Vatican, Sistine & St. Peter's Basilica Skip The Line & Small Group

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Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica AM

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Offered in: English


Discover the priceless treasures in the Vatican’s art collection—and visit Vatican City's most important landmarks—on this introductory tour. Upon arrival, skip the long lines and head right inside the Vatican Museums. See Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel, venture to the Tapestries Gallery and other museum highlights, and then transfer to neighboring St. Peter’s Basilica. Headsets are included so you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly as you explore.
  • Enjoy an introduction to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Save time when you skip the long lines and head right inside
  • Discover Michelangelo’s iconic Sistine Chapel

What's Included

  • Skip the line entrance to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Professional licensed guide
  • Official Vatican headsets
  • Sistine Chapel illustrated factsheet
  • Wi-Fi and charging station at the meeting point

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Brastours
      Via Santamaura, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

      Brastours Office. 15 minutes prior the departure time. No refund for clients who will miss the tour because they were not on time.

    End point

    • Saint Peter's Square
      Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    What To Expect

    Vatican Museums

    1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    Sistine Chapel

    20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    St. Peter's Basilica

    45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

    St. Peter's Square

    15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • It is forbidden to bring metal objects and big bags
    • It is not permitted to wear shorts, miniskirts and have uncovered shoulders
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Should St. Peter’s Basilica be closed or not accessible within the scheduled time, the tour will include the Raphael's Rooms or the explanation of the Basilica from outside
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    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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    392 reviews
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    Definitely not worth the tour, way too crowded and overrated.
    EduardoSB_B, Sep 2023
    I felt like it was a very confused tour, the Vatican was packed, it was like a sea of people flowing around you all the time, the group and the guide were getting lost from each other all the time, at least half the tour was spent trying to find lost people in our group, at the Sistine Chapel you felt like you were being herded in like cattle and told to stay in small space, you were allow to move around and look at the frescos, you had just a few minutes and then you were herded out again.
    Vipul_M, Aug 2023
    Overall it was great tour! Our tour guide Danielle was the best. It made a huge difference. She explained everything thoroughly and was on schedule!!
    Amazing Places with an Amazing Guide
    Patricia_H, Aug 2023
    The tour was great and our guide was fantastic!! She was very helpful and offered us really interesting information. She even gave us maps to the paintings in the Sistine Chapel which was really helpful once we got in there--I got a lot more out of it because of that! St. Peter's Basilica was also incredible and she did a great job of pointing out some highlights and providing us interesting facts. These buildings are amazing and this tour was a great way of experiencing them!
    Very difficult to understand
    maggie_c, Aug 2023
    Was and English tour but the guide spoke very poor English and was extremely difficult to understand. We asked her to speak slowly but she didnt. She spent over 30 mins focusing on talking about each individual piece Michealangelo painted which was very boring and drawn out.
    Great tour
    CATHERINE_P, Jul 2023
    Great experience and very interesting sites!!!! Arianna our guide was very nice and informative. She was also very attentive and patient with some of the older participants. The tour is 3 hours so be prepared to walk (dress comfortably) with shoulders and knees covered. It’s hard to put into words the magnificent and magnitude of all of these sites, considering the intricacies of the building and the era in which they were built (no computer, no modern equipment). Just literally AWESOME (I was awestruck).
    Great tour of the Vatican
    Ines_s, Jul 2023
    The tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of interesting information. The inclusions was everything you wanted to see
    Needs some help maybe??
    Marjorie_H, Jul 2023
    Missed the tour by 15 minutes due to my husband being sick. The tour guide takes all tickets with them so we had no way to get in and catch up. Ran 10 minutes late on previous tour and the guide kindly texted us and made arrangements for us to meet up with no issue. We looked out for her at the end of the tour. A little help goes a long way especially when dealing with stressful situations. There was one lady in the office that did go out in the heat to try and help. Which we appreciated. But the tour guide was not able to be reached. Just think there could be a better system.
    Response from Host, Aug 2023
    Dear Customer, We don't know which other tour you're talking about and which agency you did it with, but for the tour that concerns us, we can tell you that the reservations for the Vatican Museums have a precise timetable that must be respected. For this reason we ask all our customers to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time. We understand your problem, but you arrived 15 minutes after the departure and the whole group should have been waiting for you. We can try to help you if we know in advance, but then once the group is inside, there's nothing we can do. It is also a matter of respect for other customers. Thank you
    Nice experience
    Asnaldo_W, Jul 2023
    Tour guide Daniel was great. Didn’t dwell too long in one area, didn’t spend hours giving two much information, was considerate enough to pull the group out of the sun when needed, information was clear, straightforward and easy to understand, kept our attention. The Vatican was nice, and so we’re the staff
    Great guide
    Angela_M, Jul 2023
    Adriano was fantastic - very clear to understand and he was very knowledgeable and able to answer questions. Comprehensive tour and I would recommend to anyone looking for a tour of the Vatican.
    Vatican Tour with Daniella
    Sherrie_S, Jul 2023
    Daniella was a great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and incredibly passionate about the subject. For those who had been here before, they felt that they learned more and had a more complete understanding of all the artifacts. Even the little kids seemed to be entertained. Daniella was very good in keeping track of the group which was very impressive since we had 30 people attending. We would recommend doing it again and this is largely thanks to Daniella.
    Very special place with...
    Robert_A, Jul 2023
    Very special place with many memorable sites and our guide had excellent information and skills to explain and point out the important items
    4-day trip to Rome including Vatican
    Claire_H, Jun 2023
    Small group tour with ‘English’ guide- who knew her stuff but very strong Italian accent- made it difficult to l understand at times. Very quick through the Vatican corridors and too much factual stuff; would have liked it to be more about the people and their daily routines etc. The Sistine Chapel was far too busy and noisy to appreciate it fully. It just felt like a money-making organisation.Too busy in June!! Amazing art work by Michelangelo though- has to be seen to be believed. The mosaic shop is worth a look.
    Great tour but lots of crowds
    Felice_S, Jun 2023
    Great tour with Adriano. He was very knowledgeable. Only issue was the crowds ( mon afternoon) we had to contend with (not his fault) especially in the museum. So we had to go quickly and couldn’t really stop to look at many items in detail.
    Great experience
    Allison_S, Jun 2023
    Louisa was very kind and very informative. She was patient with our group. It was very busy, hot and humid, but she managed to keep smiling and not lose any of us.
    Not to miss - Arianna is fabulous - do NOT go in the summer or during a Jubilee year!
    Melissa_S, Jun 2023
    This was an amazing tour, but if you have a choice, go in April or May or October. Plan on wall-to-wall people, it is more humanity than I have ever seen in one place. It is unbelievably hot and you only get to spend about five minutes in the shed Sistine chapel. Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful and I learned so much and it was a breathtaking not to miss experience.
    tattisan, Jun 2023
    We were so disappointed to not be able to get into St. Peter's Basilica. In addition to that, our guide did not accompany us into the Sistine Chapel and I noticed that there were other guides from the same company inside with their groups! So he basically tried to fill the extra time in the museum and we did not get a three hour tour.
    Vatican is a must with brastour!
    Maryse_R, Jun 2023
    This was truly a skip the line, no waiting went right through to vatican. Beautiful, strongly recommend
    Excellent guide, great tour.
    Anne_M, Jun 2023
    Very knowledgeable, fun and friendly guide who kept us moving along nicely through very crowded venues. Excellent tour, we really enjoyed it.
    Richard_Y, Jun 2023
    Unimaginably crowded. We took this tour at the start of busy season and probably should have waited for an off-season date to do so. That said, the tour went well and the guide was knowledgeable and helpful. The Vatican should use capacity limits so that you can actually take time to look at things rather than breezing by them do that you don’t get separated from your your.
    Not good enough
    Torben_W, Jun 2023
    We missed the basilika like I told you yesterday. No god. The pope was in hospital so you can not use the pope's visit as an excuse for canselling the basilika, which we also paid for

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