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Private Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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  • 3-hour private Vatican tour with skip-the-line access
  • Book an early access or evening tour to avoid the crowds
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with your own guide
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Private Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica Tour
From USD 468.79
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VIP Vatican 3-4 pax 7:30amMost Popular
3h before-hours private Vatican museums and St Peter's church tour. Children aged 5 and under are free. We meet at our office in via Vespasiano 16/18 by 7:30am
USD 632.87
Private Vatican 1-2 pax 2pm
3h day time private Vatican museums and St Peter's church tour. Children aged 5 and under are free. We meet at our office in via Vespasiano 16/18 by 2pm
USD 468.79
Private Vatican 1-2 pax 11am
3h day time private Vatican museums and St Peter's church tour. Children aged 5 and under are free. We meet at our office in via Vespasiano 16/18 by 11am
USD 468.79
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Overview
Visit the Vatican with a guide just for your personal group, and enjoy front-row viewings of some of the world’s greatest examples of art — with commentary tailored to you. The different start time options offer a mix of different sights, but both the early access and evening tours include entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel when the doors are closed to the general public, plus a visit to the normally restricted Cabinet of the Masks. All tours last up to 3 hours.
What to Expect
Choose from a 7:30am, 11am, 2pm, or 7pm tour when you book. Then, make your own way to the local supplier’s office on Via Vespasiano in advance of your start time. With your private guide, you’ll stroll to the Vatican Museums and enter using your fast-access ticket.

All tours visit the famous museum complex and the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpieces: The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam. Read on to understand the different options.

7:30am Early Access Tour:
Skip the crowds that are already starting to form, and enter the Vatican Museums before the standard opening time. You’ll start your tour in the Sistine Chapel, then return back to the museums before the daytime visitors arrive. Highlights include Raphael’s Rooms and the Cabinet of the Masks, a room normally off-limits to the public, that boasts an elaborate floor mosaic of masks. Pass through a little-known entranceway to St. Peter’s Basilica for your final tour.

11am or 2pm Tour:
Start with a visit to the Vatican Museums to see its antiquities and artwork with your guide. Check out the intriguing paintings of Raphael’s Rooms, then step inside the Sistine Chapel. Finish with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica.

7pm Evening Tour:
Visit the Vatican Museums after the doors have shut, and explore its main halls without the crowds. After visiting Raphael’s Rooms and the exclusive Cabinet of the Masks, you’ll access the sacred Sistine Chapel. Your tour then finishes outside St. Peter’s Basilica as the church is closed in the evenings.

Please note: On rare occasions when St. Peter’s Basilica is closed during the day, you will visit the Vatican Pinacoteca (art gallery) instead.
Reviews (10)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Super tour for limited time

Margarita was an excellent guide, gave a good over view of the Biblical story behind the Sistine Chapel paintings. Good explanation of the few items we were able to see in the available time in the Vatican Museum and a great guide for Saint Peter’s...More

1  Thank Sally G
Reviewed 7 August 2018
Great tour and guide for the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica

Our family of six recently used Italy With Us for the Early Access Sistine/Vatican tour and it was amazing. Our guide, Chiara was spectacular. She was knowledgeable and entertaining and incredibly patient with the kids. I would highly recommend!!

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed 15 March 2018
Fantastic guided tour with Margarita - a must!!

It was my husband's first time to Rome and he wanted to see the Vatican. I had been there twice as a teenager and wasn't thrilled to go back. All I remember were hordes of tourists, hours spent queuing and waiting, and (though I had...More

Thank Bossy J
Reviewed 7 March 2018
Elaine the super guide

If you come to Rome, book your trips with Italy with us, if you are lucky you will have Elaine has a guide, she is by far the best guide I have ever used, her knowledge and passion for her job really shines through, what...More

Thank sadler722018
Reviewed 5 March 2018
Elaine - Vatican Tour

We had planned and paid for an audio Vatican tour. Whilst walking towards the entrance we were waylaid by several touts offering various upgrades ... which we ignored until we were persuaded by (was it Bernard?) who talked us into a guided tour. Could have...More

Thank PaulineandBrian
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