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Early Access: Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour

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    • Adult (19+)
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from US$ 84.26 US$ 80.05 per person pp
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Key Highlights

  • The only group tour that offers Early Access to the Sistine Chapel - 30 minutes before anyone else!
  • Covers major highlights of the Vatican in shortest time
  • The English speaking guides ensure you don’t miss a thing
  • Both printed and smartphone voucher accepted!
  • Group tour of maximum 20 persons ensures a personal experience
  • Overview

    Looking for a short and sweet tour of the Vatican? Then the Sistine Chapel Early Access & St Peter’s Express Tour is perfect for you. The only group tour offering Early Access Sistine Chapel tickets guarantees that you get into the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other tour groups and 1 hour 30 minutes before the general public, it focuses only on the biggest highlights of the Vatican, perfect for those with limited time.

    With no endless queues and crowds, you will not only have a detailed, but one of the best experiences of the sights. The guide will lead you to the majestic Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Feast your eyes on Michelangelo’s luminous paintings on the ceiling and behind the altar and soak in the enormity of Michelangelo's Creation frescoes on the barrel-vaulted ceiling with the figures exuding strength and elegance. Contrary to the optimism and elegance of the ceiling, Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, which he painted on the back wall a decade later, is darker and pessimistic.

    With Skip-the-Line Access you will gain direct entry from the Sistine Chapel to the world’s largest church, the St. Peter’s Basilica. Built on the site of St. Peter’s tomb, the basilica has been the centre of the Catholic faith and is listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The major highlights of the church are its masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Pietà, the Papal altar and Bernini’s ingenious use of optical illusion in the Throne of St. Peter.

    After exploring the main level of the Basilica, your tour escort will lead you down to the Crypts of the Popes, housed in the space between the older 4th century Basilica and St. Peter’s, which was built on top of it. In the final lap of your tour, the guide will lead you outside the entrance of the Basilica, leading on to Bernini’s architectural masterpiece, St. Peter’s Square, which is an elliptical esplanade bordered by a massive colonnade with 140 beautiful statues depicting different saints and sculpted by various artists of the 17th century. A treasure trove for art enthusiasts and history aficionados alike, this fast paced tour fits perfectly into your hurricane travel routine all while giving you an exhaustive experience of the Vatican.

    About the Supplier: City Wonders are leaders in Italy tours and experiences. Their tours are insightful and entertaining with expert guides taking you around the city’s known as well as offbeat attractions. They believe in having a small group size to provide intimate experiences in all major cities of Italy.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    March 1 - November 15: Daily except Sundays

    November 16 - December 31: Fridays & Saturdays


    2 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums.
    The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi.

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the departing time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    St. Peter's Square

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
    • Access to the Vatican Museums 30 minutes before other tour operators and 1 hour, 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


    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    • Food/Beverages
  • Please note

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

    Because of the attraction's popularity, large numbers of people visit each day. For any last minute changes, time changes or other updates please visit the attraction website.

    During Papal Audience, access to St. Peter’s Basilica may be affected. Worry not as none of your tour durations gets affected! Our guides will segregate entire duration between other attractions of the itinerary perfectly to ensure you have the best experience!

    Security Measures:
    There will be airport-style security checks. All visitors and their small-medium sized bags will be screened. Liquids, large bags, or sharp items are not allowed and must be left in cloakroom.
    Please carry your valid ID/passport. Failure to do may result in denied entry. Pacemakers should carry their certification as well.

    Wheelchair Accessibility:
    Those with a disability and their attendant / companion go free with a disability certificate that you must present at the museum's Special Permit or Reception Desk.

    Dress Code:
    Both men and women MUST have knees and shoulders covered. Failure to comply may result in denied entry.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Customer Reviews
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      I loved my visit to the Vatican City, and I am very glad that I paid extra to visit early , and beat the crowds. When we finished the queue was so long. Our guide spoke...

      i h donaldson, New Zealand
    • Disneyland Paris Ticket issue

      I have booked for Disneyland Paris ticket through Isango . Booking reference number is ISA126722. We had a problem with this. At the Disney Land entrance, they were not able to...

      G Thirunavukkarasu, Norway
    • Both tours were great. The tour guide was oriented to the group needs and knew a lot of stories and facts about the places we visited.

      Tiago Costa, Portugal, 24/May/2019

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