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

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Latium and Rome, 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

The Vatican Museums comprise one of the world's largest museum complexes, containing some 2,000 rooms that stretch for nearly nine miles (15 km) inside Vatican City. A treasure trove of incredible art and architecture, the museums are the highlight of most Vatican visits, so queues are predictably long. Skip-the-line Vatican tours are so popular, even the priority lines are long! But this tour includes exclusive access through a reserved entranceway, ensuring that you will not wait in any long lines. Gain access as soon as the doors open, and head past the long lines and into the heart of the Vatican before the public steps foot inside.

In your small group of no more than 12 people, stroll through the corridors to view the world's largest private art collection, once intended exclusively for the pope. As your expert guide entertains you with tales of Vatican power and intrigue, you'll feel the Renaissance works of art come to life.

Amble through Raphael's Rooms, the four interconnecting chambers adorned with paintings by Raphael and his pupils, before visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Sistine Chapel, which is considered the pope's home chapel. Walk through this sacred Vatican site to see Michelangelo's astounding frescoes, The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment, without the crowds that appear later in the day.

The last part of your small-group Vatican tour focuses on St Peter's Basilica, with its distinctive 450-foot-high (137-meter) dome. Step inside to see why it’s so much more than just a church, and gaze in wonder at its awe-inspiring architecture and mosaics, including another Michelangelo masterpiece, La Pietà. Steeped in history, St. Peter's Basilica is said to stand on the ground where St. Peter the Apostle was crucified and buried.

Your guide will explain the highlights of the basilica and its significance as the holiest place in Christendom, before your tour ends in stunning St. Peter's Square.

Inclusions
  • Small-group walking tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Exclusions
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Pre-booking this tour enables you to skip the long lines (which can take up to two hours!) to enter the Vatican Museums. Please note, all visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security check point. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you will spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list affected dates as they become available. When possible, your tour guide will notify you if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed at the start of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Wheelchair information: This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after entrance, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tour so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes.
  • St Peter's Basilica, the grottos and the dome: After the tour, you may visit these attractions on your own. Your tour will end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
  • Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that these items are not taken on this tour
  • Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed. As an alternative you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
Departure Point

Vatican City


Departure Time

8:10am and 10:25am, depending of the option selected.


Return Details

Concludes at St Peter's Basilica

Voucher info

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

Duration

3 hours

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

User's Reviews

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carol c

Our tour was amazing as was our guide. She is very knowledgeable and highlighted so many wonderful and amazing things in the museums, the basilica and the chapel. We learned so much and were very inspired. We highly recommend this tour. Thank you for this an experience of a lifetime

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Andrew B

Our family of 5 went on the 8am small group tour and it was excellent. The tour was well paced with lots of interesting information provided by our guide Stefania. We appreciated being able to visit the museums, Sistene Chapel ad St Peters before the large crowds arrived, this enhanced our experience enormously. Although this was a significant expense for our family, we all agreed it was worth it.

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Jennifer H

High recommend La Vacanza Travel and this tour! Fabulous and interesting guide, v knowledgeable, speedy entrance!

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Danie W

We thought January would be quite but it was not. A good guide and a small group worked for us as well as skip the line tickets.

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Stanley H

Always a good visit. The only thing that was not good this time was the quality of the audio system used. It went on and off for all of the group members. I expected better from this company regarding that area.

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Hall of tapestries

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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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Vatican gardens

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