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Meet your guide and small group near the Vatican, then skip the long line and enter the Vatican Museums. Pass through security and don headsets so you can clearly hear your art historian guide: you’ll likely be among the first visitors to the building.

See highlights of the museum’s art treasures, including the rich collection of Roman sculptures, the Gallery of Maps, and the Gallery of Tapestries. Then enjoy Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel before the crowds really appear.

Your tour ends with skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica through a special entrance reserved exclusively for official guides and their groups.

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Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica
Roman Forum
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Overview

With over six million visitors per year—and some 30,000 visitors per DAY during high season—the Vatican Museums can get busy. Escape the worst of the crowds on this early-morning Vatican tour which gives you skip-the-line access before most have even finished breakfast. With a professional art historian as your guide, discover the Vatican’s world-class art in a quieter and more focused way.

Highlights
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry and be one of the first inside the Vatican Museums
  • Learn about Renaissance art from your art historian guide—without the crowds
  • See the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Enjoy an intimate experience in a group of no more than 15 people
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Early morning tour with Alessandra

We did the Early Morging Tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sixtine Chapel. Alessandra of Maya Tours was our guide. The tour was supposed to take 2 1/2 hours. Finally it turned out that Alessandra neary did 4 hours. She has an excellent knowledge...More

Thank Jawawalky
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Vatican Tour

I went Vatican City with My family. which was an extraordinary experience. And on the way we meet one person Nearly vatican entrance, We were welcome and warm smile by him. and he explained about the Vatican City Tours. We took an tour. It’s really...More

1  Thank RianMattahu
Mayatoursroma, Customer Care at Maya Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

Dear RianMattahu, We are more than grateful that you took the time to write this review. We value our customer satisfaction as top priority. We're sure to pass on your praise to our team as well! We'd love to welcome you back soon! All our...More

Reviewed 7 May 2018
Excellent Guided Tour

I was trying to buy the tickets online, but I thought I would get a ticket when I visit the Vatican City. And, Guess! What I saw!! There is a Huge Queue where peoples are roaming there to sell tickets. They seem to look like...More

1  Thank Mark H
Reviewed 21 March 2018
To maximise the experience, get a guide.

Led by Debra, she amused us, informed us, didn't lose any of us, and made the visit so much more memorable for us. Definitely worth paying the extra for a guide - ours was brilliant!

Thank Alastair N
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile
Very Nice

Amazing tour, very nice guide - Ribal.He made history alive for us and explains all ,that you need to know for all the places in the vatican.

Thank Ivaylo K
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