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Early Access Vatican Museums Small Group Tour

4.6 / 5 total 18 reviews
Duration: 3 hours
Tour ID: 2259
Overview

Join our Early Access Private Tour of the Vatican: enjoy a special early entrance for an exclusive VIP experience.

You will enter the Vatican Museums ahead of the general public and you’ll be able to discover the stunning galleries and Sistine Chapel avoiding the crowds.

This Early Access Private Tour of the Vatican offers the opportunity to tour at your own pace and to visit the Vatican museums before the regular opening. (This special tour is available on Mondays and Saturdays only)

You will learn about the smallest State of the world with about 900 citizens , you walk through the Vatican Galleries where the Vatican collections are preserved; then you will go to see spectacular Raphael Rooms painted by the young painter for the Pope Julius II, the next step will lead you to the Borgia Pope apartments and to the Matisse Room, soon after you will reach the amazing Sistine Chapel, where you will be able to admire breathless the Michelangelo’s work free from the hoards of tourists you find during the regular opening hours.

You will then gain privileged entrance from the Sistine Chapel into St Peter’s Basilica. The Basilica house the beautiful “Pieta” by Michelangelo sculpted by the master when he was only 21 years old.

You will also see the impressive Baldachin projected in the 17th century by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the master of the baroque period with Borromini. You will also learn about stories of rivalry among the different artists and learn about the aristocratic families who ruled and promoted the artwork in the city in the past centuries when Rome was the capital of the Papal State.

Do not hesitate to reserve an early tour with an Early Access, you will be able to beat the crowd and to enjoy the visit without being overwhelmed by thousands of visitors, we promise a truly unique experience, a memory that will last forever.

With our enthusiastic friendly knowledgeable guide and the special early entrance, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the longest museums with over 6 miles of galleries!

On your way out you will have the opportunity to see the Swiss guards whose uniform were designed by Michelangelo.

Discover more about the Vatican history and artwork with your guide in a small group tour up to 22 people.

Highlights
  • Skip the line with early entrance and access to the restricted areas
  • Enter the beautiful Basilica of St. Peter's with Michelangelo's Pietà
  • The Sistine Chapel with its breathtaking ceiling of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo
  • View the Swiss guards with uniforms designed by Michelangelo
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English
  • Duration Duration: 3 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • Tour starts at 7.30 a.m.Tour starts at 7.30 a.m.
  • This Tour Available on Mondays and Saturdays OnlyThis Tour Available on Mondays and Saturdays Only
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the tour start timeArrive 15 minutes before the tour start time
  • Live Guide Live Guide
    English
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 14 hours before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • 3 hours English-speaking guide
  • Special Early entrance 8:00am
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets for the tour
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation
Meeting Point
Meet your guide at Café Vaticano. It is located in Viale Vaticano 100, right across the Vatican Museums entrance. Your guide will be waiting for you there holding a sign with the name of our agency
Know Before You Go
  • This tour is suitable for Solo Travellers, Couples, Children, Groups, Students and Business
  • Please be on time: if you arrive late you risk to loose the entrance
  • 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
  • Please note: when the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your private guide
  • Tour available Monday, Saturday and from the end of march will include Thursday tours
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Reviewed by Pauline B CA   April 08, 2018
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It was the best money I spent on vacation; the Vatican is enormous and overwhelming and having a small group tour meant that we heard everything that was being said.
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Reviewed by Jessie IE   April 04, 2018
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An excellent morning spent at the Vatican. Our guide was good and very friendly. The highlight was the Sistine Chapel which we hadn't seen since its cleaning many years ago. It is still fantastic.
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Reviewed by Jean GB   April 02, 2018
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Booking was easy, and my questions were answered quickly. Our guide did a great job as our tour guide. It was nice to move through the various areas at our own pace and only having to worry about keeping up with our group of 4.
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Reviewed by Rick Quesada US   April 01, 2018
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Our tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable. She spoke excellent English. We felt it was an occasion to be remembered. Since returning home we have recommended this tour to several people and will continue to do so.
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Reviewed by Sarah54 GB   March 30, 2018
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The whole tour was stress free. This was the best walking tour we've ever taken and not just because it’s the Vatican but because the tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. There were 8 eight in group and everyone had only good comments to make.
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Reviewed by Johanna DE   March 24, 2018
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We were very satisfied and will definitely be using this tour company again if we come to Rome.
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Reviewed by Imanuela RO   March 16, 2018
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YOU MUST HAVE A GUIDED TOUR IN HERE, AS THERE IS TOO MUCH TO TAKE IN. WELL ORGANISED AND VERY INFORMATIVE, WELL WORTH THE MONEY.
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Reviewed by bdowty104 US   March 16, 2018
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Our guide was awesome. Very knowledgeable and managed to keep us away from the big crowds. He put in a lot of effort to ensure we were all satisfied. It was clear that he enjoyed teaching.
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Reviewed by Gina1987 AU   March 12, 2018
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I would definitely recommend a guide for this tour there's so much to learn and see. Our guide was warm, friendly, informative and easy to understand, she made us feel that she was making our tour special .The Museums ,Sistene Chapel and the Basillica are breathtaking.
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Reviewed by Carina E GB   March 11, 2018
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Literally our lives were enriched by this tour BUT what made it was Felicity Hinton, she is AMAZING (plus the Kashmiri guy that sold the tour was honest and excellent and professional). i thought "yeah year, these hawkers are selling us a bum tour but we need quick entrance and it seemed reasonable price", WOW, excellent service, amazing tour guide, in all a wonderful wonderful experience. I am a REALLY discerning customer and seek value for money to the point of annoyance, every penny i (earn then) spend needs to be well spent, this was some of the best spent! XXX
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Reviewed by Susan H US   March 10, 2018
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This is the only way to experience Rome! Our guide was wonderful: the tour was incredibly interesting and the art was breathtaking. We would have missed so much if we went on our own. If you go early in the morning it is not crowded.
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Reviewed by Valerie Hightower US   March 10, 2018
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Seeing the Vatican is so much better if you only have a small group. Also going early in the morning is a bonus as there are no huge crowds. This tour well organized and the guide was well informed. Highly recommend!
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Reviewed by OrnulvHolte NO   March 01, 2018
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We had an amazing guide, and even our ten year old daughter was mesmerized throughout hours of the fabulous tour through the museum and St Peters. As we are Norwegians and our daughter is still rather unexperienced when it comes to processing information in English, this says a lot about our guides abilities! Our warmest recommendations.
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Reviewed by jackiewhall GB   February 28, 2018
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A fantastic tour with a really fantastic guide who was enthusiastic and interesting and even though we couldn’t get into the church she extended the tour around the picture gallery and St Peter’s square
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Reviewed by S Guillet FR   February 27, 2018
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT! THE GUIDES WAS GREAT AT ANSWERING QUESTIONS AND DIRECTING US TO POINTS OF INTEREST.
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Reviewed by Carol MT   February 25, 2018
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the sistine chapel and all the rest are amazing.
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Reviewed by Danita G US   February 18, 2018
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Diego, our guide, made this tour the highlight of our Rome vacation. His commentary was relevant and informative, seemingly endless knowledge of the artwork, tapestries, Christian and pagan history. He thoroughly regaled us with stories and historic details of the papacy, including timelines of concurrent events. Diego was entertaining and patient with our group. This tour was absolutely worth the fee!!
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Reviewed by Jenny GB   February 10, 2018
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This tour was the highlight of our trip. Seeing the wonderful sights in the Vatican when there were no crowds made this tour so memorable. Our guide was good and I highly recommend this tour.
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