Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
Faster Than Skip The Line

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • No-Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through our exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance
  • See the treasures of the Holy See including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Enjoy Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica and the Pietà
  • Listen to an enlightening commentary from a local Vatican expert
  • Enjoy free time to explore St. Peter's Basilica afterward
  • Group size limited to 20 people or less
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide


As one of only three official Vatican Museums Tour Operator Partners, this tour includes all of the benefits to have the perfect Vatican experience once inside. No lines, expert guides and a carefully crafted itinerary with the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Raphael Rooms and more!

Tour Description

Join the Millions

Visited by over 5 million people per year, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are a must-see for many visitors to Rome. With over 9 miles of art spread across 2,000 rooms, seeing the Papal Palace on your own can be a little overwhelming. With our expertise and experience of touring over 1,000,000 visitors through the Vatican, we make it both easy and memorable.

On this tour, you will see the Gallery of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the masterpieces in Raphael’s Rooms, and more. Before entering the Sistine Chapel, your expert guide will provide insight into Michelangelo’s world-famous ceiling and Last Judgement frescoes, as well as giving you time in the chapel to take it all in. For many visitors, the highlight of the tour is a visit to the Sistine Chapel, made even more fascinating when your guide explains the stories and characters hidden in the art by Michelangelo.

But Beat The Millions & Skip The Line

With special access, we will skip the long lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. Our guided tour continues here, exploring the monumental altar and Michelangelo’s Pietà among other beautiful works. You can spend additional free time inside St. Peter’s Basilica after the tour.

For a truly spectacular experience, consider our Semi-Private Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica tour, which includes everything in this tour plus special early access before the general public.

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What's Included

  • No Wait Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Entrance and reservation fees
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Local expert tour guide

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

Important Notes

  • St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
  • Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.
  • Please note that in case of unexpected closures of some of the areas inside the Museums, the guide may have to modify the itinerary slightly. For example, if some of the internal connecting areas are closed for safety reasons, Raphael's Rooms may be replaced with Pio Clementino Museum, where Laoocon and Apollo Belvedere statues are.


  • I am taking a Vatican Tour that includes Saint Peter’s Basilica, will we go up the dome?

    It is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, however you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site.  Our tours do not include a visit to the Dome. Please note that if you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, you should make sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon before our afternoon tours reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.

  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Vatican Museums on my own?

    No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.

  • What exactly is included in the 3 hours Group tour for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica?

    The price is all-inclusive: Skip the Line entrance, entrance ticket, guide and tour. Our tours are  classic and very comprehensive. This is a three hour tour and covers many wings of the museums including, but not limited to, ancient Greek\Roman sculpture, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Hall of Tapestries. For many the two highlights of our tours are the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. From the Sistine Chapel, groups exit the Museums and end the tour at St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square. Please note that most Wednesday mornings and on special religious occasions, Saint Peter’s Basilica might be closed, and therefore not part of the tour. In that event, the tour still lasts three hours and has a more extensive visit inside the world-famous Vatican Museums.

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