VIP Sistine Chapel After Hours & Vatican Museums Tour with Drinks in the Palace Courtyard

16 reviews

3.75 hours

Max 10

Why take this tour?


  • Skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the Vatican Museums in-depth with an official Vatican tour guide
  • Always small groups (10 people max) giving you improved access to your guide
  • VIP after-hours access to the Sistine Chapel without the general public
  • Stay inside the Museums after closing time and enjoy aperitivo in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Sites Visited
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel After Hours
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of the Maps
  • Gallery of the Tapestries
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Tour Includes
  • After-hours access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip the line ticket to the Vatican Museums
  • Aperitivo in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Local English-speaking official Vatican Guide

Embark on a guided journey through the Vatican that few others get to experience.


Verified Customer Reviews

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4.4 /5
based on 16 reviews
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Tour guide was 30 minutes late, very dry presentation, like just reading a script. Other guests felt the same. Aperitif was served as quickly as possible, servers didn’t seem to want to be there.
John · Oct 20, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Our tour of the Sistine Chapel & Vatican was amazing. If you want to really take it all in and see the Sistine Chapel in a less crowded scenario this is the only way to go. Our tour guide was extremely informative and kind. We enjoyed every minute of our small group tour of 4. The snacks and beverages in the garden after closing were a nice intimate touch to end the evening. My only complaint is that the tour offices where you start/meet are ALWAYS hectic and the staff that works inside the offices always have horrible attitudes. Generally, you are rushing to make your tour on time and then you get there and wait while ONE person answers a line of people and the other person just sits there with an annoyed look on their face. They really need better administrative staff at the front lines of meeting point. Maybe hire people who ACTUALLY like fast-paced settings and like helping tourists.
Michelle · Oct 16, 2022 · Canada · Female · 35 to 44 years
EXCELLENT TOUR! The volume of information mixed with humor and humanity was perfection. I highly recommend this one!
Anthony · Sep 27, 2022 · United States · Male · 65 to 74 years
Isabella was wonderful. She had a wealth of knowledge and went out of her way to make sure we all got too see everything of interest.
Donna · Sep 14, 2022 · United States · Female · 55 to 64 years
Had a wonderful time with both our tours booked through Walks. Would certainly use their services again.
Nick · Aug 08, 2022 · Canada · Male · 25 to 34 years

Meeting Point

Meeting Point Map ⟶

Meeting Point  

Viale Vaticano 97, 00192, Rome. Just outside the tourist station shop.  

Please meet 15 minutes prior to the tour start time.  


Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers. Please contact the Guest Experience team at [email protected] or call +39 068-596-0143 (Italy) or 888-683-8670 (USA) to make alternative arrangements.
I am in a wheelchair/have a mobility impairment. Can I take this tour?
The Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, but they are not located on the group tour route. If you have a mobility impairment and/or use a wheelchair please contact our customer service department at [email protected] and we will be happy to work out a suitable alternative.
I've heard the Vatican has a strict dress code. What should I wear?
It does, but it isn't anything too formal. The big rule is to make sure your shoulders and knees are covered - that applies to both men and women. Also remember that shorts of any length are not allowed at all in St. Peter's Basilica so if you are visiting both the Vatican Musuems and the Basilica, wear trousers or a long skirt. Occasionally visitors get away with wearing a bit less but it’s best not to risk it. Hats are also not allowed. Walks cannot be held responsible for guests who are refused entrance due to inappropriate dress so please remember to cover up.
Why can't I take photos inside the Sistine Chapel?
When the chapel was restored in 1990 the biggest donors to the project (donating a whopping $4.2 million) were a Japanese television network. In return, they received exclusive rights to photograph and film inside and quickly banned any professional photographers from taking pictures. Although they didn't mind if tourists took photos, the Vatican guards decided to enforce the rule on everyone because it was impractical to differentiate between a normal visitor and who was a professional photographer. The Japanese network's exclusive contract has expired now but the rule persists. If you try to take any images in the Chapel Vatican, security is authorized to make you delete them.
Can I check my bag in at the Vatican?
Unfortunatley the Vatican cloakroom is closed after-hours - and this tour takes place after closing time. You may bring a small bag or backpack, but any large bags or objects will not be allowed.

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