- Likely to Sell Out
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Skip the line
The Renaissance-era genius was also responsible for the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling frescoes, collectively representing one of the largest bodies of artwork to be painted by just one person. Gaze upward and marvel at scenes depicting Old Testament tales like the world-famous Creation of Adam, where God brings Adam to life with the touch of his finger.
After strolling around the chapel, admiring the works and soaking up the sacred atmosphere of the pope’s private chapel, head into the Vatican Museums with your entrance ticket and map. Then, explore at leisure, enjoying seeing more incredible art work before the later-morning crowds arrive.
Your visit to the museum complex is independent, meaning that you can see whatever you want to see and spend as long as you want inside. Explore must-visit halls like the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms, and see classical antiquities, Etruscan artifacts and some of the world’s most exquisite pieces of Renaissance artwork.
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Departure time: 7.30am
From February 2017
Meeting time: 7.05am
Departure time: 7.20am
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- Early access entrance fee
- Headsets (to hear host on way to Sistine Chapel)
- Small-group tour
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
- 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
- Pre-booking this tour enables you to skip the long lines (which can take up to two hours!) to enter the Vatican Museums. Please note, all visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.
- This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended
- Wheelchair information: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after entrance, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tour so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes.
- St Peter's Basilica, the grottos and the dome: After the tour, you may visit these attractions on your own. Your tour will end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
- Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that these items are not taken on this tour
- Small-group tour of 20 people maximum
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Terence R, January 2017
Having heard repeatedly of the huge number of tourists that visit the Vatican museum and particularly the Sistine Chapel we decided to book the early access tickets. This meant that when we were in the Sistine Chapel there were no more than forty other tourists and at one point there were only six of us tourists in the Chapel. This allowed us to take our time, read our guide book to understand the individual parts of the paintings, and really absorb the atmosphere. We stayed in the Chapel for around an hour and then viewed the rest of the museum which for the first two hours was relatively quiet.The benefit of our decision was rammed home to us when we walked through the Sistine Chapel mid-afternoon on the way to the exit. The room was solid with hundreds of people it felt like thousands It was hot, stuffy and quite frankly horrible. My wife and I agreed that the considerable extra expenditure over normal entry was worth every penny. Another contributor wrote that it was a good idea to take binoculars for the chapel which we did and I am very grateful for the suggestion as it allowed you to really get up close if some thing caught your attention in the paintings
Reviewed by: Katie F, January 2017
This tour was well worth the extra money and early morning. We were among just 20 or so people in the Sistine Chapel. This exclusive access meant we could sit and enjoy the splendour of the chapel. We visited it twice later in the day and each time it was busier - no space to take it all in.