Guided tour

Semiprivate Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel

3.9 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome
Guided tour

Semiprivate Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel

Activity provider: Gray Line I Love Rome

From US$ 112.58 per person

Uncover the history of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in the morning as you enjoy skip-the-line access. Fancy a professional semi-private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese
Optional audio guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
Pickup available only for hotels centrally located. Please call 24 hours before the tour starts to receive your pickup time and please be ready in your hotel lobby 45 minutes prior to assigned pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Enjoy a privileged semiprivate tour with a professional guide in a group of 8 people or fewer
  • Have exclusive fast entrance to the Vatican Museums & St Peter's (just entrance)
  • Visit of the inside of Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel, Tapestries Gallery
  • View Michelangelo’s 'The Final Judgement'
  • Enjoy the welcome lounge service with free Wi-Fi and complimentary small bottle of mineral water and espresso coffee
Full description

Experience a professionally guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. On this tour, skip the long entrance lines in a small group. If you are looking for a real no-stress tour of its dazzling art collections, then this semi-private tour is suggested.

Enjoy a personal, customized experience with your guide and travel companions. Thanks to real skip-the-line tickets and to the experience of your guides, you won't waste a single moment of your visit and won't miss any of their most suggestive artworks, like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.

When you arrive, your guide will lead you to the museums through the reserved official partner's entrance. Then, admire their most impressive Renaissance art in the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, the stunning Raphael’s Rooms, and the world-famous Sistine Chapel.

After the Sistine Chapel, you will be taken through exclusive access to St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping long lines. Headsets will let you always enjoy both your guide's commentary and at your own pace for marvelous pictures.

  • Entrance tickets
  • St Peter's Basilica entrance (no guided tour, just entrance)
  • Professional guide
  • Wireless audio headsets
  • Skip-the-line, dedicated entrance as per official tour operator partner
  • Lounge service with small bottle of mineral water, free Wi-Fi and espresso coffee
  • Pick up service available if option selected
  • Drop off
  • Optional gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Please note: The Basilica is not accessible until further notice
  • Visits inside St. Peter’s Basilica are daily, except on Wednesdays at 8:00 AM departures, where it will be replaced with a Vatican Library visit
  • The basilica is an active place of worship and may be closed without prior notice for religious events. In this case, the visit will be substituted by a visit to the Vatican Library
  • This tour will end in St. Peter's Square
  • This tour will visit religious sites and a dress code will be observed. Visitors must be dressed appropriately: no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts and no hats will be allowed
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active religious center and is strongly influenced by liturgical ceremonies and needs. The Vatican Museums Official Tour Operator Partner is therefore not responsible for any inconvenience resulting from sudden closure of the Basilica.
  • Please note that this activity is not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 9 reviews

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Amazing almost-VIP experience!

The tour was very well organized. The meeting point was very easy to reach (it's a nice little office in a main street near the Vatican), and the staff there were so kind! Our guide was a sweet highly-educated guy with a typical Italian accent which I found so funny... He showed us a lot of things, holding a big tablet for more pictures, tables and reconstructions when needed, very helpful! It was just the 5 of us (myself and an English family), so we could even sneak in a closed-to-the-public area in the Basilica to take a look at the crypt conceived to memorialize the location of Saint Peter's grave, just us! Amazing! The Museums and the Church are always very busy and chaotic, so a guided tour like this one is highly recommended, I could not imagine going inside without a skip-the-like ticket and a guide to show the way... So happy about this experience! :-)

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March 23, 2018

Guide with approximate French, no structure or chronology in the presentation of the pieces

April 17, 2022

I recommend the guide named JUAN Carlos. He explained a lot of things to us that fascinated us. He managed to capture the attention of my teenage daughters for three hours. And that has merit...

April 16, 2022

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