Duration: 3 hrs 45 mins
Start Time: 7:00 am & 7:30 am
Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests. Please note that the opening time of the Vatican Museums may vary, we will vary the tour start time accordingly. St.Peter's Basilica may not be accessible. If this occurs during your tour we will spend more time inside the Museums & Chapel and your guide will give you a tour of the church from the outside.
Visiting the Sistine Chapel can be the highlight of your vacation, but only if you beat the crowds. Our Pristine Sistine Chapel tour is the product of 7 years of constant development and refinement. You'll use skip the line Vatican tickets to enter the Vatican Museums a full hour before the general public and enjoy the most peaceful experience of the Chapel available. Along the way you'll also get a peek at famous rooms like the Gallery of the Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries or the Raphael Rooms.
The guide for your small group Sistine Chapel Tour is a seasoned expert. They know how to read the crowd and their aim is to get you to the Chapel at the most peaceful time (always before the 9am opening). During the peak months of high season and a few days over Easter, there will be some groups inside the Sistine Chapel when you visit, but you'll always have much more space than other times of day.
Take your time and enjoy some of the most iconic works of art on earth. After 15 to 20 serene minutes visiting the Sistine Chapel, you'll embark on a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Visiting the Vatican Museums can be daunting but our guides have been carefully chosen as the perfect travel companions. They'll show you the highlights of the collection and enrich your visit with witty anecdotes and entertaining details to bring world-famous works to life. Traveling in small groups of only 14 people or fewer (with personal headsets) you’ll always be able to hear your guide and engage with their stories, asking all the questions you can think of. We won’t finish at the Vatican Museums though, our next stop is the world’s largest basilica.
From the Vatican Museums, we use a special-access corridor to enter St. Peter's Basilica*, skipping the enormous general-access lines. Inside, you'll enjoy a full St. Peter's Basilica tour including Bernini’s monumental altar canopy, Michelangelo’s moving 'Pietà' and the titanic dome.
Most people only visit the Vatican once in a lifetime. Our Pristine Sistine™ Chapel Tour guarantees that you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience while you're there.
*Note: This tour costs less on Wednesdays because it does not enter St. Peter's Basilica. Instead, we spend more time in the Vatican Museums and our guide will give you an intro to the Basilica so you know what to look for if you want to visit later. *
If you are interested in this tour but would also enjoy breakfast inside the Museums, we recommend our VIP Pristine Sistine Vatican Tour with Museum Breakfast.