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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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  • 3 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


See the highlights of the world-famous Vatican Museums in one morning on this intimate, small-group Vatican walking tour! Starting early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds, you'll skip the line and head straight inside with your priority access ticket. Led by an expert Vatican guide, your comprehensive tour visits the sacred Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, St. Peter's Basilica and more!
Due to a new Vatican partnership, this tour provides VIP access through a reserved door, allowing you to skip all the lines – even the priority lines. Numbers are also limited to just 12 people on this unique Vatican tour, ensuring you'll see the very best of the Vatican Museums in a small-group atmosphere.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Small-group tour

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Lazio

Stroll through rooms like the Gallery of Maps, with its golden, vaulted ceiling; the Raphael Rooms, painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; and the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope’s home chapel, with Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. On your early-access tour, you’ll find the galleries to be considerably quieter than they would be later in the day.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Vatican City, Lazio

Meet and greet your guide opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries filled with classical and Renaissance masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes.
Walk inside through a reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines. Once inside, there are more than 2,000 rooms and nine miles of art, so follow along with your guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each piece. The small-group nature of your tour allows you to remain close to your guide at all times, but a headset is included to make sure you can always hear the commentary clearly.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Lazio

Finish with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church ever built and one of the holiest and most important sites in Christendom. Get an overview of its long history from your guide, and get an up-close look at the Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s earlier sculptures that depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.
Your tour ends inside the basilica. After you’ve finished exploring with your group, you can stay as long as you want on your own. It’s the perfect time to head down into the crypts or climb up to the top of St. Peter’s dome (own expense) for uninterrupted views of Rome.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Small group of 12 people max
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venues
  • Big bags are not allowed in the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4

Return Details

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

Image - 13 May 2019 -

Claire P

this was a great way to spend 3 hr in the Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica instead of spending 3 hrs waiting in line to get into the museums. plus we had an excellent guide who really knew what he was talking about. I guess it depends on if you have more money or more time. we were thrilled to bypass the lines and go in early.

Image - 08 May 2019 -

Takashi Y

The tour guide Francesca did a great job of navigating us through the crowded Vatican Museum. She was very intelligent and told us many interesting stories. It was third time for me to visit Vatican but I learned many new things.

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Stavrini C

Great tour guide Sofia. Was very professional, knowledgeable and pleasant presenting exactly the correct amount of information. We enjoyed our tour it was a great experience overall. I would definitely recommend it.

Image - 29 Apr 2019 -

Aninda A

We love this program and our tour guide Sev is passionate about what he does and all the art he described to us. He is knowledgeable and we had a wonderful time being in his group. Truly recommend this tour, especially with Sev.

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Sandra B

Excellent guide with superb knowledge of art. Regular line had 3+ hour wait. Small group was able to move efficiently and make great use of time.

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Rub the foot of St Peter


The opulence of the cathedral


Hall of tapestries


Sphere with a sphere, amazing to behold.


Museums are full of tourists, but don't let it put you off.


Waxed pope


Michelangelo's Pieta


St Peter's Basilica


St Peter's Basilica


Hall of Tapestries in the Vatican


Ceiling in Vatican




Sphere within a sphere by Cortile del Belvedere


Vatican gardens


Skipping the line into Vatican








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