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

Overview

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.

 

Highlights

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

Itinerary
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 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

Pass By: La Pieta, Chapel of the Pieta Basilica Di San Pietro, Vatican City Italy

The Pietà is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. It is the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères, who was a representative in Rome. The sculpture, in Carrara marble, was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century. It is the only piece Michelangelo ever signed.



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

Stop At: St. Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 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

Inclusions
  • 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

Exclusions
  • 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.

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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Thomas H

Maria Linda was prompt and very knowledgeable. She allow does extra time and we needed for a break. We didn't feel rushed.

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bonbonsel

We had the best tour guide. I believe his name was Marcus, but he also goes by Moses. He only does this some of the time as he is an archiologost. I would reccomend him to everyone!!!

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Zonn T

Amazing, best customer service ever.. would suggest using her always.. She was amazing with all her wealth of information. She loved doing this type of tour. Wanted to give her a bigger tip through my credit card but could not figure it out.. Would give a 110% for loving it..

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Anthony S

Elissa was so very kind, accommodating and insightful. She had a wealth of knowledge to share. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour from start to finish. We certainly request and recommend her and your company.

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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!

User's Picture Gallery

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The facade of St Peter's Basilica

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

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The incredible Michelangelo Pietà

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The baldacchin below St Peter's cupola

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Underneath St peter's Cupola

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The magnificent ceiling in the incredible Gallery of Maps

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The fantastic chiaroscuro style ceiling in the Gallery of Tapeastries

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The Resurrection of Christ in the Gallery of Tapestries

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The Laocoon in Belvedere Courtyard

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

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