• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 89.76 View price calendar

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Marvel over one of the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance art without the crowds, with this 2.5-hour early morning guided tour of the Vatican. Make the most of skip-the-line entrance and be one of the first visitors through the door as the Vatican Museums open. Follow your guide to the dazzling Sistine Chapel and the breathtaking Raphael Rooms; see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Perugino and more; then explore inside St. Peter's Basilica. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people, ensuring personalized attention from your art historian guide.


  • 2-hour 20-minute early-morning tour of the Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entrance and be the first inside the Vatican Museums!
  • Admire Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael rooms and the Pinacoteca art gallery
  • Marvel over Michelangelo’s Pietà in St Peter’s Basilica
  • Led by an expert art historian guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Early Morning Vatican Small-Group Tour

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Customer Reviews

Eliza G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Our tour guide as very clear and informative. We were very impressed by his knowledge. The headsets made the tour easy to hear and extremely pleasant to keep ambient noise down in such a peaceful place. Would highly recommend this options for visiting the Vatican.

megan.banks Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Be advised you will still be waiting in a line of group tours, but it is not as long as the general admission and you get to go in before it opens. This place can get crowded, so doing a small group tour was well worth the money. We had 6 people on our tour. Our guide asked if we wanted headphones, this is a must, as it can get so crowded and loud, so if you guide asks, accept!
We went on one of the busiest days in September, according to our guide. It took us a long time to get in and out of the Sistine Chapel. They had closed the group tour exit as someone of high importance needed to use the exit, so we had to wait about 15 minutes to be able to leave.
This tour finishes at the St Peters Basilica with plenty of time to explore on your own. Highly recommend going up to the top of the Basilica as it provides amazing views of Rome,

david G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Absolutely amazing, the lady who led the tour was very good and knew a lot about the history.
Best way to see the Vatican, also missing the huge queues and the heat.

Deborah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The Museum is so vast, it would have been a lost without a tour. Our guide was informative and did not rush us. A great experience.

Sylvia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

A small group so Eugene our guide was very easy to follow and extremely knowledgeable and funny. Really enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend this tour.

Anne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Mido was a fabulous guide and all the information and arrangements went very smoothly. It was fantastic to skip the line which was already long at 8.30am. The Vatican museums are awe inspiring and St Peter's Basilica is just stunning - make sure you climb to the top and get the wonderful view of Rome.


4 star rating: Recommended August 2017

Took this skip the line tour in August when the temps were 40 degrees and avoided the long hot queues, even at 8.15am. The Vatican museum is so extensive we felt that we didn't get time to view the half of it... all a bit rushed. Would have liked to have had more time to stand and read the information boards that particularly interested me. Several members of our tour group took up the offer from our Guide, to leave the tour near its conclusion, and spend more time in the museum, as the ticket was valid for all day, which I would advise others to do as you can wander inside the museum at your leisure. For me, the best part of St Peter's is the climb up and views from the dome, both inside and out, so make sure you pay a few euros more and include that part.


3 star rating: Worth doing August 2017

This tour met at 8am. We had to walk to the Vatican and get in line with another 100 people going in early. By the time we did a bathroom stop and got coffee it was 10 to 9 where it was open to the public. So we went in ten minutes early. I would suggest go before 7am.

Louise C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better October 2017

Our guide was excellent. What we saw was amazing.
However, we paid a premium in order to skip the line - we still had an hour in the line - less than if we had just gone to line up then of course. However we could have lined up ourself earlier for little price with a similar line.
It was extremely crowded inside as well - not private at all.

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