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Early Access Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine & St. Peter’s - Group of 12 max

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See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, you'll skip the line and head straight inside with your priority access ticket. Led by an expert Vatican guide, your comprehensive tour visits the sacred Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica and more!

Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. Numbers are also limited to just 12 people on this unique Vatican tour, ensuring you'll see the very best of the Vatican Museums in a small-group atmosphere.
  • Gain entrance to the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public 
  • Avoid the long entrance lines, often in excess of three hours 
  • Enjoy the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms in relative tranquility
  • Have a personalized experience in a small group limited to 12 
  • Hear your guide's commentary loud and clear with provided headsets 
  • Spend unlimited time exploring St. Peter's Basilica
What to Expect
This Vatican Museums tour begins at a designated meeting point near the Vatican in the early morning. Head straight inside the Vatican through a special entrance reserved especially for groups. In your small group, remain close to your guide at all times and explore some of the 2,000 rooms in relative tranquility. Admire the golden vaulted ceiling in the Gallery of Maps; stare at Michelangelo's world-famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel; and marvel at enormous frescos in the Raphael Rooms. After your tour of the Vatican Museums, head to St. Peter’s Basilica, and receive an overview of the church from your guide. Then, spend as long as you like exploring the church with relatively few crowds.
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Departure Point
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Small group of 12 people max
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venues
  • Big bags are not allowed in the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please be aware that due to the Basilica restrictions, tours at 2:30pm or later from April until October, the guided tour of the Basilica will be shorter & from November until March, there won’t be a guided tour inside the Basilica, due to Basilica’s restrictions.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I'm so happy I booked this tour! I was shocked at how many "early access" tours that were lining up when I arrived, but the company was well identified and very orderly in getting us organized. Even with the other groups all going in at...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Karychuk
Reviewed 2 days ago

This tour allows you to skip the very long lines that form early in the morning at the Vatican and clear security very quickly. After reading tons of tour reviews, I booked the 8:15 start time to avoid running into the peak crowds inside the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Natalie P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Vatican tour was amazing, no long queues, met our guide outside and led straight in to the museum past the very long line of people waiting. Our tour guide, Sabina, was a delight and very informative with a great personality. The Musuem, Sistine Chapel...More

Thank paulmV3123BX
Reviewed 4 days ago

Incredible visit to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter's & the sistine chapel. Our guide was very knowledgable and pointed out many details that we wouldn't have seen otherwise, and that broadened our view of the period and of Michelangelo. The only drawback were the crowds,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Beth C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our guide was Patrick. C. He was very friendly and nice and the tour extremely helpful We skipped every line and visited Vatican's greatest attractions. I strongly recommend taking a guide and if you visit Rome buying tickets in advance is a must! You don't...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from K6489XVkarenw | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does. There are many different languages available. I booked via Viator and they used many languages. Enjou
25 April 2019|
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Response from Daydream632215 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it did and the early morning one is better
10 April 2019|
Response from frasedbv | Reviewed this property |
Hello, It is on Wednesday that the Pope gives an audience, that is why the Basilica is restricted. I would suggest you contact the people you booked the tour with and change to alternative day It is an incredible place but... More
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