Skip The Line: Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel Tour - Rome

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Enjoy a morning or afternoon of Vatican splendor on a 2-hours skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica. Explore the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and Giuseppe Momos spiral staircase, and admire iconic Michelangelo frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel. Want to see the Christian sights of Rome, too? Upgrade to a full-day tour to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Roman catacombs and more. A traditional lunch can also be included.


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Skip the line
  • All entrance fees included

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Morning or Afternoon Tour:
Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then board your air-conditioned coach near Rome Termini Station or at your centrally located hotel. Travel the short journey to Vatican City in comfort, passing alongside sites like Piazza del Popolo and the ancient Aurelian Walls.

Hop off your coach and skip past the long entrance lines with your priority-access ticket to enter the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to one of the worlds largest collections of art, featuring an extensive array of treasures amassed by the Vatican popes. Follow your guide down Giuseppe Momos bronze spiral staircase an iconic Vatican attraction and then visit two of the museums star attractions: Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps.

Admire the Flemish tapestries that adorn the walls of the first room, and learn how they were based on paintings by students of the Renaissance supremo Raphael. Gaze in wonder at the detailed topographical maps inside the Galley of Maps, and then leave the museum area to walk into the Sistine Chapel. Talking is not permitted inside the sacred site, so walk around at leisure and marvel at its two Michelangelo frescoes The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement.

Finish your tour with a walk around St Peters Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church. Admire more artistic treasures like Michelangelos La Pieta sculpture and Berninis Baldachino, and hear little-known stories about the churchs history. Head back to your coach and make use of a drop-off at your hotel or one of several central locations in town.

Full-Day Tour or Full-Day Tour with Lunch:
Upgrade to the Full-Day Tour to combine the Morning Tour with a Christian Rome walking tour in the afternoon. If you opt to include lunch, your guide will drop you off at a traditional restaurant in the center for a delicious 2-course meal with a drink.

Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and set off to see the Christian landmarks of Rome. Walk around Esquiline Hill, the largest of the ancient Seven Hills of Rome, and head inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore a lovely 5th-century church on the summit. After exploring inside, stroll to the Holy Stairs (Scala Santa) and stop for photos by Lateran Palace, an old papal residence.

Visit the Basilica of San Giovanni with your guide, and then continue walking along the Ancient Appian Way, a historical road that dates back to around 300 BC. The lane is home to several pretty churches and catacombs (underground cemeteries), and your guide will point out several of the best. See the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, and then visit one of the three famous catacombs: San Callisto, Domitilla or San Sebastiano. After exploring underground, visit the old spa ruins at the Baths of Caracalla, and then finish your tour with a hotel drop-off or a drop-off in town.

Inclusions for Skip The Line: Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel Tour

  • Professional guide
  • Round-trip transport from Rome to Vatican City
  • Skip-the-line Vatican entrance ticket
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)

Exclusions for Skip The Line: Vatican Museums And Sistine Chapel Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note: This is a Multilingual Tour

By pre-booking this tour it enables you to skip the long lines (which can take up to two hours) to enter the Vatican Museums.

Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.

A dress code is required to enter the Vatican Museums and knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements

Do you cater to wheelchair users? Do you or the Vatican provide wheelchairs? 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 entrance, 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.

This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties 

Please note: If St Peter's Basilica cannot be visited because it is closed, you will spend more time in the Vatican Museums

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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1258 reviews by the users

  • Very good day out

  • Very comprehensive tour, guide was knowledgeable and patient. Would recommend.

  • Was a wonderful experience! Would go again! Be prepared for some walking :

  • It was an awesome experience. A must do! Even in late October it was very crowded, so don't try and do it on your own. Plus the knowledge the guides provide is priceless.

  • I had requested I be picked up at my hotel and was picked up in a newer, cleaned, spacious van. From there we picked up a couple more in the tour group and went to the main office to get on our bus. It was a 20 min ride to Vatican City. My tour guide Max was very friendly, knowledgeable and fun!

  • Excellent service.!

  • Our guide, Francisco, was so knowledgable and gave a great tour. Highly recommend this tour for your first time.

  • This tour was absolutely Amazing. Our tour guide was very informed. He waited for the group to be together all the time. I went with my daughter on a stroller which I don't recommend The Vatican security did not let me in the chapel because of the stroller but our tour guide tried.

  • This was truly a great tour, and we had a terrific guide! The only negative was that there must have been at least a half-dozen other tour groups in the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel at the same time, and this made for slow walking and limited elbow room.

  • Very rushed!

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