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

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 8 more

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 three hours.
  • 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
  • Visit St. Peter’s Basilica on an early access or daytime tour
  • Admire the elaborate mosaics in the Cabinet of the Masks, if option selected

Professional Blue Badge guide
Private walking tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel
Tour of the Cabinet of the Mask (off-limits area) - only available with early morning and evening tours
Tour of St. Peter's Basilica - only available with early morning and day time tours, when open
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Local supplier's office: Italy With Us (Near the Vatican.)

Return Details

Concludes at St Peter's Basilica
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.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children aged 5 and under are free
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Wheelchair accessible with restrictions: St. Basilica will be replaced with Pinacoteca
  • Please check availability for languages other than listed above
  • Please specify in special requirements whether you have children in your group
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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