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Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Crypt Tour

Vatican: Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Crypt Tour

4.3 / 5

4392 Reviews

Skip the ticket lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica for an unforgettable experience through the Vatican City’s most important treasures. Your expert guide will delve right into the masterpieces and most important areas, including the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries. Next, contemplate Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel. Your experience ends with the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the holiest sites in the world. Admire Michelangelo’s stunning “La Pieta” and discover the Papal Tombs’ sarcophagi, frescoes, and sacred grounds.

About this activity

Duration: 2 - 3.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Skip the line for the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Marvel at masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and many more
  • Enrich your experience with an expert guide in your chosen language
  • Admire the final resting place of many popes and royals in the Papal Tombs
Full description
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vatican City on a guided tour of all of its most important treasures. Discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Papal Tombs all included with fast-track access to make the most of your day. Begin your experience by discovering masterpieces of art in the Vatican Museums by some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Follow a guide in your chosen language to the most important areas of the museum, including the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries. Enter the Sistine Chapel to contemplate the glory of Michelangelo’s acclaimed masterpiece, “The Last Judgment”, one of the most famous pieces of art ever made. Then, experience the magnificent interior of St. Peter’s Basilica with fast-track entrance. Be awed by one of the holiest sites in the world and admire Michelangelo’s stunning “La Pieta”. Complete your visit of Vatican City in the Papal Tombs to see the resting place of many popes and royals. Appreciate the religious importance of this burial site as you observe the sarcophagi, frescoes, and tombs near the grounds of St Peter's burial.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait may be up to 30 minutes
  • Please note that St. Peter's Basilica is closed at Easter, on December 24 and 31 and other religious holidays, and every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. During these times, the tour will be offered in other parts of the Vatican Museums
  • On rare occasions, St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to closure without notice. If this happens, you'll spend the full amount of time in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. No refund will be offered
  • On rare occasions, Papal tombs are subject to closure without notice. No refund will be offered
  • There is a strict dress code at Vatican attractions: shoulders and knees must be covered at all times. You may be refused entry if you do not comply
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • The Raphael Rooms are only available on the 8:30 AM English and German tours, at 9:30 AM on the Spanish tour and at 10:00 AM on the French tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 4392 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The meeting place was not easy to find as GPS told us the wrong place. When we were at the right place, it was not well marked, and it was a different tour company name in addition to GYG. Our names were not on the list, despite my booking it two days prior to the tour. They did write us in after seeing the confirmation info on my phone. Sabrina, our guide, spoke very good English and was quite knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican Museums and art work. She reminded us to be courteous when other groups were passing ours, so we were not the cause of slowdowns during a very busy week of tourism. Apparently in a typical day they get about 30K visitors PER DAY through the Vatican Museums but high volume weeks like now, more like 50K. She gave a different co name-not sure how all 3 are affiliated. I was surprised how many people failed to be respectful of the Sistine Chapel and continued talking when the guards even reminded people twice not to talk, or use video or take photos.

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January 3, 2020

Really enjoyed the Vatican Tours. Our guide provided us with relevant information during the tour and he seemed like he really knew what he was talking about. It was off peak but there were still a lot of people so i really appreciated the guided tour as I would probably be very overwhelmed without a guide telling me the most important bits.

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December 17, 2019

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