Guided tour

Vatican City: Early Morning Vatican Tour Sistine Chapel

Vatican City: Early Morning Vatican Tour Sistine Chapel

From US$ 106.15 per person

Discover the Vatican Museums on this 3.5-hour morning tour of the key sites, led by an expert guide. Visit the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the public, a unique way to see this spectacular, world-famous building.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Discover the key sites of the Vatican museums on this early morning group tour
  • Experience early morning access to the Sistine Chapel
  • Learn the remarkable history of the Vatican City from your expert tour guide
  • See the Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica - some unmissable sights
Full description
Take a 3.5-hour tour of one of the holiest sites in Christendom on this guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums. This exceptional tour includes visits to the Raphael Rooms, the Vatican Museums, The Hall of Maps, The Belvedere Courtyard and the Cortile della Pigna and the St. Peter's Basilica. As the highlight, you will experience a comprehensive visit of the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the rest of the public, experiencing the tranquility in the morning.  Vatican City is one of the most interesting and beautiful sites in the world. Your expert guide will take you to some of the major attractions and will provide a detailed history of the sites. You will receive a broad understanding of the remarkable history, architecture, and politics of the Vatican. You will avoid any time wasted waiting, as you enjoy skip-the-line access to all the featured attractions. The morning visit provides a perfect opportunity to absorb the Rennaissance culture and see the world-famous buildings without any stress or hassle. A world of discovery awaits you.
  • Exclusive access to the Sistine Chapel before it opens to the general public
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets
  • Licensed guide
  • Food and drink
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

The flower stand on the corner of Via Candia & Via Leone IV. Search for the meeting point via google maps using the address of the building in front: Viale Guilio Cesare, 237, 00192 Rome RM, Italy.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes
  • For women, it is required to cover your knees and shoulders while in St. Peter's Basilica
  • No large bags are allowed so please leave these at your residence
  • Unfortunately, the group tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that the Wednesday morning tour will not visit St.Peter's Basilica, as the church is closed for the weekly Papal Audience at this time. The tour will run as normal, with extra time spent exploring the Vatican Museums in more detail
  • The Basilica of St.Peter's may be subject to unscheduled closings and late openings for religious ceremonies. Because these are often last-minute for security reasons, we do not have time to notify our guests. We will provide you with a complete experience by exploring the Vatican Museums in more detail and are not able to offer any refunds
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Had the early morning Vatican tour with Tom - it was fantastic. Tom took all the time needed to make this a unique experience for us and to provide a lot of usefull information incl background infos. We fully recommend the tour and him as a guide.

June 20, 2021

June 13, 2021

Unsere Reiseleiterin war bestens informiert und hat auf alle Fragen eine Antwort gehabt

October 11, 2021

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