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3-hour VIP Private Early Access Vatican & Sistine Chapel Tour

4.9 / 5 total 55 reviews
Duration: 3 hours
Tour ID: 2268
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.

You will walk through the 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 is very impressive and you will be amazed by the incredible artwork and monumental Papal tombs. The altar of the Pope was projected by the great master Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the 17th century and it reaches a height of about 30 meters (about 90 feet), right below, there is the tomb of St. Peter.

Our Early Access Private Tour of the Vatican is a truly unique experience. Your guide will bring to life the unique collection of artwork and will tell you stories and anecdotes of the aristocratic families that for many centuries ruled the Church-State and its capital, known as "the eternal Rome." These aristocratic families were able to exert their power over the Vatican thanks to the election in a conclave of one of their family members as Pope.

A Private tour will allow you to walk at your own pace and maximize your time while visiting the Vatican museums, considered one of the largest of the world with over 2000 rooms of art and 6 miles of galleries.

Highlights
  • View the Incredible collection of centuries-old maps & tapestries
  • Tour the beautiful Basilica of St. Peter's with Michelangelo's Pietà
  • Skip the line with early entrance and access to the restricted gallery
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel with its breathtaking ceiling of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the tour start time
Good to Know
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 3 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed Voucher Accepted Printed Voucher Accepted
  • Booking made less than 48 hours before tour time, we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability Booking made less than 48 hours before tour time, we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability
  •  Tour Starting Time : 7:30 a.m. Tour Starting Time : 7:30 a.m.
  •  This tour is available everyday except Wednesday, Sundays and Religious Holidays This tour is available everyday except Wednesday, Sundays and Religious Holidays
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    If you cancel your reservation more than 8 full days prior to your tour Colosseum and Vatican Tours will provide a partial refund, but we will retain 15% of the total cost of the tour (guide and driving services) and the cost of any skip the line tickets we have pre-purchased for you.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
Inclusions
  • 3 hours private English-speaking guide
  • Skip the line tickets
  • Special Early entrance 8:00am
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation
Itinerary
Hours

Every day except on Wednesday and Sunday

Meeting Point
Meet at the entrance of the Vatican Museums, right at the marble door with the inscription "Musei Vaticani". Your guide will be waiting for you right above the steps of this impressive marble door, holding a sign with your name at 7:30 am.
Know Before You Go
  • 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. The Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to use it for religious functions witho
  • Difficulty: this tour is an easy stroll and you will enjoy it discovering the Vatican.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • This tour is suitable for Solo Travellers, Couples, Children, Groups, Students and Business
  • 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
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
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Reviewed by Stella GB   May 03, 2018
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This is the only way to see the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel properly. I had visited Rome before and had taken a group tour to the Vatican; however, I was a little disappointed as I felt that I did not learn a lot from my experience. On this tour I was taken straight in well before the crowds, and was able to see the Vatican in its entire splendor. When my tour was over, I could not believe how many people were queuing to get in. If you really want to get the most out of your trip to the Vatican, then an early morning tour with a private guide is a must.
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Reviewed by Kaitlin and John. GB   May 02, 2018
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Since returning home we have recommended this tour to several people and will continue to do so as we were so impressed by how easy it was to book online and how professional the tour itself was organized. Well done for providing this tour and thank you to our guide who was the best guide we have ever had the pleasure to tour with.
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Reviewed by Aoibheann IE   May 01, 2018
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We would not have learned so much if we had of tried to see the Vatican on our own. Our guide was lovely and answered all of our questions. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Rome and we will be telling all of our friends about it and recommending it as well.
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Reviewed by Laëtitia CA   April 27, 2018
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We had plenty of time and room to wander and enjoy the Vatican on this early morning tour. We had planned our vacation to Rome for a long time and we wanted our trip to the Vatican to be special. This tour is worth every cent as we not only had our own private guide, but there were not the crowds of people that get larger and larger as the day goes on. Thank you for this wonderful tour and we will be recommending it to any of our friends who decide to visit Rome.
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Reviewed by Lucas T US   April 22, 2018
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This is the only way to experience the Vatican. Our guide was wonderful: the tour was incredibly interesting and the art was amazing. We would have missed so much if we went on our own and as we went early in the morning there were no crowds.
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Reviewed by Treasa IE   April 19, 2018
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I had visited the Vatican before and this year I took my mother for her 60th birthday. As we went early in the morning we were able to enjoy the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s ceiling without the crowds. We loved the museums and were glad that we were able to go when we did.
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Reviewed by Kerrie IE   April 16, 2018
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We were so glad that we decided to book this tour, especially after seeing the line of people waiting to get in as we were leaving. We would definitely recommend this tour as having your own personal guide to explain the beautiful sights in the Vatican was well worth paying extra for.
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Reviewed by Bob from Oz AU   April 16, 2018
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This tour was terrific in providing a great guide for us to enjoy an early morning visit to the Vatican. The museums and the Sistine Chapel were explained to us in a simple way so as not to overwhelm us and we were so pleased with the tour that we booked the tour of the Colosseum with the same company. This too was a great tour.
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Reviewed by P Merlo ES   April 11, 2018
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i highly recommend this tour. they provided an excellent experience when my family went to rome and i will never forget our trip to the vatican.
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Reviewed by Olivia GB   April 09, 2018
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This is a great tour to take and you must have a guided tour as there is too much to see and take in. It was well organised and very informative. Our guide was perfect and skipping the lines early in the morning was a bonus as the crowds were already starting to gather when we arrived.
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Reviewed by GRAHAM AND CELINE ZA   April 07, 2018
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MY WIFE AND I TOOK THIS TOUR OF THE VATICAN MUSEUM, SISTINE CHAPEL AND ST PETER'S BASILICA WITH A PRIVATE GUIDE EARLY IN THE MORNING. THE TOUR WAS EXCELLENT AND THE PLACES WE SAW WERE AMAZING.
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Reviewed by Jessy G US   April 07, 2018
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Everything about this tour was perfect: early access, great information from our guide, and being in the Sistine Chapel before it was open to the public was incredible! Everyone in our party enjoyed it (ages 11-66). Well worth the cost. I would highly recommend it for anyone!
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Reviewed by Morgane FR   April 04, 2018
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It really is worth paying extra to get into the Vatican with your own private guide. We avoided the crowds and have a wonderful time. I highly recommend this tour.
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Reviewed by R CZAJKA US   March 28, 2018
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I would definitely recommend a guide for this tour as there is so much to learn and see. Our guide was warm, friendly and easy to understand. The Museums, Sistine Chapel and the Basilica are breathtaking and we really enjoyed our tour.
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Reviewed by Amelia and Alice CA   March 25, 2018
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GREAT TOUR: Exploring the museums and taking in the history and beauty with relatively few people was a treat that my sister and I enjoyed. The Sistine Chapel is beautiful and our guide made this tour perfect for us. We booked the tour before leaving Ireland as a friend had taken it and recommend this company. Thank you for a great morning and we will be recommending your tour to our friends as well.
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Reviewed by P JUÁREZ ES   March 14, 2018
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THE VATICAN WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I HAVE EVER VISITED. THANK YOU
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Reviewed by Betty and Alan US   March 06, 2018
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The Sistine Chapel is breathtaking and so was everywhere that we visited on this tour. We decided to take a private tour early in the morning as going to the Vatican was special for my husband and I. We could not have asked for a better guide and there is nothing negative that I could say about this tour. Thank you very much from Betty and Alan.
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Reviewed by Scott WW GB   January 16, 2018
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We last visited Rome in 2002 and never got to go in the Vatican, this time we wanted to make it special and this definitely is.It is an early start but it so worth it.
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Reviewed by Viktorio D IT   January 12, 2018
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It’s like having the Vatican to yourself. A must do!
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Reviewed by paulettel374 CA   December 01, 2017
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I have not seen in my life time such an abundance of art work. I was overwhelmed by the historical collections of early christian and medieval art, the sculptors, the paintings, the tapestries, silver, Marble floors,walls. the wealth of the Vatican is unbelievable.
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