Key Details

City: Rome

Duration: 3 hrs 45 mins

Start Time: 7:00 am & 7:30 am


  • Enter the Museums before the general public to see the Sistine Chapel at a quieter time. During Easter and summer, the Chapel may have some groups inside but never the hoards you'll see later. On quieter days, you'll have it pretty much to yourself!
  • See the best of the Vatican City in under four hours. With a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, a Vatican Museums tour (including the Raphael Rooms) and a St. Peter’s Basilica tour, you’ll cover all the bases
  • Engage with the art and architecture of the Vatican. Our guides are passionate art experts, full of stories and familiar with even the smallest details of these massive museums. With groups of just 14 or fewer, you'll find them easy to engage with

Tour Description

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.

Enter the Sistine Chapel Before the General Public

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.

Engage with the Best of the Vatican Museums Collection

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.

Skip the Lines into St. Peter's 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. *

Upgrade Option

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.

  • Sites Visited
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • St. Peter’s Square
  • Included
  • Skip-the-line access tickets to the Vatican Museums (with early entrance an hour before the general public!)
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert Walks of Italy tour guide
  • Small groups (never more than 14 people)
  • Headsets


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Important Information

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