Vatican Museums and Basilicas Skip-The-Line Day Tour

Vatican Museums and Basilicas Skip-the-Line Day Tour

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Key Details
8.5 hours
Skip the Line
Mobile Voucher Accepted
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What You'll Do
  • Explore all 4 official basilicas of the Vatican City
  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's
  • Marvel at masterpieces of art by Raphael, Michelangelo and Bernini
  • Climb one step of the Holy Stairs and follow in the footsteps of Christ
  • Visit the most important church of the Catholics at the Basilica of St. John Lateran
  • See the tombs of St. Peter, St. Paul and Bernini
Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica on an 8.5-hour guided tour, and follow in the footsteps of emperors, saints and popes as you explore the incredible art collection and all 4 main basilicas of the Vatican City.
What to Expect
Spend the day exploring the Vatican City on a comprehensive pilgrimage of the 4 major basilicas, and discover masterpieces of art by Michelangelo and Raphael in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

Your day starts with a morning tour of the Vatican Museums to see one of the world’s most incredible art collections. Walking in groups of no more than 25 people, go to the sumptuous Raphael Rooms in the papal chambers. Then, marvel at the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel.

A special access door from the Sistine Chapel allows fast track entry to St. Peter’s Basilica, where you can feast your eyes on the guardian of St. Peter's tomb, Michelangelo’s Pietà, and Bernini’s immense baldachin. After a break for lunch, transfer to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, where the remains of St. Paul lie among a beautiful display of 5th-century mosaics and brilliantly colored frescoes.

Next, go to the imposing Basilica of St. John Lateran, the official cathedral of Rome and traditional seat of the Pope. Built by Constantine, this is actually the most important church of the Catholic Church. Admire the 28 marble steps of the Holy Stairs, said to have been climbed by Christ during the passion. As each step requires you to say a prayer, there won’t be time to climb them all, but your guide will allow enough time to do one step.

End at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to see the exuberant mannerist sculptural decorations and 5th-century mosaics, as well as some enchanting frescoes and Bernini’s tomb.

*Please be aware that due to “Jubilee Holy Year of Mercy” this year, St. Peter's Basilica closes without notice. Other areas of the Vatican will be substituted to ensure you have the best possible experience.
What's Included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket and reservation fee to the Vatican Museums
  • Skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entrance to the 4 churches and Holy Stairs
  • Transfers by air-conditioned coach
  • Headsets for groups of 5 or more people (to hear your guide better)
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transfers between tours
  • Food and beverages
Meeting Point

Meet your guide at the bottom of the wide steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums.

What to Remember
• Please note that this tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended
• The local supplier regrets that they are unable to accommodate guests in wheelchairs or with any impairments requiring special assistance. They are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on group tours
• Entrance into the Vatican Museums and the basilicas requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. The supplier cannot be held responsible for refused entry due to improper dress
• Please note that large bags, tripods, umbrellas and backpacks are not permitted in the Vatican. Only very small bags are allowed
• Extra security measures may result in delays entering some sites

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