Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour With Sistine Chapel

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM - Summer , 7:45 AM - Winter
  • Departure Details :
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

If you're intent on feeling like the ultimate Vatican VIP, this is the best tour for you. Experience the glory of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel at its most serene as you enter the place an entire hour and a half before the general public does, at 7:30 a.m. Apart from getting early access to the magnificent structure, you also get to visit the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries and St. Peter's Basilica with this Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour tour.

Highlights

  • Special Offer
  • Led by a local guide
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Know More about this tour

What to See at the Vatican museums
After entering Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel at 7:30 am like a celebrity, follow your guide through the Candelabra Gallery, Gallery of the Tapestries and Gallery of Maps. In these remarkable galleries, admire ancient Roman and Greek statues, Flemish tapestries created by Raphael's students and gorgeous topographical depictions of Italy.

The Sistine chapel at it's Most Quiet
See the Sistine chapel at its finest, when there's almost no one else around. 

The Sistine Chapel is a place of worship, therefore, speaking inside is not allowed. Since our guide cannot explain the frescoes while you are inside, we explain the Chapel in advance and provide you with a map/handout for reference before you enter. Men and women must cover their knees and shoulders before entering. We understand the summers in Rome get hot, a good alternative is to bring a scarf or shawl to cover up with before you enter.

Bernini's Baldacchino - St. Peter's Tour
Designed by Italian Renaissance architects, St. Peter's is the largest church in the world. Home to incredible works of art, St. Peter's must be seen to be believed. Don't wait in any long lines; enter through a special door and go right inside with Before Hours Vatican museums With Sistine chapel And St. Peter’s tour

If your Vatican tour lands on a Wednesday, St. Peter's won't be open for tours due to the weekly Papal Audience. On this occasion, your guide will take you to visit even more masterpieces and hidden gems inside the Vatican museums.

Important: Remember, it isn't possible to return to the Vatican museums from St. Peters Basilica. If you want more time inside the museums, you must forgo the visit to St peter's basilica. Also, if you'd like to stay in St. Peter's Basilica longer, don't leave with the guide to take photos in the piazza. Because the security line is long and re-entry on your own is not recommended, we suggest you spend at least 30 minutes inside St. Peters and explore the place on your own after the tour concludes on the terrace outside.

Inclusions

Early access to the Vatican Museums

Professional English-speaking guide

Headsets for groups of 6 or more

Maximum group size of 14

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Specific dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for BOTH men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • A fair amount of walking is involved, and there will be stairs between different levels. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly recommend considering a private tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 09-Jan-2020

    Fabi was knowledgeable, funny, an excellent teacher, and knew exactly the most interesting parts and how to explain their significance. Fabi is fabulous!

  • 30-Dec-2019

    I was particularly impressed by Maria's knowledge about the arts and her depth of research into the Vatican and the history, culture and theology of the Christian faith as it pertains to the Pope, Vatican and Rome. We had a great time with Maria and would highly recommend her as a tour guide!

  • 16-Dec-2019

    Amazing Earle morning tour of the Vatican , the Sistine Chapel, the museums and St. Peter’s. It pays to go early to avoid the crowds.

  • 18-Nov-2019

    Really enjoyed the experience of being able to visit this amazing place, it was a good idea to book an early tour to make sure you beat the huge crowds.

  • 04-Nov-2019

    The tour was very good. We enjoyed it but we expected to not be so rushed through our tour. We got to the Vatican and met outside in a grp of 20 or so. Were given our headsets and moved across to the entrance and waited outside till the Vatican opened. Then we shuffled inside and the guide got our tickets and started the walk through the museums. The walk was brisk as she headed toward the Sistine chapel. we got time there then went all the way back to the beginning and started over with the museums. Then we made our way through to St Peters and spent time in there and was quite rushed. All in all the tour was very good, the guide was knowledgeable and friendly but it was very rushed, even though we could go back and spend more time on our own.

  • 14-Oct-2019

    We really enjoyed the way this tour was structured and our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We would highly recommend this if in Rome

  • 14-Oct-2019

    Overall a good tour. The start is an exercise in inefficiency. When you arrive at the appointed time you stand and wait until we’ll after 8:00. Then you move across the street where you wait in line again. This time is used to review basics of what you will see in the Sistine Chapel. Then you move through security where we waited for 15 minutes for our guide to acquire tickets. By the time we actually entered we had been standing around for well over an hour. Our group had the misfortune of beginning in the Chapel. This meant we walked the length of the galleries ( requiring our return later). Given that we were late in acquiring our tickets the Chapel was well attended by the time we arrived. By the time we returned to the Museum it too was crowded.
    The Chapel and galleries are stunning. The tour itself was a disappointment.

  • 11-Oct-2019

    1. great attraction
    2. getting in early was great
    3. Sarah's commentary and preparation was wonderfully comprehensive, well delivered and interesting.

  • 11-Oct-2019

    A group unknown to us was split and the organizers spent 20 minutes discussing whether to swap them, they did not and we started late. We also waited for a group of 6 in our tour and were delayed additional time. At the entrance, the group was two tickets short and we waited another 20 minutes before the administrative staff got the tickets and we started the tour. Out tour guide was terrific, very knowledgeable and made the best of a poor administrative process. We definitely did not get the early entrance that was promised with this tour.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    For early access it was wall to wall people. Spent way too much time focussing on keeping our guide in site. Superficial highlights of the museum. Guide had ok knowledge of the tour but was so rushed. Radios were seriously lacking in quality. Some of that had to do with the thousands of radios around us. Maximum 20 minutes in the Sistine chapel and no photos were allowed. We were lucky to be one of the early tours to get into the chapel as we had room to walk around. On our way back through it was packed and we were not allowed to stop. No time through to really stop and pictures, had to keep moving.

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