Pristine Sistine Early Entrance Small Group Vatican Tour

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Location: Rome
Category: Attractions / Museums
Duration: 225.0 minutes
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - Enter the Sistine Chapel 45 minutes before the general public, to see the Chapel at its best!
- Spend 3 hours exploring of the Vatican Museums, seeing highlights including the Raphael Rooms.
- Enjoy skip the line access at the Vatican Museums & St Peter’s Basilica, saving your hours of waiting in line.
- Take a 1-hour guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica.
Summary
Enter the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public and enjoy Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace before embarking on a thorough guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica. There is simply no better way to see the highlights of the Vatican without the crowds that can overrun the galleries later in the day. 

Description
The Sistine Chapel wasn’t meant to be seen standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of other people. Beat the crowds by entering 45 minutes before the Chapel opens to the public and enjoy the incredible frescoes in relative peace. 

After spending quality time with Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Chapel, your guide will lead you on a full tour of the Vatican Museums, stopping to see all the most important works. Since you have started early, you’ll stay one step ahead of the crowds in most galleries as you enjoy fantastic art like the Raphael Rooms, the Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and Sons, and more. 

When you’ve covered the museums you’ll enter the Sistine Chapel again, much more crowded now, and pass through a special corridor that lets you skip the lines into St. Peter’s Basilica. Here you’ll enjoy an hour-long tour of the immense Basilica, including stops at Michelangelo’s heart-wrenching Pietá and Bernini’s enormous Baldachin altar. Afterwards you’re free to explore the St. Peter’s for as long as you want.

Traveling in a small group with an expert local guide and with headsets for every guest, you’ll never have to worry about losing your group or missing some interesting piece of information - and there is a lot of interesting information. The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica have never been more accessible. 


Commentary English: Guide
Included Skip the line tickets for Vatican Museums
Skip the line access to St Peter’s Basilica
Expert Walks tour guide
Headsets
Excluded Gratuities
Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Know before you book While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 30 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
As with all museums, particular galleries of the Vatican museums can sometimes be closed without prior notice and pieces removed for restoration or loan. In the case of a gallery being closed, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.
Also, please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
On rare occasions, when St. Peter's Basilica is being prepared for high masses or a special private event, including the Easter ceremonies, the tour group exit and/or the basilica itself can be closed without prior notification. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museums. Larger backpacks and big pointy umbrellas etc must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to return to the Vatican Museums entrance to collect these after the tour.
Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for child reduction.
Additional Information
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
Dress Code: Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place, and attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees. Walks cannot be held responsible for denied entry due to improper dress. Please note that, since the chapel is at the end of the Vatican visit, it is sufficient to bring extra coverings with you and put them on before our entrance to the holy areas.
Required to bring: Valid photo ID
Health Items

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-04-16
Product End Date 2021-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Minimum 1 guests per booking
Maximum 14 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
November 01, 2020 February 28, 2021 7:15 AM Departure - Not running
March 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 7:15 AM Departure - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat (except: 19 Mar 2021, 05 Apr 2021, 01 May 2021, 29 Jun 2021, 27 Sep 2021)
November 01, 2020 February 28, 2021 7:30 AM Departure - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat (except: 02 Nov 2020, 08 Dec 2020, 25 Dec 2020, 26 Dec 2020, 01 Jan 2021, 11 Feb 2021, 22 Feb 2021)
March 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 7:30 AM Departure - Not running

Locations

Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 41.9058988, 12.4556239
Address: Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Lazio, 00192, IT
Directions: https://www.google.de/maps/place/Risorgimento-+San+Pietro/@41.9058988,12.4556239,17z/data=!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x132f60612981edff:0x2e4e09cdba360cd1!2sPiazza+del+Risorgimento,+Roma,+Italy!3b1!3m1!1s0x132f6060d267f49f:0xc7cd74227df531f7
Notes: We meet just outside the green bar in the middle of Piazza del Risorgimento Square. This is the only bar/cafè located on the square. The bar is on the side of the square towards via Crescensio - close to Tram stop number 19. The closest Metro/Underground stop is Ottaviano.
Start Location Notes Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Lazio, 00192, IT
End Location Address St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 41.903118, 12.454527
Address: St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT
Notes:
Start Location Notes Bar l'Ottagono, Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome, Lazio, 00192, IT
End Location Address St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Rome, Lazio, 00120, IT

Cancellation

Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.

Pricing

2020/2021 PRICING RETAIL PRICE NET RATE
Adult 15-99 years €89.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €79.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years €0.00 Available on request

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Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can I bring my bags in the Vatican?

According to Vatican Museum rules, only small bags can be brought inside the Museums. Handbags and small backpacks (no larger than 40cm x 35cm x 25cm) may be carried inside but anything larger than that, plus large umbrellas, must be checked at the cloakroom. Items may be left at the cloakroom without charge, but please note that you must return to this spot to collect your belongings before 5:00 pm or return the following day. As our tours mostly end at St. Peter’s Basilica this is quite inconvenient, as you will be required to walk about 20 minutes from there back to the entrance of the Museums. In the case of our Vatican Highlights Tour, guests may have to leave the tour early in order to reach the cloakroom before it closes, and thus will not be able to visit St. Peter’s Basilica.

Can I go back to the Vatican museum after the tour?

Once the tour completes, you may remain in St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you like, however, you will be unable to go back into the Vatican Museums.

Can I remain in Saint Peter's after the tour?

Once the tour completes, you may remain in St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you like, however, you will be unable to go back into the Vatican Museums.

Can I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?

No, non, ne, nee, absolutely not. And the Sistine Chapel guards are scary, so we don’t recommend trying it.

Do our Vatican tours include Skip the Line Access?

Yes. All of our Vatican tours include skip the line access as standard. This means that we use the special group entrance with pre-reserved timed-entry tickets, so you’ll never have to wait in long general access lines. For extra special entry, check out our Pristine Sistine Tour.
Any of our group tours that visit St. Peter’s Basilica also include skip the line access there.

What makes our Pristine Sistine Tour different?

Our Pristine Sistine Tour is our earliest entrance tour, getting you inside the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public. We take you straight inside once the Museums open to groups (an hour before the public!) and rush you directly to the Sistine Chapel, giving you the best chance of seeing it in peace and quiet!

Can I visit the Dome of Saint Peter's after my tour?

Your guide will show you where and how to get the tickets to climb the dome. Once the tour is over, you can remain in St Peters for as long as you want and then exit to climb the dome. Please note, the desk will only accept cash for tickets.

Confirmation necessary? No