Vatican Tour – Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s

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  • Private
  • Semi-Private

Vatican Private Tour - Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Enjoy a complete tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. This is a private guided tour of the Vatican and includes skip the line tickets. You’ll get to absorb the serene atmosphere at your own pace on this fascinating exploration of the masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and sculptures of ancient Rome.

Availability: Monday – Saturday
Opening Times: 9am – 6pm
Group Size: Just you and your tour guide!

Duration: 3 Hours
 
What’s Included: Skip the line early entry tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica, an expert guide who speaks fluent English, headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing anything.
 
  • For visitors who want a deeper insight into the Vatican City, this private tour of the Vatican gives you an easygoing, yet entertaining glimpse into the world’s most fascinating array of historical treasures
  • During your Vatican excursion, you’ll get to admire the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms and the Belvedere Courtyard
  • At St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll be stunned by Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s baldachin at the largest church in the world and the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture
  • Avoid the infamous Vatican lines with skip the line access at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican Museum Private Tour

There’s so much to see in the Vatican Museums, it’s easy to get lost or miss an important masterpiece!

On this skip the line Vatican museums and Sistine chapel tour, you’ll have your very own local art historian and expert Vatican guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Covering masterpieces of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art and the important sculptures of ancient Rome. Helping you to make sense of the sheer volume of paintings, mosaics, statues and artifacts in these expansive rooms, your tour guide will explain each item’s place in the rich tapestry of Vatican City history. Not only are they beautiful to look at, each masterpiece has it’s own story to tell – your Vatican tour guide will tell you the story behind the paintings, the meanings behind them and why they’re so renowned across the globe.

Sistine Chapel Private Tour

The highlight of your Vatican private tour is the Sistine Chapel, which is undoubtedly the most famous chapel in the world. You’ll learn about the paintings of Michelangelo (yes, he spent 8 years of his life painting here!) and his predecessors, who covered every inch of these walls and ceilings. You’ll hear about the history of the period, including the difficulties encountered between the patron, Pope Julius II and Michelangelo.

A wonderful option to add on to your trip is the Raphael Rooms . These were four rooms of the Papal palace, painted by Michelangelo’s contemporary and greatest rival, Raphael Sanzio. Art lovers cannot afford to miss this short detour from the museums to stand in front of entire walls frescoed by the hands of this Renaissance genius!

Skip The Line St. Peters Basilica Private Tour

Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you’ll enter St. Peters basilica – without having to wait in line.

St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world.Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings.

Built over St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica took more than 120 years to complete and is one of the most important sites in Christianity.

The Basilica features several chapels and contains numerous statues and mosaic works of importance. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.

Base Price (2 people)385
Additional Adult50
Additional Child (ages 6-17) *40
Infant (ages 0-5) *Free

* Ages refer to on the day of the tour, and all participants must have a photographic ID to present upon request (photocopies and electronic devices are accepted)

Want a longer tour? 

Select the number of additional hours you would like to add to your tour time; for a more detailed itinerary, to add more sites to your tour, or to simply enjoy the tour at a slower pace. 

Our Customer Service Team will be happy to discuss options for adding on sites to this tour with you – simply email, chat or call and we will work with you to create the perfect tour itinerary for you!

Fee per Additional Hour: €75

Skip the Lines Vatican:
Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica
Semi-Private Tour

Take Our Tour and Skip ALL The Lines – Get More Time to Admire Vatican History

The Vatican Skip-The-Lines Tour gets you an inside look at the best of Vatican City without, like the name implies, long waits in lines. Our semi-private group of only 10 people gets VIP entrance to the museums,  Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll see Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldachin.

Don’t miss the Vatican Skip the Lines Tour. You’ll walk with an intimate group and we’ll cover all the major highlights of Vatican City.

Availability: Monday – Saturday

Group Size: Semi Private Tour (Max 10)  

Meeting Point: Via Leone IV, close to Vatican Museums entrance (full details sent with confirmation email)

Departure Time: 1.30pm

Check In Closes: 15 minutes prior to departure time

Duration: 3.5 Hours

What’s Included: Skip the line early entry tickets to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica, an expert guide who speaks fluent English, headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing anything.

  • Guaranteed maximum group size of only 10 people, making for a more interactive and relaxing tour experience.
  • This tour of the Vatican gives you an easygoing, yet entertaining glimpse into the world’s most fascinating array of historical treasures
  • During your Vatican excursion, you’ll get to admire the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s frescoes.
  • At St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll be stunned by Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldachin at the largest church in the world and the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture
  • Avoid the infamous Vatican lines with skip the line access at both the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica 

Semi-Private Tour: Maximum 1o people. Usually sold out.

CategoryTour Fee per person
Adult75
Child (ages 6-17) *60
Infant (ages 0-5) *Free

* Ages refer to on the day of the tour, and all participants must have a photographic ID to present upon request (photocopies and electronic devices are accepted)

Waste No Time with a Vatican Skip-The-Lines Tour

The Vatican has stood as the center of the Catholic Church since the early decades of Christianity when it was a place of martyrdom and the place where St Peter is believed to have been crucified upside down. So much history sits inside the Vatican museum complex that as little time as possible should be spent waiting on the outside.

As the most visited place in Rome, the Vatican serves 4.2 million people a year. The lines, as you can imagine, can be long, sometimes hours long, and exhausting for anyone who has to wait in them. Keep your energy for the good parts, the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Basilica. With a Vatican Skip-The-Lines Tour, you get to go in a small group through a special museum entrance. Once inside your guide will take you a journey of the best known and some of the obscure parts of a place that contains some of the world’s most important historical treasures.

Save 2 hours with a Skip-The-Lines Tour of St Peter’s Basilica

We are often asked how to enter St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the 2-hour security lines in St. Peter’s Square. Well, the only way is with a guided tour with an official Rome-licensed tour guide! In the Sistine Chapel, you will see two exit doors – one takes you back through the museums to their exit, which is also where you entered the museums, and which is a 1-kilometre walk from St Peter’s Square, from where it takes up to 2 hours to get through security into the Basilica. 

The other exit door from the Sistine Chapel is reserved for guided tours with Rome-licensed tour guides only. This exit takes you directly into St. Peter’s Basilica with no standing in line – you will be there in 4 minutes! 

Not just for time-saving: You will get so much more out of your St Peter’s Basilica visit with a guided tour from a licensed expert … 

Continue with your tour guide into the Basilica of St Peter. Known as the greatest architectural masterpiece in Rome, St Peter’s took over a century to complete.

Your guide will tell you the story of the nine master architects who each carried the project forward until their deaths; including how that genius Michelangelo – again! – would be the one to finally complete the design for the most challenging aspect of the ambitious design – the great dome which is one of the most iconic images of Rome today.

Inside St Peter’s you will visit a selection of the many ornate monuments, statues and mosaics (there are no paintings in the Basilica – find out why from your guide!), and stand in front of the sacred altar of St Peter, from where the Pope says mass on very special occasions.

Note 1:

Unfortunately, due to unavoidable steep stairways in the Vatican Museums, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send us an email and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative

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