Sistine Chapel Tour and exclusive access to the Vatican’s Secret Rooms

Vatican City, Vatican City

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

Experience the beauty and majesty of the Vatican as a VIP visitor instead of getting swept along with a throng of tourists. On this ultimate private tour, get access to secret rooms off-limited to the general public, where you can learn the history behind papal treasures in peace and quiet. For the grand finale, step inside the sanctified Sistine Chapel after it's closed to most tour groups. The chance to marvel at and discuss Michelangelo's frescoes while having the chapel all to yourself is an experience of a lifetime for art aficionados.
  • See highlights of the Vatican Museums plus secret galleries closed to most visitors
  • Learn the history behind papal treasures and Renaissance masterpieces from an art historian guide
  • Gain private VIP access to the Sistine Chapel after it's closed to the general public
  • Discuss Michelangelo's frescoes with your guide, a privilege that is normally not allowed inside the chapel

Blue Badge guide
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Professional art historian guide
Local guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Vatican Museums, 00120, Vatican City

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
It's an uncommon opportunity to see the sacrosanct corridors of the Vatican the way that lone dignitaries and eminence commonly do. The idea of this selective visit implies that the agenda changes each time in view of the accessibility of the mystery rooms, yet most visits incorporate the Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante) on the side of the Pope's Palace. You'll likely likewise observe the rich Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori), home to a great gathering of ecclesiastical adornments and valuable Etruscan gems, and the Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina), a room that contrasts to the Sistine Chapel and its gold brought over from the movements of Christopher Columbus and its frescoes by Fra Angelico, a Renaissance painter who pre-dates Michelangelo. Also, your visit incorporates work of art like the Apollo Belvedere statue and rooms seen on standard Vatican Museums visits, for example, Raphael's Rooms, the Pinecone Courtyard and general society region of the pope's lofts. As you investigate, tune in to stories from your guide about the Vatican's eminent craftsmanship gathering an outrageous history of energy and bad form.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
At long last, touch base at the Sistine Chapel, where you have private access after the sanctuary closes to the overall population. Talking in the house of prayer is ordinarily denied, however amid your 30 minutes inside your guide is permitted to educate you concerning Michelangelo's two acclaimed functions as you take a gander at them—his divider fresco The Last Judgment and his incredible roof fresco, The Creation of Adam, which delineates scenes from the Book of Genesis.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
You will see Michelangelo's Pietà and your guide will clarify why this is the main work that he marked. You will pick up an energy about the authority that went into the production of Bernini's altarpiece and figure out how Michelangelo triumphed over his peers for the respect to paint St. Peter’s heavenly arch.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • READ CAREFULLY: it can happen that some areas might get closed last minute without previous notice, especially the Sistine Chapel and/or the Basilica of St Peter. In case of such events we do NOT refund NOR reschedule the tour, our tour guide will provide you with a valuable alternative focusing the tour inside the Vatican museums.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation policy

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

From 1,216.62 USD


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