Tour code: 3731VATICANVIP
This isn’t just any private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel—on this Viator VIP tour, you’ll have permission to visit rooms of the Vatican Museums that are typically closed to the public, plus you’ll go inside the Sistine Chapel after hours, when it’s only open for your small group limited to 15 people. This unprecedented opportunity to gaze at Michelangelo’s famous ceiling fresco without the usual crowds is the ultimate way to experience this iconic site. In addition to secret sites like the Room of Gold, you’ll also visit public galleries like Raphael’s Rooms.


  • 3-hour small-group VIP tour of the Vatican Museums including skip-the-line entry
  • Enjoy exclusive access through a reserved entranceway to skip all the lines
  • Visit hidden corridors and secret Vatican rooms such as the Niccoline Chapel or the Bramante Staircase
  • See top Vatican attractions like the Apollo Belvedere statue, Raphael’s Rooms and Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Take a rare, private tour of the Sistine Chapel after its doors are closed to the public
  • Hear commentary from your guide inside the Sistine Chapel, which is normally forbidden
  • Experience the Vatican as a VIP insider with this Viator exclusive tour

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What You Can Expect

Viator VIP: Sistine Chapel Private Viewing and Small-Group Tour of the Vatican's Secret Rooms

Admire the Art of the Vatican on your exclusive VIP tour!

Vatican skip-the-line tours are in such demand that even the priority-access lines are long. To ensure you won’t spend time waiting in queues, your Viator VIP tour provides admission through a reserved entrance, plus gives you access to secret rooms unlocked by the Vatican guard who accompanies you. It’s a rare chance to see the hallowed halls of the Vatican the way that only dignitaries and royalty typically do.

The nature of this exclusive tour means that the itinerary changes each time based on the availability of the secret rooms, but most tours include the Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante) on the corner of the Pope’s Palace. You’ll likely also see the lavish Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori), home to an impressive collection of papal jewelry and precious Etruscan jewels, and the Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina), a room that compares to the Sistine Chapel with its gold brought back from the travels of Christopher Columbus and its frescoes by Fra Angelico, a Renaissance painter who pre-dates Michelangelo.

Additionally, your tour includes artwork like the Apollo Belvedere statue and rooms seen on regular Vatican Museums tours such as Raphael’s Rooms, the Pinecone Courtyard and the public area of the pope’s apartments. As you explore, listen to stories from your guide about the Vatican’s renowned art collection and scandalous history of power and treachery.

Finally, arrive at the Sistine Chapel, where you have private access after the chapel closes to the general public. Talking in the chapel is typically prohibited, but during your 30 minutes inside your guide is allowed to tell you about Michelangelo’s two famous works as you look at them — his wall fresco The Last Judgment and his legendary ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, which depicts scenes from the Book of Genesis.

See the Itinerary for a full list of the Vatican rooms and sights you can expect to see.


Classic Vatican sites:
  • Apollo Belvedere
  • Chiaramonti Museum
  • Sistine Chapel, home to artwork by Michelangelo including The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Lacoon
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Raphael's Rooms
Secret rooms (subject to change):
  • Bramante Staircase (Scala del Bramante)
  • Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina)
  • Room of Gold (Sala degli Ori)

Customer Reviews

Peter F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Stunning and engrossing. Worth every cent. Sev was a superb guide. Thank you.

Susan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

5 STAR all the way! This was a great tour and Shannon is a terrific tour guide. It was a very special and wonderful experience. I will recommend this tour.

Sandra v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide was incredibly knowledgable.

jeffrey p m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I would highly recommend this tour. It was an amazing couple of hours with a wonderful guide. He was funny, informative, accommodating, and made the experience so much richer. I soaked up great knowledge of art, history, and funny anecdotes along the way. Of course, highlights were the small 7 of us alone in the Sistine Chapel, and the private chapel of a former Pope. So worth it!

Sara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One of a kind experience. We saw so much and had our own personal security guard that let us in to the restricted areas. The only drawback is that you don't go inside St. Peter's so I'd make time for that prior to the tour.

Juliet A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Expensive but worth it, if nothing else, just to have a good span of time in the Sistine chapel with only our small group. What made the tour particularly enjoyable was the excellent commentary by our guide. He obviously knew his stuff and cared about sharing his knowledge.
Only negative comment--I wish we could have seen a few more works by Michelangelo and Raphael. But our time was well filled--Perhaps a little less on the outdoors in favor of indoors would be my only change. Very good memories of the experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely amazing being in the Sistine Chapel with just a few people was worth the price of admission. Our guide Shannon made it more impressive still. Her knowledge was deep and her presentation flawless. Definitely the highlight of our two weeks in Italy.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

There is a lot of walking through the Vatican before we got to the unique rooms and the Sistine Chapel.
Our excellent guide made this all fascinating and come to life, so the time flew past.
The time in the Sistine Chapel was breathtaking and something I will never forget, having been there previously it was always crowded and you did not get very long to see it, this was totally different and our guide talked us through all the points. It was a fantastic experience.This tour is expensive but you will remember the experience long after you have forgotten the price!!!

Fred N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour. The secret rooms, and sistine chapel without the crowd make it worth the money.

Nuria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It is worth the price

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