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Visit the Vatican without the crowds on a private early bird tour. With a private guide, enter the Vatican Museums before the complex opens to the general public, and enjoy an exclusive exploration of world-renowned art by Raphael, Da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo. See the Sistine Chapel, and enter St Peter’s Basilica directly from the museums, without waiting in the main line from St Peter’s Square.


  • Hotel pickup included
  • Skip the line
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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What You Can Expect

Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour with Hotel pick-up

Visit the Museums at your own pace

As one of the most-visited museums in the world, the Vatican Museums are understandably crowded, so avoid the masses with a private morning tour before the public arrives. After pickup at your hotel, explore the empty Vatican Museums with your private guide, who tells you about the history of the artwork and can customize the tour to your interests.

Hear about the legends and mysteries behind some of the pieces on display, and learn about the Renaissance masters who created the artwork. You can decide if you want to see the iconic Sistine Chapel first or last—either way, it’s the highlight of any visit with its famous frescoes by Michelangelo. Other treasures inside the museum complex include sculptures, carvings and paintings; your guide will make sure you see the most important masterpieces and interesting rooms and galleries.

Visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps, and then head into St Peter’s Basilica to see more artwork, like Bernini’s Baldachino altar. Your tour ends in St Peter’s Square, home to an Egyptian obelisk around which Bernini designed the square.

Customer Reviews

Jane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I would do it this way again in a heartbeat! Our guide, Azura, was lovely...and the experience was beyond my imaginings. Our family of five is so grateful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour. No waiting in lines to get in. Many thanks to our guide Katie from Eyes of Rome who was so knowledgable and enthusiastic.

Diane D R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We were able to enter the Vatican when we arrived, shortly after 8:00 am., and the tour, even without the Basilica, was very nice. Tatania was a great guide, always ready to answer questions, and to volunteer interesting information. As agreed in the contract, she accompanied us back to our hotel in a taxi, We were impressed by how well the arrangement worked, and really enjoyed the tour and meeting Tatania. And it was a treat to be able to avoid the Vatican lines!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, Katy, was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with, and responded to the needs of our small but demanding group. The whole experience was fantastic and definitely worth every penny.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was a bit expensive BUT WORTH EVERY PENNY!! The tour guide Francesca Di Tomasso wasone of the best I've ever had. She was bright, informed,knowledgeable,interesting,thoughtful and very aware of our slightest need. Skipping the line is great,but getting inBEFORE actual opening was worth the extra money. Francesca actually seemed to enjoy what she does and that is contagious.This is a 10 star experience.ask for her. We were a group of 5 and it stayed that way.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

10 stars

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide Marta was fantastic. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of the art and antiquities enriched our experience. She navigated the Vatican expertly and avoided the worst of the crowds. I highly recommend this experience.

Nathalie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Ce tour vaut son pesant d'or. Notre guide était une source inépuisable de connaissance, ce qui permet de profiter au maximum de la visite et d'en repartir avec un souvenir impérissable.

Thomas K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderfull tour, early morning was an excellent time to visit. Our tour guide was informed, enthusiastic and easily personalized our tour to meet our particular interests. She also helped us prepare well for a pall audience later in the week. We were delighted with the experience - it exceeded our expectations. Tom and Lynn


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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