Guided tour

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

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Skip the ticket lines & explore the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in a small group with an expert tour guide. Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. All other tour agencies for 2021 do not go inside.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, Italian, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica before the crowds
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Explore the Museums with a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy breakfast (coffee and croissants) before the tour departs for the Vatican
Full description
If you are planning a visit to the Vatican and looking for the ultimate VIP experience, this 3.5-hour tour will provide a personalized experience with the guidance of a passionate tour leader. Whether you’re a first-time visitor wanting to hit all the must-sees or a seasoned Vatican connoisseur in search of hidden gems, you guide will ensure that your Vatican adventure leaves memories that will last a lifetime. Your tour group will not exceed 12 participants so that you can benefit from the personal attention of your guide. The Early Morning Vatican Tour makes it possible for you to take in all the highlights and a few lesser known parts of the Vatican’s big 3: the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Your expert guide has years of experience and knows this cultural complex intimately, making it possible to find the least crowded spots and the most breathtaking masterpieces.
Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s
  • Admission and reservation fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet at the coffee shop at Borgo Pio 136.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note:
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • The first portion of the itinerary is quite fast-paced. For this reason, it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
  • The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica require that all visitors have their knees and shoulders covered.
  • Bags measuring more than 40x35x15 centimeters as well as tripods, large umbrellas, and objects that could be harmful to other visitors or damage works of art in the Museums, are not allowed into the Vatican Museums and must be stored in the cloakroom. Be aware that the cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the ending point of the tour.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active parish and therefore subject to unforeseen closures for spiritual celebrations. In such cases, if possible, you will be contacted in advance with an alternative tour time or itinerary.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 340 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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Ana was our guide and she was wonderful! I strongly recommend a tour like this one as many of my friends and acquaintances who have been to these same places had no knowledge of what I learned from Ana in the time we had. We felt very safe and the lines were so short for us it was a breeze to get in. We had plenty of time to ask questions and look around.

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September 1, 2021

No queuing, no waiting. Coffee at the start brought a good mood, but the highlight was definitely Elaine, our guide! Funny, informative and bubbling over with enthusiasm, she showed us the most beautiful sides of Petres Cathedral and the Vatican Museums. I would book with her again at any time!

August 29, 2021

Once you have tried a tour with a guide with enthusiasm, glowing eyes and fantastic vivid ways of telling the stories then it is hard to try a 'regular' guide. Our guide Anna was phenomenal and gave the tour all that was needed to bring things alive. Her English is super fluid compared to native Italians and she didn't really care that much about if we spent more time than scheduled. Now we had been to the Vatican before but we felt that we got much more this time.

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August 14, 2021

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