Vatican Museums Tour including Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

Price from: 107 $
Duration: 3 hours
See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, you'll skip the line and head straight inside with your priority access ticket. Led by an expert Vatican guide, your comprehensive tour visits the sacred Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, St Peters Basilica and more!

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines - even the priority lines. Numbers are also limited to just 12 people on this unique Vatican tour, ensuring you'll see the very best of the Vatican Museums in a small-group atmosphere.

The Vatican Museums comprise one of the world's largest museum complexes, containing some 2,000 rooms that stretch for nearly 9 miles (15 km) inside Vatican City. A treasure trove of incredible art and architecture, the museums are the highlight of most Vatican visits, so queues are predictably long. Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Gain access as soon as the doors open, and head past the long lines and into the heart of the Vatican before the public steps foot inside.

In your small group of no more than 12 people, stroll through the corridors to view the world's largest private art collection, once intended exclusively for the pope. As your expert guide entertains you with tales of Vatican power and intrigue, you'll feel the Renaissance works of art come to life.

Amble through Raphael's Rooms, the four interconnecting chambers adorned with paintings by Raphael and his pupils, before visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Sistine Chapel, which is considered the pope's home chapel. Walk through this sacred Vatican site to see Michelangelo's astounding frescoes, The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, without the crowds that appear later in the day.

The last part of your small-group Vatican tour focuses on St Peter's Basilica, with its distinctive 450-foot-high (137-meter) dome. Step inside to see why it’s so much more than just a church, and gaze in wonder at its awe-inspiring architecture and mosaics, including another Michelangelo masterpiece, La Pietà. Steeped in history, St Peters Basilica is said to stand on the ground where St Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried.

Your guide will explain the highlights of the basilica and its significance as the holiest place in Christendom, before your tour ends in stunning St Peter's Square.

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St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano) - Go more than once in your life
204Anonymous204 , Fort Worth, Texas, 2015-04-15
I felt overwhelmed by the splendor and size the first time I saw it. However, the second time--a year later--was even better. The second time I knew what to expect and was able to capture everything... read full review
St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano) - What else can be said...
jlperez13 , Washington DC, District of Columbia, 2015-04-15
This is an amazing creation of man. It is truly over the top but it is beautiful. You cannot help but marvel at what it is and what it represents. I went on a Sunday morning during Lent and we... read full review
St. Peter's Basilica (Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano) - Breathtaking!
TravelBedfordshire , Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom, 2015-04-15
Thank goodness we didn't need to queue around the perimeter for 4/5 hours by gaining access to the Basilica from the Sistine Chapel. The interior is amazing. On such a grand and vast scale I've... read full review
The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) - An Atheist appreciated the Vatican Museums and especially the Sistine Chapel!
ycnans coat , Manhattan Beach, California, 2015-04-17
Wow! This place was so awesome! I was in reverance to my surroundings; I was quiet; I was in aweland; I was humble throughout my walk; I was in much appreciation on the quantity and quality of the... read full review
The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) - A must for Rome!
Steve M , Manchester, England, United Kingdom, 2015-04-17
there is only one piece of information you need to know which is you must book in advance, go without and you will be queueing for at least 2 hours where the pre book people walk passed you to the... read full review
The Vatican Museums (Musei Vaticani) - Euro Trip 2015
Millstu , 2015-04-17
Fantastic place but too many people so its very hard to stop and look at things. There are apparently guided tours in the morning before the general public are admitted and I think thats probably the... read full review
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