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Early Morning Vatican Small-Group Tour

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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.
  • 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
What to Expect
Meet your guide and small group near the Vatican, then skip the long line and be among the first visitors to enter the Vatican Museums. Pass through security and don headsets so you can clearly hear your art historian guide. 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Early Access, Skip-the-line admission and entrance to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Live tour commentary via audio headset
  • Fully licensed tour guide
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult and must be in possession of a valid personal ID Card
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • There will be an airport-style security check before you enter St. Peter's Basilica; please leave liquids and sharp items at home
  • It is not permitted to bring medium or large luggage, umbrellas or sticks (apart from those used for walking): it is advisable to bring small bags and rucksacks if needed; these items can also be left in the checkroom of the Vatican for free
  • It is forbidden to bring any type of firearm or dangerous items into the Vatican Museums
  • It is not possible to bring alcoholic beverages; it is also forbidden to eat or drink inside the halls of the museums.
  • SKIP THE LINE policy: Please be aware that entering the Vatican Museums means leaving Rome and going to a different State. During high seasons the Vatican welcomes more than 30.000 visitors per day! "Skipping the lines" means that we pay an additional reservation fee on top of the ticket price and prebook a privileged entrance for our groups; we always enter before the non-reservation line. We do not have any control of how the Vatican is organised therefore it is out of our hands if there is an unexpected wait
  • Please also understand that the radio headsets are property of the Vatican. We are obligated to exclusively rent from them so we don't have any quality control over them. Therefore, if your headset doesn't have quality sound, please let us know and we will take care of providing a replacement
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Entry is free for World Tourism Day (September 27). The rates provided already reflect this discount.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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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I don’t usually write reviews due to time but having done loads of time this was definitely the best I have ever done. Eugene the guide had an unbelievable love of art and opened my eyes to lots of things I didn’t know before. He had a passion that was emotive, really excellent!
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Gabrielle, was the tour guide for our Vatican city trip! We truly skipped any line and he knew everything there was to know about the Vatican. He is very fast paced so make sure you have good shoes on, and are a quick walker. He is very friendly and great at keeping the group
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My husband and I were on the early morning Vatican tour and it was fantastic! Gabriel, our tour guide was a huge part of that experience. He was very knowledgeable, attentive, and simply wonderful. He’s the kind of guy that you would invite to your house for dinner. Top tier
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Would thoroughly recommend Maya Tours first of all, they were super organised and very helpful. They were not overly focused on trying to sell to us and instead understood what were looking for and offered us a great opportunity having only booked skip the line tickets. We
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Alma was phenomenal. She was very knowledgeable. Excellent tour guide I highly recommend this tour group
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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