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Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour

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Roma, Italy
Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Group Tour
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Discover the sacred and artistic treasures of the Vatican on an immersive tour led by an art historian guide. Skip the long lines with priority access, and see some of the most important masterpieces in the Vatican Museum’s immense collection. Stand in awe beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, and learn the stories behind the art through an audio headset so you don’t miss a word of your guide’s commentary.
  • Art history tour of the splendid Vatican Museums
  • See highlights of the sprawling collection with a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the artists and their patrons through live audio headset commentary
  • Walk beneath the sacred ceiling of the Sistine Chapel
  • Beat the crowds with skip-the-line access
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Professional art historian guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Skip-The-Line Access
Lunch
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Via Germanico, 16 , Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Maya Tours in Via Germanico 16 - (almost at the corner of Via Leone IV) This tour starts from our office. Please make sure that you check in at least 15 min. prior departure time.

Vatican Museums , 00120, Vatican City

Exit of the Vatican Museums

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour, you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Knees & Shoulders MUST be covered for both men & women to enter the Sistine Chapel!
  • Please note that on the day of your visit certain areas of the monument/attraction can be closed due to either religious events and national holidays.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Students booking a reduced ticket must have a photo ID, you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Follow Me SRLS
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.

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  • "Tour meet-up was at a location about a 5m walk from the Vatican entrance so it was convenient." See review
  • "The Vatican is massive and it gets crazy there at 8 am; without skipping the lines, you would be lost for sure!" See review
  • "The cost of the tour is very reasonable and certainly gives one a great overview of the history and artifacts that can be found in Vatican City." See review

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star-5
Christina is an excellent tour guide. Highly recommend this tour!
Michael_N
, Jul 2022
Thank you Christina for exceptional tour. Your art history knowledge and wit guided the group through the crowds to create personal bubble. The summary provided was similar to a condensed college art history course. Our family would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanted to gain valuable insight into the Vatican.
star-5
We enjoyed our tour very much!
Elizabeth_M
, Jul 2022
Christine was a great enthusiastic guide. Kept the children in our group engaged and thought of the groups needs at all times. We appreciated she spoke about the Sistine chapel in a comfortable and shady location before we got to experience it. It’s evident, she enjoys what she does and therefore we enjoyed the tour with her. Additionally the office for the tickets was easy to find, quick and clear service was provided, and tour started on a timely manner.
star-5
Great Experience. Tour guide Marco was wonderful.
Jessica_R
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Marco was great and very knowledgeable. The Vatican Museum was extremely crowded and hot (we went on a Friday). The tour ended at the entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica. He said we could go in if we wanted. Definitely go in! This was the most amazing part in our opinion. Very organized tour and it was great cutting all the massive lines. The rules said that men couldn’t wear shorts. My husband wore pants but they were letting men in with shorts. They were very strict about women covering their shoulders though.
star-5
Great Vatican tour
Claire_G
, Jul 2022
We had a great tour with Marco of the Vatican! He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend!
star-3
This tour was advertised...
Tara_P
, Jul 2022
This tour was advertised as 2.5 hours but we only toured for an hour. The 1st 30 minutes were just a mess of getting in and getting our radios and then we walked around the museum for an hour before our guide left us. This gave you time to do the Sistine chapel on your own (which makes sense since you cannot talk in there) and she explained it prior to us entering. I still felt like it was more disorganized than I would’ve liked while we got situated for the 1st 30 minutes and we were shuffled thru fairly quickly with such a large group (22 people) and massive crowds inside. It helps we had the tour to skip the line and I was glad our guide gave us radios inside or it would’ve been impossible. She was lovely and had good info but it just felt a bit rushed.
star-5
wonderful experience
Vadiraja_N
, Jul 2022
Tijana is a wonderful guide who right from the beginning gave us detailed instructions and story of each exhibit and kept us interested throughout the tour. Would definitely use Viator/Maya and Tojana combination.
star-4
Great tour guide. Made the experience.
Alysha_B
, Jul 2022
Christina was a wonderful and engaging tour guide. She was incredibly knowledgeable and shared stories and history about they works of art. She answered every question and even kept a few school aged children engaged. I can’t say enough good things about her. We took the 12:30 tour and she mentioned that the morning was much more crowded and that the last tour of the day was when the museum and Sistine chapel are the least crowded.
star-5
Awesome experience
Sheila_B
, Jul 2022
Everything was amazing. Debra was very informative and protected of our group! She made sure we were able to hear and experience the history. I would definitely recommend Debra. Thank you Debra!
star-3
Mediocre
Alissa_C
, Jul 2022
So, the tour was huge. There were 60+ people in our group. While they split us up with 3 guides, people kept getting lost and overcrowding made this a logistical nightmare. We waited quite a awhile for tickets, then again for our headsets. So, I’m not sure what line we actually got to skip. The headset was quiet and didn’t work well. And our tour guide, while kind, spent quite a bit of time asking about us, then way too much time quizzing us on religious history in the Vatican museum. We almost missed the Sisteen chapel and the pope’s stair case because of the time wasted in the museum and people constantly getting lost. She wasn’t willing to move on without people as she told us she would be charged 50 euro per missing headset. I felt it deteriorated from my experience. She also kept standing us in court yards with no shade in 95 degree weather. Finally I just left and did the basilica on my own. I was also under the impression that this would be a 2 hour tour, but it turned into 3 and I was late for other activities.
star-5
All are memorable....
MariaRuby_C
, Jul 2022
All are memorable. Christina is the best tour guide. The tour is so informative. She has a heart especially to the kids.
star-5
Christina a world class guide
RichFiger
, Jul 2022
Truly exceptional experience and 100% correlated to our guide Christina. She was the literally the best amongst many over the years and across the world. We had a family of 6 and even amongst a large group felt very taken care of.
star-5
Truly a skip the line tour
TINA_G
, Jul 2022
Visiting the Vatican is an exercise in patience but since it's practically required during a visit to Rome, I recommend doing it with a tour. The tour office was easy to find and conveniently located a few steps from a cafe. Our guide Deborah was so knowledgeable and interesting. I wish we could have taken her everywhere with us. We never had to wait in line and that really saved our day. Recommend.
star-5
Amazing
Rachel_A
, Jul 2022
Sistine chapel was amazing , tour guide was very informative , although I do feel having to write 100 characters rather pointless to share a story
star-5
Wonderful explanations by...
Margaret_C
, Jun 2022
Wonderful explanations by the tour guide of the history of the artists, museums and the Sistine Chapel
star-5
104° heat didn’t slow us down!
Daniel_S
, Jun 2022
My husband and I have done the Vatican tour a couple of times before and we’re excited to introduce the experience to new family we were traveling with. The past few days in Rome have been between 98-104°, so we were worried the heat would be too difficult on us. But our guide Tajana made the experience very easy and accommodating. She was a wonderful guide and answered all of our groups questions with ease. We would all highly recommend her.
star-5
Wonderful day at the Vatican
Sharon_V
, Jun 2022
Christine from Savannah was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and personable. She knew so many interesting facts. We saved a ton of time with the skip the line feature at the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. I would definitely recommend her.
star-5
Best way to see the Vatican!
Jessica_B
, Jun 2022
Had an amazing time on this tour! Tia was an incredible guide, very knowledgeable and personable. Visiting the Vatican is a very chaotic experience with some of the densest crowded, but our guide did an amazing job of keeping us together and moving us through the space. One thing to note, there is SO much to see in the Vatican this is truly impressive. The tour moves quickly so if you are interested in stopping and spending time in the museum, this might not be for you but if 3 hours is your max and you want to see as much as possible, this is an excellent tour!
star-5
Our guide, Deborah, was...
Hans_H
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Deborah, was the best guide we had on our entire trip. She was knowledgeable, in charge & passionate about the subject matter she was sharing with us. She made the experience 10/10 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastico
Terri_C
, Jun 2022
Debra was a passionate knowledgeable tour guide that told us stories and kept us engaged A professional on many levels
star-5
Fantastic knowledge, helpfull guide.
Tina_C
, Jun 2022
Great tour guide Deborah. Fantastic knowledge of the Vatican museum and Cysteine Chapel. It was also admirable how she went out of her way to get help us as well, especially to get to the Basilica at the end of the tour quickly. I love that she spoke up when someone that had not paid for the group tried to sneak in. It meant that the value of what we paid was honoured. Grazie mille, molto apprezzato Deborah.

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