Duration: 2.5 hours
Start Time: 6:00 AM
Covid Update. Effective August 6, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) or negative COVID test completed within 48 hours is required to enter sites on this tour. All those entering (over the age of 18) must provide photo I.D. matching the vaccination record/test results. For the full requirements please check here.
The most exclusive Vatican experience available
Just before dawn in Vatican City, the Key Master moves from gallery to gallery, unlocking the various sections within the Vatican Museums. For the very first time, officials at the Vatican have invited one company (that's us!) to take part in this incredible morning ritual (that's you!). For two memorable hours, join a small group before any other visitor steps foot inside, as you unlock the galleries (including the Sistine Chapel) for their thousands of daily visitors - none who you will even see.
Enjoy two full hours with an official Vatican guide
Along with the Key Master, an official Vatican guide will join you, adding color and character to these hallowed halls. Along the way, they will introduce you to famed frescos, marble sculptures, and artifacts of grandiose proportions. Void of the daily crowds, you will appreciate the time and space given in one of the world's most revered spaces. Greet world-renowned works of art including Raphael's School of Athens, the celebrated Apollo Belvedere, and Laocoön and His Sons. Float through the most famed galleries such as the Gallery of Maps and Gallery of the Tapestries.
Spend time (truly) alone in the Sistine Chapel
It is with great anticipation you will approach the wooden doors leading into the Sistine Chapel. Here, the Key Master graciously allows our guests a chance to turn the key and pry open the old doors just as cardinals and popes have done for centuries. Beyond the threshold, celestial figures of Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Perugino await your arrival. With great honor you will have time to see the most famous work of art in the world - in unrivaled silence and peace.
Wrap up your morning with breakfast in the Belvedere Courtyard
Your time with us concludes at a relaxed buffet breakfast in the Belvedere Courtyard. Sit back with a rich Italian coffee and some well-earned nourishment while soaking up the illuminating morning - framed by a view of St. Peter's Basilica just beyond.