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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary.
  • Art history tour of the splendid Vatican Museums
  • See highlights of the sprawling collection with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the artists and their patrons through live audio headset commentary
  • Walk beneath the sacred ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access
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EXPERT OFFICIAL VATICAN LICENSED TOUR GUIDE
SKIP THE LINE TOUR OF THE THE VATICAN & SISTINE CHAPEL
DIRECT ENTRANCE TO ST.PETER'S BASILICA
LOCATION PICK UP & DROP OFF
FOOD & DRINK
Via Germanico, 16 , Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Maya Tours in Via Germanico 16 - (almost at the corner of Via Leone IV) This tour starts from our office. Please make sure that you check in at least 15 min. prior departure time.

Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City

Exit of the Vatican Museums

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour, you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Knees & Shoulders MUST be covered for both men & women to enter the Sistine Chapel!
  • Please note that on the day of your visit certain areas of the monument/attraction can be closed due to either religious events and national holidays.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Students booking a reduced ticket must have a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Follow Me SRLS
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Tour meet-up was at a location about a 5m walk from the Vatican entrance so it was convenient." See review
  • "The Vatican is massive and it gets crazy there at 8 am; without skipping the lines, you would be lost for sure!" See review
  • "The cost of the tour is very reasonable and certainly gives one a great overview of the history and artifacts that can be found in Vatican City." See review

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star-5
Great tour with Debra.
Monica
, Aug 2022
Debra was absolutely amazing. Both my 10 and 14 year old loved this tour. She provided us with so much knowledge and had great humor. She helped find shade in the very hot weather. She was vety mindful of the the weather. We highly recommend her.
star-5
Great tour... very explicit
Marie_M
, Aug 2022
The Vatican Museum. The tour director described everything in detail. Best part is you really did skip the line!
star-5
Concise tour of the Sistine Chapel and Museum
Gtdepinto
, Aug 2022
Christine was an excellent tour guide. It would take days to see everything, so she pointed out the highlights. She sat us down and gave us a comprehensive explanation of the Sistine Chapel and of the life of Michelangelo with pictures from a book. She doesn’t accompany the group into the chapel because there is no talking or picture taking inside. She gives you the option to remain in the museum and look around more without a guide. This tour does not include a guided tour of the basilica. She leads you to the entrance and then your on your own. If you want to see more, allow yourself a lot of time. The crowds are massive.
star-5
Roberta was a godsend.
John_M
, Aug 2022
Roberta was a fantastic guide. Very informative and entertaining. The heat was oppressive, but her information was outstanding. Thank you.
star-5
Definitely well worth it!!!
Jane_L
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was originally from the States and our group were all from US as well. Christina Swain was incredibly bright, in-depth, knew her stuff inside and out, was funny and just maneuvered us so well. I highly recommend this tour as it will give you an excellent introduction to the museums and allow you to skip the lines which are incredibly lengthy.
star-5
First Class, excellent tour on all levels. Highly recommended. Our tour guide Christina was absolutely brilliant.
John_C
, Aug 2022
The tour was excellent, but all down to our tour guide Christina, she was first class, extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patronage, funny, caring and articulate.....clearly loves her job. The tour itself was brilliant.
star-5
Christen was outstanding...
samirah_A
, Aug 2022
Christen was outstanding tour guide, she was throughly in her explanation to each stop point, she treated everyone with respect, she made the trip more joy and excited
star-5
Great value starting point for the Vatican
Brianna_M
, Aug 2022
Christina was an amazing guide navigating our group through the crowds while giving us invaluable information about what we were seeing. Would definitely recommend a tour with her as she took the time and due diligence to do it correctly and was also a really friendly and great tour guide
star-5
Amazing experience! Small...
Samir_P
, Aug 2022
Amazing experience! Small group, the tour guide was awesome! She was very knowledgeable, passionate and friendly
star-5
Excellent Guide
Sandra_H
, Aug 2022
The tour was great, our tour guide, Christina made our tour very memorable, with loads of great information and her passion for all things Italian shone through. Would recommend this tour, make sure you get Christina.
star-5
Guide was very good very...
Francisco_S
, Aug 2022
Guide was very good very knowlegble and very polite.was very easy to the office to collect tickets.definetly recomend my friend and family members
star-5
Bravissimo!
Kevin_M
, Aug 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, interactive, enjoyable, and necessary as there is so much to experience!
star-5
Vatican City
Julie_M
, Aug 2022
Christina was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide, explaining what we were seeing and what to look for.
star-5
Excellent guide and tour
Jennifer_H
, Aug 2022
We visited the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel on a very hot day but Christina quickly navigated the way. She was well-organized, told us what to expect, and pointed out opportunities for water, snacks, or restrooms. She found comfortable places to give us information and is clearly experienced and knowledgeable about Italian history and art. Christina has a terrific personality and is pleasant to listen to as she shares fascinating facts and details. The location of the tour start was close the Vatican museum entrance. Part of the tour was air conditioned but the temperature was fine. The tour finishes with a skip the line entrance to the Basilica which is nice. We strongly recommend this guide for a tour.
star-5
Amazing tour guide, Deborah
Pat_E
, Aug 2022
Deborah was the best tour guide ever. she shared allot of information with us. Truly enjoyed it. she was patient with people in our group that were slow.
star-5
Visit Vatican with Maggie!
Annabel_B
, Aug 2022
Maggie is an amazing guide!! Funny, nice, knowledgeable. The entire family had a great time and it includes 2 teenagers:)
star-5
Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel
TinaSlimp
, Aug 2022
Christina, our guide was fantastic. She was knowledgeable and entertaining. Would love to take another tour with her. It's impossible to see all the Vatican museums in a day.
star-2
Hot, sticky, poorly guided tour.
Therese_A
, Aug 2022
I’m glad I had the experience to visit, but will def do a self-guided tour next time if there is a next time. Would also go not during peak season. It was hot and stuffy and hard to really take anything visually and audio-wise from our tour guide. Tour guide also did a poor job of having some kind of visible staff or marker with her - we eventually got lost from the group and didn’t make it into the basilica. If you are going during peak season - def have a fan and wear breathable clothes. That will have been half the battle!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Unfortunately we can not control the weather or climate inside the Vatican. Wearing breathable clothes and brining a fan during mid summer in the Mediterranean is not something we can do for you. The fact that you could not take anything away from the tour guide audibly or visually is down to you and I think very unfair on them that you rated them so badly because you were hot and unable to pay attention. The only people to lose the tour group were yourselves, so I am sure it's not the guides fault for not being visible.
star-5
Excellent tour
James_O
, Aug 2022
The tour guide, Christina, was excellent The crowd was not too bad. We enjoyed the Sistene Chapel. Our tour guide gave us interesting and detailed explanations.
star-5
Great valie for the money
Stephen_R
, Aug 2022
Very informative tour. Very convenient with the skip the line. I like that they provide individual earphones so we coupd hear everything the guide says without having to be close to her.

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