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Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Spend more time inside with no-wait access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel through an official, Vatican partner entrance. On this comprehensive guided tour, you'll experience the best of the Vatican in just three hours, including the Raphael Rooms, St. Peter's, and more. Navigate the vast complex of artwork and history with an expert, who will bring this ancient collection to life. Choose from several departure times, or upgrade to an evening experience or small-group tour with 12 people.
Highlights
  • Skip hours-long lines on this Vatican Museums tour in Rome
  • Marvel at Vatican highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Listen to the guide's commentary through a personal headset
  • Opt for an early morning or evening time slot for a less crowded experience
  • Upgrade to a small-group tour, limited to 12 people
What to Expect
Depending on the time slot you selected at checkout, your experience begins outside of the Vatican Museums. Access the Vatican through a special entrance with no lines, saving hours of waiting time. Walk first through the Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries, hearing your guide's commentary loud and clear through your personal headset. Snap photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard before you continue to Raphael’s Rooms. Spend the next part of the tour gazing upward at the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s 'The Creation of Adam' and 'The Last Judgement.' After, say farewell to your guide and continue to St. Peter’s Basilica to enjoy the church independently. Please note that on Wednesdays, due to the weekly Papal Audience, St. Peter’s Basilica may be unavailable. Ensure you select a day other than Wednesday if you’re set on seeing the landmark.
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Departure Point
1: Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
2: Piazza Santa Maria delle Grazie, 2a, 00136 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Priority Access to the Vatican
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Guided visits are not allowed inside St. Peter's on afternoon tours due to religious functions. In this case guides provide full commentary from the Basilica's porch, and guests can visit the interior at their own pace without the guide
  • 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.
  • Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

Organized company. easy to communicate with. Great tour. Our guide was fun, energetic, very informed and pleasant. She had a good mix of history, current events and even humor in the tour which keeps history buffs and Instavactioners engaged alike! Would definitely use City Wonders...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Guide was good. Lots of other tourists at 8am tour. Almost overwhelming, but the crowd moved. Sistine Chapel was PACKED with folks, so don't think you are going to have some spiritual moment looking up at Michelangelo's work of art. You won't. As far as...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank vivifromhawaii
Reviewed yesterday

This tour was amazing, way faster than waiting to get in, very worth the money. With the tour, you are educated about the incredible artwork and stories as you go and it truly was such an amazing experience.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The guide was spot on, new loads and made it an amusing and educational at the same time. Cost was expensive I thought but didn’t have to cue in the heat which would of been hard going.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Alan M
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Wonderful experience! We would not have gotten as much out of it if we did not have Christian as our tour guide. He was amazing!

Date of experience: September 2019
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15 September 2019|
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Response from Joanne P | Reviewed this property |
The Tour is about 3-4 hours, although it goes quickly and there is a toilet stop. Take your own water though. The tour of the Vatican Galleries (not all of them) leads to the tour of the Sistine Chapel and then St Peters... More
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14 September 2019|
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The Dome is a separate ticket and is purchased in the Basilica. There is no re-entering the Vatican or Sistine Chapel after the tour. But the Dome's exit takes you back into the Nave...so you can then redo that part of the... More
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It includes entrance to the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica.
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