Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica – Skip-the-line tickets

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  • VIP access to St Peter's Basilica

  • VIP access to the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 2hrs30 mins

Tour with Commentary

  • 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


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.

Your guide will take you to the heart of the Vatican museums, where you will be able to see the collection of ancient and Renaissance artworks, the Raphael Rooms, the Map and Tapestry Galleries.

After the museums, you will visit the famous Sistine Chapel to see the ceiling painted by Michelangelo, which depicts God's creation of man in Genesis.

In order to avoid waiting in line again, you will leave the Sistine Chapel by a different door and head straight to St Peter's Basilica. In the Basilica you will be able to admire Michelangelo's Piety, among other works, whilst benefitting from the added insight provided by your specialist guide's commentary (guided visits only available in the morning). The tour terminates at St Peter's Square.

This activity will allow you to discover the whole of the Vatican in 3 hours, without spending precious time waiting in line!

Good to know

  • Availability: variable depending on the season and religious holidays
  • 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
  • St. Peter's Basilica is sometimes closed on Wednesdays mornings for the papal audience on St. Peter's Square
  • For visits of the Basilica from 2.30pm:
    • from April to October: shorter guided visit and then you will be able to visit more on your own
    • from November to March: there won't be a guided tour inside the Basilica due to Basilica's restrictions but your guide will still be able to provide explanations outside the Basilica and you will be able to enter the Basilica on your own
  • St. Peter's Basilica can be closed for religious ceremonies with little or no notice. In this event, the basilica tour will be replaced by a longer tour of the Vatican Museums within the limit of the initial tour duration. We will do our best to communicate any unexpected closures as early as possible. In this case, no refund or compensation is possible
  • During Religious Ceremony's, St. Peter's Basilica does not authorize guided tours. You may however, still visit the site on your own after gettiing explanations and commentary from your guide outside of the Basilica
  • Due to the current situation, the access to St. Peter's Basilica is suspended until further notice.
  • 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
  • Exclusive access to and a guided tour of St Peter's Basilica
  • Headphones for listening to the guide's commentary

Not included

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

Customer reviews

1598 reviews
  • Guide très compétente et agréable, visite très intéressante. Il est dommage que le passage direct entre le musée du Vatican et la Basilique St Pierre soit fermé
    Karine V.
    Nov 3, 2021
  • Très grande qualité professionnelle de notre guide PATRICK Visite agréable et pleine d enseignement
    roland c.
    Oct 5, 2021
  • Excellent
    Eric B.
    Sep 23, 2021

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