Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

Duration: 3 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome

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


The Vatican museums are one of the world's most visited museum complexes and undoubtedly on Rome's "must see" list. Yet with long lines, crowds and its sheer scale, it is easy for people to end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Don't let that happen to you! Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists; It's almost like having the place to yourself.

You will visit the Vatican when only 10% of the usual crowds are present, with your own private tour guide and enjoy a pickup transfer from your accommodation!

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

This tour allows you to enjoy an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”. All this with absolute calm and peace without being stressed out by huge crowds pushing you around during normal visiting hours. Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists, and only 10% of the usual crowds present; It’s almost like having the place to yourself. This is an exclusive service that only a few tour operator companies are able to offer, so don't waste time, wake up early in the morning and enjoy the Vatican museums at their full splendor!
After the complimentary pick-up from your accommodation, you will skip the long lines, with your early morning admission ticket, and access directly the metal detector control. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome overlooking the Vatican gardens; the perfect spot to take a great picture! Your private guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations.

You will visit the Pio Clementine museum, famous for its ancient Greek statuary such as the Laocoon group. You will gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, then, through the Hall of the painted maps, you will enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

Spend at least 10-15 minutes admiring the magnificent frescoes of Michelangelo and the other Renaissance masters.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

After visiting the Sistine Chapel, through a special door available only if accompanied by your tour guide, you will reach the largest Catholic church in the world: St. Peter's Basilica. This is where Michelangelo's sculpture "Pieta" is kept and the tombs of the popes including St. John Paul II's and St. Peter the Apostle. 
The tour ends in St. Peter's square, where you will admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica. 

Duration: 1 hour

  • Licensed tour guide
  • Hotel pick-up with luxury transportation
  • Private tour
  • Special "early morning" admission tickets
  • Audio headsets to hear your guide
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We offer pickup service from all accommodation facilities located in the city center. Hotels, B&B's and apartments.

Please include, in your reservation, the accommodation name and address.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

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

Penny B

01 Oct, 2019

This tour rates 100% in all aspects. We were picked up on time from our BnB, breezed through into the Vatican with no waiting. Our guide David was very informative, but also very charming and funny. He didn't rush us through our visit, but managed to keep us ahead of all the hordes. Loved every minute of the tour and would recommend this to everyone (ages in our group from 24 years to 60 years)

bryan s

01 Aug, 2019

This was my 4th visit to both places and all I can say is this is the ONLY way to do it! No crowds!! Unbelievably organized. And our tour guide was the best tour guide we have ever had... and my wife and I travel the world. So informative, so convenient, such a pleasant way to experience! Our time and pace in the Sistine Chapel was incomparable to any other experience.


03 Jul, 2019

This was the the first time going to the Vatican and we wanted to make sure we saw the major highlights. The private guide had excellent communication and very knowledgeable. The hotel pick up was on time, clean and very friendly. The guide himself had an an excellent understanding of the Vatican and all the different aspects. He made sure we were able to see the highlights, without being caught in the herds of people with large groups. The level of explanation in all areas of the tour was exceptional. The amount of items in the Vatican is overwhelming and really can't been seen one visit. This will be one of many visits I hope in the future. It was money and time well spent, without all the hassle of informal/crowded tours with everyone else.

Clotilde O

22 Apr, 2019

Excellent organization, fabulous guide, each of us would recommend this absolutely wonderful morning tour unequivocally!


22 Oct, 2018

Driver was on time. Tour guide very knowledgeable and interesting. Ten stars ⭐️ .... it was all it was represented to be.

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