Early Access Vatican Museums Tour with Sistine & St. Peter’s - Group of 12 max

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, 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, Viale Vaticano, 00165 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 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

  • 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
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • 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.


3 hours

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

User's Reviews

Image - 13 Dec 2019 -

Chris M

The tour was well-planned and well done. The tour guide, Igor, was informative, engaging, and very knowledgeable. LOVED having the audio headsets to hear the tour guide and the explanations at every step of the way. This feature alone was worth the tour! Thanks for managing the logistics well in an otherwise very crowded venue. We truly enjoyed our tour.

Image - 06 Dec 2019 -

Lorraine J

We had a great tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. The meeting place was very crowded with groups meeting for early access tours but it was fairly easy to locate our group. We were given hearing devices and were able to hear our guide clearly without having to be huddled in a small group. Our guide, Licia was great. She spent some time explaining the Sistine Chapel using photographs before we entered the Chapel. This really enhanced our experience as the Sistine Chapel can be overwhelming at first. Our guide provided great explanations of the art on display in the Vatican Museums and included some great stories about Michaelangelo and Raphael. After the Sistine Chapel we were taken (via a short cut for tour groups) to St Peter's Basilica. Our guide gave us a great tour through the Basilica and did a great job giving us some perspective on the size of the Basilica. I would highly recommend this tour for the great narratives and the ability to bypass the very long lines to get into the Vatican.

Image - 05 Dec 2019 -

Elizabeth M

Because it’s December, it’s slow season so I got to really enjoy the experience without cramming into a room. Our guide Doriana was so knowledgeable and kind. I would strongly recommend this tour.

Image - 25 Nov 2019 -


Small group of 11. Tour went through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's. Guide was ncredible. We had individual head sets so we could hear every word. The crowds were minimal as it was off-season. Great experience.

Image - 25 Nov 2019 -

Edward B

Monica was a fantastic guide. She was personable, focused, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. I’d recommend this tour and Monica as a guide anytime!!!

User's Picture Gallery





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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