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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour

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Roma, Italy
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary. At the end of the tour, gain direct entrance to the magnificent interior of St Peter’s Basilica.
  • Art history tour of the splendid Vatican Museums
  • See highlights of the sprawling collection with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the artists and their patrons through live audio headset commentary
  • Walk beneath the sacred ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access
  • Direct entry into St. Peter’s Basilica
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Professional art historian guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Skip-The-Line Access
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Via Germanico, 16 , Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Maya Tours in Via Germanico 16 - (almost at the corner of Via Leone IV) This tour starts from our office. Please make sure that you check in at least 15 min. prior departure time.

St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

The tour guide will leave you at the priority entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. In the event of a closure, you will be left in St. Peter's Square

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour, you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Knees & Shoulders MUST be covered for both men & women to enter the Sistine Chapel!
  • Please note that on the day of your visit certain areas of the monument/attraction can be closed due to either religious events and national holidays.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Students booking a reduced ticket must have a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Tour meet-up was at a location about a 5m walk from the Vatican entrance so it was convenient." See review
  • "The Vatican is massive and it gets crazy there at 8 am; without skipping the lines, you would be lost for sure!" See review
  • "The cost of the tour is very reasonable and certainly gives one a great overview of the history and artifacts that can be found in Vatican City." See review


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Tour with Debora!
, Nov 2021
I definitely recommend this tour as the Vatican really requires a tour guide because of the huge amount of information and historical artifacts. Debora was amazing!
15 hours agoNEW...
, Nov 2021
15 hours agoNEW Our tour guide - Tijana was a wealth of knowledge during our tour of the Vatican Museums today. She was happy to answer any questions and shared her knowledge throughout the tour. The Sistene Chapel was the highlight. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour today. Thanks so much Tijana.
Our guide Deborah was...
, Oct 2021
Our guide Deborah was super professional, with a personal passion for the place and the time. An experience for life. Poul, Birgitte, Bjarne, Charlotte, Kirsten and Michael from Denmark
Absolutely the best
, Oct 2021
Entry was smooth without any waiting. Our guide, Marco, was extremely knowledgeable and provided a very informative and fun tour. He fielded questions very well and encouraged us to ask. He was able to explain the background regarding the exhibits which made it much more meaningful. This was this best tour I have ever had in Rome.
Five stars for Marco
, Oct 2021
We did our English speaking tour with Marco who was a delight. The tour was well paced and Marco was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and interesting.
I payed for a tour to...
, Oct 2021
I payed for a tour to Vatican museums, Sixtine Chapel AND Skt Peters Dome, but Skt Peters Dome was NOT included in the tour. That was a big disappointment and not what the info promised. That is cheating me as a customer and I therefore shall ask for a refund of the prize. Kind regards / Gunilla Roijer.
Too Much to See
, Sep 2021
Vatican is a lot to see in 2 and a half hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable, but when walking through a place like the Vatican Museum, can only explain selected things. He did the best he could but its just too much to see. If you have the time, walking through with a head set might be a better way to see the Vatican Museum.
Educational and Inspiring
, Aug 2021
Marco was a fantastic guide, he brought the museum to life with stories about the artifacts and the history that tied everything together. We expected to get an overview of Vatican City and the Catholic Church, but we’re lucky to have learned how the history of Rome was involved throughout.
Amazing experience
, Aug 2021
Eugene was a very dedicated and amazing guide - he made the tour a once in a lifetime experience with his deep knowledge and interesting way of telling the story of the Vatican. Best regards Joanna and Erik from Sweden
Informative and enjoyable
, Jul 2021
This was an amazing an informative tour. Eugene provided an abundance of information and paid great attention to detail. He made the visit personal and enjoyable. We felt lucky to have him as our guide and the experience overall was amazing.

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