Early Entry Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica Express Service

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Location: Rome
Category: Attractions / Museums
Duration: 2.0 hours
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Currency: EUR
Language: English
TimeZone: Europe/Rome
Highlights - Enter the Sistine Chapel before the general public so you can see Michelangelo’s world-famous frescoes in relative peace.
- Skip the long lines in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and walk directly into the cathedral.
- Don’t spend all day in the Vatican, see its two biggest draws – the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica in just two hours.
- Enjoy comprehensive introductions to both the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica from one of our expert, English-speaking guides.
- Enjoy an intimate experience in a small group of 20 people or fewer.
Summary
Our Sistine Chapel Express & St. Peter’s Basilica Tour is one of the best ways to experience the Vatican’s two busiest attractions without the crowds. Skip the line, early access tickets allow you to see these incredible sites before the majority of the crowds show up. With an expert, English-speaking guide to brief you on the history, art, and architecture of both sites, you’re sure to have an informed experience, unspoiled by the hoards of people that often crowd out these wonderful attractions. 
Description
This is an express tour for those who have limited time but don’t want to sacrifice the quality of their experience. By taking you through the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica early in the morning, you will beat the crowds and experience these incredible sites in relative peace, as they were meant to be seen. It’s the perfect tour for whistle-stop travelers or families traveling with children. Skip the line access at both sites mean you make the most of every minute.

Your tour begins early, entering the Vatican Museums a full half-hour before the common public. Before entering the Vatican Museums your guide will hand out visual aids to each guest with a legend for each of the key works of the Sistine Chapel. Using this as a reference point, your guide will brief you on some of the finer points of Michelangelo’s frescoes, and give you some tips on what to look out for. Then it’s into the Sistine Chapel to see for yourself. 

After 30 minutes admiring the world-famous works of Michelangelo, your group will reconvene at the bottom of the room, where you’ll use a special door to gain direct entry to St. Peter’s Basilica. Only open to tour groups, this skip the line access could save you hours of waiting in the long security lines that form outside the main entrance to the Basilica.
 
Your guide will give you another introduction to the masterpieces you’re about to see – from Bernini’s Baldachin to Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’ – before leaving you to explore St. Peter’s Basilica on your own.

We never run this tour with more than 20 people per group but regularly run it with fewer, so that you can always count on plenty of help and information from your expert, English-speaking guide. If you want to see the highlights of the Vatican but don’t have 3 - 4 hours to spare, this is the easiest and most stress-free way to do it. 



Commentary English: Guide
Included Skip the line and Early Entrance to the Vatican museums & St. Peter’s Basilica
Entrance & Reservation Fees
Visual aids to help navigate masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel
Excluded Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums (except Sistine Chapel)
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.
We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums..
Know before you go Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 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.
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.
We advise our clients that St.Peter's Basilica may be closed during special celebrations/festivities, including the Easter ceremonies. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time inside the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums.
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.
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 20 guests per booking
Valid 0 minutes Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
March 01, 2021 April 30, 2021 7:45 AM Departure - Mon, Thurs, Sat (except: 05 Apr 2021)
May 01, 2021 October 31, 2021 7:45 AM Departure - Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat (except: 01 May 2021, 29 Jun 2021, 27 Sep 2021)

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 €65.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years €55.00 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.

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
Redemption Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption