Waking Up The Vatican: VIP Small Group Tour Before Museums Opening - Rome

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Departure Time :
    6am Monday to Saturday
  • Departure Details :
    Rome central
  • Return Details :
    Pinecone Courtyard inside the Vatican Museums


Discover the treasures of the Vatican with our new special access, VIP tour, that offers the privilege to literally open the doors of the Vatican Museums and step inside with the keyholder himself, while you participate to the opening of the doors that lead into the magnificent rooms and galleries of the museums.


  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or less
  • Guided visit in the Sistine Chapel before it has been opened to the public
  • Entrance ticket to the Vatican Museums before they have been opened to the public
  • Buffet breakfast


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off

Know More about this tour

Meet your small group limited to 20 people and your guide in central Rome.

The Clavigero carries nearly 3,000 keys to the Vatican Museums, and every morning opens the monumental Vatican doors. On this special VIP tour, head inside the rooms and galleries before the museum is even opened to the public, letting you avoid the crazy chaos of the crowds.

With a guide, follow a carefully planned route, visiting the most famous galleries and rooms, such as the Raphael Rooms, and seeing a variety of ancient sculptures, paintings, relics, and medieval maps. Your guide tells you the stories behind them and the Vatican itself.

Next, continue on to the world-famous Sistine Chapel to catch sight of Michelangelos masterpiece. Enter the chapel and have the rare chance to admire it with only a few other people.

End your experience at the Vatican Museums with a delicious breakfast in the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard. Enjoy a huge spread of hot and cold breakfast foods, meats, cheeses, pastries, and pancakes. Your breakfast at the Vatican is relaxed, giving you plenty of time to sit out on the courtyard patio.

Your VIP early-entry Vatican tour ends inside the Pinecone Courtyard, so you can spend additional time exploring further, if you'd like.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This service ends at around 08:30AM inside the Vatican Museums.

Due to heightened security measures, you may experience delays in clearing security checks when entering the venue.

Large purses, bags, and backpacks are not allowed inside the Vatican Museums.

It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 10 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

This tour involves a fair amount of walking and stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended.

This activity is not wheelchair accessible. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.

Entrance into the Vatican Museums requires a strict dress code. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.

Photography is permitted in certain sections of the Vatican Museums. Your guide will inform you of restricted areas.

Cancellation Policy

All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.