VIP Vatican Early Bird Semi-Private Tour

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The Vatican is an amazing place to visit, but in the summertime the enjoyment of its many masterpieces can be diminished somewhat by crowding, as on average 20,000 people per day file through the doors to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. 

As an accredited partner of the Vatican Museums, we bring you on this tour into the Sistine Chapel ONE HOUR before the doors are opened to the general public. We make a beeline for the Sistine Chapel immediately, to enjoy this greatest treasure of the Vatican in peace and quiet, before returning to the museums for the usual tour, when the general public have been admitted. 

The tour begins with the visit to the Sistine Chapel, where you can gasp in awe at the achievements of Michelangelo 5 centuries ago. Silence is observed at all times in the Sistine Chapel, but don't worry - the guide will explain the paintings to you before entering, with the aid of your own individual copy of the artwork. 

After the visit to the Sistine Chapel, the tour continues on the usual route through several of the most interesting and beautiful galleries of the Vatican Museums - the beautiful Pinecourt Garden, the Galleries of the Maps and Tapestries, the Belvedere sculpture garden, the room of the Greek Muses, and many more of the treasures and masterpieces that the Vatican holds in its enormous museum collection! 

Leaving the museums, you'll enter St. Peters Basilica * (if open), without waiting in any lines! Standing beneath Michelangelo's great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. 

The Basilica features several chapels, and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, and leave you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo's most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit. 

Includes skip the line access to the Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms and St. Peter's Basilica, in groups of no more than 13 people.

You must be check in with our tour coordinator at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the time of the tour you are booking, which is the time at which the tour DEPARTS.

You have one responsibility after you book your tour - to arrive on time to our meeting location, details for which are included on your confirmation email and also on the Meeting Points link on our website. If you arrive on time, we will take care of everything else!

As your booking confirmation will be automatically sent to the email address you provide us with at the booking stage, it is advised that you use a personal, rather than work, email address. Many companies' firewalls block our emails, and it may also be necessary to contact you when you are in Rome, which we will not be able to do if you do not have access to your work email.

If you do not provide us with a phone number that is working when in Rome, we will not be able to contact you if you are running late for your tour. It is your responsibility to make contact with us in this situation.


What to bring:

  • Passport for proof of age - if you have booked Children aged 17 or younger.
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A bottle of water
  • Protection for your head, especially in the hottest months from June to September
  • Make sure your knees and shoulders are covered, as this is a requirement for entering the Vatican City. You can bring along a shawl to wrap around your knees and shoulders if you prefer this to arriving in clothes that already cover them.
  • A camera, for the incredible photo-ops along the way
  • An appetite for fun and a thirst for knowledge!

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Reviewed by Anna   January 25, 2017
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Absolutely loved the tour! We entered before the museum opened its gates for the crowds and had a chance to see the Sistine Chapel almost empty, unforgettable experience. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and nice (sorry, can't remember his name). Highly recommended, will deffinitely book with them again!1

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