Supersaver: Early Bird Vatican Museums, Colosseum and Ancient Rome Guided Tour

Rome, Italy

Tour Rating
icon5 hours to 6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Visit the Vatican without the daytime crowds, then explore the Colosseum and Ancient Rome in the afternoon. After an early morning start, you’ll take a walking tour around the Vatican Museums to discover Renaissance delights and history inside Raphael’s Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Take a 3-hour break, then meet up with your guide in the afternoon for a tour of the Colosseum’s arena and dungeons, followed by a walk around the ruins of the Roman Forum.
  • Split day tour of the Vatican and Ancient Rome
  • Enter the Vatican Museums before the daytime crowds
  • Visit Raphael’s Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Access the Colosseum with a skip-the-line ticket
  • Learn about the gladiators as you explore the Colosseum’s arena
  • Stroll around the ruined temples of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

Professional guide
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation from Vatican to Colosseum

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Piazza del Colosseo, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Head to Vatican City at 7:30am, and meet your guide near the Vatican Museums. At this early time, the Vatican is free from the larger crowds that materialize later in the day.

Step inside the museum complex and wander around the galleries, admiring a centuries-old collection of influential art that was amassed by the popes. Learn about the frescoes of Raphael’s Rooms, then step inside the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, which adorns the high ceiling. Finish your tour of the Vatican with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, accessed via a skip-the-line entranceway.

Bid goodbye to your guide, and then spend three hours at your leisure before your afternoon tour of Ancient Rome. 

At 1:45pm, you’ll meet your guide by the Colosseum. Use your skip-the-line ticket to bypass the general entrance line and step inside the ancient amphitheater. 

As tales of the Roman gladiators ring in your ears, you’ll walk around the arena to see where the battles took place. Peek in the dungeons where animals were kept before the fights, and learn about the braying Roman crowds who gathered at the stadium to watch events unfold.

Leave the Colosseum and finish with a stroll around the ruins of Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. Your tour then ends in the heart of Ancient Rome.
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
See the beautiful Vatican Museums
Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Sistine Chapel
Our art expert guide will explain you the magnificents of the sistine chapel
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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St. Peter's Basilica
Explore the centre of the Catholicism
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
roman forum
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Palatine Hill
palatine hill
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 and also for adults for the entrance at the Colosseum
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. Local operator is not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. If the Basilica closed for religious functions, you'll spend more time in the Vatican galleries with your guide
  • Please be aware that to enter the Colosseum it is necessary to pass a metal detector security check. Visitors cannot avoid these checks. Even though skip the line tickets are purchased in advance, local operator is not responsible for time spent waiting to pass security checks
  • The tour consists of 2 different tours: a Vatican tour in the morning and a Colosseum / Ancient Rome tour
  • If you choose the option with Roman Forum and Palatine hill, the order of the visit of this tour can be: first Roman forum and Palatine hill and then Colosseum
  • If you arrive late you might lose the entrance at the Vatican or Colosseum
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation policy

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