Discover the Vatican on a group tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with an expert guide. Navigate the vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a guide, who brings the ancient collection to life. Skip all the entrance lines to explore halls such as the Gallery of the Maps; step inside the Sistine Chapel to admire ‘The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo and finish your tour visiting St. Peter’s Basilica. Choose from several departures, or upgrade to a small-group tour. Enjoy the Vatican highlights including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica Choose from several different departure times, or upgrade to a small-group tour Audio headsets are provided to make sure you can hear your guide clearly Avoid long queues with skip-the-line entrance tickets
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
“Skip the line” with this tour means using a special entrance to bypass even the fast-track line.
Reserved Priority Access to the Vatican Museums Guided visit of St. Peter’s Basilica (If Option Selected) Access to the Sistine Chapel Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide Small groups of 20 people or less Gratuities St Peter’s Basilica Tour (Evening option and Wednesday Mornings when Basilica is closed)
What To Expect:
Vatican tours with skip-the-line access are sought-after, so even the fast-track lines are long. This experience includes admission through a special entrance, so there are no lines whatsoever. Follow your guide directly inside the vast collection of private artwork that is the Vatican Museums. Walk through the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Tapestries as you listen to tales of Vatican intrigue. Gaze at artifacts such as timeworn yet fascinating Italian maps, and admire the sculptures and candelabras of the Gallery of Candelabras. Stop for photos in front of the Pigna statue in the Pinecone Courtyard, designed by Donato Bramante. Step inside the Sistine Chapel—the pope’s personal place of worship and a highlight of any Vatican trip. Stand beneath Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam,’ which cloaks the ceiling, and admire ‘The Last Judgement,’ his colorful mural that adorns a wall. After your Sistine Chapel visit, continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, the symbolic heart of the Catholic church. Learn about its history and see more Vatican art including Michelangelo’s ‘La Pietà,’ which was sculpted when the maestro was only 24 years old. Gaze at the baldachino by Bernini, and then say goodbye to your guide in St. Peter’s Square. Keep in mind that St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square might be unavailable on Wednesdays due to the weekly Papal Audience. As an alternative, enjoy an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms. If you want to make sure that St. Peter’s Basilica and Square are included in your tour, don’t select Wednesday as your travel date. If you want to enhance your Vatican experience, select one of the following experiences: Small-Group Tour in the morning: Enter the Vatican Museums as soon as it opens, before the other lines enter. Your tour is limited to 10 people for personal attention and information about the Vatican’s must-see sights. Tour in the evening: Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after the doors close to the general public. A visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is not included.