Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour with Optional Upgrades
Faster Than Skip The Line

Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour with Optional Upgrades

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Tour Highlights

  • "#1 Booked Tour in the World” - Source: TripAdvisor
  • 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 & more
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica & the Pietà with free time 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
  • See the Sistine Chapel come to life before your eyes when you add tickets to the Live Last Judgement Show

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As one of only three official Vatican Museums Tour Operator Partners, City Wonders offers you exclusive access and expert commentary on the treasures of the Vatican. Enjoy No-Wait Entry, licensed guides and a carefully crafted itinerary with the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, Raphael Rooms and more!
Creation of Adam

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.

Swiss Guard

LEARN MORE ON OUR TOURS

Our licensed guides are experts in art and history, so you’ll have the chance to ask questions and hear the stories behind some of the world’s most famous masterpieces.

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.

Tour Description

From the rich colors of the Sistine Chapel to the gilded ceiling of the Gallery of Maps, the Vatican Museums are filled to the brim with artistic treasures. There's so much to see and experience that it's important to have an expert to guide you so you don't waste any time. As 1 of only 3 Official Vatican Museums Partners, you can trust that we know our stuff. And in addition to being pros in all things Vatican, this partnership grants us access to an exclusive partner entrance, meaning you'll get to skip the notoriously long lines to enter immediately. 

Once inside, we follow a carefully planned route through the Museums, visiting the most famous locations 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 expert, licensed 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 also 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, so you can visit the stunning masterpieces held within. Here, you will see Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’, the church’s incredible altar and impressive dome – the construction of which threatened to rip the church in two.

Traveling 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.

Unveil the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

Once you’ve toured the Sistine Chapel, get an in-depth look at its creation during The Last Judgement theater show. This one-hour performance uses live action, music, dance and immersive 270° projections to depict the stories behind the artwork, including the commission of both pieces and a look into Michelangelo’s life at the time of their creation.

From Marco Balich, the artistic director of several Olympic Opening Ceremonies and with music composed by the legendary Sting, this spectacular show is sure to be captivating for all audiences. To top it all off, we’ve reserved only central tickets for you, so you are guaranteed to enjoy the show from the best seats in the house. View the show trailer below:

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What's Included

  • No-Wait Access to the Vatican Museums
  • All entrance & reservation fees
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less

Sites Visited

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

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.
  • Please note that in case of unexpected closures of some of the areas inside the Museums, the guide may have to modify the itinerary slightly. For example, if some of the internal connecting areas are closed for safety reasons, Raphael's Rooms may be replaced with Pio Clementino Museum, where Laoocon and Apollo Belvedere statues are.
  • Please note there will not be a City Wonder representative at the theatre for your Last Judgement show.  Please make your way to the Auditorium of Conciliazione in Rome about 30 minutes before the show is due to start. You will have to present your voucher with your booking and you will be given your tickets for the show at the entrance.
  • If you have booked your tour on Monday or Thursday, your show will begin at 8pm. Only from 1/10/2018, Thursdays shows will begin at 9PM If you have booked your tour on Wednesday, your show will begin at 6pm. If you have booked your tour on Friday, your show will begin at 9pm. If you have booked your tour on Saturday, your show will begin at 5pm.

FAQs

  • Where does the tour meet?

    The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive when you book your tour.

  • 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.

  • Are the Vatican Group tours accessible for wheelchair users?

    Due to some itinerary restrictions, we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users or customers with restricted mobility on our Vatican Group Tours.

    We welcome wheelchair users on our Private Vatican tours. Wheelchair users are required to use a different route through the Vatican Museums. Our Private Vatican Tours fully accommodate wheelchair users and persons of reduced mobility. Your guide will bring you through the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, but not the Basilica. 

    *Important note: Neither option detailed above includes the special skip-the-line access to Saint Peter's Basilica as it is not wheelchair accessible. If you wish to visit Saint Peter's Basilica after your tour, you will need to exit the Vatican Museums, go to Saint Peter's Square and queue to enter. Entry to the Basilica is free. 

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