The Real Early Morning Vatican Tour: VIP Entrance Before Crowds

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
    
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Private experience
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Overview

Make your visit to the Vatican Museums an intimate and immersive experience on a private 3-hour morning tour. Beginning before the museum opens to the public and the hoards of tourists arrive, you enjoy early access to the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica, and more. During your visit, your personal guide brings Italian history, architecture, and artwork to life through engaging commentary.
  • Get the personalized experience of a private tour
  • Explore the Vatican without the big crowds
  • Relax in complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Enjoy included admission to the Vatican Museums

VIP early morning entrance tickets before crowds
Hotel pickup and drop-off
English-speaking driver with luxury transportation
Licensed tour guide
Private tour
Complimentary bottled water
Food and drinks
Optional gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We offer pickup service from all accommodation facilities located in the city center of Rome. Hotels, B&B's and apartments.

Please include, in your reservation, the accommodation name and address.

Departure Time

7:10 AM
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
This tour allows you to enjoy the greatest masterpieces of the Vatican like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”, with a few other lucky ones! You will be amongst the the first visitors to enter the Vatican museums early in the morning before opening hours to the public. An exclusive experience not be be missed at all if possible. You will be able to admire the magnificent frescoes of the Sistine Chapel with other 35-40 people inside and sometimes even less. After the complimentary pick-up from your accommodation, you will meet your tour guide in front of the Vatican entrance and with your special early morning admission ticket, you will walk through the dedicated lane and enter the empty museums. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome overlooking the Vatican gardens. Your guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations. You will visit the Pio Clementine museum, you will gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, then, through the Hall of the painted maps, you will enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
You will admire the magnificent frescoes of Michelangelo with maximum other 35-40 people inside. Sometimes even less. A true privilege that only a few visitors can experience!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
After visiting the Sistine Chapel, through a special door available only if accompanied by your tour guide, you will reach the largest Catholic church in the world: St. Peter's Basilica. This is where Michelangelo's sculpture "Pieta" is kept and the tombs of the popes including St. John Paul II's and St. Peter the Apostle.  The tour ends in St. Peter's square, where you will admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica.  You will enjoy a complimentary hotel drop-off after the tour.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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