front view of the St Peter Basilica
View of the roof of the Sistine Chapel
Guided tour of the Vatican
Altar inside the St Peter Basilica
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Faster Than Skip The Line

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

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3 h.
English
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  • Intimate and exclusive, our Semi-Private guided tour is perfect for those who want a more personal visit of the Vatican. With no more than 12 people per tour group our expert, English-speaking guide will tailor the experience to your unique interests.
  • Through our exclusive, dedicated entrance thanks to our Official Vatican Partnership, we guarantee Faster Than Skip-the-Line access to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. While other operators with regular Skip-the-Line have to wait an average of 45 minutes, you’ll be whisked ahead like the VIP you are.
  • Enjoy the Vatican highlights and marvellous masterpieces you’ve waited a lifetime to see with all the benefits of a private tour and none of the cost, including the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as Michelangelo’s Pietà, and more.

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What's Included

  • Faster Than Skip-the-Line Access to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-Line Access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Groups no larger than 12 people
  • English speaking art historian guide
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • All tickets and reservation fees

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

Complete Tour Description

No One Gets You in Earlier

As we are Official Vatican Partners with the highest partnership status, we can bring you straight through our exclusive Partner Entrance to experience this incredible collection at a relaxing pace on our Semi-Private Vatican Tours.

No One Gives You More Access

Inside, your guide will bring you for your first glimpse of St. Peter's Dome above the serene setting of the Vatican Gardens. After the first of many photos are taken, you will enter the Pinecone Courtyard, where you will get an idea of the treasures ahead. Between ancient Egyptian statues and abstract modern sculptures, your guide will give your intimate group an outline of what to look out for in the Sistine Chapel as there is no commentary allowed inside. This will give you time to prepare for the fascinating details which will be on display when you enter. 

Before you reach the Chapel you will have plenty of time to explore other lesser known sites such as the Gallery of Tapestries, Hall of Maps, and the Gallery of Candelabra before stopping to bask in the Raphael Rooms with their light-filled frescoes.  All through these sections, your guide will be with your group pointing out the many fascinating details such as optical illusions and tiny paintings of Christopher Columbus. Your guide will also be with you in the Sistine Chapel, but as Official Partners, we observe the respectful quiet asked for and give people time to reflect on the fascinating details such as Michelangelo’s portrayal of his contemporaries to his own hidden self-portraits.

No One Gets You in Faster

Leaving the Sistine Chapel, you can avail of our Skip-the-Line Access once more. This will bring you straight into St. Peter’s Basilica, whose dome looks even more impressive as you stand underneath it. Inside you have time to view Michelangelo’s ‘Pietá’, the only one of his sculptures to be signed by him. You have as much time as you like to take in the spiritual atmosphere among the tall columns. When you are ready, you will exit the Basilica to gaze at the impressive St. Peter's Square where the Pope addresses those who flock to listen to him.  

In just three hours, we’ll show you the highlights of the Vatican Museums and its incredible buildings on this intimate tour. You'll stroll through the vast basilica where St. Peter and the popes are buried and gaze at the religious stories coming to life on the Sistine Chapel. More importantly, you will see how the Popes spread the word of the gospels by using the highest art imaginable.  

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