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Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel – Skip-the-line tickets

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Highlights

  • VIP access to the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel

  • Explanations from your art historian guide

  • Small groups of 20 people or less

  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 2hrs30 mins

Tour with Commentary

Languages
  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Portuguese

Fast-track entry

Starting time 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 9:15 AM, 9:30 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation

Description

Discover the Vatican with this guided tour. You will avoid waiting in line, and will even have priority over other skip-the-line ticket holders with this special VIP tour.

Once inside, you will first head to the balcony of the Vatican Gardens, from where you can see the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, before following your guide through the ancient statues and modern sculptures of the Courtyard of the Pine Cone.

On the way to the Sistine Chapel, you will walk with your guide through the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Candelabra and the Raphael Rooms.  These works of art will come to life as you follow your guide's commentary through your audio headset.

As it is forbidden to speak in the Sistine Chapel, your guide will give you all the information about this mythical room of the papal palaces where the cardinals meet in conclave to elect the new pope, so that you don't miss any details. Once inside, you'll take time to observe the rich details of the walls and the famous vault, from the Last Judgement above the altar to the shields depicting violent biblical stories.

In two and a half hours, you'll admire the Vatican's artistic treasures and discover how the popes used art and culture to spread their message. You will leave having not only appreciated the Vatican, but also having understood it.

 

Good to know

  • Availability: from Monday to Saturday, depending on language selected
  • Departure point: the Vatican Museums
     
  • Out of respect for the religious nature of the sites you visit, you are asked not to wear flip flops, shorts, skirts falling above the knee, sleeveless or otherwise inappropriate clothing
  • This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility
  • Pushchairs/strollers are not permitted on this tour
  • For security reasons, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel reserve the right to check the contents of bags. It is therefore possible that you experience a waiting time at the security check-point, given the high number of visitors. Please note that large bags, tripods, umbrellas and backpacks are not permitted within the Vatican Museums. Please refrain from bringing such items as you risk being refused entry. Your guide will make sure any delays are minimized and that you get access as quickly as possible.
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

General terms and conditions of sale

Price includes

  • Guided tour of the Vatican
  • VIP entry tickets to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel
  • Headphones for listening to the guide's commentary

Not included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

Customer reviews

1607 reviews
  • Superbe visite avec la guide Justine
    Audrey S.
    Aug 5, 2022
  • Mathieu C.
    Jul 28, 2022
  • Excellente visite de l’essentiel du musée avec un guide passionnant, gentil et à l’écoute, le tout en petit groupe avec un brin d’humour. On remercie Patrick notre guide en français.
    Eva-Marie B.
    Jul 26, 2022

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