Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Skip-the-Line Guided Group Tour and tickets

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Enter a world of Renaissance art and intrigue on a tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Use a skip-the-line ticket to avoid the long general entrance line to discover the art and architecture straight away. See works by Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci; gaze at the Vatican Gardens; admire the artwork of the Sistine Chapel; and visit the papal crypt.
  • Skip the line with fast-track entrance tickets to Vatican City attractions
  • Hear the history of the Vatican popes as you explore with a guide
  • See significant works such as Raphael’s 'Transfiguration'
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and the papal crypt

Local taxes
Professional art historian guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions

Departure Point

Via Leone IV, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Choose from one of several start times, then head to Via dei Gracchi near Vatican City. After meeting your guide, bypass the main entrance line with your skip-the-line ticket, and enter via an eye-catching spiral staircase.

Start exploring the collections of the Vatican Museums, hearing the history that dates back to the 16th-century days of Pope Giulio II. Subsequent popes added to the museums’ collection, amassing an impressive portfolio of art that weaves some 4.35 miles (7km) around the complex.

Discover masterpieces of Greek Classical art and Renaissance wonders by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael. Highlights include the ancient statue of Laocoön and His Sons, and the 'Transfiguration,' Raphael’s last painting.

Wander amid the works of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, and Fra Angelico, then pause to admire the Vatican Gardens. Along your way, hear little-known tales about the Catholic Church, and the rivalries between the Renaissance greats.

Afterward, spend free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica to gaze at La Pietà amid ornate baroque and Renaissance architecture. Before you leave, you can also visit the papal crypt, where Pope John Paul II and others were laid to rest.
Stop At:  
Vatican City
Introduction on the Vatican City and Vatican History
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Discover the treasures hosted by one of the largest and most-visited museums of the world enriched by a huge number of masterpieces collected through time. Taking a spectacular big spiral staircase you will be introduced to the impressive greatness of the Vatican Museum. Admire the best of the ancient world visiting the Greek and Roman sculpture section. A collection of classical art masterpieces where admire the beauty of several sculpture groups, as for example the statue of Laocoön and His Sons that is one of the most famous ancient sculptures. Pass by the Chandelier Gallery, named by the several marble chandelier decorating this section. Be astonished by the elegant Tapestry gallery, wallpapered by the finest tapestry worldwide, realized by Raphael's disciples. Visit the Maps Gallery, a complete exhibition of maps representing Italy as it was seen by cartographer in 1581. Enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the Vatican Garden and much more ...
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Sistine Chapel
Admire the major representatives of Italian art such as Leonardo, Perugino, Beato Angelico, and many more Towards the end of this tour you will visit the beautiful Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece: The Last Judgement.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Stanze di Raffaello
They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. Together with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Departure time may differ from 20/30 minutes that the indicated starting time
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and the Vatican Museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. 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
  • Student discount is only applied under 26 years old with International Student Card ISIC, to be shown on site
  • Children discount is applied with a valid ID card to be shown on site
  • Infant under 6 free.
  • Not wheelchair accessible due to some difficulties in Sistine Chapel.
  • Note: tour will not operate on religious holidays
  • WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE TO VISIT THE BASILICA DURING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS AND CEREMONIES (Audiences, Beatifications, Masses of the POPE). The Basilica is often subject to sudden closures. In these cases it is not possible to guarantee access to the Basilica.
  • Estimated time entrance in the museum is 45 minutes after tour departure, because you will have to pass the security check.
  • Group size goes from 14 to 50 people
  • Not recommended for participants with mobility problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • There is no refund on reservation fees and tickets of monuments that are closed due to event that is out of our control.
  • In that instance we’ll try our best to re-accommodate the tour when the information from the office responsible of the sites visited is given in a timely manner for us to rearrange and inform all clients.
  • If this is not possible, we will operate the tour and will include other sites to compensate for the site/s being closed. No refund is given on unused tickets due to events that are out of our control.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 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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