Exclusive First Entry: Sistine Chapel Express, St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypts Tour
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Exclusive First Entry: Sistine Chapel Express, St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypts Tour

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2 h.
Meeting Point
Near Museum Entrance
Start Time
Operating Days
mon, tue, thu, fri, sat
per adult

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the advantages of our Exclusive Vatican Partnership with Early Access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Be a part of the first group to enter the Sistine Chapel in the morning, 1.5 hours before the general public
  • Gain Skip the Line Access to St. Peter's Basilica & Michelangelo's Pietà 
  • Visit the tombs of the most important Popes in a special crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Audio headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Expert, English-speaking guide


As 1 of only 3 Official Vatican Museums Tour Operator Partners, we take you to the Sistine Chapel a full 1 hour and 30 minutes before it is open to the public. Explore St. Peter‘s Basilica without the crowds and go to the Vatican Crypt, where many popes are buried, for a unique experience of the Holy See.
Group looking at the Sistine Chapel's ceiling

Be the First Inside the Sistine Chapel

Be the first inside the Sistine Chapel – 30 mins before other groups and a full 1hr 30 mins before the general public – so you have time and space to admire Michelangelo’s masterpieces in peace and quiet.

Altar interior St. Peter's Basilica

Be Amazed by St. Peter's Basilica

Be amazed by the sheer size of St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest ancient basilica in the world. With Skip the Line Access you’ll gain direct entry with no need to wait in line.

St. Peter's Basilica sunny day

Popes at the Vatican Crypt

Venture beneath St. Peter’s Basilica to pay tribute to the most important Popes at the Vatican Crypt. This tour covers the three most important sites of the Vatican in just two hours!

Tour Description

For short-time visitors in Rome or those who want to see the highlights of the Vatican without spending hours inside the Museums, our First Entry Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypt offers an exclusive opportunity to see the top three sites in just two hours.

With first entry to the Sistine Chapel, you’ll have time to explore on your own before other tour groups and the general public arrive. Skip the Line Access gets you directly into St. Peter’s Basilica afterward, before descending to the incredible Vatican Crypt, not covered on regular Vatican tours.

Our early access Sistine Chapel tour starts outside the Vatican Museums before they have opened. You’ll enter 30 minutes ahead of any other tour group and a full hour and 30 minutes before the general public. With an expert guide leading the way, you’ll go directly to the Sistine Chapel (passing through the Museums). On the way your guide will give you some tips on what to look out for in Michelangelo’s world-famous frescoes; from his cheeky self-portrait in ‘The Last Judgement’ to ‘The Creation of Adam’ on the ceiling.

Being the first to enter the Sistine Chapel means that you can avoid the notorious crowds that fill the room during regular opening hours. Spend some time taking in the incredible artwork that surrounds you in the Sistine Chapel.

Once you’ve had your fill of the Sistine Chapel, we’ll take you through a special door – not available to the general public – through which you’ll gain direct access to St. Peter’s Basilica. Skip the Line Access here means you'll avoid another long queue outside the walls of the Vatican. On the way, your guide will give you an overview of St. Peter’s Basilica, letting you know what you should look out for during your visit.

Entering St. Peter’s Basilica, you’ll be blown away by its size and beauty. Visit Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘La Pietà’ and Bernini’s altar, a monumental structure of twisted wood and bronze, recycled from the Pantheon.

The last leg of our tour takes you below the Basilica to the Vatican Crypt. This is where the most important Popes in Church history have been buried – a huge honor bestowed upon past popes.

Once you've finished, your guide will lead you back outside to St. Peter’s Square where you can appreciate the mastery of Bernini, one of Rome’s greatest architects and artists.

With an expert, English-speaking guide leading the way, you’ll see all the highlights of the Vatican City in just two hours, while first entry at the Vatican Museums and Skip the Line Access at St. Peter’s Basilica keep us ahead of the crowds.

For the very best of the Vatican in one breathtaking morning, choose our First Entry Sistine Chapel Tour with St. Peter’s Basilica & Vatican Crypt.

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What's Included

  • Access to the Vatican Museums 30 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour and 30 minutes before the general public
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Skip the line to St Peter Basilica
  • Visit to the Crypts beneath the Basilica

Sites Visited

  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Vatican Crypt

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.


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