Skip the Line to Vatican Treasures, Sistine Chapel and Optional Upgrade with Lunch

9 hr

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Group Tour

Morning or Afternoon Tour:

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then board your air-conditioned coach near Rome Termini Station or at your centrally located hotel. Travel the short journey to Vatican City in comfort, passing alongside sites like Piazza del Popolo and the ancient Aurelian Walls.

Hop off your coach and skip past the long entrance lines with your priority-access ticket to enter the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to one of...
Morning or Afternoon Tour:

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then board your air-conditioned coach near Rome Termini Station or at your centrally located hotel. Travel the short journey to Vatican City in comfort, passing alongside sites like Piazza del Popolo and the ancient Aurelian Walls.

Hop off your coach and skip past the long entrance lines with your priority-access ticket to enter the Vatican Museums. The complex is home to one of the world’s largest collections of art, featuring an extensive array of treasures amassed by the Vatican popes. Follow your guide down Giuseppe Momo’s bronze spiral staircase – an iconic Vatican attraction – and then visit two of the museum’s star attractions: Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps.

Admire the Flemish tapestries that adorn the walls of the first room, and learn how they were based on paintings by students of the Renaissance supremo Raphael. Gaze in wonder at the detailed topographical maps inside the Galley of Maps, and then leave the museum area to walk into the Sistine Chapel. Talking is not permitted inside the sacred site, so walk around at leisure and marvel at its two Michelangelo frescoes – The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement.

Finish your tour with a walk around St Peter’s Basilica, the home of the Catholic Church. Admire more artistic treasures like Michelangelo’s La Pieta sculpture and Bernini’s Baldachino, and hear little-known stories about the church’s history. Head back to your coach and make use of a drop-off at your hotel or one of several central locations in town.

Full-Day Tour or Full-Day Tour with Lunch:

Upgrade to the Full-Day Tour to combine the Morning Tour with a Christian Rome walking tour in the afternoon. If you opt to include lunch, your guide will drop you off at a traditional restaurant in the center for a delicious 2-course meal with a drink.

Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time, and set off to see the Christian landmarks of Rome. Walk around Esquiline Hill, the largest of the ancient Seven Hills of Rome, and head inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – a lovely 5th-century church on the summit. After exploring inside, stroll to the Holy Stairs (Scala Santa) and stop for photos by Lateran Palace, an old papal residence.

Visit the Basilica of San Giovanni with your guide, and then continue walking along the Ancient Appian Way, a historical road that dates back to around 300 BC. The lane is home to several pretty churches and catacombs (underground cemeteries), and your guide will point out several of the best. See the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, and then visit one of the three famous catacombs: San Callisto, Domitilla or San Sebastiano. After exploring underground, visit the old spa ruins at the Baths of Caracalla, and then finish your tour with a hotel drop-off or a drop-off in town.
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Important Details

Included
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Professional guide
  • Round-trip transport from Rome to Vatican City
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Hearphones
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks (if upgrade option not selected)
Departure Point
Piazza della Città Leonina, 8, 00193 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: This is a Multilingual Tour
  • By pre-booking this tour it enables you to skip the long lines (which can take up to two hours) to enter the Vatican Museums.
  • Visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.
  • A dress code is required to enter the Vatican Museums and knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements
  • Do you cater to wheelchair users? Do you or the Vatican provide wheelchairs? This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after entrance, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tours so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes.
  • This tour is not recommended for people with walking difficulties
  • Please note: If St Peter's Basilica cannot be visited because it is closed, you will spend more time in the Vatican Museums
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

3.9
/5
Based on 1,158 reviews

Reviewed: October 22, 2019

chenig

This was a large group tour. We were bused to the Vatican and hurried through the museum. It was incredibly crowded and noisy. There was no chance to really look at what was on display and too many people. The Sistine ceiling probably suffers the same fate as the Mona Lisa: we've seen so many reproductions that the original can't live up to it. The noise level was amazing and the crowds were dense. It was like visiting a football stadium w/ a pretty picture on the ceiling. I do not recommend seeing it this way.


Reviewed: April 15, 2019

George N

Skip the line is the way to go! Fun tour guide who knows lots about the Vatican. Great limo service.


Reviewed: January 7, 2019

John

This was our first trip to Rome, I chose Viator on the recommendation from another couple that really like them. The process from booking online and follow-up after the fact and up until the day of the event was really good. The tour guide was really enjoyable, the hotel pick-up was really nice as well. If you are the type that likes to breeze through the treasures around you then this is the tour to get because you do skip a huge line, but for what you pay and if you wanted more time to analyze what you are really seeing then I would suggest you pay the price at the location and stand in line or simple pay a few more dollars and skip the line-saving you about half of what I paid. Either way I personally would have liked a little more time, as I simple felt like I was being herded the entire time, which I do not like!


Reviewed: September 17, 2018

Linda P

I just loved it as much as my 80year old mother....our tour guide Laura was great we had such a great french tour....thanks again


Reviewed: August 2, 2018

Prashant K   |   Australia

Average, Vatican was very crowded