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Pristine Sistine Express: Enter Vatican before the Public and St Peter’s Basilica Tour

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    • Adult (15+)
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Key Highlights

  • Smartphone vouchers accepted – no need to print!
  • Enter the Vatican Museum 30 minutes before it is opened to the public!
  • Learn the meaning behind the Sistine Chapel frescoes in an intimate setting!
  • Skip the line and enjoy a 45-minute tour of St. Peter’s Basilica!
  • See Bernini’s Baldachin and Michelangelo’s moving Pietá!
  • Meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide!
  • Overview

    Conquer Vatican City in a day during Pristine Sistine Express: Enter Vatican before the Public and St Peter’s Basilica Tour!

    With your Pristine Sistine Express - Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica tickets, you’ll get to see some of the more famous attractions in the Vatican City without the hassle of crowds and lines! With a small group of about 20 people or less, you can enter the Vatican Museum 30 minutes before it’s opened to the public. Enjoy a crowd-free tour of the Vatican Museum as you head for the Sistine Chapel, which took four years for Michelangelo to finish. Once at the chapel, your guide will explain the meaning behind the Sistine Chapel frescoes and explain a bit a about the artist: Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel’s paintings cover about one-sixth the size of a football ground! And, seeing it for yourself during a Vatican City tour is one of the best things to do in Rome!

    After you’ve seen the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, you can follow your guide to St. Peter’s Basilica. Considered to be one of the holiest places for Catholics, St. Peter’s Basilica is also a perfect example of exquisite architecture for its time. You’ll enjoy a 45-minute tour of this holy place with your guide. Take in the opulence and beauty inside St. Peter’s Basilica. See Bernini’s Baldachin, which was much criticized when Bernini finished the 96-foot structure in 1633. Then, catch a glimpse of Michelangelo’s moving portrayal of Jesus, Pietá, which is a beautiful masterpiece. Return from your tour well-versed in the history of Vatican City. It’s what to do in Rome!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 30 Sep:Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
    01 Oct - 31 Oct: Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday


    2 hours

    Start time

    7:45 a.m.

    Meeting Point

    Bar L’Ottagono at 60 Piazza del Risorgimento, Rome 00192

    Ending Point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Pristine Sistine Express: Enter Vatican before the Public and St Peter’s Basilica Tour
    • A 2-hour tour of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica 
    • Skip-the-line Admission to the Vatican Museum 
    • Skip-the-line Admission to St. Peter's Basilica  
    • Entrance and reservation fees  
    • Visual aids to help navigate masterpieces of the Sistine Chapel


    • Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums (except Sistine Chapel)
    • Gratuities 
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch

    and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 48 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

    No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet, you can present the voucher on your device for this activity.

    So there’s no last-minute rush, please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time.

    There are no refunds or re-bookings for late arrivals or no-shows.

    There will be a group size of 20 or less people per guide.

    Please remember that the Sistine Chapel is a holy place and your attire must be appropriate for the visit. Both men and women are asked to wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees.

    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 Museum. We are unable to provide refunds in this case.

    While the Vatican Museum is 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. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on any of our group Vatican tours.

    Please note that guests may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican Museum. Larger backpacks must be left at the cloakroom. It is the responsibility of the guest to collect your belongings from the Vatican Museums entrance after the tour.