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3-Hour Semi-Private Early Vatican Tour

Product ID: 59091
This semi-private small-group Vatican tour provides early access to the Vatican Museums, before the general public arrives. With an expert guide at your side you’ll take in highlights of the Museums, Raphael Room, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy skip-the-line admission to the Vatican Museums before the crowds arrive
  • Marvel at the works of art in the Museums and the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn about the Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica from an expert, licensed guide
Full description
Your 3-hour Vatican adventure begins when you meet your guide and the other members. Skip-the-line admission will ensure that you enter the Museums without delay, and before the doors open to the general public.

On this semi-private tour you’ll see the highlights of the Vatican Museums with your expert guide. Marvel at the spectacular works of art, including those housed in the Tapestry Gallery, Map Gallery, and several rooms dedicated to the works of the great Raphael.

Your enthusiastic guide will fascinate you throughout the tour with commentary on art history and the history of the Vatican State. Whether you're a novice or an art veteran, the Sistine Chapel is sure to impress. It is often referred to as the jewel in Michelangelo's crown.

Finally, your guide will lead the group through a special passageway from the Sistine Chapel into St. Peter’s Basilica, skipping yet another long line. Inside the Basilica your guide will provide background on this breathtaking center of the Catholic faith.

St. Peter's Basilica is the last stop on your tour. You can either choose to follow your guide and group out of the Basilica, or remain inside to further explore its splendor and perhaps even climb to its impressive dome.
Includes
  • Admission tickets
  • Skip-the-line service
  • Semi-private tour
  • Guide
What’s Not Included
  • Unfortunately this tour is not 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
  • St Peter's Basilica is a church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide
  • For bookings with children, kindly bring with you a copy of their ID or passport for proof of age
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check; although skip the line tickets are included, there may be some wait time to pass through security checks. Passport or ID is required to enter the Arena.
• Unfortunately this tour is not wheelchair accessible or for people with walking difficulties
• Please note: if you arrive late you might lose the entrance or a part of the tour
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From US$ 87.49 US$ 69.99 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

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    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
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Very informative time with the guide, the museum’s and Sistine chapel were crowded but having someone to show us what to look for and explain it all was very good. She then showed us the basilica pointed out key areas before letting us carry on. If you have the time to look in the grottoes and climb up the dome do it - well worth the extra €8

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February 26, 2020

Was a very enthusiastic guide who did her job with pleasure. Knew a lot and also took the time. The only downside was that the tour would last 3 hours and we were in line from 7.30 to 8.15 to get in with all the other groups. Our guide took the opportunity to tell us something and she had prepared that well. Got printed a copy of the frescoes of the Sistine Chapel with the meaning.

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September 29, 2019

Very informative time with the guide, the museum’s and Sistine chapel were crowded but having someone to show us what to look for and explain it all was very good. She then showed us the basilica pointed out key areas before letting us carry on. If you have the time to look in the grottoes and climb up the dome do it - well worth the extra €8

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February 26, 2020

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Vivicos International Travel

Product ID: 59091