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Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour

Roma, Italy
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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The Vatican Museums are among the most visited museums in the world and they often have lines to match. This small-group express tour offers early access to the Vatican before the crowds arrive, so you can take in highlights such as the Hall of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps; marvel at the Sistine Chapel; and enjoy skip-the-line entrance to St. Peter's Basilica (except Wednesdays, when the Basilica is closed to the public.)
  • Small-group tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Skip the line and enter early, before the general public
  • All entrance fees included
  • Professional guide ensures you understand the significance of the museums
Professional and passionate local guide
Small-group tour size to guarantee a great experience
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Hotel pickup and drop-off
St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • 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
  • Please note: large bags, backpacks, luggage, and tripods cannot be brought into the Vatican Museums. There is a coat-check at the museum entrance; however, the end point of the tour is far from the museum entrance and it will take about 20 minutes to walk back to pick up your belongings. Leaving large items at your hotel is highly recommended
  • Please note: in the event there are unexpected closings or an area usually covered on the tour is unavailable, your guide will still provide explanations of that area from the outside. You will also be shown an extra site or gallery to compensate the closed area
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Roman Guy

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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What is the maximum group size during Rome Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica Early Morning Express Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Definitely pay the extra whilst you are there and climb to the top of the Basilica." See review


198 Reviews
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Great tour to see highlights and for people that have light walking difficulties.
Erica P
, Apr. 2019
My husband had a knee problem so we wanted a tour that could capture the glory of the Vatican and avoid long lines. As many thousands of visitors gather to see this unique sight, this early morning tour makes a lot of sense. Of course until the group is gathered, microphones given and passing through security takes some necessary time but meanwhile an informative account was given by our wonderful guide Simeon. We were shown and explained the main exhibitions with passion and understanding. My husband had a walking stick with a small seat that could open and he could sit on it for a few minutes to rest. There was time to go to the bathroom and sit while she prepared our entrance to the Sistine Chapel. A final highlight to see St. Peters to round off this wonderful tour.
Waited in LINES!
, Jun. 2018
We were promised not too wait in lines! And it took us 1 hour and 45 min to get in... It was not very organized.. Once we were in though the actual tour was very nice.She was very informative and the Vatican is gorgeous!!
Well organised tour with an...
Nicholas W
, Nov. 2017
Well organised tour with an excellent tour guide. Well worth getting up early and missing the crowd. Definitely pay the extra whilst you are there and climb to the top of the Basilica.
Our guide was exceptional! We've...
Carol E
, Oct. 2017
Our guide was exceptional! We've been on many tours with wonderful guides, but this woman was by far the best. Incredible. Easy to find the meeting spot, easy check in. Well planned use of the time. Our guide was so knowledgeable the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and Basilica came alive for us in a way we hadn't imagined possible. Simply amazing.

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