Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Basilica Entry skip the line

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Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel Basilica Entry skip the line

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • Offered in: English


Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour with an expert friendly guide in a small group. Take advantage of your skip the line tickets and maximize your time inside this magnificent Vatican Museums. Your guide will lead you through the amazing galleries housing one of the most important art collections of the world. Art and history will be brought back to life and you will learn many stories & anecdotes through the headsets so you do not miss any words of the hidden art works. During your tour you will discover the Galleries of the Maps, Tapestries and Candelabra, the Raphael Rooms and the masterpiece of Michelangelo: The Sistine Chapel. You will learn about the Renaissance painters: Michelangelo & Raphael and their rivalry throughout their lives. Join this tour and enjoy the Vatican Museums with an expert licensed guide and a small group tour.
  • 3-hour tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums to avoid the long lines
  • See the highlights of the museum with your professional guide
  • Marvel at the beautiful Michelangelo frescoes in the Sistine Chapel

What's Included

  • Professional guide for 2.5 hours (IF OPTION SELECTED)
  • Skip the line Entry - Vatican Museums
  • Skip the line entry - Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets (more than 6 participants)
  • Skip the line - Basilica ENTRY ONLY (if option selected, not on Wednesdays nor in the afternoon)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Guided tour to the Basilica (If option not selected)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Vespasiano, 28
    Via Vespasiano, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    Get off at "Ottaviano" Stop on Metro A line.From the station, walk on Via Ottaviano following the indication to St. Peter square.When you arrive across at Via Germanico, go to the right follow the street.After 100 mtr, Via Vespasiano will be on your left. At the number 28, you will find our office.

End point

  • Sistine Chapel
    00120, Vatican City

What To Expect

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel tour with an expert friendly guide in a small group. You'll avoid long lines & access to the Museums with skip the line tickets and maximize your time inside this magnificent museum. Your guide will guide you through the amazing galleries housing the most important art collections who have been part of the private collections of the Popes in the past centuries. Art and history will be brought back to life and you will learn many stories & anecdotes hidden in the art works.

During your tour you will discover the Galleries of the Maps, Galleries of Tapestries, Galleries of Candelabra and the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. You will learn about Michelangelo & Raphael who have been working for the Pope Julius II in the 1500s, they have been rivals for many years, while Raphael was painting the Raphael Rooms next door there was Michelangelo painting the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with the Creation of Adam. Enjoy the Vatican with a dedicated Guide!

Vatican City (Pass By)

Vatican Museums

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Vatican Museums

40 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Vatican Museums

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Sistine Chapel

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair 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
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 as proof of age
  • Please show up 10 minutes before the tour to do the check in.
  • Please note that due to security or ticket availability situations, there might be a slight change in scheduling and when this happens you will be notified.
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • PLEASE NOTE: We are not responsable if St Peter's Basilica is closed for religious functions or for the decision of the Pope.
  • Please note that you will be asked a full refundable 10 euros deposit at the meeting point in order to ensure all the radios are given back to the guide or our staff. Once you return the radios you will be refunded your 10 euros. If you don't give back the radios you will be charged 30 euros for each of them.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 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

Also, make sure to budget extra time to climb St. Peter's Basicalla, since it is a must see when at the Vatican!!


1,343 reviews
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Awesome Tour
Austin_S, Sep 2023
Great tour, very informative! Tour guide was great and extremely detailed. Vatican City was one of our favorite spots because of this tour.
Theresa_G, Sep 2023
Flavia was our tour guide and she was amazing. Very knowledgeable, considerate, and informative. I would recommend this tour for anyone.
YvonneAtkinson, Sep 2023
Seeing the paintings and statues. Guide was obviously very passionate about everything but it was all a bit too much. Did not get guided to basilica properly so didn't see this. Very disappointed 😞
Vatican Museum highlight tour
Jennifer_H, Sep 2023
Highlights of the HUGE museum. Claudia was a great guide. The tour was very fast but we would have never know. How to budget our time.
NO, absolutely not!
Linda_M, Sep 2023
Cattle call ! SO disappointed in visiting the Vatican. Paying extra to "skip the line" really didn't matter much since we still there with hundreds of others. Our tour was supposed to start at 7:30 am but delayed till 8 am. We thought that would still be early enough, but no. We were jammed shoulder to shoulder into the museum rooms, where you really couldn't see much due to the volume of people. It was awful. I thought it would never end and we would never get out of there. A lot of money and time wasted. The only part we enjoyed was St Peters Basilica since it's huge and people were spread out. They should limit the number of people allowed in the Vatican museum and Sistene Chapel, but I guess since they make more money this way, they don't. Its not safe or enjoyable at all. I do NOT recommend visiting unless you come in the winter possibly. What a huge disappointment.
Great guides and great tour
Ward_T, Sep 2023
Great guide and just the right length. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a master’s degree in archaeology so the information she provided was very relevant
Just go and pay for skip the line - that would be a better way to go!
Tracy_B, Sep 2023
So crowded! Person to person. Could not even stop to see or read anything. Very rushed - keep moving, keep moving! Should have gone on our own. The guide was excellent and professional, however the tour was a bust!
Short on time this tour will give you the quick walk through
Robert_H, Sep 2023
This was the fastest way we could get through Vatican City with the short amount of time we had. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and there is so much to see. the amount of art and paintings is almost overwhelming and you could spend days looking at everything.
To get to see everything...
Michael_B, Sep 2023
To get to see everything with a knowledgeable guide was very good. Also free time to explore St Peter's Basilica was good.
Very worthwhile, but overly crowded
Michael_C, Sep 2023
Fascinating being there, but much too crowded and much too commercialized. The commercialization took away a bit of the history and fun out of it.
Skip the Line
Jennifer_L, Sep 2023
In general the value of this ticket is the the skip the line access. Amount of information provided on tour was ok.
Curtis_C, Sep 2023
Our guide Francesco may be the best guide we’ve ever had. So passionate and tons of knowledge. Really made the Vatican come alive.
Good tour
Samantha_H, Sep 2023
This tour was a great tour. They went over everything you needed to know. It was nice and concise. Barley any crowds. Definitely recommend earliest time.
Good information
Vicki_W, Sep 2023
Good tour, size of the group made it difficult to hear the guide (even with the ear piece). Would have liked more time to take in the Sistine Chapel
Beautiful but very very busy.
Geraldine_D, Sep 2023
The beauty of the buildings, the degree of knowledge from the guide was amazing we were given a through but not overwhelming appreciation for the work that went into creating the buildings and the art.
Good tour. Guide was...
Ryan_L, Sep 2023
Good tour. Guide was lovely. Would recommend to others informative and helpful and kept it interesting. Thanks
Great tour
Pablo_M, Aug 2023
Great tour, the guide was very experienced and informed. Everything was beautiful and we loved the skip the line
Good tour
Mary_E, Aug 2023
The tour was fabulous but the radios were poor. Hard to hear. In some areas we walked too fast for pictures
Wonderful Experience
Glenn_M, Aug 2023
Our tour guide Laura was wonderful, very knowledgeable, courteous, and fun. The tour of the Vatican was a very memorable experience thanks to Laura. Highly recommend it.
Top job patrizio
Giovanna_A, Aug 2023
Patrick was very knowledgeable about the vatican and gave us a lot of insights into the sculptures. He told us about Michelangelo and explained what to look for in the ceiling.

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