Tours and Tickets

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel provided by The Roman Guy

Reserve Now & Pay Later

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Save
Share
Support this operator:Times are tough for the travel community right now. To show your support, consider leaving a review or posting photos of tours and experiences you have taken. Your support will go a long way in helping tour operators worldwide get back on their feet down the road
View all photos (176)
Select Date and Travellers
From
US$86.19
Date
2 adults
Options
Reserve Now & Pay Later
Low Price Guarantee
Overview
The wait times for the Vatican Museums are a testament to its status as one of the world’s most well-known monuments. Beat the crowds and enter the Vatican before it officially opens to the public on this early access tour, guaranteed to save you hours of waiting. Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms in a relatively crowd-free environment, and hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset. Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is also included.
Itinerary
+
You'll start at
Viale Vaticano, 100
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, ItalyBetween Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican City
    Stop: 30 minutes -
    See details
  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 40 minutes -
    See details
  • 6
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
You'll end at
Saint Peter's Square
Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican CityThe tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
See address & details
Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public 
  • Beat hours-long lines with priority, early-bird admission
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
  • Hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset 
What to Expect
Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups. Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes. Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.
Show More
Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Maximum group size of 14
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
Show More
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A specific 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.
  • A fair amount of walking is involved, and there will be stairs between different levels. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly recommend considering a private tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
604Reviews
18Q&A
Traveller rating
  • 322
  • 35
  • 8
  • 7
  • 5
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Popular mentions
Muttluvr4 wrote a review Jan 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina29 contributions23 helpful votes
We did not get to see St. Peter's Basilica due to a 'surprise' visit by the Pope. Pretended it was a surprise at 10:00. But it wasn't. On a Colliseum tour earlier that week some people we met said their tour operator would not offer tickets until 1:00 due to a planned papal
Read more
Date of experience: November 2019
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded 25 Jan 2020
Hello Muttluvr4, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is noted that there had been aspects of your tour which had given you cause for disappointment or inconvenience, which is most regrettable, and for this we would like to extend our sincere apologies. We would appreciate if you could contact our Dedicated Customer Service Team by calling +1 888 290 5595 to speak with a Customer Service Representative about your recent experience; alternatively, email me directly at marco@thetourguy.com. We would love to make things right if you give us another chance. Thank you, Marco
Read more
R. Hal B wrote a review Jan 2020
York, Pennsylvania15 contributions3 helpful votes
We'd rate this one of the lower of the 10+ tours we've done around Europe. Got into all the sites, but despite it being the second week of January it was packed with hundreds in the Sistine Chapel. Raffy, our tour guide, tried hard, but between the sound equipment and her
Read more
Date of experience: January 2020
Helpful
Share
Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded 15 Jan 2020
Dear Rhalb, We can only apologize that on this occasion we didn’t meet our standard and thank you for telling us, we always want to hear feedback, good or bad. Your business means a lot to us, so if you ever have additional feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at marco@thetourguy.com or call our Dedicated Customer Service team at +1 888 290 5595. Again, thank you for your feedback! Best regards, Marco
Read more
Marizanne Maritz wrote a review Jan 2020
Bellville, South Africa6 contributions
Lucina from The Roman Guy was amazing - very passionate, friendly and informative. Would have liked a headset however as it was at times difficult to hear even in a small group. Loved that she explained to us before entering what to expect, what to look out for and the
Read more
Date of experience: December 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded 11 Jan 2020
Dear Marizannemaritz, We’re incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this note. Our company values put customer satisfaction as a top priority and we are committed to our customers; it’s customers like you that make our job wonderful! We won't miss to thank Lucina for looking after you so well and giving you a memorable experience. See you soon, Marco
Read more
Bryn Heather Johnson wrote a review Dec 2019
Draper, Utah139 contributions20 helpful votes
Took a tour this morning with Jad, and he was great! Definitely recommend the early access! Jad was very engaging and answered all of our questions! He made the tour interesting for our teenagers- they said it didn’t feel like a three hour tour! 😉 The lines outside St. Peter’s
Read more
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded 1 Jan 2020
Ciao Bryn93, What a pleasure to read your excellent feedback about our tour and most importantly the service delivered by Jad. It was most pleasing to hear that overall you enjoyed the privilege of skipping the lines and that your teenagers had a fun and easy day with The Tour Guy. We’ll surely pass on your kind words and great feedback to Jed. We’re here for you anytime! See you soon, Marco
Read more
Kiya S wrote a review Dec 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Nothing privileged about the entrance. Still very crowded. The tour guide was great but we had to wait outside before opening a half hour.
Read more
Date of experience: December 2019
Helpful
Share
Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded 1 Jan 2020
Hello Kiyasha87, Thank you for your review. We’re sorry to hear you didn't have a great experience, but we really appreciate you found our guide great. With our Early Tours, we're able to enter the museums a full hour before the main crowds. The line that you had to wait in is only for security although along the outside we know that it doesn't appear this way. You may reach our Customer Service team anytime at +1 888 290 5595. Again, thank you for your feedback! Marco
Read more
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: The Roman Guy
1billh
00
After hours tour of St. Marks in Venice
Buyer beware!! I purchased this tour for 10 people for July 3 2020 and paid by credit card after confirming that th
Read more
schays2020
00
So much fun!!
This was our first virtual tour. It was well worth it! We loved the fact that it was interactive with polls and a c
Read more
stevedP3529TX
00
Terrible service
I want to add to all the other negative customer service reviews. When offered a credit I tried to compromise half
Read more
P-Chuk
00
DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY
DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY THINK TWICE BEFORE BOOKING WITH THIS COMPANY - THEY ARE NOT HONORING THEIR TERMS AND
Read more
jennk445
00
Avoid this company at all cost
Promised full refunds and didn’t honor their written promises/published refund policy. I would not trust them. They
Read more
729bobk
00
Terrible
DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS AGENCY. Booked a trip that was cancelled due to covid 19 and went thru the email process to b
Read more
Q1557BCjohnr
00
Not an honest company- would never recommend
I am another family that booked an excursion with the Roman Guy. Everything was great, until the Pandemic started
Read more
ihisraele
00
UNETHICAL BUSINESS CONDUCT!!
About mid January 2020 my fiancee and I started planning a trip to Italy for March 2020. We were ecstatic as it wou
Read more
karladC3593JA
00
CROOKS!! Won't REFUND our MONEY!!!
DO NOT BOOK with this company! They are terrible! Took our money and will not refund even though we cancelled 2 m
Read more
familyfun883
00
BEWARE!!!! DO NOT TRUST!!!!
I chose this company mainly because of the good reviews they had received, the tours they offered as well as their
Read more
ky-pmsimp
00
DO NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR OWN POLICY
DO NOT BOOK! We booked months ago, but only with tour companies that had a guarantee refund policy. They do not s
Read more
D1169PQbenjaminr
00
THEY LIED TO ME! SEE ATTACHED SCREENSHOTS FOR PROOF!
In January, I booked a tour for May. COVID-19 made that tour impossible. I looked at their refund policy and it sta
Read more
D2594TTpaolam
00
Illegally changing cancellation policy and taking money!!!! BE AWARE
My husband and I were going as a honeymoon on May 2020. However, due to Covid-19 pandemic we had to cancel well in
Read more
ShannonLB562
00
Ripoff
Unfortunately I had to cancel, which their policy online stated was allowable. They weren't even offering the tour
Read more
Pucker11
00
Unscrupulous business
Profiting Off Covid 19!! tour guy/Roman guy Changed their Cancellation Policy in May after I received an email in
Read more
Key Details
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
Why Book on Tripadvisor?
  • Reserve Now & Pay Later
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Low Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Secure Payments
  • 24/7 SupportCall:+44 12 2492 8241

Travellers also viewed

Skip-the-line Vatican Tour — Small-Group of Max 10!
from $85.00*
Popular: Booked by 3,268 travellers!
Early Access Vatican Tour
from $73.52*
Popular: Booked by 1,243 travellers!

Frequently bought together

Colosseum Underground and Ancient Rome Small-Group Tour
from $118.47*
Popular: Booked by 11,993 travellers!
Colosseum Arena Floor Tour with Roman Forum
from $92.17*
Popular: Booked by 443 travellers!

Cultural Tours

Frequently Asked Questions about Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel