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3-Hour VIP Early Vatican Small Group Tour

4.5 / 5 total 50 reviews
Duration: 3 hours
Tour ID: 2190
Overview

With our Early Vatican Small Group Tour, you will have the unique opportunity of entering the Vatican Museums before the official opening to the general public. 

You will be part of a group up to 26 people, and our local guide will escort you inside the museums, skipping the line at the entrance. 

You will visit the Vatican galleries with all its priceless artworks. The climax of your tour, however, will be the worldwide famous Sistine Chapel with its breathtaking ceiling and the Last Judgment by Michelangelo. 

Finally, from the Sistine Chapel, you will enter through a unique door the Basilica of St. Peter.

Highlights
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel with its breathtaking ceiling of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo
  • View the Incredible collection of centuries-old maps & tapestries
  • Discover the Incredible art collection work of Renaissance art masters
  • Tour the beautiful Basilica of St. Peter's with Michelangelo's Pietà
  • Skip the line to enter the Vatican Museums through a reserved door
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 07:30 a.mTour starts at 07:30 a.m
  • This Tour Available Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday From March to OctoberThis Tour Available Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday From March to October
  • 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 15 hours before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • 3 Hour Group Tour in English
  • Vatican Skip the Line Ticket
  • Headsets for the Tour
Exclusions
  • Pick up and Drop Off from hotels
Meeting Point
At Caffè Vaticano located at Viale Vaticano n.100.., Arrive 15 minutes before the tour start time.
Know Before You Go
  • Bookings are accepted until 48 hours prior the day for the tour. For last minute bookings please send an email before proceeding with payment. We will reply you back with availabilities
  • No pointed umbrella
  • No big bags or big back pack
  • 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
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 as proof of age
  • St. Peters Basilica is a church. As such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without notice. In this case, the guide will spend longer with you in the Vatican Museums.
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Reviewed by Lilly G FI   December 05, 2018
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Our tour guide was fantastic. It was obvious that he had a real love for the art in the Vatican and a good knowledge of many elements of the displays there. His information definitely made our experience more interesting and informative.
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Reviewed by Harry S GB   December 03, 2018
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Amazing tour! Make sure to stay with the guide, so you can hear! Absolutely stunning! The history our guide had, was just incredible! Definitely a must see!
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Reviewed by Linda H US   December 02, 2018
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the meeting was accurate in place and on time. Our guide was just GREAT and very helpful. The tour took 3 hours, the explanations of the guide were interesting and funny.
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Reviewed by Fran L GB   December 02, 2018
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I took the Vatican skip-the-line tour. Our tour guide was excellent, among the best guides I have ever had. Despite the huge crowds he moved our group along expertly - always ensuring people knew where he was and where they would be going next,
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Reviewed by Shelby G US   December 01, 2018
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We had a very good guide, taking us through Vatican museums, Sistine chapel and St Peters Basilica. She definitely knew her stuff. We would recommend the 'skip the line' tours as the queues can be horrendous.
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Reviewed by Jay J MT   November 30, 2018
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My wife and I had an incredible time touring the Vatican, it's museum, the sistin3 chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica! It was crowded, but that's to be expected. Our guide was phenomenal! He was fun, witty, but most of all well informed. He taught us a lot about the history of these places and Rome in general. He also did a fantastic job explaining to us how the Sistine chapel came to be and gave us an explanation of Michaelangelo's masterpiece ahead of time so that we can fully enjoy our visit. I can't recommend him enough!
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Reviewed by Mary N FR   November 29, 2018
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Our private tour guide was fabulous! He is very knowledgeable and keeps the tours very interesting. He has a lot of energy and a wonderful sense of humor. He was also very helpful in assisting us with other things during our stay in Rome. He arranged for our transport from the airport to our hotel. That was very good. We started out our trip with no stress.
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Reviewed by Bev L GB   November 20, 2018
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Our tour guide made this tour very memorable with ample information, and great humor! The other tourists were also so pleasant. I highly recommend this tour not only for the spiritual experience but from the historical perspective and education as well.
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Reviewed by Jean S RU   November 19, 2018
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Our guide was an incredible tour guide. Her knowledge of the finer details really brought the tour to life. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would not hesitate to recommend Joy of Rome to all of our friends. We can't wait to try another tour.
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Reviewed by Colin M GB   November 17, 2018
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Me and my wife had a fantastic time in Vatican city it was an amazing place u need to see it to believe it. Oh and a massive thanks to our guide she was excellent at her job and extremely knowledgeable of the Vatican.
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Reviewed by Mark J GB   November 16, 2018
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This was a wonderful way to see the highlights of the Vatican Museum! Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly! I learned so much in our tour, and she pointed out lots of things I would have missed on my own!
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Reviewed by Lizzie B US   November 12, 2018
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I would recommend doing a guided tour of the Vatican as it definitely helps you to see the most important elements. Our tour guide was friendly and informative and helped lead us through the museum in a timely manner but we got to see everything we needed/wanted to and then moved on to our next sight in Rome. The Vatican is busy no matter when you visit, there are just scores of tourists, so have a tour guide does help a little with the crowds.
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Reviewed by Lieah B PT   November 09, 2018
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This was a great tour. We did the skip the line tour for the Vatican, St. Peters Basilica and Sistine Chapel. It was well organized and went very smooth. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and lots of fun. Women have to cover their arms in the Basilica. Definitely, recommend this tour.
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Reviewed by Sally P Downs AU   May 02, 2018
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We were the first group into the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel on the day we took the tour. It was amazing to sit in the Sistine chapel without the crowds and to really enjoy the experience. Our guide was good, booking was easy and I would recommend this early morning tour if you visit Rome and the Vatican.
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Reviewed by Irene GB   May 02, 2018
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I am so happy we booked this tour to the Vatican. There were very few groups inside and even though the tour was short, we saw and learned much more because it was not crowded and our guide was excellent at explaining the history in this beautiful city. Thank you for providing such a good tour of the Vatican from Ellen and Bob.
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Reviewed by Brenda Jones GB   May 01, 2018
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WE had a great experience on this tour. We made our way through many rooms and art exhibitions towards the Sistine Chapel and from there we made our way to St Peters Basilica. Our guide was friendly and we made new friends on our tour. Afterwards, 8 of us stayed together and had lunch in the city.
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Reviewed by TONY ACQUAFREDDA US   April 30, 2018
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I would recommend this tour if you want to see the Vatican without huge crowds of people around. Our guide spoke very good English, and nothing was too much trouble, she explained everything very well, and her knowledge was amazing, I would definitely use this company again.
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Reviewed by Kim GB   April 28, 2018
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Our guide took us through the museums explaining everything on the way and then before we entered the Sistine Chapel she explained its history as you cannot talk in the chapel. A very good tour which I would recommend.
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Reviewed by Jill Venter ZA   April 25, 2018
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This tour was a highlight of our trip as our guide was excellent at explaining the museums and the history of the Vatican. We did not have to queue and the Sistine Chapel was the most amazing place I have ever been to.
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Reviewed by Gabby56 US   April 21, 2018
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I highly recommended this tour to avoid the crowds! It was a great skip the line tour and everything we saw in the Vatican was beautiful.
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