“WE went on an early tour to skip the line and we are glad we did. We were inside the Sistine Chapel by 8am. WE had completed the Vatican museum tours and were back outside by midday and the queues outside to get in were horrendous. ...Rhoda K., United Kingdom – See more reviews
What To Expect
This Early Access Sistine Chapel experience is perfect for visitors who want to see the Sistine Chapel before the crowds and other tour groups arrive. After your quiet Sistine Chapel visit you may enter the Vatican Museums, wandering the Papal Palace on your own, seeing all there is to see in your own time and at your own pace.
Our Early Access Sistine Chapel group meets early in the morning, skipping the long lines already outside the Vatican Museums and entering even before the doors have officially opened. Visitors will be accompanied to the Sistine Chapel where they'll enter before anyone else, finding this incredible room empty. Later in the day there will barely be room to move, but in the minutes before opening time, all is quiet.
After the Sistine Chapel, visitors will be able to wander the Vatican Museums for the rest of the day free of charge - and with such an early meeting time, the day ahead is long. Your escort will leave you with a map and an introduction to the most important sites of the museums so you can get the most from your time with the Vatican's nine-mile art collection.
No Wait Access to the Vatican Museums 15 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour and 15 minutes before the general public
Map of and introduction to the Vatican Museums
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Meals and drinks
The Sistine Chapel tour ends at around 08:30.
The Sistine Chapel tour has no bathroom or water break to give you as much time as possible inside the chapel. Please plan accordingly.
There will be no charge for children under 6 years of age and reservation is not required. Please provide proof of age.
Extra measures may be implemented at some venues due to heightened global security. As a result, we may experience delays in getting through mandatory security checks when entering these venues. Extra measures may also restrict the size of bags that can be brought inside. To avoid disruptions or possible denied entry, we strongly suggest that you avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks on your tour. The Vatican only permits very small bags, and specifically prohibits large bags, tripods, umbrellas, and backpacks. Any such items must be checked into the free luggage storage area which may result in your having to leave the tour early to retrieve them at the entrance.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
We are unable to accommodate customers with wheelchairs or walking disabilities on our group tour. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour time. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded. For help with meeting points or other urgent issues, please contact the tour operator.
On Wednesdays, access to St. Peter's Basilica and Square may be closed at the time of the morning tour due to the Papal Audience.
Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour, except in the Sistine Chapel where talking and taking pictures are prohibited.
Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.
Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 30 minutes