Early Access Vatican Tour

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma RM
  • Return Details :
    Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


No need to wait in lines everywhere you go in The vatican city as here is the perfect 3-hour Early Access Vatican tour 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 even before the opening to the public and get to visit the highlights of the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel before enjoying privileged, skip-the-line entrance to St Peter's Basilica.

Vatican city is jam-packed with an overwhelming number of mind-blowing works of art and your guide will ensure you don't miss any of the must-sees! Enjoy the luxury of being inside with a limited number of people, thanks to the special Early Access Vatican Tour.


  • All entrance fees included.
  • Informative, friendly, and professional guide.
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience.

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Here are the attractions you will visit after taking the Early Access Vatican Tour -

Stop At: Vatican museums, Vatican city, Lazio

You will visit the Vatican museums and Upper Galleries, including one of the Maps, Tapestries, and Candelabra. The galleries are connecting the north section of the Vatican palace with the Sistine chapel and the Basilica of St. Peters. The spectacular painted rooms have many Roman statues discovered during the excavations.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Vatican city, Vatican city, Lazio

You will then go to Raphael Rooms that are part of the apartment of Pope Julius II. This is the place that houses the masterpiece 'The School of Athens'.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vatican museums, Vatican city, Lazio

Borgia Rooms is the apartment that was painted by Pinturicchio and his school and it was commissioned by the Spanish Pope Alexander VI Borgia. It is inside the oldest section of the Apostolic palace where the main rooms of it preserve the artworks from modern and contemporary art.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Vatican museums, Vatican City, Lazio

Modern art and contemporary galleries were created thanks to the several donations in honor of Pope Paul VI from the United States and other countries. It is a great place for art lovers.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio

You will love Michelangelo's Sistine chapel, with the Frescoes painted in the 1500s for the Pope Julius II and Paul III, as it is the highlight of this Early Access Vatican Tour.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio

One of the largest churches in the world, The St. Peter's Basilica is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture. Your professional guide will make sure that you are understanding all the aspects of this grand structure.

Duration: 30 minutes


Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Guaranteed to skip the long lines

Professional guide for 3 hours

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Vatican City

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Guaranteed to skip the lines



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Tips for the Guide

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.

Not wheelchair accessible.

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.

For booking with kids, kindly bring with you a copy of the ID or passport otherwise the kid tickets cannot be provided and the new ticket should be paid directly on site.

This group is up to 22 travelers or less.

Please note: if you arrive late you might not get an entry. 

A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 years old as a proof of their age.

Near public transportation.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level and no heart problems or other serious medical conditions

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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  • 10-Jan-2020

    Informative and covered all of the most important museums / rooms.
    Easy meeting point.
    Guide was informative and explained important highlights with sufficient detail.
    Told your starts at 7:30 but had to wait outside till 8. Was freezing cold.

  • 06-Nov-2019

    Really enjoyed this tour. The host Giulio was energetic, enthusiastic and came away with so many facts - I felt like I could tour others! Thanks so much.

  • 18-Oct-2019

    Amazing place--bucket list sights...must see. Tour tickets state 7:30am; we met tour guide at 7:15am and stood in line until 8am before going through security check. Guide spent a lot of time talking about Roman/Vatican history...which was great, but we thought we'd be in at 7:30. Be prepared to wait. The tour itself seems VERY LONG...3 hours on your feet. The guide was a charming and highly educated lady. She spoke in deep detail about everything we saw. Although she is a true professional I personally believe the tour should be 45 minutes shorter (and I'm a history buff). It is surprising how many people are inside at this hour of the morning. It is not until you exit into St. Peter's Square and see the LONG, LONG lines that you realize this tour option was the best choice.

  • 16-Oct-2019

    Our tour guide was wonderful. She crafted a very meaningful and natural narrative as we walked from place to place. The Vatican can easily be overwhelming, so this tour is a perfect introduction to whet the taste buds for future trips. Plus, you see the iconic Vatican stops on this tour. For the casual museum goer, this tour is perfect.

  • 09-Oct-2019

    By far the best time to visit the Vatican museums and Sistine chapel is before the crowds are let in. You don't get exclusive entry since there are other groups with early entry, but a lot less groups than throughout the day. Since you meet at 7:30 am, you get into the queue quite handy for the 8:00 am opening. Julio (hope the spelling is correct) our guide, was amazing!! He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the museums, his Italian history and the Sistine chapel. This was great for a person like me with very little historical knowledge! I came away enlightened and amazed at the sights I saw in the 2 hour tour. St Peters was a different story, very very busy, but again out host made light of the crowds and we had a great 1 hour tour. The tour was very well organised and the guide was terrific! Also, don;t be fooled October is still very busy in Rome!!!

  • 30-Sep-2019

    I didn't want to give this 4 stars , but it was closer to 5 in my mind. The guide Julius , not sure of his spelling, gave his all and had a driving passion for this tour. My headset kept craping.out and it was the second one that I tried. When we saw the lines at the end that we avoided , we were grateful for taking this tour. It was also a bit strenuous for us over 75 folks. A lot of steps And uphill walks. It should have been pointed out to us. Not sorry, we needed to see this, last time in Rome we missed it.

  • 04-Sep-2019

    Even though it was early access, there were so many groups that had early access, but it was worth it because we didn't wait long. We were among the first of the groups to go in. Our tour guide was fantastic. She kept us all interested and she was very knowledgeable. One of the best tours on our trip.

  • 15-Jul-2019

    Vital Vatican Visit

    After some slight confusion in finding our tour, Chiara met us and guided us throughout the Vatican Museum, the incredible Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. She thoroughly explained with great knowledge the ceiling and The Last Judgement prior to our entering the buildings. What a wise use of time. Her gentle, intelligent manner added to a once in a lifetime experience for us, and we are so grateful for this spectacular experience.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    My 12 year old son and I took the early entrance tour. It was fantastic and our guide was amazing. She was very knowledgeable and made the visit exciting for my son. We both learned so many interesting facts and it was obvious our guide loved her work.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Great tour from the beginning till the end! Enjoyed every minute of it! Especially our tour leader Myriam Tranquilli was fantastic, very knowledgeable and kept the tour lively.

    Also, early access to the Vatican is undoubtedly worth it to enjoy it without many people.

    Surely recommend this tour to anyone!

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