Guided tour

Vatican and Sistine Chapel: 3-Hour Small Group Tour

4.7 / 5

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Vatican and Sistine Chapel: 3-Hour Small Group Tour

From US$ 102.02 per person

Enjoy this fascinating Vatican tour through the treasures of the home of Catholic Church with privileged entrance. On this 3-hour small group tour you explore the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with your expert guide.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Learn about interesting facts together with fun little-known stories and anecdotes
  • Admire the Greek statues of the Lacoon and the magnificent Raphael Rooms
  • Enjoy a small group tour with a maximum of 6 people
Full description

Get skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums on this guided tour, a luxury that can save you up to 2 hours of waiting in line. The tour features highlights of the Papal palaces from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. As you observe some of the most important art in the history of western civilization, your expert Vatican guides will not only enlighten you with its fascinating history but also share bits of gossip and other little-known stories about the popes and the artists represented.

See the Pinecone Courtyard, Vatican Garden's Terrace, Octagonal Courtyard, Belvedere Palace, Lacoon Priest of Troy, Apollo Belevedere, Muses Room, Belvedere Torso, Round Room, Greek Cross Room, Gallery of Candelabra, Gallery of Tapestries, Gallery of Maps, and the Raphael Rooms. The museum tour culminates at the Sistine Chapel, one of the greatest and most famous examples of Michelangelo's artistic genius, for which your guide will have thoroughly prepared you.

Finally, you will have VIP access directly to St. Peter's Basilica for an awe-inspiring guided visit to the most immense and ornate church in the world.

  • Skip-the-ticket-line access
  • Entrance tickets
  • Reservation fees
  • Tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
    • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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    Meeting point

    In front of Cafè Vaticano, on Viale Vaticano 100, across the street from the Museum's entrance.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Shorts
    • Short skirts
    • Sleeveless shirts

    Know before you go

    • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes
    • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last-minute private events outside of the local partner's control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be enjoyed by an extended tour in an alternative area
    • The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to Covid-19 measures. To enter the church, your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. Your guide will do their best to include a tour of the basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites. If it's not possible, your guide will give you a complete orientation of the basilica before your visit
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 22 reviews

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    Worth Every Penny

    Our guide was friendly, funny, and most of all, extremely knowledgable. She instantly put us at ease in what would have been an overwhelming experience on our own at the Vatican. Choosing a small group tour kept the conversations intimate and viewings unrushed. We were also able to skip the crazy long line at the entrance. Highly recommend and couldn't have enjoyed the tour more.

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    October 13, 2018

    Really good

    Really good tour. The guide, Barbara, was really knowledgeable, good company and brought the Vatican’s treasures to life!

    September 1, 2018


    Excellent tour guide! Very personable and friendly! Extremely knowledgable!

    August 5, 2018

    Product ID: 36395