT to the Vatican, if you see he is dropping you off by a church tell him you want to go to the entrance of the Museums! If your driver got it right you should see a big wall and 2 big doors, keep those across the street and walk to the street number 100, Caffè Vaticano (right across the big entrance gate with two statues on top), your guide will be waiting for you there holding a 'Once in Rome' sign. Bus: we do not recommend using buses to go to the Vatican Museums, as it it much more confusing and time consuming than the metro) Dates: Monday thru Saturday Ending point: Concludes at St. Peter’s Basilica

End point

  • Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

What To Expect

Vatican Museums

1 hour 40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

St. Peter's Basilica

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive at least 15 mins prior to departure time
  • Depending on your group size, be sure to select the correct option at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Please remove your hat before entering the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica as a sign of respect
  • Near public transportation
  • On occasion the Vatican or certain areas of the Vatican are closed without notice. The tour will continue with an alternate route. There will be no refunds.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 1 paying adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Great Tour with Francesca!
Eduardo_R, Aug 2023
Although expensive, this tour was worth every penny for two reasons: (1) skip the line; and (2) our tour guide, Francesca. Francesca was incredibly knowledgeable about history, the museum and the art. She has an amazing ability to remember dates and details about important world events, which made it easy and fun to learn about the art we were seeing. It was clear she is passionate about not only her job, but also making sure her guests receive a first class tour.
Exceptional guide and super fun and brilliant
Cheri_G, May 2023
Eva was a wonderful and very knowledgeable guide. She made every effort to accommodate my mom and her age and weaknesses. We could not have seen all that we did without her tremendous effort patience and kindness!
The most entertaining and educational tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel that I have ever done
Arnold_T, May 2023
This was a memorable tour that should not be missed. Eva Basteiro-Bertoli was incredible. She is very knowledgeable as she is also an archeologist, and she mixes her knowledge with a great sense of humor, making the tour not only educational but also entertaining and NOT dull. I have visited the Sistine Chapel with different guides several times. I was bringing my sister and her family for the first time this time. I wanted a guide for their interest, but with Eva, I learned more than ever with other guides. She was also very accommodating; one person in our group had recent surgery, so she made sure that he would find places to sit while she was explaining and also requested the guards to allow specific shortcuts so he would not need to walk so much. At the end of the tour, she even stayed longer than scheduled to provide additional information. I strongly recommend this tour, where you skip the lines and get superb education and shared knowledge.
Walter_T, May 2023
Valentina was wonderful and made our experience very memorable! This was my second tour in 5 years. Was excellent! Thank you!
Eva was the best
Abigail_D, Apr 2023
Eva was a great tour guide!! She had so much history knowledge and told it in such a fun way. We were able to see so much.
Great Tour!
Tracy_B, Apr 2023
Wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend. Our guide was great with our teenage daughter. So informative!
Perfect Choice
Michelle_W, Mar 2023
Our guide was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour just to our liking. She answered all of our questions. The was exactly the experience we were looking for and are thrill we went with this company.
Worth every penny
Patricia_D, Oct 2022
Loved every moment of this experience. Our guide Laura was amazing. So full of information and knowledge. She was funny and quick to the point with everything she was telling us. Some guides can go on forever! I wish we could take her with us to explore all of Italy with her.
Very knowledgeable and...
Leonard_S, Sept 2022
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide, Maria Laura, who went out of her way to make it interesting, informative and easy
Breath Taking!! Must Do!
Becky_W, Sept 2022
I am still in amazement of the history and beauty these places have to offer. Our Guide Michela was so knowledgeable about everything. She answered all questions we had and told us the best places for pictures. I would ask for her. She speaks very good English and has such passion when she tells you about the history.
Very professional company, and exceptional tour guide
Earl_T, June 2022
Outstanding guide. Our private guide Maria Rosaria was a wealth of information. Highly organized and attention to every detail. We left feeling happy and excited. 10 of 10 ask for her, you won’t be sorry !!!
Fantastic Tour Guide and Tour Company!
Lisa_A, June 2022
We met Francesca outside the Vatican museum. She was FABULOUS!!! She is local to Rome, teaches art in Rome schools and knows interesting details about the displays at the Vatican. she was able to maneuver us around the crowds successfully and we were able to get into the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica (our tour was towards the end of the day). Her knowledge of the history of the art and perspective was impressive. she was also fun and a very nice person. If I were to tour other art museums in Rome, I would want Francesca to guide us. the private tour (it was just Francesca and the 4 of us) was worth the money, as we were able to concentrate on the displays that interested us and she was able to elaborate on our specific interests. The tour company was great at communicating and very responsive before our tour. it was second to none!
Perfect day at the...
Annie_B, Apr 2022
Perfect day at the Vatican! Our guide was Laura, and she was so friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. My husband & I had a great experience and would recommend Laura’s private tour to anyone visiting the Vatican!
A Day to Always Remember
Cheri_D, Apr 2022
Our private tour was absolutely wonderful! Eva was a fountain of knowledge, as well as delightful. She spent time explaining in detail the historical perspective of each room and artifact. All of it made the tour very meaningful. At the end of our tour, we felt as if we had spent the day with a talented, brilliant new friend!
Great tour of the Vatican...
Corbin_W, Dec 2021
Great tour of the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s. Eva was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, good pace, flexible and fantastic English.
Excellent guide and tour with personal attention
Curiosity601628, Oct 2019
Visiting Rome for the first time. Daniel was our tour guide and was excellent in his presentation and personal attention. It was the best tour of our many tours visiting Europe for 5 weeks.
Our tour guide was fantastic!!
Lisa_H, Oct 2019
I have blanked on her name. I am sorry I did because she was exceptional. I believe it started with an M. She was so knowledgeable and intelligent. Learned so much. I highly, highly recommend!
A private guide is the best way to see Vatican
Raymond_N, Aug 2019
My family had an exceptionally capable private guide who allowed us to set our own pace, see what we wanted to view and guided us with charm and grace through the various museums, the Sistine and St Peter's. The crowds were large and most areas crowed but with a private guide we were able to hear her clearly and navigate around the largest groups.
Amazing history!
Cathie_L, Apr 2019
Sooo much history and a very interesting tour. Marina, our tour guide, was incredibly well versed about the Vatican and made the tour interesting and fun!
Wonderful experience with fabulous...
Stephen E, Oct 2018
Wonderful experience with fabulous guide. Unforgettable and worth every penny.
Response from Host, Apr 2019
Thanks for the review. We’re so glad you enjoyed it!

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