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

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

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

Inclusions
  • 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

Exclusions
  • 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
  • Please be aware that due to the Basilica restrictions, tours at 2:30pm or later from April until October, the guided tour of the Basilica will be shorter & from November until March, there won’t be a guided tour inside the Basilica, due to Basilica’s restrictions.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Departure Point

Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy


Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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ndbeser

The Vatican is the center of so much art and history. We wanted to see it with an expert guide. Our guide is an art historian (Guido Girolami) who met us outside the Vatican museum. He had a one way radio, (we can hear him). He took us through almost every room, giving us a running commentary the entire time. He prepped us for the Sistine Chapel, giving us a card description since no talking or photos were allowed. Thank you for an amazing experience.

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David H

Great way to see the Vatican and avoid the crush The Skip the line queue was over an hour long when we arrived just after 8am so if you don't like queuing and want to avoid the crush you need faster than skip the line. We got a lot more out of the experience by going with an experienced guide and tour company

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DAVID M

Once you walk past the "skip the line" line which was a mile long and then the regular line which was 3 miles long its obvious this is worth every penny. Getting into the grounds early is also key as it still fills up and gets crowded really fast. After that great trip and great experience.

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Juliet G

No time wasted and no question asked was too much lovely tour guide the tour was 3.5 hours through the Sistine chapel and St. Peter’s basilica. Excellent tour would highly recommend

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shore1609

Our guide was experienced and engaging. She navigated a crowded Sistene Chapel and Vatican with great fitness all the while imparting her knowledge and love of the place.

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Rub the foot of St Peter

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The opulence of the cathedral

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Hall of tapestries

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Sphere with a sphere, amazing to behold.

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

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Waxed pope

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Michelangelo's Pieta

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St Peter's Basilica

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St Peter's Basilica

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Hall of Tapestries in the Vatican

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Ceiling in Vatican

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Vatican

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Sphere within a sphere by Cortile del Belvedere

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Vatican gardens

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Skipping the line into Vatican

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