Private Extended Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour, with Bramante Staircase & St. Peter's Basilica
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Private Extended Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour, with Bramante Staircase & St. Peter's Basilica

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Tour Highlights

  • No Wait Entry to the Vatican Museums through our exclusive Vatican Partners Entrance
  • See the treasures of the Holy See including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms and more
  • Explore the masterpieces of the Vatican Painting Gallery and the normally off-limits Bramante Staircase
  • Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica and the Pietà with possibility to explore after the tour
  • Enlightening commentary from a private local Vatican expert throughout the tour


See special-access areas not visited by the general public as well as the Vatican’s most impressive spaces, including the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Pinacoteca and the Bramante Staircase. And do it all with a dedicated, private, expert English-speaking guide.

Tour Description

You decide who tours with you and your own private guide. Our Private Tours are priced for up to 2 people. If you want to bring more family or friends, you can easily increase the number of participants when you book your tour and the price will adjust automatically.

Don’t Wait In Line

With our No Wait Access you’ll breeze past the throngs of people waiting for their chance to enter these impressive edifices. It’s the Vatican and as a lifelong aspiration for so many you can imagine how popular this area is. Your dedicated, expert English-speaking guide has you covered, saving you time and frustration. Plus, we know your vacation time is as valuable as the priceless pieces of art you’ll see.

Originally built in 1512 by Pope Julius II so he could remain as grand as he was undisturbed, this spiral staircase once allowed the papal pontiff to ascend upon it with his horse and carriage. Today few get to step upon its double helix, making the experience even more special.

All The Greats

Commissioned by Pius IX, the Pinacoteca Vaticana was constructed specifically to exhibit treasured paintings which belonged to popes throughout the ages. Completed in 1931, these galleries include Raphael’s ‘Transfiguration’, Leonardo Da Vinci’s unfinished ‘St. Jerome in the Wilderness’, and Caravaggio’s ‘Deposition from the Cross’ among others. There’s so much to discover here it would take us an entire website to list it all.

We also show you what you came here for, but with deeper explorations into their rich histories and artistic offerings. From the Gallery of Tapestries to the Gallery of the Candelabra to the Gallery of Maps; the Pinecone Courtyard to the Raphael Rooms, you’ll see everything you’ve always wanted to and more.

All along your tour, your expert local English-speaking guide will explain the history, art and sections of the Sistine Chapel so that when you arrive to this awe-inspiring (and extremely crowded) location you can simply soak it in, instead of being bombarded with facts and figures like so many other tour operators. The new knowledge you now have will allow you to be inspired and develop your own interpretations of each and every brushstroke, including Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement.’

Finally, we’ll escort you via a special Sistine Chapel doorway, past another long line of eager travellers, to St. Peter’s Basilica. Designed by famous Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Bernini, Maderno and Bramante, you’ll wonder whether the art inside is as equally as magnificent as the artistry of the edifice itself. One of the most important Christian houses of worship, it is the perfect way to end your private Extended Vatican Museum tour experience.

Please note that on Wednesdays it may not be possible to visit St. Peter's Basilica and Square after the morning tour due to the Papal Audience. Clients who would prefer to access the Basilica and Square directly after their tour are invited to book an afternoon tour.

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What's Included

  • No Wait Access into the Vatican Museums  
  • Vatican Museums entrance ticket and reservation fee
  • Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the Line entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Headsets for groups of five or more, so you can always hear your guide
  • Private, dedicated English-speaking tour guide

Sites Visited

  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Bramante Staircase
  • Pinacoteca (Vatican Art Gallery)
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

Important Notes

St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites are subject to occasional closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access.


  • I am taking a Vatican Tour that includes Saint Peter’s Basilica, will we go up the dome?

    It is possible to climb the Dome on your own if you wish, however you will need to purchase a ticket directly on site.  Our tours do not include a visit to the Dome. Please note that if you intend to climb the Dome after your tour ends, you should make sure to book a morning tour (not on a Wednesday) as the Dome access is already closed in the afternoon before our afternoon tours reach Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the Basilica is often closed on Wednesday mornings.

  • Where does the tour meet?

    The tours meet at a location very close and convenient to the entrance of the Vatican Museums. Full details of the exact location are included on the confirmation voucher you will receive when you book your tour.

  • At the end of the tour, will I be able to explore the Vatican Museums on my own?

    No. With our tickets, it is not possible to re-enter the Vatican once you leave as the Vatican tickets are single entry only.

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