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

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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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8:10am DepartureMost Popular
Vatican Museums Small-Group. Tour departs at 8:10am (Meet strictly at 7:55am)
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Vatican Museums Small-Group. Tour departs at 10:25am (Meet strictly at 10:05am)
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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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Reviews (2,570)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Maria Teresa was a great guide

The tour was informational and the history refresher from Maria Teresa our tour guide along the way was very good. A little expensive but getting there before the crowds, was nice.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank saffron400
Reviewed 20 October 2018
Wonderful Tour, Great Guide

This tour was excellent, and made so by our guide, Christian Mineo Savona. He was very knowledgeable and shared his enthusiasm and passion for this venue with us. He answered questions, and there was no sense of being rushed through the venue. Christian has an...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Ron S
Reviewed 19 October 2018
Informative tour.

We took this tour on 10/13 with Maryia as our guide. It was very informative and she was great. She routinely pointed out things of interest that I know we would not have noticed on our own. The pace seemed to be ok for both...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TerriB8785
Reviewed 17 October 2018
Good guide, Good tour but still not early enough

You definitely need to purchase tickets beforehand and if you don't want to spend the entire day roaming around in the huge museum not knowing exactly what to see (I know everything is beautiful - but it would not even be done in a day...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank traveling2521
Reviewed 9 October 2018
Vatican Experience

With 30,000 visitors a day and a line up that goes on for hours I would suggest strongly that you take an early access tour. I didn’t know much of the history of these sites so it was a wonderful educational experience as with having...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank aussietravelers1
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Yes, it includes an excellent tour around St. Peter’s Basilica.
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Response from Mark L | Reviewed this property |
It’s a good two hours almost three. It’s early so you have a lot of time after to explore
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