Private Early Bird Vatican And St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off - Rome

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Departure time for Early Bird PRIME Version , All year round 7:20AM at your hotel/accommodation , , Departure time for Early Bird BASIC Version , All year round 7:50AM at your hotel/accommodatio.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Centrally located hotels in Rome (within Aurelian Walls)
    PRIME Version at 7:20AM
    STANDARD Version at 8:10AM
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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.


In a nutshell:The Earliest Vatican Tour with Special Priority Access to beat the early bird crowd!
Are you planning your once in a life time Vatican experience? This is hands down the Best vatican Tour!
Dont miss your opportunityto enter the Vatican museums withno waiting time at all. Secure your access almost one and a half hours prior to the official Vatican opening, skipping any possible line with our Prime entrance, available only through 7 tour operators in the world and the only true skip the line ticket for your early morning Vatican Experience.
With our Prime Tour, we get you inside the Museums before the regular Early Morning crowds, bypassing those already waiting in line for the Vatican doors to open.


Hotel pickup included

Skip the line

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican city, Lazio

With our Prime Tour, we get you inside the Museums before the regular Early Morning crowds, bypassing those already waiting in line for the Vatican doors to open - You'll really feel like the Popes Special Guest as you stroll right past everyone who has a Standard Early Morning Vatican Tour.
Watch the Vatican museum Galleries slowly come to life before their day starts.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Cortile della Pigna, Vatican city, Lazio

The Courtyard of the Pigna, created from the 16th century area of the Belvedere

Pass By: Stanze di Raffaello, Vatican city, Lazio

The Raphael Rooms, where you will admire Raphael's most famous frescoes and learn about his rivalry with Michelangelo.

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

Enjoy the breathtaking Saint Peter's Basilica, shrine of Christianity and Art. You will marvel at the Priceless Piet, by Michelangelo, and stop by the venerable tomb of Saint John Paul II & Pope Karol Wojtyla.
The Piet (14981499) is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: St. peter's square (Piazza san pietro), Vatican City, Lazio

This monumental elliptical space, enclosed by 284 Doric columns four rows deep (196m wide and 148m long), is the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who laid it out during the pontificates of Alexander VII and of Clement IX.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio

The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and for being decorated with one of the most famous and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Eyes of Rome, Rome, Lazio

Private Tours, Via Germanico 101


Meet and greet service at your hotel/accommodation

Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide

Hotel pickup and drop off via Uber/Taxi (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)

Priority Access (before the regular Early Morning Crowd - if Prime Option selected)

Private walking tour

Raphael Rooms (if Prime option selected)

Sistine Chapel

St. Peter's Basilica with direct access

Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica

Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel


Food and drinks

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

A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended

Wheelchair partly accessible: the tour is only available if the person in the wheelchair can do 6 flights of stairs without the wheelchair.

Please advise if anyone in your group has mobility issues

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Feb-2020

    Absolutely fantastic. No disappointment! The pick up from the hotel made the earlier start much easier. And as promissed there was no queue. Maria was excellent ! Extremely knowledgeable and passionate. The three hours and a half went very quickly .

  • 13-Jan-2020

    We were so happy we booked this tour! Our tour guide was excellent! I am bad with names, I think it was Alicia. We did not have to wait in the lines, which is wonderful when you only have a day to tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable, we went away very impressed. She also went out of her way to help us get to our next tour. Well worth the money.

  • 02-Jan-2020

    Fabulous experience. Worth the money. Hotel pick up/ drop off very convenient. Guide was very knowledgeable and made the experience more memorable.

  • 11-Dec-2019

    Our guide Azzura was very knowledgeable and inserted history at appropriate moments. She was able to answer all our questions. Never felt rushed. Spent a lot of time in the rooms of Raffaello and. The Sistine Chapel. We have had many tours before, but this was superb. Very expensive but worth every penny. Next time in Rome, which is at least annually, we will seek out Azzura, and do the tour again. In fact, any tour that she does. Each tour guide by Viator has been exceptional. Excellent organization. Bravo!

  • 10-Dec-2019

    We had a wonderful time. best time to go. it was nice to be able to walk through the museum and not have any crowds. our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable

  • 25-Nov-2019

    This was a private tour of the entire Vatican complex, to include the Sistine Chapel and museum. Our tour guide, Alisa, was exceptional in her knowledge of the entire complex, the statues, paintings, tapestries and the overall history of the Vatican. She had excellent tablet pictures which enhanced her descriptions of what we were seeing in real time. Her command of the English language made the explanations more informative. Her personality blended well with our's and this made our hours with her very enjoyable. She is a wonderful representative for Viator and should be recognized for her expertise. She is a valuable asset to the tour industry.

  • 20-Nov-2019

    Our guide was very knowledgable and personable and of course the subject matter was fantastic and covered well. we were 4 couples over the aage of 76 and the pace was suited to our age. we recommend it to everyone

  • 04-Nov-2019

    Maria Linda was prompt and very knowledgeable. She allow does extra time and we needed for a break. We didn't feel rushed.

  • 28-Oct-2019

    Our guide Jean Luc helped us understand the history behind all the rooms, halls and basilica. The early morning is perhaps the best time to tour.

  • 23-Oct-2019

    We had the best tour guide. I believe his name was Marcus, but he also goes by Moses. He only does this some of the time as he is an archiologost. I would reccomend him to everyone!!!

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