3 hours


  • Experience a peaceful visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel after the daytime crowds have left.
  • Hear fascinating stories of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel to prepare you for your visit.
  • Bypass the long lines at the Vatican Museums to spend more time exploring.
  • Marvel at legendary masterpieces such as the "Laocoön and His Son" and Gallery of the Maps.

Tour description

See the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel without crowds.

Experience the Sistine Chapel and the highlights of the Vatican Museums at one of its quieter moments of the day. With afternoon entry three hours before closing time, you’ll enjoy a relaxing visit and avoid the large crowds that typically fill the halls in peak daytime hours.

Following a specially curated route, you'll see some of the most beautiful and fascinating works of art and architecture in the world on this afternoon Vatican tour. Not only does this tour cover the must-sees at the Vatican Museums, it also gives you an insider's perspective on the bigger picture: power and politics in Vatican City.

Enjoy skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums.

In order to make the most of every moment on your afternoon Vatican tour, you'll have privileged entrance at the Vatican Museums. This means you'll skip the notoriously long general access line—which, during high season, often stretches for hours. Throughout your tour, your expert guide will bring the Vatican’s dramatic past to life. From the Pinecone Courtyard to the statue galleries and the unmissable Sistine Chapel, you'll see the best the Museums have to offer without jostling for space and while hearing the stories and context behind the art from your expert guide.

Small groups of 15 or fewer keep your Vatican tour casual and engaging.

Smaller and more intimate than many similar tours on the market, you'll have fantastic access to your expert guide to ask them all your burning questions with ease. All of our guides are knowledgeable, passionate storytellers who are specially trained to give you a real sense of the drama and power that has played out in these very halls.

This small group afternoon Vatican tour ensures that you avoid the crowds with strategically timed afternoon entry and eliminates waiting in line to see all the highlights of the Vatican, including the Sistine Chapel.

Sites visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Ancient Greek & Roman sculptures
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries


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May 16, 2024

Love everything


May 11, 2024

Fantastic experience. Highly recommended. Would book again


May 06, 2024

the experience i had with Walks in Florence was amazing but in Vatican it was a downer. The tour guide bored the whole group and felt like we were killing time to get to the Sistine Chapel. In the end we only got 10 minutes in the Sistine chapel. I would have gone ahead quicker and explored the basilica and the St Peter's square instead.


May 05, 2024

Our guide Marco was wonderful! So knowledgeable and friendly, he made the three hours just fly by, and I am so glad I booked this tour!


May 04, 2024

Valentina was an excellent tour guide! Of course, the Vatican is an incredible destination in and of itself, but she made the experience all the better. She was easy to understand, a wealth of knowledge and made the extensive art galleries more digestible. This company was recommended to me by a colleague and as a person in hospitality myself, i will certainly recommend you to others!

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