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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s & Sistine Chapel

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  • 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
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Overview
Nobody wants to spend their vacation waiting in line or jostling crowds. Be the first of thousands to visit the Vatican on this early access tour, which allows you to enter the Vatican Museums an hour before they’re open to the public. A small group limited to 12 allows you to enjoy the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms without the annoyance of crowds, and headsets mean you can hear your guide clearly at all times. Skip lines often in excess of three hours, and stay inside St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you wish once the tour concludes.
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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All reviews city wonders sistine chapel early morning wake up call key elements skip the line spend the extra money meeting point wall to wall map room background information tour ended works of art awesome experience well worth the money excellent guide wonderful tour take pictures
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our guide Flaminia was superb! She was very experienced and knowledgeable and made the tour interesting. She had passion that added feeling to this tour. The sites are what you would expect, just incredible. I would highly recommend this tour!!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Henry A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent an amazing 3 hours with our guide Christian Savona this morning in the Vatican. His knowledge of the area was incredible - the highlight of the tour was a half hour detailed explanation of the history of the painting of the Sistine Chapel...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Jessalyn H
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Sistine Chapel is stunning and worth hours -- but what about the floor? We got in just after 7 AM before almost all of the people. We could see the stunning floor. (Once the chapel fills with people the floor is invisible). The stonework...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BartSFCA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did the earlier than skip the line vatican/St. Peter's/Sistine chapel tour with Cristina T. Critor. Our guide was excellent- very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of Vatican and the art. Highly recommend. Vatican was mind blowing! Sistine chapel was the most amazing, too...More

Thank subinyum
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We value our time-so it was great to find a package that got us in the door quickly (even going thru security). We had a great tour guide-Margarita who is an art historian and a native Roman. She was like a mother hen with the...More

Date of experience: May 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
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Yes it did and the early morning one is better
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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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