Private tour

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

Rome: Vatican After Hours Private Tour

From US$ 228.20 per person

Skip the long lines and enjoy exclusive after hours entrance to the Vatican, and tour the museums and Sistine Chapel like a VIP. The 3-hour tour will get you access to one of the greatest art collections in the world after all the crowds have left.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Skip the long lines to the Vatican Museums
  • Explore the galleries after the crowds have departed
  • Walk through the Pinecone Courtyard and Garden Terrace
  • Go to the Octagonal Courtyard and Belvedere Palace
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel unhindered
  • Marvel at St. Peter's Basilica in the soft evening light
  • See one of the greatest art collections in the world
Full description
Enjoy an exclusive night tour of the Vatican and see one of the richest collections of art in the world without the daytime crowds or Midday heat. Learn about its masterpieces in a quiet, stress-free environment. Included are highlights of the papal palaces, from the Greek statues of the Lacoon to the magnificent Raphael Rooms. Experience a peaceful and much calmer Sistine Chapel. The tour concludes with a stroll to St. Peter’s Square, where you will get an orientation tour of the Basilica, and enjoy the rare sight of the square devoid of people. Availability is limited, and tours take place just once a week, departing each Friday at 19:30, so make sure to book early.
  • Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums
  • All reservation and administration fees
  • Food and drink

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Cafè Vaticano, Viale Vaticano 100, across the street from the Vatican Museum entrance. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to tour commencement

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  • Tours cancelled 4 days before scheduled date will receive a refund of 50%. Tours cancelled 72 hours or less from scheduled tour date are non-refundable. No-shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and non-refundable
  • Please note that availability of this tour may vary depending on the Museum’s availability. The calendar corresponds with the one given directly by the authorities of the Vatican in regards to this special event. Therefore it might not be available every Friday for every month
  • Dress code: please ensure knees and shoulders remain covered throughout the tour
Customer reviews

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5 /5

based on 5 reviews

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Our guide, Giovanni, was incredible. He was so knowledgeable about the history of the Vatican and was charismatic to boot. The only minor issue we had was that with a tour like this, there wasn’t a lot of time to truly soak in what we were seeing. The Vatican is huge and Giovanni did an amazing job keeping us moving to cover as much of it as possible, but that meant passing over so much art and history. However, I cannot fault him or the tour for that; we could probably spend a week inside the Vatican and still not have seen everything there is to see. Overall, a great experience. Especially since it was a private and late night tour that allowed us to be away from the majority of the crowd. It was busy enough even at that time; I can’t imagine what the day time is like.

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August 17, 2022

A super positive experience, highly recommended !!!

10 points. He already knew the Vatican but Pamen's guide added a very important plus, very attractive, he took the time to explain absolutely everything to us. All the information he gave us added a lot to us and gave life to each painting, object, tapestry on display. Having the experience of visiting the Vatican on a personalized tour is invaluable. We are very satisfied, and we will recommend the site without a doubt, especially to Pamen. Thank you very much for all of you, we hope to meet you again. Love from Argentina, Sandra and Analía.

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July 17, 2017


Excellent guide who responded to individual needs. It was a great experience

June 10, 2014

Product ID: 36502