Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour

Badge of ExcellenceRoma, Italy

From $49.23

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary.
  • Art history tour of the splendid Vatican Museums
  • See highlights of the sprawling collection with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the artists and their patrons through live audio headset commentary
  • Walk beneath the sacred ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access

What's Included


Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Germanico, 16
    Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    MEETING POINT: MAYA TOURS OFFICE - VIA GERMANICO 16 PLEASE ARRIVE TO CHECK-IN 15 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED ENTRY TIME! We organize everything and we’ll escort you inside the Museums, where we will provide you with your ticket.

End point

  • Vatican Museums
    00120, Vatican City

    Exit of the Vatican Museums

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour, you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • If you book for the WEDNESDAY 09:30 AM guided tour you will NOT be able to skip the line in to the Basilica due to the popes mass it will be closed until later in the day.
  • Please note that on the day of your visit certain areas of the monument/attraction can be closed due to either religious events and national holidays.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Students booking a reduced ticket must have a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Knees & Shoulders must be covered for both Men & Women to enter the Sistine Chapel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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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Traveler Tips

Tour meet-up was at a location about a 5m walk from the Vatican entrance so it was convenient.
The Vatican is massive and it gets crazy there at 8 am; without skipping the lines, you would be lost for sure!
The cost of the tour is very reasonable and certainly gives one a great overview of the history and artifacts that can be found in Vatican City.
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Amazing! Best tour guide
Bernice_B, Mar 2023
Maggie was an amazing tour guide . Super engaging, fun and informative . Couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide
Stacey_S, Mar 2023
Christina was EXCELLENT! She could have made explaining math interesting! She was first the US originally but her for (I think she said) 30 years. Very knowledgeable, entertaining and clear speaking. She was very good at keeping the group together.
We had the 2 hour tour...
anna_t, Mar 2023
We had the 2 hour tour and our guide Debra made sure that not a single minute was wasted👍🏼. I have visited the Vatican 5 times and every time, learned something new. I recommend it highly, and if you love art and history, I suggest you take a longer tour. The 2 hour tour did not include Raphael’s Room.
Good Tour
Brandon_M, Mar 2023
This does help to skip the line and will B line you to the Sistine Chapel but don't book anything else in the afternoon as you may want to go back to the start and see the museum properly.
thank you maria for the wonderful experience
Vanessa_F, Mar 2023
Maria, our tour guide was so patient with us and really went into detail about all the important parts of the Vatican. We went around a very busy time and we still managed to see a lot. The way she explained everything was very clear to understand. She was open to any questions and was really friendly.
Best tour guide
Daniel_S, Mar 2023
Devora, our tour guide was amazing, very knowledgeable, professional and fun, she promess us a VIP tour and she delivered. I highly recommend her for future tours
Educational and Enjoyable Tour
Nancy, Mar 2023
Kristina was an excellent tour guide and made the most of our time during the tour. She was very knowledgeable, professional and exhibited a great sense of humor! I highly recommend her as a tour guide and the Sistine Chapel is a must see when in Rome.
Exploring Vatican City
Marina_D, Mar 2023
Our tour guide Maria gave such detailed explanations. She was delightful and very knowledgeable! The Sistine Chapel was breathtaking!
Great tour!
Svein_H, Mar 2023
Our tour guide, Christine, was exceptional. Full of enthusiasm, knowledge. She was engaging, very energetic and she obviously liked her job. Best tour guide we have had. The Vatican experience was great!!
Deborah is the BEST guide!
Jamie_B, Mar 2023
Deborah is a fantastic guide! Very knowledgeable but also very passionate and entertaining. She does everything to get you right up front and where you want to be. The downside was how insanely crowded everything is and we were there during the “slow” season. I truly can’t imagine how chaotic it is in the summer which is unfortunate because it definitely takes away from how amazing the experience should be.
A wonderful way to skip the queues with a friendly and very knowledgeable guide. Thank you Alessandria
Lorraine_D, Mar 2023
There were so many treasures, especially loved the Bernini angels, but the Sistine Chapel surpassed all expectations
So worth it
Danny_M, Mar 2023
Our guide Deborah was so good. Not only did we learn a ton but she made it interesting and entertaining with her spirited self. Definitely recommend.
Amazing Tour and Guide!
Ron_W, Mar 2023
Amazing Time Christina was awesome. She took time upfront to talk with us and the expectations of what we were going to see. That time she gave us allowed us to appreciate the tour highpoints and relate the sites to the information she shared. would recommend again.
The only way to experience the Sistine Chapel as a family.
Aaron_E, Mar 2023
I was on the fence about doing a guided tour but once my family and I had the tour we know this is the only way to see the Sistine chapel.
Amazing tour, with great guide. Especially for kids.
Derek_M, Mar 2023
Amazing tour, with extremely knowledgeable guide. We were apprehensive about booking tours in advance, but the company was great. This tour in particular was incredible.
I would recommend. On time, organized, informative.
Rose_S, Mar 2023
I traveled alone and arrived early. There was someone (a young man) on the corner who helped me know where I would be checking in and recommended a place to eat. Deborah, our tour guide, did an amazing job. She explained some history with the building, artwork, and artists.
Debra is my hero.
Leisa_S, Mar 2023
Was easy and convenient to book and check it was smooth. Our guide Debra is extremely knowledgeable, could efficiently navigate the crowds and was caring for her group.
History became alive by a gifted storyteller
Tina_M, Mar 2023
We had the great pleasure to be guided by Christina. She is a gifted storyteller and made for us the history about Sistine Chapel alive. We remembered many details on further sightseeing of Rome. Thank you!
Excellent tour. ...
Peter_H, Mar 2023
Excellent tour. Tour leader ( Christina I think! American was outstanding and brought the place alive)
Great tour!
Deirdre_H, Mar 2023
Such a fantastic place to visit! Thanks to our tour guide, Deborah, for making the the few hours fly by. So much interesting information.