Early Access Vatican Tour - Rome

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This 3 hour tour is perfect for those who wish to visit the Vatican as part of a friendly small group, away from the daily crowds. With your expert guide, you will enter the museums before the opening to the general public and visit the highlights of the Vatican museums and the Sistine chapel before enjoying priviliged, skip-the-line entrance to St Peter's Basilica. The Vatican City is jam-packed with an overwhelming number of mind-blowing works of art. Your guide will ensure you don't miss any of the must-sees! The whole group will marvel at Michelangelo's world-renowned Sistine Chapel, enjoying the luxury of being inside with a limited number of people thanks to the special early entrance. Your tour will end in the awe-inspiring St Peter's Basilica, where you can remain after the tour to fully appreciate the beauty of this sacred site.

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  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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You will meet with your guide and the rest of your group (maximum 26 people) near to the entrance to the Vatican museums, where you will be issued with headsets to ensure you can better hear your guide during the tour. The group will then enter Vatican City, bypassing the ticket line of those already waiting to enter the museums at 9am when the doors open to the general public! Your group will be guided through the many stunning galleries, making stops at all the must-see works of art. The whole group will be captivated by the rich history of the art-work and the Vatican itself, reccounted by your expert guide in a way that is engaging and relatable for every participant. After you have explored the Vatican galleries you will enter the 'piece de resistance' of the museums- Michelangelo's breath-taking Sistine Chapel. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, with the help of your guide you will be able to fully appreciate the incredible genius of Michelangelo. Finally, your group will be accompanied from the Sistine chapel by your guide through a special, reserved passageway, skipping the line to St Peter's Basilica. Your tour will finish here, so you can spend as long as you wish in the basilica and St Peter's square. Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to beat the crowds at the Vatican museums!
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Inclusions for Early Access Vatican Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small-group tour
  • Professional guide
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Exclusions for Early Access Vatican Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

St Peter's Basilica is a church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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26 reviews by the users

  • Manuela was wonderful! Very knowledgeable about the history, the art and the religious elements of the the Vatican. SO worth entering 1 hour earlier than the crowds, really made the visit more enjoyable

  • Long, but AMAZING! A few of us had headset/earphone issues, but once resolved we really enjoyed the tour! We could tell that our guide really loved hey job - she was very knowledgeable and so passionate about everything she was telling us!

  • Our tour guide was full of enthusiasm and energy and her knowledge and love of the art made all the difference to our visit.

  • The tour was scheduled was just the right time,before the crowd. The location to meet was easy to find. The guide sorry I forgot here name was great! told us some great facts before going on the tour. Our guide also took great concern that everyone in the group was accounted for. I would strongly recommend this tour.

  • Definitely worth waking up early for! A nice overview of the Vatican Museums, especially the Sistine Chapel which we were given pictures of to reference before/after our viewing, as no pictures were allowed, and St. Peter's Basilica. Our tour guide, Matteo, was professional, spoke excellent English, and had a clear appreciation of the history he expertly conveyed to us. The tour meets earlier that the museums will open, so be prepared to stand outside for a bit on line, but know that as soon as they open you are first in. People not on tours and hoping to secure tickets the day-of have many more hours to wait than you will if you are smart and book this tour!

  • It was very hard for us to find our tour guide at the specified meeting location. Three people pointed us in the wrong direction before we happened to run into the right group by chance. Also, our tour guide was very hard to understand. She spoke English, but with a very thick accent. The in-ear radios we were given to help us hear the guide also didn't work correctly. There were times we were unable to hear the guide at all.

  • HIGHLY recommend this tour. By the time we came out of St. Peter's basilica there were no less than a thousand people waiting in line to get in. When we started the Vatican tour we were in the first 100 people. It's still crowded, but with a tour guide and headphones it works really well. I honestly don't know how you could do it on your own.

  • This was our second time through the Vatican this trip. This tour was to be early tour 7:30 AM Monday, but due to some communications issues with the tour contractor, we didn't enter the Vatican Museum until after 8:30 AM. We stood outside the Museum in the lines for an hour.

    Once inside, we then spent an additional 15 minutes getting headsets and tickets which with our previous tour were given to us before entering. During the entire tour the guide spent much of her time on the phone working out issues with other guides. No viable explanation was given.

    Having been through the museum on Friday, we were able to compare the guides. Our Monday guide was superficial at best and constantly distracted by issues ?. We didn't do most of the floors in the Museum that we had the previous Friday and those things we saw there was little detail given compared with our previous outing. We expected less in the Museum since this tour included St. Peter's, but not this much less.

    The Sistine chapel isn't guided, so being there again was great. St. Peter's Basilica was included and it is worth whatever to see. The guide was more helpful there and provided a bit more than in than earlier.

  • Mateo, our guide, was knowledgable and pleasant. He was patient and explained what we were seeing clearly and in a passionate way. It is worth it to get up early to miss the crowds. We booked the early Vatican Tour on our first morning. It forced us to acclimate to the large time change early in our trip. The meeting place is easy to find, right outside a good place to get an expresso and croissant before you go into the vatican. Our guide used the wait time to get in and get tickets to explain some practical items and the history of the Vatican. He was well versed in the sights of the Vatican while taking the time to explain some of the unique items we were looking at. Highly recommend this early morning tour.

  • I would highly recommend the extra expense of pass the lines and early entry. It was amazing. Not too many people and was able to navigate with no pushing and shoving. The guide you get is highly knowledgeable and it made it a wonderful experience. It was a little fast but overall a great experience.

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USD 53.22