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

Todd D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is the ONLY way to see the Sistine Chapel. No crowds, no noise, no rush, able to view it and respect it for the art and beauty as it was meant to be. In addition we had the ability to view several things that are not on the normal public tours in the Vatican Museums. Our guide Shannon was wonderful! A wealth of knowledge, friendly, and it was obvious that she enjoys this tour very much as well. Well worth the money!

Donald L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I highly recommend this tour. It was amazing to be in the Vatican with our small group to see the Bramante tower and other rooms that are not available to the general public. The half hour we spent with just our small group after hours in the Sistine Chapel was worth the price of admission. When we were in corridors with the general public, it was easy to appreciate the time we were able to spend in the private areas with only our small group.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing experience! Sev was an awesome guide. Loved the personal time and attention and ability to have a private experience in the Sistine Chapel.

Tammy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

OMG!!! Worth every cent... This was without a doubt the highlight of my trip to Italy. First if all, our tour guide, Shannon, was amazing. She's clearly very knowledgable about the Vatican and the artwork, but made the tour extremely entertaining with inside scoop stories about the art/artists. The access to the private rooms, balcony, and Raphael rooms without a crowd was awesome, but the private access to the Sistine Chapel was priceless. Being in the Chapel for 1/2 hour without a crowd really gives you enough time to take in everything,

Jeffrey G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an amazing experience. Our guide, Stella, was very knowledgeable and personable. The usually off limits rooms that we were able to visit were fascinating. And the after-hours private time in the Sistine Chapel was a once in a lifetime experience that we will always treasure.

Leonard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Was almost unreal to be in the Cistine Chapel with only 11 oter people for 30 minutes. Also was able to shoot pics in musemum with know one else in pic. Our guide was one of the best we have ever experienced.

Gale E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide was amazing. A professor at the university who brought the history alive. He made the history approachable and did not present just facts and figures, but brought the times and the people alive with his narrative. The Sistine chapel was awe inspiring and we enjoyed the time without the crowds. A very special afternoon we will not forget.

Sally H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We are very reluctantly giving this a 5-star review simply due to the fact that we cannot give it a 10-star review. Please let us explain. There are three reasons to spend the money for this tour. 1 It, indeed, is a very small group and as such will give you ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss everything you see including those areas that are typically off-limits to the general public. 2 To visit the Sistine Chapel without the crush of a 100 or more people and be able to hear a thorough explanation of all the art is a rare privilege 3 To have Tiffany McIver as your guide is an experience very few will be able to claim. She was nothing short of the most knowledgeable guide we have experienced in our history of tour taking. We rarely bother to write reviews of tours but Tiffany deserves to be commended and praised for a supremely excellent presentation. Without her, the money would have been wasted. If you are lucky enough to have her for your tour, you will understand.

Nicholas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Outstanding. The tour guide had a PHD in Archaeology and was extremely knowledgeable about the museum and the Vatican. The after hours in the Sistine Chapel was worth the tour alone. I did this and the breakfast tour and this one was far better since the museum and the Sistine Chapel were both pretty empty at night.

Gary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We reluctantly signed up fo this trip so expensive. It was phenomenal and worth every penny. Our guide Seve was fantastic. I would highly recommend it. Definitely a highlight and well worth it.

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