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Fast Track - Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Tour

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Overview
See the highlights of Vatican City with an expert guide, visiting the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica! Head inside the world’s largest collection of private art with an expert guide, and see for yourself why the Vatican is a mecca for millions of travelers. Explore intriguing sites like Raphael’s Rooms (available only during the early morning tour) and then visit the Sistine Chapel to see incredible frescoes by Michelangelo. Finish with a tour of St Peter’s Basilica, and see the beautiful ‘La Pieta’ sculpture while learning about it from your guide. Choose from a selection of different start times or upgrade to a small-group tour (16 people maximum).

Before you start, our multilingual staff will welcome you at our fully equipped, air-conditioned offices.
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Via Vespasiano, 46
Via Vespasiano, 46, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyPlease be at the meeting point at least 25 minutes before the departure time. The meeting point for English language tours - Via Germanico 8. The meeting point for Other languages - Via Vespasiano 46a.
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 40 minutes -
You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Check off Vatican City’s landmarks in a single half-day walking tour
  • Get in-depth info on the culture, history, and art of Vatican City
  • Guarantee admission to these popular attractions with a prebooked tour
  • Opt to upgrade for early-morning or evening tours outside of opening hours
What to Expect
Choose a start time that fits your schedule, and then meet your guide outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Skip waiting in the often-long lines for tickets and step inside and begin your tour. Your guide narrates an orientation and gives in-depth commentary on the highlights of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel as you walk. Explore Raphael’s Rooms, and hear stories behind works such as the 'School of Athens,' a piece that features images of Michelangelo and Raphael. Pass through halls such as the Gallery of the Masks and Gallery of the Maps. Then, make your way into the Sistine Chapel. A sacred spot and the private papal chapel, the Sistine Chapel is also renowned for its Michelangelo frescoes—'The Last Judgement' and 'The Creation of Adam.' Continue to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you see Michelangelo’s famous 'La Pietà.' Before wrapping up your tour outside the church, take a moment to rub the foot of the statue of St. Peter for luck.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Vespasiano, 46, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Expert tour guide
  • Headsets
  • Free Wi-Fi at the meeting point
  • Bathroom access
  • Recharging station for your devices
  • Entrance tickets to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Direct access to St.Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Exclusions
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Evening tours do not include a visit to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tours departing Wednesday: St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you'll spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list any affected dates as they become available. The tour guides aim to notify guests if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed upon commencement of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after you enter, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes
  • Our tours end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's, or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
  • We cannot predict when individual museums will be crowded. In general long lines are common at major attractions in summer, on most weekends, and during peak travel periods throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, local holidays). Our skip-the-line tickets enable you to skip the line if indeed there is one.
  • Please note: Raphael Rooms are available only for the first morning tour.
  • All students should have their student identity card in order to get the discount for the admission fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please be informed that, the The meeting point for English language tours is Via Germanico 8 & the meeting point for Other languages is Via Vespasiano 46a.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The meeting point wasn’t anywhere close to the Vatican and if you don’t have access to the internet then you will not find the meeting point as I didn’t... this caused me to lose £94.40 and the staff was not helpful at all! Very disappointed.
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Great experience of the Vatican museums, Sistine chapel and St. peters, our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, it was a large group but with headsets provided we didn’t miss anything our guide said. If your visiting rome, this is a must see. Stunning art work, statues
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The Vatican is incredible! We had a great tour, but the guide was a little difficult to understand. However, I would strongly recommend seeing everything.
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Ok - note - this our does NOT include entry into the attractions. However, we were willing to pay to skip the line and to avoid the queues. The guide gave us an initial introduction next to a very busy road - when it was pointed out that we could not hear him he seemed to
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We made the tour, and this was a good decision. The tour guide, her name was "mazilena tamiolaki" was very very very ambitious! She told us a lot of great stories about the building, the statues, the history, the Swiss guards, general things and and and... Fast facts: Our tour
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