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Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

Faster Than Skip The Line
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  • Duration
    3 h.
  • Start time
  • Meeting Point
    Near Museum Entrance (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language
With only 11 other people in your group, your expert guide will be able to show you the best of the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and still have time for St. Peter‘s Basilica in just 3 hours!

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 just 12 people for a more personal experience
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
Sistine Chapel's ceiling

Explore all the Highlights

Our carefully planned Vatican tours introduce you to the best of the Vatican Museums – from the Raphael Rooms to the Sistine Chapel and even St. Peter’s Basilica!

Girl looking at the Sistine Chapel

A More Intimate Experience

Small group sizes of only 12 people or less mean your tour is more intimate, and with an early entrance time before general admission, the Vatican Museums will be quiet.

Girl taking a picture of the maps room

No Waiting in Line

As an Official Vatican Museums Partner, we have access to a special No Wait Partners Entrance – so you don’t waste precious time waiting in line.


Enter the Vatican Museums before the general public and experience this incredible collection at a slower pace on our Semi-Private Vatican Tours.

With an expert, English-speaking guide on hand you’ll gain a true appreciation of the Vatican masterpieces – from the real-life characters featured in Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’, to some of the world’s oldest and most influential sculptures.

In just three hours we’ll cover all the highlights of the nine-mile Vatican Museums, seeing the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms as well as less-known sites such as the Hall of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries.

We’ll also have time to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Special Skip the Line Access means we enter directly from the Sistine Chapel, saving a 30-minute walk and hours of waiting in line.

With group sizes of 12 people or less on our Semi-Private Vatican Tours, your group will be intimate and your expert guide easy to interact with, while headsets for every guest give you more space to take photos without losing your guide and their commentary in the crowds.

At nine miles long, it’s impossible to see all of the Vatican Museums in just one visit. Let us take the hassle out of your time at the Vatican with No Wait Access, small group sizes, a carefully planned route and an expert, English-speaking guide to ensure that you get the best from your time.

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What's included

  • Official Vatican Museums Partners No Wait Entry
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Groups of 12 people or less
  • Local expert tour guide
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • All tickets and reservation fees

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/Beverage 

Important notes

  • St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. While we undertake to tell guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Please note that 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' 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.

  • 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.

  • Is photography permitted during the tour?

    Throughout most of the Museums and in St. Peter's Basilica it is possible to take photographs. However, photography is strictly prohibited inside the Sistine Chapel.

Semi-Private Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour Reviews

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Tiffany was one of the...

Tiffany was one of the best guides we have come across. My partner and I did a similar tour 2 years ago, but were doing it again so the children (teenagers) could do the visit. I enjoyed this tour so much more than the first time around - thanks to the way Tiffany presented the history, stories and information. She had so much knowledge and a clear passion for the history. We had to leave a few minutes early to get to the airport, and I was disappointed to have to do this - keen to hear what she had to say - whereas, normally by the end of a 3 hour tour, I have had enough. The kids agreed they did not get bored at all during her tour.

Incredible knowledge and...

Incredible knowledge and very personable. She did a great job at the beginning of the tour putting us in the mindset of what we will be seeing which was incredible helpful when going through the specific rooms that we already had ground level knowledge that she built on throughout the tour

Elizabeth was wonderful...

Elizabeth was wonderful and it was so nice taking a smaller sized tour!!!

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  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
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