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Time3 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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

$99.00 USD


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Sep 2018

This was a good tour and our guide, Ellie was excellent. Things were great in the beginning before the Vatican actually opened to the public because you had enough space to move around and observe things. However, once the Vatican opened to the public it was a mad house. Thank goodness our guide took us to the Sistine Chapel before the public came in so it was not very crowded. Great to really be able to admire and take everything in. When we had to walk back through the outer part of the chapel later in our tour it was filled with people and was so crowded. Because of time constraints we barely had any time to look at things in the Vatican gift shop. We had to ask our guide if we could take a few minutes to look around and be able to buy any presents we wanted, because we would not be able to come back to the gift shop after our tour. The tour ended at St. Peter's which was also beautiful. This was a good way to see the Vatican but you should be aware that there are numerous small group tours about 15 people in each group. All of these groups go in an hour before it opens to the public. So you are not really alone there are many small groups going around during that first hour. I think if I did this again I would do the very private early tour that starts at 6:00 am even though it is extremely expensive. If you can afford it that would be my recommendation. Otherwise this type of tour is the next best thing.

, Sep 2018

So it looks chaotic finding our guide was very easy. I apologise I forget her name but she was fantastic. She is a art historian from Italy with very good English. Shoes very knowledgeable, very nice and willing to answer any questions. Had a very good time.

, Sep 2018

Overall it was worth it, did not have to wait in a massive line but you still have to wait a bit. Super busy inside, with all the other tour groups, good information given.

, Aug 2018

the guide Elaine was excellent. She was knowledgable and interesting and funny. she hit all the highlights and knew all the back stories and was genuinely interested in the art

, Aug 2018

We're VERY glad we bought this tour. It was very convenient to not have to stand in a long line to buy tickets and to not deal with the very large crowds meandering around the museums and chapel as we were headed out. Also, the guide was informative and helpful. My only complaint: The Vatican needs air conditioning in the summer! But that's not Viator's fault.

, Aug 2018

Barbara was wonderful. I recommend this tour to all that plan to visit the Vatican. You will regret it, if you don't. What a great visit-getting into the Vatican before opening hour. There was only 6 of us in our group, and we were able to get around quickly and visited so much of the museums .By 1 pm the museum was so crowed, it was impossible to get around. We left the museum and the lines of people outside were around the block.

, Jul 2018

Great tour guide, very good English.

, Jul 2018

FANTASTIC!! It was excellent and our guide was AMAZING! I would take this tour again in a heartbeat!

, Jul 2018

The only way to see the Sistine Chapel without being crammed in like sardines is with a before hours tour. We entered the museums just after 8am and were in the Sistine before 9 when there was just a small crowd. We were able to walk around and really get a good look at everything. While we were there a priest came in and welcomed everyone, saying a short prayer. We were also able to go speak with the priest to pray together - a truly once in a lifetime experience in the most holy place. After leaving the Sistine and going back through the museums there is a noticeable difference in the volume of people, making it even more clear how essential it is to get in before hours. You exit through the Sistine as well, and by 10:30 it was completely packed in there.

Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The group was small less than 12 people so it was easy to stick together. There were other groups in there with 30 people, so I can't imagine they had the same experience we did. Highly recommend this tour - it is the only way to actually enjoy your time at the Vatican.

, Jul 2018

We were so happy we purchased this before hours tour. The line for people who didn't pre purchase was incredibly long. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable about both art and history. She gave us interesting facts all along the tour. We bought tickets to go up into the dome when the tour was done. It was only 10 euros and was also well worth it. The view was incredible.

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