Saint Peters Basilica from the Tiber river with Ponte Sant'Angelo

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Faster Than Skip The Line
  • Duration
    3 h.
  • Start time
    08:00, 08:45, 09:00, 10:00 & 14:30
  • Meeting Point
    Near Museum Entrance (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language

Tour Highlights

  • No Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through our exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance
  • See the treasures of the Holy See including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica and the Pietà with possibility to explore after the tour
  • Enlightening commentary from a local Vatican expert throughout the tour
  • Group size limited to 20 people or less
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide

As one of only three official Vatican Museums Tour Operator Partners, this tour sums up all the benefits and experience you want once you're inside. No lines, expert guides and a carefully crafted itinerary with the Sistine Chapel, St.Peter's Basilica, Raphael Rooms and more!
Creation of Adam

Best of the Vatican Museums in Just Three Hours

Our Vatican museum tours follow a carefully planned route through the Museums, exploring all of the unmissable highlights from the Raphael Rooms to the Sistine Chapel.

Interior St. Peter's basilica

Witness the Grandeur of St. Peter’s Basilica

With Skip the Line Access directly from the Sistine Chapel, we'll also visit St. Peter’s Basilica – home to a stunning altar, sculptures by Michelangelo, and perhaps the world’s most impressive dome.

Swiss Guard

Don’t Waste Precious Time in Long Lines

With official No Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through a separate partners entrance, plus Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica, our Vatican Museum tours save hours that could be wasted in line.


At nine miles long and with 6 million visitors every year, the Vatican Museums can be a little overwhelming. Get the most from your visit on our small group Vatican Museum tours, visiting the best of the Vatican Museums in just three hours with an expert, English-speaking guide to tell you about the personalities and stories behind the artwork – bringing an ancient collection to life.

We follow a carefully planned route through the Museums, visiting the most famous rooms such as the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms, plus a wide variety of galleries full of ancient sculptures, tapestries, medieval maps, paintings and precious relics.

As you travel your guide will teach you about not just the pieces you see but the stories behind them and the Vatican itself. You’ll learn about the little details in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescos – such as the painful punishments he painted for his enemies and his own personal message to the Pope. You’ll learn about the characters that walked these corridors before you as artists, Cardinals and Popes and the dramas that unfolded here.

With Skip the Line Access we’ll gain entry directly from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica* too, so we can visit the stunning masterpieces held within. We’ll see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ and the incredible altar. Not to mention the Basilica itself and its impressive dome – the construction of which threatened to rip the church in two.

Travelling in small groups of only 20 people or less and with audio headsets, your tour will be intimate and your guide easy to interact with (but hard to lose).

Our Vatican Museum tours also include No Wait Access, saving you hours of waiting in line on busy days – so your Vatican visit will be as enjoyable and hassle free as possible.

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What's included

  • No Wait Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Entrance and reservation fees
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Local expert tour guide

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

Meeting Point

Important notes

  • St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.


  • I am taking a Vatican Tour that includes Saint Peter’s Basilica, will we go up the dome?

    It is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, however you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site.  Our tours do not include a visit to the Dome. Please note that if you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, you should make sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon before our afternoon tours reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.

  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Vatican Museums on my own?

    No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.

  • What exactly is included in the 3 hours Group tour for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica?

    The price is all-inclusive: Skip the Line entrance, entrance ticket, guide and tour. Our tours are  classic and very comprehensive. This is a three hour tour and covers many wings of the museums including, but not limited to, ancient Greek\Roman sculpture, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of the Candelabra and the Hall of Tapestries. For many the two highlights of our tours are the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. From the Sistine Chapel, groups exit the Museums and end the tour at St. Peter's Basilica in St. Peter's Square. Please note that most Wednesday mornings and on special religious occasions, Saint Peter’s Basilica might be closed, and therefore not part of the tour. In that event, the tour still lasts three hours and has a more extensive visit inside the world-famous Vatican Museums.

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour Reviews

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I’ve been to Vatican for...


I’ve been to Vatican for the second time, first time with City Wonders and it exceeded my expectations. Our guide Christian was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and art. The trip covered most important topics and Christian managed to answer all our questions. He surprised me with great anecdotes and interesting stories which you don’t find easily in guides etc. On the other hand the amount of details like dates and surnames was a bit overwhelming for an amateur, but definitely ok for a history lover. I definitely enjoyed it:)

Burcu is a lovely lady...


Burcu is a lovely lady who was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the subject and looked after the group superbly from start to finish We would definitely book with City Wonders again because of the professional experience provided by her.

Burcu was Great...


Burcu was Great. Very knowledgeable and friendly and humorous.

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A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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