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Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour

  • Check off Vatican City’s landmarks in a single half-day walking tour
  • Get in-depth info on the culture, history, and art of Vatican City
  • Make the most of your vacation time with skip-the-line access
Skip the Line: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Half-Day Walking Tour
From US$43.70
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9:30 Standard Tour: English
Standard tour with a maximum of 32 people. Departs at 9.30am with an English-speaking guide.
From US$43.71
12:30pm Standard Tour: English
Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 12:30pm with a English-speaking guide
From US$44.90
2pm Standard Tour: German
Standard tour with a maximum of 25 people. Departs at 2pm with with a German-speaking guide
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Explore Vatican City, with time-saving skip-the-line access, in the company of a guide. Visit the Vatican Museums (admission ticket price not included), the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica in a single, half-day walking tour. Get insider info on these must-see Rome attractions through your guide’s commentary, guaranteed to reveal little-known facts.
What to Expect
Choose a start time that fits your schedule, and then meet your guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Skip waiting in the often-long lines for tickets and pay your guide directly for admission (not included in tour price).

Step inside and begin your tour. Your guide will narrate an orientation and give in-depth commentary on the highlights of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel as you walk.

Explore Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the School of Athens, a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael. Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam.

Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you'll see Michelangelo’s famous La Pietà. Before wrapping up your tour outside the church, take a moment to rub the foot of the statue of St. Peter for luck.

Opt to upgrade your experience with a before-hours, small-group tour or an after-hours tour (St. Peter's Basilica not included), when the premises are closed to the public.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Vatican tour

I Actually have question. Can you bring in backpacks with water bottles on the skip the line tour? We are going tomorrow and would like me to plan ahead and not be stuck throwing out our bottles.

2  Thank Carolyn G
Reviewed 3 days ago
Terrible tour

The Vatican museum and St. Peter's Basilica are beyond gorgeous, but do yourself a favor and get a headset instead! Trying to follow a guide (and ours had a black hanky on a stick - NOT easy to follow) in HUGE CROWDS of people DOES...More

Thank Randarado
Reviewed 3 days ago
We were rushed through .

The beginning of the tour was pleasant, the guide seemed knowledgeble. Hoever as we entered the Vatican and the sistine Chappel, we were unable to view the import and beautiful pieces of art we came to view. We were rushed through,exhausted, een though I personally...More

Thank 90Evi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fairly horrible experience if you're just trying to see the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica.

Let me start by saying that this was my third trip to the Vatican, over a nearly 30 year period. That said, while the "skip the line" tickets (which require tour guides, of course) will allow you to skip the up to 6 hour wait...More

5  Thank Paul K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour!

I couldn’t really fault our tour guide. She was incredibly nice and pleasant and made everyone welcome. She was full of knowledge. Our queue times were minimal. The tour itself was very interesting and doesn’t disappoint.

1  Thank Altitude86
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2 June 2018|
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Response from phni | Reviewed this property |
hey yes i mentioned it at my review, the price for this is only for the tour, the entrance for the museum online is normally 21euros but they charged us 24 (i m sure they d have a reason....) and you pay it at the tourist... More
23 April 2018|
Response from Canary163 |
Have not done that tour because we lived in Rome. The stairway is quite long and spirals up; however, the view(s) make it worthwhile. Camera, good lens, a must!
22 April 2018|
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Response from ginalee121 | Reviewed this property |
Approx. 3.5 hours
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