Guided tour

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

From US$ 103 per person

Skip the ticket lines & explore the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in a small group with an expert tour guide. Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. All other tour agencies for 2021 do not go inside.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Audio guide included
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica before the crowds
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Explore the Museums with a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy breakfast (coffee and croissants) before the tour departs for the Vatican
Full description
If you are planning a visit to the Vatican and looking for the ultimate VIP experience, this 3.5-hour tour will provide a personalized experience with the guidance of a passionate tour leader. Whether you’re a first-time visitor wanting to hit all the must-sees or a seasoned Vatican connoisseur in search of hidden gems, you guide will ensure that your Vatican adventure leaves memories that will last a lifetime. Your tour group will not exceed 12 participants so that you can benefit from the personal attention of your guide. The Early Morning Vatican Tour makes it possible for you to take in all the highlights and a few lesser known parts of the Vatican’s big 3: the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Your expert guide has years of experience and knows this cultural complex intimately, making it possible to find the least crowded spots and the most breathtaking masterpieces.
Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s
  • Admission and reservation fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc). Participants under 18 may also use a school photo ID. Participants under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the above requirements. Participants who do not comply with these requirements will be denied entry or asked to leave the theater
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet at the coffee shop at Borgo Pio 136.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note:
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • The first portion of the itinerary is quite fast-paced. For this reason, it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
  • The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica require that all visitors have their knees and shoulders covered.
  • Bags measuring more than 40x35x15 centimeters as well as tripods, large umbrellas, and objects that could be harmful to other visitors or damage works of art in the Museums, are not allowed into the Vatican Museums and must be stored in the cloakroom. Be aware that the cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the ending point of the tour.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active parish and therefore subject to unforeseen closures for spiritual celebrations. In such cases, if possible, you will be contacted in advance with an alternative tour time or itinerary.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 407 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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The guided tour was perfect for us We were delayed due to road closers and a tour guide brought us into the line joining our group. I highly recommend this tour. Some sights are pre booked or closed when you arrive so book in advance!The guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable.

November 6, 2021

Excellent tour guide with an impossible mission. Even in 4 hours the tour really can’t cover but a fraction of the exhibits. Would likely be better to divide in two. Not enough time in the Basilica. Quality of audio was poor and no audio in Basilica because of All Saints Day which was a surprise to staff. Highest recommendation for Daniela

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November 3, 2021

Very nice tour! Very happy that we were able to view the Vatican and St. Peter's in this way! Heard a lot of interesting information and saw very nice things! It gave a lot of meaning to what you saw. It's also nice that the guide knows where to go because of the crowds. Worth repeating!

October 31, 2021

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