Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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


In a nutshell: The Earliest Vatican Tour with Special Priority Access to beat the early bird crowd!

Are you planning your once in a life time Vatican experience? This is hands down the best Vatican Tour!

Don’t miss your opportunity to enter the Vatican Museums with no waiting time at all. Secure your access almost one and a half hours prior to the official Vatican opening, skipping any possible line with our Prime entrance, available only through 7 tour operators in the world and the only true skip the line ticket for your early morning Vatican Experience.

With our Prime Tour, we get you inside the Museums before the regular Early Morning crowds, bypassing those already waiting in line for the Vatican doors to open.



  • Hotel pickup included
  • Skip the line
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Instant Confirmation

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

With our Prime Tour, we get you inside the Museums before the regular Early Morning crowds, bypassing those already waiting in line for the Vatican doors to open - You'll really feel like the Popes Special Guest as you stroll right past everyone who has a Standard Early Morning Vatican Tour.

Watch the Vatican Museum Galleries slowly come to life before their day starts.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Cortile della Pigna, Vatican City Italy

The Courtyard of the “Pigna”, created from the 16th century area of the “Belvedere”

Pass By: Stanze di Raffaello, Viale Vaticano, Vatican City Italy

The Raphael Rooms, where you will admire Raphael's most famous frescoes and learn about his rivalry with Michelangelo.

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Enjoy the breathtaking Saint Peter's Basilica, shrine of Christianity and Art. You will marvel at the Priceless Pietà, by Michelangelo, and stop by the venerable tomb of Saint John Paul II & Pope Karol Wojtyla.

The Pietà (1498–1499) is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: St. Peter's Square (Piazza San Pietro), Vatican City Italy

This monumental elliptical space, enclosed by 284 Doric columns four rows deep (196m wide and 148m long), is the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, who laid it out during the pontificates of Alexander VII and of Clement IX.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and for being decorated with one of the most famous and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Eyes of Rome, Via Germanico 101, 00192 Rome Italy

Private Tours, Via Germanico 101

  • Meet and greet service at your hotel/accommodation
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off via Uber/Taxi (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)
  • Priority Access (before the regular Early Morning Crowd - if Prime Option selected)
  • Private walking tour
  • Raphael Rooms (if Prime option selected)
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica with direct access
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel

  • Food and drinks
  • 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Wheelchair partly accessible: the tour is only available if the person in the wheelchair can do 6 flights of stairs without the wheelchair.
  • Please advise if anyone in your group has mobility issues
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered
Centrally located hotels in Rome (within Aurelian Walls)
PRIME Version at 7:20AM
STANDARD Version at 8:10AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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 - 16 Sep 2019 -

Thaddeus S

I reasoned that I’m probably only ever going to visit the Vatican once. Therefore I wanted to do it properly, listening to an expert, setting my own pace and getting in before they let the masses in. That’s why I chose this tour. Our guide, Valeria, was excellent. Very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. I cannot praise her too highly. If you want to do the Vatican properly, book this tour and ask for Valeria. You won’t regret it!

Image - 05 Aug 2019 -

LeAnn H

Silvia was by far the best tour guide we had out of the 10 tours we booked. I highly recommend this tour to avoid the crowds and get some quiet time in these amazing places. Silvia’s knowledge of both the Vatican and the museum really brought out hidden elements and made it so much more interesting. Silvia was very engaging with my tween and teenager and they were excitedly telling other family members all the saw and learned on this tour. Absolutely fantastic job and we will use Eyes of Rome in the future!

Image - 31 Jul 2019 -

Olivia K

Great guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Hit a lot of highlights. No waiting and no crowds. Loved everything including pick at hotel and return to hotel

Image - 22 Jul 2019 -

anthony l

By the time our tour was over, Guiliano was like part of our family. Our family is adult children and you don't have a box for that sort of visit.

Image - 19 Jul 2019 -


Alessia was an excellent guide for this tour. First of all, she and the driver were right on time at our hotel. The amount of history and knowledge provided by Alessia was just perfect. Although not in the tour, our teen sons asked about the “pope mobile” and she brought us down to see them. She was able to talk to us about the vehicles etc. my boys loved it. Overall, fantastic tour by Alessia and would highly recommend!

User's Picture Gallery


The facade of St Peter's Basilica


St Peter's cupola ..You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church..


The incredible Michelangelo Pietà


The baldacchin below St Peter's cupola


Underneath St peter's Cupola


The magnificent ceiling in the incredible Gallery of Maps


The fantastic chiaroscuro style ceiling in the Gallery of Tapeastries


The Resurrection of Christ in the Gallery of Tapestries


The Laocoon in Belvedere Courtyard


View down Via della Concillazione to Castel Sant' Angelo from the Vatican


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