Complete Vatican Combo Tour with Sistine Chapel & Dome Climb

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

This tour combines the Ultimate St. Peter's Basilica Dome Climb and Tour with Papal Crypts with a Skip the Line Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica in one discounted package.

Vatican City is home to many bucket list attractions, and the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica are definitely top of the list. However, it can be difficult to climb St. Peter’s Dome and visit the Papal tombs. Many visitors climb the dome after their tour of the museums, so wait times can be long. This tour allows you to enter St. Peter’s Basilica right when it opens so that you avoid the long lines. After you finish touring the Basilica, see all the highlights of the Vatican Museums, as well as some hidden gems, along with your English-speaking expert guide.

Professional and passionate local guide
A maximum group size of 18
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Pass By:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Once you enter, you can choose to either climb 231 steps to reach the dome’s first level or take an elevator. From the first level, you’ll be able to see an amazing view of the Vatican City and also appreciate the detailed mosaics that cover the circumference of the dome. After this, you are welcome to stay where you are, go down to the Basilica, or keep climbing. Your only option to reach the very top is 320 steps. Though it can be a bit claustrophobic, the stunning views from the top make it all worth it. Before heading to the Vatican Museums, you will visit the Papal tombs below the Basilica
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
There’s plenty to explore within the Vatican during your skip the line tour. See some of the best galleries in the museum: the Gallery of the Tapestries, the Gallery of the Candelabra, and the Gallery of the Maps. In these galleries, discover some of the most iconic artwork made by Italy's most renowned Renaissance artists.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel is one of the most famous works of art in the world and once you enter, it’s easy to understand why. Michelangelo’s massive masterpiece includes over 600 figures and words cannot do it justice. As the Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, speaking inside is forbidden. We will provide you a map/handout to reference before you enter as your guide will not be allowed to explain the frescoes once inside.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Finally, your tour will return to the Sistine Chapel. From there, you will have the option to reenter St. Peter’s Basilica with your tour guide through a special door in the Sistine Chapel, or stay in the Vatican Museums to continue exploring on your own.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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