Exclusive VIP Alone in the Sistine Chapel Tour



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See the Sistine Chapel in a group of only 15 people or fewer after the Vatican Museums have closed! Our VIP Sistine Chapel Tour is the most exclusive experience in the Vatican City (the world’s most exclusive state!)


As well as visiting an empty Sistine Chapel, you’ll have the opportunity to enter other areas usually closed to the public, such as the Niccoline Chapel & Bramante Staircase.


We’ll travel the museums with a Vatican guard, who will open doors and lift ropes for us. And with privileged access at the Museums, you won’t waste a precious second waiting in line.

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What's included?

Sistine Chapel tour after closing time; special access to rooms of the Vatican Museums usually closed to the public; Skip the Line Access tickets to the Vatican Museums; headsets; small groups of 15 people or fewer.

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 world.

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.

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Full details provided upon booking.

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Prices for the Whole Family

Our tours aren't one-size-fits all and neither are our prices, which is why infants under 3 travel free and we have special pricing for children, students and seniors - just remember to bring ID on the day of your tour.

Adult: €229
Senior: €224
Child: €219
Student: €224

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Customer Reviews

“This tour was a splurge, but absolutely worth the cost! It really was a once in a lifetime experience. Our small group was escorted by our guide and a Vatican custodian throughout the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. We saw many rooms not available to the public and had 30 minutes alone in the Sistine Chapel. Our guide, Tyson, was extremely knowledgable, informed and charming. His subject knowledge of the museum and his delivery was excellent. I would recommend this to anyone!”
“This tour was incredible. It was so nice to leave the crowds behind and visit sections of the Vatican in our small group of 10 people. The tour guide was one of the most knowledgeable guides we have ever had. I would highly recommend this tour. You could do no better.”
David Haugh

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements here.

Meeting Point: Full details provided upon booking.

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