Sunrise Vatican Private Tour

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Skip the line and skip the crowds with this exclusive early access guided tour of the Vatican. Upon arrival at the Vatican, your private guide will be waiting to take you through the museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Over the roughly three hour tour, get an in-depth look at the historical halls and priceless works of art as your guide answers your questions.
  • Start your tour of the Vatican an hour before it opens to the public
  • This tour can be customized to your personal preferences and interests
  • Groups of up to eight travelers are welcome on this exclusive tour
  • Includes pick up (but not drop off) from your lodging in central Rome

Professional guide for 3 hours
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle from your hotel to the meeting place with your guide
Skip-the-line tickets
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

Vatican Museums, 00120, Vatican City

Traveler pickup is offered
Please inform us your hotel name and address, The tour includes a pick up from the hotel ONLY down town Rome's hotels.

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
The first part of this tour will be focused on the Vatican Museums and Upper Galleries, including one of the Maps, Tapestries, and Candelabra. In the rooms, you will have the opportunity to admire many Roman statues discovered during the excavations and many spectacular painted rooms.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Then, you will enter the Raphael Rooms, which were part of Pope Julius II's apartments. Here, while the young Raphael was painting the Room of the “Signatura”, Michelangelo was painting the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The two artists were a rivalry but Raphael will recognize the talent of Michelangelo in the “School of Athens”, you will see also the Parnassus and the Dispute over the Sacrament.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
After having admired the Raphael Rooms, you will move to the Borgia Rooms. These rooms, which were commissioned by the Spanish Pope Alexander VI Borgia and painted by Pinturicchio, are inside the oldest section of the Apostolic Palace.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Finally, you will arrive in the Modern and Contemporary Galleries, created thanks to the several donations in honor of Pope Paul VI that during a special Speech inside the Sistine Chapel he called back to the Church the modern and contemporary artists recreating the link between art and church. Many donations arrived from the United States and other countries. In fact, among the many famous artists, you will notice Matisse, Chagall, Dalì, Bacon.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
After the visit to the Vatican Museums, you will access the Sistine Chapel. Here you will be hit by the amazing view of Michelangelo's frescoes: the Creation of the World on the ceiling and the Last Judgment on the wall behind the altar of the chapel
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Finally, yo.u will enter the amazing St. Peter's Basilica, where you will admire its internal structure and many beautiful works of art. Among the many, you will be able to appreciate Michelangelo's Pietà and the Bernini's Baldacchino.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a church and, as such, the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend a longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, not recommended for customers with limited mobility.
  • Personal photography is allowed during this tour, except in the Sistine Chapel
  • Please be on time in order to enter the Vatican Museums at the time booked
  • Please specify name and address of your hotel. Pick up is included only for hotels in city center
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: wheelchair to access in car/minivan must be a foldable wheelchair only
  • Please note: a limited number of infant seats available, please inform us how many you need
  • Please note: the Vatican tour on wheelchair will take more time than the usual, so please contact us in order to create a customized itinerary for you
  • Please note: in some areas of the Vatican the stroller must be carried by yourself in your arms, due to architectural restrictions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible but may be adapted to an accessible itinerary if you contact us. 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.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.Learn more about cancellations.


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