This tour is currently only available on Jul 26, Jul 28, Aug 16, Aug 30, Sep 1, Sep 8, Sep 13 and Sep 22, 2014.
Why Choose this Tour?
Millions visit the Vatican Museums every year but only 15 people per day visit it like
this. See the Vatican in style with our super exclusive VIP Vatican Tour, offering you
a chance to experience the papal palaces just as a guest of the Pope would. Traveling
in the company of a Vatican guard, you’ll see areas closed to 99.999% of visitors and
best of all – you’ll enjoy a Sistine Chapel tour after closing time!
Stand alone in the Sistine Chapel.
Experience the Sistine Chapel almost alone! After the Vatican Museums have closed
to the general public, you’ll remain in the stunning Sistine Chapel for another half
an hour, alone with your small group of 15 people or fewer. With your expert guide,
you’ll get up close to Michelangelo’s frescos, picking out stories and details that will
shock and entertain you; marvel at the stunning vaulted ceilings (the chapel feels so
much bigger when its empty); and spend some time in quiet contemplation.
Usually Sistine Chapel tours are difficult, with guides forbidden to speak inside, but
your tour is different – there’s no-one else around so you’ll enjoy all the privileges of
being a Vatican VIP.
Open locked doors throughout the Vatican Museums.
Throughout our VIP Vatican Tour we’ll travel with a uniformed Vatican guard.
Just when you least expect it he’ll surprise you by opening a locked door or lifting
a velvet rope, allowing you to waltz right through those barriers and take in the
treasures that await. You'll experience exclusive sites like the Bramante Staircase, the spiral stairs designed by the
architect of St. Peter’s Basilica that just may be the most famous staircase in the
The crowning glory of our secret tour is the tiny Niccoline Chapel. Move aside,
Michelangelo, this papal chapel was here first! And it’s every bit as exquisite as
the Sistine. The Niccoline Chapel was frescoed by Fra Angelico (an extremely
important Renaissance painter and illuminator) before Michelangelo even was
born! The gorgeous paintings, covered in gold, will take your breath away.
See the best general access areas too!
Of course we won’t miss the best of the rest either. With a later entry time we’ll
travel behind the crowds for most of our tour, visiting areas like sculpture galleries,
the Raphael Rooms and the Gallery of Tapestries after most people have moved on –
so they too will be quieter than usual.
As you explore, your expert guide will entertain you with tales of Vatican art
and power, treachery and war. You’ll hear about Julius II’s temper tantrums
and Michelangelo’s rivalry with the young upstart Raphael; you’ll learn about
the pope who lived here with four of his illegitimate children and about the sack
of the city that changed Rome forever. It’s these stories that make the Vatican
so memorable and the Sistine Chapel so special so our guide will focus on the
storytelling element more than dates and techniques.
Visiting the Vatican is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So why not experience it
like one in a million? Join us on the Vatican’s most exclusive, secret tour.