Your early morning Vatican experience starts as you meet your host outside the Vatican Museums. Go in and head directly to the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private place of worship, which is normally the last thing seen on a tour of the Museums complex. With this ticket, however, you’ll enter the chapel as one of the first visitors of the day, allowing you to enjoy it without the crowds.
Gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s iconic ceiling fresco, The Creation of Adam, as well as The Last Judgment, his blue fresco that adorns the back wall of the chapel. Talking is not allowed inside, so you’ll learn about these Renaissance masterpieces before you enter.
When your time in the chapel is up, you'll head for St Peter's Basilica. Skip the long lines as your guide whisks you inside via an exclusive entrance. Marvel at the sheer size of St Peter's, the largest ancient basilica in the world, before viewing Michelangelo's sculpture 'La Pietà' and the monumental Bernini's altar.
Finally, head below the basilica to the Vatican Crypts. The final resting place of the Catholic church's most important Popes, the crypts are rarely covered by tours.
Your tour concludes back in St Peter's Square, where you'll be able to take in the architectural splendor of the Vatican.