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

Highlights
  • 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
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel
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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St. Peter’s and Sistine Chapel
From US$113.94
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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Reviewed yesterday
Disinterested tour guide but amazing location

Well organised trip, seeing the vatican in relatively quiet surroundings was good. However the guide we had was disinterested and unhelpful and although this did not wreck the tour - it was disappointing. The location is amazing and it is worth it - having spent...More

1  Thank mr m
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear mr m, We very much appreciate your feedback and would like to thank you for reaching out. While we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our itinerary, we are disappointed to read your comments about the guide. We always strive to provide the...More

Reviewed yesterday
Not worth the money - take another tour

We booked the Semi-Private Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Dark Rome (City Wonders) and it was expensive and very disapointing. The guides' speach was too "professoral" .. my impression was that we got a lecture. I and other members of...More

2  Thank Den267
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Den267, First of all, allow me to thank you for taking the time to write this review and bringing your concerns to our attention. It is true that we are one of the only 3 tour operators that have an Official Partnership with the...More

Reviewed 2 days ago
Good tour!

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave a lot of descriptions about the Vatican museum and the Sistine Chapel. It was incredibly interesting to hear stories and more information on the art and history while there. The early access was true enough for us,...More

1  Thank saaaaamg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Crowded and rushed

Don't let the early start and the blurb fill you into expecting peace and quiet while you browse the glories of the Vatican. From the entrance onwards, it was as crowded as a busy airport, and there is little chance to stop and appreciate the...More

1  Thank AdrianG357
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear AdrianG357, We very much appreciate your feedback and would like to thank you for reaching out. Please note that during high season, the Vatican welcomes high volumes of visitors and the museum is often crowded. Our guides do their best to provide an exceptional...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Was it worth the money?...hard to say

Let’s just say things didn’t start off well with this tour. We began originally showing up one day early, but at least we knew exactly where to go the next day. When we did finally get there for the right day we were about 20...More

1  Thank Cindy L
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Cindy L, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I sincerely apologize for your experience on the Vatican tour. As we are approaching peak season, the Vatican has been experiencing a high volume of visitors. Our guides try their best to...More

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