Skip The Line To Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel And Optional Upgrade With Lunch - Rome

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Varies
  • Departure Details :
    Via Giovanni Amendola, 32, 00185 Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Professional guide

Round-trip transport from Rome to Vatican City

Lunch (if option selected)

Hearphones

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Vatican City

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks (if upgrade option not selected)

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 22-Oct-2019

    This was a large group tour. We were bused to the Vatican and hurried through the museum. It was incredibly crowded and noisy. There was no chance to really look at what was on display and too many people. The Sistine ceiling probably suffers the same fate as the Mona Lisa: we've seen so many reproductions that the original can't live up to it. The noise level was amazing and the crowds were dense. It was like visiting a football stadium w/ a pretty picture on the ceiling. I do not recommend seeing it this way.

  • 15-Apr-2019

    Skip the line is the way to go! Fun tour guide who knows lots about the Vatican. Great limo service.

  • 07-Jan-2019

    This was our first trip to Rome, I chose Viator on the recommendation from another couple that really like them. The process from booking online and follow-up after the fact and up until the day of the event was really good. The tour guide was really enjoyable, the hotel pick-up was really nice as well. If you are the type that likes to breeze through the treasures around you then this is the tour to get because you do skip a huge line, but for what you pay and if you wanted more time to analyze what you are really seeing then I would suggest you pay the price at the location and stand in line or simple pay a few more dollars and skip the line-saving you about half of what I paid. Either way I personally would have liked a little more time, as I simple felt like I was being herded the entire time, which I do not like!

  • 17-Sep-2018

    I just loved it as much as my 80year old mother....our tour guide Laura was great we had such a great french tour....thanks again

  • 02-Aug-2018

    Average, Vatican was very crowded

  • 02-Jul-2018

    The problem with this tour is the Vatican/St. Peters Basilica attraction itself. The crowds were so heavy and our guide was so pressured to keep everyone moving together that there was no time to stop and appreciate anything, and instead we were constantly herded among throngs of other groups from start to finish.

    This all culminated when we entered the Sistine Chapel. Essentially there were 500 people in a room meant to comfortably accommodate 50.

    Aside from that our guide Vanessa was knowledgeable and effectively managed the group of about 20. Green Line Tours was also very helpful when I failed to read the pickup instructions and instead arranged to be met at the entrance of the museum.

    But the bottom line is this experience is not how I would ever choose to appreciate art and history, and do not recommend this tour.

  • 28-Jun-2018

    It was very well organized and it is the only way to go and skip the line and have a expert explain each chamber.

  • 16-Jun-2018

    I did this tour on a Saturday afternoon and it was a regret. This is the busiest time one can attempt this tour. Our guide was constantly having to fight for a space for us so that she could provide her explanations. This was the 2nd time I did a guided tour and was disappointed that the Raphael rooms are not included in this tour. So if that is something you want to see make sure you book a tour that includes that. Also, don't do a Saturday afternoon in peak season. You can barely walk and you are rushed to see things and that is if you can see things. Either than that I think this tour is good but would be more enjoyable during a less crowded time.

  • 28-May-2018

    very bad tour guide.spoilt our experience

  • 15-May-2018

    Tour was very nice. Skip the line is the only way to go. We walked past almost a 1/2 mile long line and entered the Vatican Museum in under 10 minutes only had to wait for security. The Vatican was crowded due to the holiday May 1st weekend, not the tour's fault, but try to go during the week when it is less crowded if you can. We spent about 3 hours in the Vatican Museums. My disappointments were that we DID NOT visit the Raphael Rooms maybe due to crowds and we only got to spend 10-15 minutes in the Sistine Chapel. This particular tour Greenline arrived and left the Vatican via bus from central Rome. This is good if you don't want to travel to the Vatican yourself, but I feel that it cut the tour short. After leaving the Sistine Chapel which felt rushed, we had 10 minutes to walk through St. Peter's Basilica before the group had to get back on the bus and go back to the Greenline office. I would have rather had the tour end in the Vatican and be left with more time to walk through St, Peter's Basilica and St. Peter's Square on our own.

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