Private Tour: Vatican With Early Entrance - Vatican City

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This 3 hour private tour allows you the exclusive opportunity to visit the Vatican before entry to the general public accompanied by an expert private guide. You will visit the highlights of the Vatican Museums before the daily crowds, as well as the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. The ultimate way to visit the Vatican


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

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You will meet your private guide bright and early at 7:30am outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums. From the moment you meet your guide will begin to explain to you the complex and fascinating history of the world's smallest state, the Vatican. You will enter one hour ahead of opening to the general public. Once inside you will enjoy your guide's expertise as they guide you seamlessly through the Vatican's wealth of art. Your next stop will be in the stunning Sistine Chapel. Designed by Michelangelo your guide will explain to you the deep meaning behind the painting and the secret of how it was constructed. From here you will access St. Peter's Basilica through a reserved skip-the-line passageway. Within the Basilica your guide will give further details about this structure, leading to the tour's conclusion.

Inclusions for Private Tour: Vatican With Early Entrance

  • Entrance fees (Vatican early entrance)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour

Exclusions for Private Tour: Vatican With Early Entrance

  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

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 a longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.

A moderate amount of walking is involved, not recommended for customers with limited mobility.

Not wheelchair accessible

Personal photography is allowed during this tour, except in the Sistine Chapel

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

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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10 Traveler Reviews

  • Valentina made our private tour wonderful from start to finish! She was knowledgeable, friendly, informative, and patient with us. She greeted us warmly even though we were 20 minutes late darn GPS and still found ways to help us get around the lines that we would have missed had we been on time. It seemed that one or another member of our family of five was always straggling off or behind, standing in awe in front of some amazing painting or sculpture and she never scolded us. The history! The antiquity! If you have the option, I definitely recommend going 'private tour.'

  • Excellent experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. We learned much about the art and artists as well world history. The pace was perfect and our guide was delightful. She also gave us a great restaurant recommendation for our last night in Rome. Nancy and Tom, San Francisco, CA

  • This was my favorite tour in all of Italy. Our tour guide was AMAZING and catered to what we were interested in... giving us more time if we wanted it and less if it was something we weren't terribly interested in. She was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about everything!! It was money well spent for our family. We didn't mind having to get there a bit early, since we didn't want to be rushed through the Vatican. I definitely recommend this if you have a family of 4-6 people!

  • My family and I love this tour. Although you do have to get up a bit early and there are so many groups in the area that it was a bit difficult to find our guide, it was well worth every penny. Because we were able to skip the line and had early entrance we were able to enjoy many sights without feeling crushed by the crowds. Our guide let us choose which part of the gallery we wanted to see before moving on to the Sistine Chapel and St. Peters. The art was overwhelming and spectacular and our guides knowledge of the works seemed to be endless. We were able to spend as much time as we wanted in the Chapel before heading over to St. Peters. We were amazed again by the knowledge of our guide and the sheer size of the church. Exploring the Vatican really needs to be its own vacation!

  • This tour was amazing!

  • Our guide was very good. An art history major who spoke excellent English, she provided interesting and amusing insights about the history and the art of the Vatican

  • Explanations of the art, the processes of producing it, the politics and the church hard to separate them were very well done. View from top of St. Peters' is amazing and worth the hike.

  • Arienna our tourguide was excellent

  • Early entrance Vatican tour was a great experience! Our tour guide Lisa was wonderful and informative. We were able to spend significant time in the Sistine Chapel without crowds marveling at Michelangelo's work. Lisa was helpful in guiding us to some of the more usually crowded artworks and then gave us a wonderful overview to see the rest of the artworks at our leisure.

  • Amazing tour and worth every penny. To sit for a moment in the Sistine Chapel and not be rushed through was a real treat. Our guide Alessandra was so SMART and attentive to our questions. We highly recommend you do this tour! Beyond words how great it was ...

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