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See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! After paying your entrance fee direct, 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 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 (12 people maximum).

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
After meeting your guide in Vatican City, pay your entrance fees directly, and then head inside the incredible Vatican Museums with your skip-the-line ticket. As you walk through its corridors, your guide will regale you with tales of Vatican saintliness and sin – an intriguing insight into the holiest place in the Christian world.

At a time when Italian art blazed a trail around the world, the Vatican employed only the best Renaissance and Baroque architects to furnish their surroundings. No surprise then that the popes amassed one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings – a visual feast for art connoisseurs and amateurs alike.

Walk through breathtaking galleries like Raphael’s Rooms, a series of interconnecting papal chambers that showcase the artistic genius of Renaissance master Raphael and his pupils. Stop to look at mesmerizing paintings like the School of Athens, which features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself, and hear about the rivalries that resulted in some of the most influential works of Western art ever created.

Stroll through more captivating rooms including the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Masks, and then head inside the Sistine Chapel – the popes’ private place of worship. Besides its sacredness, the main draw of the Sistine Chapel is the incredible frescoes, created solely by Michelangelo. Gaze skyward at The Creation of Adam ceiling fresco, and look to the back wall to see The Last Judgement.

Finish with a walk inside St Peter’s Basilica – Italy’s largest and infinitely most spectacular church that’s built on the site of St Peter’s supposed burial place. Marvel at La Pieta, one of Michelangelo’s early sculptures, and stop to rub the foot of St Peter himself for good luck and a blessing. Your tour then finishes outside the church.

8am Tour:
Want to skip the line and the crowds too? Upgrade to the 8am small-group tour and after skipping the long entrance lines, gain access to the museums before the general public set foot inside! See all the classic Vatican sights in a small-group of no more than 12 people, with personalized attention from your guide.

7:30pm Tour:
Book the 7:30pm tour and explore the Vatican Museums after the main closing times – an opportunity available for a strictly limited season. Access is only possible for people pre-booking an evening tour, so book now to secure your spot! The season runs every Friday from May 6 until July 26, and then from September 6 until October 25. Numbers are limited to 20 people. Please note that entry isn't permitted to St Peter's Basilica in the evening tour.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Vatican City, near Ottaviano metro station
Duration:
3 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes in St Peter's Square

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8:30am Standard Tour: English
Code: EN0930

Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 9am with an English-speaking guide.

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9am Standard Tour: English
Code: EN0900

Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 9am with an English-speaking guide.

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10am Standard Tour: English
Code: EN1000

Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 11am with an English-speaking guide.

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11am Standard Tour: English
Code: EN1100

Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 11am with an English-speaking guide.

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1pm Standard Tour: English
Code: EN1300

Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 1pm with an English-speaking guide

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2pm Standard Tour: English
Code: EN1400

Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people with an English-speaking guide

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2:30pm Standard Tour: English
Code: EN1500

Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people with an English-speaking guide

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8am Small-Group Tour: English
Code: ENUPGRADE

Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people. Departs at 8am with an English-speaking guide

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7:30pm English - No Basilica
Code: EN1930

Evening tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 7:30pm with an English-speaking guide. Please note that entry isn't permitted to St Peter's Basilica in the evening tour.

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

Visit the Vatican in Rome!

Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
Exclusions:
  • Vatican Museums entrance tickets are not included (approx. 23 euros per adult and 16 euros per child, payable cash directly)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note: entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums are not included. A supplement of approx. 23 euros (adult) is payable directly. Entrance will be free of charge on World Tourism Day.
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that 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. 
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: desireecmentor, January 2017

It was very informative, the tour guide, Stephanie was great. She was friendly, helpful, answered all our questions and very knowledgeable about tour and history thereof.
We enjoyed the tour tremendously and will recommend it.

Reviewed by: lesliemiddleton1, January 2017

Beyond wonderful! Thank you to our experianced, wise guide who made our trip to the Vatican more than we could have ever expected. I am so greatful for the comment sections on Viator because they give you an idea of what to expect in terms of legistics so you never get hung-up on what might be perceived as a problem. You will have to wait a very short bit outside The Vatican wall and you will have to go through the ticketing process - it's nothing and because you are a part of this group everything is expidited. I can't begin to tell you how beautiful The Vatican is. I wanted to let you know that the museum is breathtaking! I was expecting relics in glass but this tour moves and fast which is great because you get to experiance the grandure of the place while the guide explains each room and provides facinating details and explanations dispite the fact you are in a virtual sea of people. You will never get bored on a Viator tour from our experiance in Rome, Italy and Pompii and we have two boys ages 17 and 20 who couldn't get enough of everything we saw. Be prepared to be surrounded by people but know that your guides voice through the headset makes that easy because you can tune the people out and take in an understanding of the things around you which will leave you speechless in their grandure. Wisely, our guide stopped at a plexiglas covered poster outside the buildings to give a brief explanation of the Sistine Chapel which is the one place where the guide cannot give any explanations even over the headset as there is no talking allowed. If I had known this I might have studied-up a little bit but no complaints. When we moved into St. Peter's Basilica there was so much space and so much to learn about. The actual mummified bodies of several popes are there - including Pope John Paul the ll and St. Peter's is so massive with so many different areas in the church itself it would be impossible to explore it without a large guide book or a fabulous guide like ours. When we exited the Basilica the sheer size of the structure begins to boggle your mind and the feeling you have, being so small amid such size a beauty is somewhat life changing. If you can't afford these guide tours I would say don't worry but prepare! Make use of all guide materials you can find and throughout Rome and all of Italy check in advance to findout if they offer self-guide tours with recorded commentary and earphones and make sure to put a set of extra earbuds in your pocket just in case you get a bad set on our of your tours. I so appreciate the person who recommend that when I was reading comments on Viator and was glad I had extras in Florence when mine got scratchy during another fabulous tour. If you can, the tours make the trip in our experiance and we spent so many wonderful evening with our sons talking about the things we had seen each day and sharing ideas and thoughts along with lots of laughs over delicious pasta and pizza.