Vatican Museums No-Wait Access Tour With Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, And St. Peters Basilica - Rome

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30am, 8:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm or 2:00pm
  • Departure Details :
    Viale Giulio Cesare, 241, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

This no-wait access to Vatican museums walking tour includes all the famous tourist attractions in the Vatican like the Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of the Tapestry, the famous Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's 'Last Judgement' and 'the Creation of Adam', St. Peters Basilica with the famous 'Piet' and much more. Your expert guide will help you to pass the long lines at the entrance. Maximum 18 people in a group mean personalized attention from your guide turning this tour into a memorable experience.

Highlights

  • Skip the line
  • Informative, friendly, and professional guide
  • Multiple time slots offered throughout the day
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Perfect for all age groups and skill level

Know More about this tour

Your tour begins in the morning or afternoon at the corner of Viale Giulio Cesare and Via Leone IV, then takes you off to the Vatican Museums, offering 2000 rooms filled with the most extensive art collection in the world.

This magnificent museum complex offers galleries, showcases, paintings, sculptures, frescoes, tapestries, and classical antiquities of Roman, Greek and Egyptian origin. By choosing a guided tour, you understand detailed and interesting historical facts narrated by a professional guide that has a degree in art history or in archeology.

You will then visit Raphael's Rooms, Pine Courtyard, Pio Clementine Museum, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of the Candelabra. Step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's stunning frescos 'The Creation of Adam', considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Western art, and 'The Last Judgment'.

Then this best tour will take you into St. Peters Basilica by the exclusive access door from the Sistine Chapel. Here you can admire the famous La Piet sculpture made by Michelangelo when he was just 24 years old, 'Baldachino' by Bernini and many more.

Your guide will introduce you to the intriguing stories of probably the largest church in Christendom.

The tour will conclude at St. peter's square where you will end the journey of around 3 hours with great memories of Vatican Museums No-Wait Access Tour With Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, And St. Peters Basilica.

Inclusions

Professional guide

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Head sets to hear the guide clearly

Small group tour

Instant confirmation

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

Not wheelchair accessible.

Dress code is required: 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.

Please note that it is forbidden to bring large bags and big umbrellas (small size umbrellas are allowed) inside the Vatican Museums.

Vatican tour on Wednesday mornings: St. Peter's Basilica might be closed for the public on Wednesday mornings due to the weekly Papal Audience. In this case, you will have a 3.5-hour walking tour of Vatican Museums, Raphael's Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 25-Oct-2019

    Very disappointed. We did get right in but it was so crowded we could barely move and they said it was a “light day” The tour guide was boring. Would recommend getting ticket and doing self guided do you can go at your own pace

  • 22-Oct-2019

    Our group of 6 had a wonderful tour. We had two 10 year old boys in our group and she made the tour very fun for them as well. We learned so much from our guide and it was so great to not have to stand in the very long lines. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide!

  • 04-Oct-2019

    Our guide was very knowledgeable but we had difficulty understanding her. She had a very high voice that made it difficult for us. Lovely museum and she was very nice and really seemed to know her stuff.

  • 30-Sep-2019

    Really impressed by all of the things I didn't know about Vatican. It has changed a lot in the 55 years it has taken me to revisit. The world's 3rd largest museum, with seemingly more steps than the Amalfi Coast, our tour guide was very well informed, and even arranged for a 10 minute coffee break so my wife could rest her foot, which was swollen badly from a previous injury. The tour is 4 hours long, with a whole lot of steps up and down, so you need to be prepared to be on your feet for a long time. But the tour and our tour guide were great. She really tried to synthesis down the big picture of what and why we were seeing this and that, which was very important as there was just too much to see and remember if we looked and discussed everything there. The Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basillica were absolutely gorgeous, and the stories behind their construction even more fascinating. I was exhausted afterwards, but very grateful for having an excellent tour guide helping us to make sense of everything. I really do believe that the true value of this tour was not in "skipping the lines", but was in understanding and appreciating what you were seeing and witnessing.

  • 16-Jul-2019

    We had the worst tour guide ever, Jeanette. She spent the bulk of the tour using deprecating humor i.e. making fun of us all, or talking about herself. (Want to know about her cat, or her family, or how she got her name? How about ho much student loan debt she has, or what happens to her if we lose a headset or wander off? I learned WAY more about that than I did the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, or the Basilica. The questions we asked she didn't know, or shrugged off or answered super quick and seemed annoyed that we asked. She spent more time saying how the younger teens in the group were probably bored and how we all probably didn't care than telling us anything about the buildings, the art, or the history. It was a very busy day, also a national holiday so yes the museums were beyond crowded so of course we wouldn't be able to see everything, but she was basically speed walking through the whole tour, and would stop rarely. As she was walking she rarely talked about things we were zooming past, so we got to actually see very little, and sadly learned almost nothing. She didn't even tell us about where the Pope stands, how a new one is voted, the special smoke in the chimneys, etc, but she did spent 12 minutes chiding the 8 year old in the boy for not knowing who The Doors were at the end. We were VERY disappointed with this tour guide. We love museums and history and wanted to learn about things and see more, but she didn't seem to care. I think she was just cashing a paycheck. She was even late to show up, didn't apologize, but then when everyone else in the group was American except one family she put the rest of us down saying how boring we all are and how she's glad to have someone else (and not in a nice way).. and she is from FLORIDA! Our entire trip to Europe, this was the one thing we reflect on and get mad. She was a terrible tour guide. The only plus side was that this included the "skip the line" pass. At one point when heading down the stairs towards the Sistine Chapel, I actually took out my ear piece and listened to the tour guide behind us talking to his group as Jeanette was telling our group about how her sister named her after one of the Chipettes from Alvin and the Chipmunks.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Despite the name; skip the line; you do not skip lines. There was a 45 minute wait on line to get into the Vatican. Tour guide, when speaking one to one was usually understandable, but when he started the tour, most of the time we could not hear and/or understand him. And we ran thru the Vatican museum with very little time to take picture. Yes, I know it is big, but there really is no reason for the tour to move so fast up and down the innumerable stairs.

  • 11-Jul-2019

    Seeing the Vatican was high on our list of priorities for visiting Rome, but the experience was not a good one. Our first mistake was visiting Rome in July, when half the world is there. The Vatican was absolutely overrun with tourists and our tour was effectively felt like being swept into a current of humanity through the Vatican with everyone sweating on each other. Horrible. There were so many people we could not hear the guide speak because of the roar of the crowd around her. When we got into the Sistine Chapel they just kept forcing more people into the room until were shoulder to shoulder with a sweaty humanity. It was an absolute fire trap and we were fortunate to get out alive. Absolute chaos. I don’t blame the guide or the tour operator for the negative experience, but I would not do this tour in July . If you are there in July wait until the next opportunity. Left us very disappointed.

  • 08-Jul-2019

    I booked this tour 9 months before visiting Rome with my family. The reviews looked decent and being raised Catholic, I was very excited about doing this tour. Less than 36 hours before the tour was to begin, I get a message asking me to switch my day and time. I would have like to accommodate, but already had other tours scheduled for my short visit to a Rome. When I showed up for my scheduled tour, I learn that we were being dropped because a better opportunity came along with a cruise ship. The guide pointed me to another tour company, which we did take, and promised to give us a full refund. I have sent messages and emails during the past month, but still no response or refund. Very disappointed in the professionalism of this outfit and recommend using another tour through Viator.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Very interresting visit. The guide was perfect. We were only 4 persons which was very nice. We were surprised bu the number of visitors.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Our tour was very disorganized from the beginning. We arrived at the meeting location and the guide was a little late. Then everyone was crowding around her trying to “check in” but there was no system to this. Then we were guided over to the entrance and not given much instruction on what to do, but I was told my backpack might not be able to go inside because it was too big with no solution for me. Luckily they did allow me to take it because our hotel was 45 minutes away. Once we got inside and got our radios the tour went pretty well to start. The radios had a lot of background noise but it was a very busy day so I’m not sure they have much control over this. The guide was very knowledgeable about the art and the history of most pieces and she did a great job on education. My only critique is that she didn’t stop for us to take pictures and she didn’t seem to mind if everyone was keeping up with her. Which lead to the biggest problem and the reason I only give 2 stars. About halfway through our tour someone in our group announced that one of their adult members of their group was lost. At first the guide suggested calling them and mostly moved on, which I agreed with because it was an adult. Later the Vatican police came and interrupted our tour and they were speaking in Italian so I’m not sure what was said by it looked like they were yelling at our guide! She then seemed to rush us through to the Sistine Chapel. Once we got there she was talking to the police again. After a while we went back to her to turn in our radios because she was not even paying attention to anyone but the family members who lost this man in our group. When we turned them in she apologized and said she had to find this guy because “he had problems.” We did the rest of the tour on our own, but we aren’t history buffs so we were disappointed to not get the full educational part of the tour. Also we still don’t know why the police and the family couldn’t have found the man and let the tour guide continue with her job. Side note; we saw later that they had in fact found the man. He was safe.

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