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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Skip The Line!

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Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Skip The Line!

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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica can be intimidating for first-time visitor, both for the wealth of its art and for the vast area they cover. With this tour, see the highlights with a guide for a comprehensive introduction to the Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica that won’t overwhelm. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore St. Peter's Square, and even climb the dome for views over Rome.
  • Skip the lines into the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Tour with a guide to concentrate on the highlights of the vast collection
  • Learn about works by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Raphael
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Dome at your own pace
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Via Tunisi, 4 , Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Our Vatican Tour meets: 1.45pm "at the bottom of the Stairs" of Via Tunisi, directly opposite the entrance of the Vatican Museum and next to Hotel Alimandi. (We DO NOT meet on the steps of the Vatican Museums entrance you must cross the street)

1:45 PM
St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

The tour will end directly in front of the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • St Peter's Basilica is a holy place of worship and is not subject to the rules of the Vatican Museums. The Basilica is subject to close with little to no warning and in this case, the tour will conclude in the Sistine Chapel.
  • All youth / students aged 18-25 years must present a valid photo student ID and document with date of birth. Students below the age of 18 will only be asked to show proof of age. If you do not arrive with the proper documents, the Vatican will not honour the reservation and a new full price ticket must be purchased at the cost of €15 / ticket.
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No bare knees, no bare shoulders no bare stomachs. You are allowed to wear shorts, dress and skirts however the cloth must fall long enough to cover the ball of the knees and shoulders for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Maximus Tours
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Skip The Line!?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Skip The Line!.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Skip The Line!?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Skip The Line!.

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star-5
Recommend skip the line
Traci_W
, Jul 2022
Great guide who was so passionate and knowledgeable about the Vatican City. Learnt a great deal and saw some incredible sights including St Peters. Really recommend doing a skip the line tour. So much to see.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Traci Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am happy that you enjoyed your time with us on tour and that you learnt a great deal :) We hope to see you back again soon.
star-4
Kristiana, our tour guide...
Andrea_R
, Jul 2022
Kristiana, our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The length of the tour was about right allowing us to see the main masterpieces and admire St Peter’s Basilica.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Andrea Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I am happy that you enjoy the tour with Cristiana and your time with us. The 3 hour tour is a great way to see the highlights at a enjoyable pace. Thanks again!
star-5
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and Sistine Chapel skip the line, small group tour
cassandra_g
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. Well done! Sorry I cannot recall our guide’s name.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Traveler Thank you for taking the time to write this review, even if you can't remember your guides name we are glad that your time with us will be remembered fondly :)
star-5
Cristiana is the star of the tour!
Snezha_S
, Jul 2022
Cristiana was an exceptional guide and managed a very busy schedule perfectly. The tour is demanding as it is 3 hours+ of pure walking so make sure you have proper shoes.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are glad that you enjoyed your time with Cristiana and that your visit with us was a success. We hope you will come back and visit us again soon!
star-3
Oversold… and no water in 100F heat
Greg_K
, Jul 2022
First of all, I want to say that our tour guide was terrific… She was very knowledgeable and very pleasant in her delivery of information. However, the Vatican completely oversold capacity to the Sistine Chapel (which is saying more about the Vatican than the tour company) It was jampacked… Standing room only, and easily over 100°. No air-conditioning… No water! One thing that I will pin on our tour company is that they should have provided access to water between the Sistine chapel tour and the Saint Peter’s Basilica tour. In total, the tour lasted approximately three hours… all without water access during 100F temperatures. Not good.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Greg Thank you for your honest review, and for not pinning things on us which are out of our control. Our guides warn all guests that there is little to no access to water once the tour begins and strongly suggests everyone to buy water before entering the Museums or once entering the Museums at the vending machines. From that point on, there are few to none places to get water. You mention that we (tour company) should have provided access to water however if the Vatican do not provide more vending machines or drinking fountains then there is not much we can do about this. The guide is unable to carry a case of water with them while on tour. You are correct that the Vatican itself can get extremely busy and with little to no air-con, and with little access to water, visiting in the heat of the summer can be hot and dehydrating.
star-5
Very informative
julie_v
, Jun 2022
I loved that we were provided with headsets so we could hear the guide. She was so very knowledgeable. Spoke perfect English even tho she was born and raised in Rome.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Julie Thank you for your review, we are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us and your time at the Vatican. We hope to see you back again soon!
star-5
Very nice tour
Lene_B
, May 2022
The tour guide had a lot of knowledge. There are a lot of things to experience, so the 3 hours went fast.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Dear Lene Thank you for your review, it is very much appreciated. There is definitely a lot to see in the Vatican but we have excellent guides who can make the most out of your time and a great experience. Take care
star-5
Considerate and thorough guided tour
Bernard C
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide was very friendly, considerate and thorough. He gave a great introduction to the Sistine Chapel and showed highlights of the Basilica and the Museum. Just right for our purpose. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write this. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us on our tour of the Vatican.

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