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Early Bird & Group Tour: Secrets of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's

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  • Private Tour
  • 4 hr

Admire the treasures of the Vatican Museums, the beautifully painted Sistine Chapel and the magnificent St Peter's Basilica.

Itinerary Details

On this tour of the home of the Catholic Church, you will have the opportunity to visit the important landmarks with major significance to Catholics. Hear about the tumultuous history of the Church and the colourful popes who reside behind these sturdy walls. 

  • Explore the Vatican Museums - home to some of the most renowned classical sculptures and masterpieces from the Renaissance. 
  • Enjoy a stroll through the impressive Belvedere Courtyard.
  • Marvel at some of the finest pieces of artwork at the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps.
  • Learn the history behind the impressive collection of sculptures, carvings, frescoes and paintings.
  • Skip-the-line and be mesmerized by Michelangelo’s two great frescoes at the Sistine Chapel – The Creation and the Last Judgement.
  • Immerse yourself in the hidden gems of the museums, exploring rooms which are closed to the public at all times. This includes the Room of the AnimalsGallery of Statues, and the Cabinet of Masks.
  • Step foot in the largest and most important Catholic Church in the world – St. Peter’s Basilica.
Vatican City is considered the centre of the Roman Catholic Church and is undoubtedly one of the most historically and culturally-rich cities in the world. As the world’s smallest independent state, situated in the centre of Rome, Vatican City is home to the Swiss Guards – tasked with protecting the Pope; St. Peter’s Basilica – the centre of the Catholic world; St. Peter’s Square – a large plaza situated in front of St. Peter’s Basilica; Sistine Chapel – the official residence of the Pope; and Vatican Museums – home to paintings and sculptures collected by the Popes for hundreds of years. 

Your comprehensive tour of Vatican Museums will whisk you through the entire complex. Begin with a stroll through the impressive Belvedere Courtyard, before exploring the many rooms and galleries of the museums. Explore the Gallery of Tapestries, the Gallery of Maps, and be mesmerised by Michelangelo’s great frescoes inside the Sistine Chapel. This VIP-style tour will also give travellers access to the hidden gems and secret rooms of the museum, which aren't typically open for public viewing. You will have exclusive access to the Room of the Animals, Gallery of Statues, and the Cabinet of the Masks. 


Tour duration
4 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour - meet your guide at the designated starting point. No transport is required for this tour.

Tickets included
  • Early-bird tickets to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums.


Other inclusions
Expert & Entertaining English-speaking guide
  • Small group guided tour 
  • Gratuities optional 

Suitable for
Culture Vulture, Family, History Buffs

Attractions along this route:

St. Peter's Basilica
The most important church in the Catholic world, and without doubt the most impressive.

Vatican Museums
A jaw-dropping Papal collection of art and artefacts.

Sistine Chapel
The jewel in the Vatican's crown, adorned with a stunning fresco by Michelangelo.

Vatican Secret Rooms
With your guide, you will have access to the hidden passageways and secret rooms of Vatican Museum.

Cortile del Belvedere
Enjoy a tranquil stroll through the impressive Belvedere Courtyard.

The Creation
Forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, painted by Michelangelo c. 1508–1512.

The Last Judgement
Fresco covering the whole altar wall of the Sistine Chapel.

Gallery of Tapestries
Take time to explore the Gallery of the Tapestries.

Gallery of Maps
Become immersed in the grandeur of the Gallery of Maps.