• Location: Vatican City, Vatican City
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 89.00 View price calendar

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Begin your exploration of the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public with this 3-hour tour. With your small group and tour guide, head straight for the Sistine Chapel to marvel at its art and architecture as one of its first daily visitors. Continue to St Peter's Basilica, listening to informative commentary on the history of the church and Vatican City as you walk. Entrance fees, guaranteed skip-the-line entry and use of individual headsets are included.


  • Entrance to the Vatican Museums 1 hour before general admission
  • Tour the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica
  • Small group means personalized attention
  • Learn about the history of the Vatican City
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly

What You Can Expect

Before Hours Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s

Raphael Room -Vatican Museums Early

Customer Reviews

Laurel H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

So worthwhile to get the Before Hours Tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and directed us through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's with ease, knowing exactly when to visit each to avoid the largest crushing crowds. We were not alone in the Sistine Chapel, but there was definitely room to move around. When we walked back through at the end of our tour, it was elbow to elbow. And the Vatican Museums had very few people on our walk through. All in all, the history and information shared, as well as the ability to avoid the crushing crowds later on were worth every penny. We loved this tour!

Cherry BT New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The best way to see and enjoy the Sistine Chapel in silence and without the crowds! It was well worth the money. I also enjoyed the rest of the tour thanks to our knowledgeable guide, Julia.

Jessica L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide Raffa was the best! This was well worth the money to enter in an hour early to the museums and see the Sistine Chapel with hardly any people inside. Raffa was super knowledgeable about everything at the Vatican. Great tour!!

Chris C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

If you want to see the Sistine Chapel without the huge crowds that gather, take the Before Hours tour. It is a magical place and having the ability to see the wondrous art before the Chapel became overcrowded was a real treat. You could literally spend hours here, the artwork is nothing short of stunning. Well worth the money and well worth getting up early to enjoy these magnificent Vatican structures.

Angela A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

knowledgeable guide. must take this tour especially during peak season to minimise encounters with large crowds

Mariela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It is the best way to maximize your sightseeing in Rome. Having access to eee the Sistine Chapel with less crowd was worth it. Tour operators were knowledgeable.

Hunter L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Getting there before thousands and thousands of people means that you get the best experience and the best pictures you could imagine. By the time our tour ended the line to get inside the Vatican was wrapped around the courtyard and over 2hrs wait. Really, one of the best decisions!

Desiree M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing experience! Jad was a fantastic guide whose enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and upbeat personality really enhanced our experience. I am coming back and will do this particular tour again!

Chelsea P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Incredibly knowledgeable guide! Loved getting in early before the crowds! Great value for price! Would definitely recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017


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