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Vatican Tour – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

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Min Age : 13+
Max People : 23

If you’re looking for an exclusive experience at the Vatican Museums, consider booking an early morning VIP access tour. This tour allows you to bypass the typical crowds and skip the long queue to enter the museums. As a result, you’ll have more time and space to explore inside before the crowds start pouring in later in the day.

With a professional tour guide leading a small group, you’ll have the benefit of their knowledge and expertise to enhance your experience. Your guide will provide insights and anecdotes about the history, art, and culture of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter. You’ll also learn the best way to navigate the early morning Vatican Tour and how to make the most of your time there.

By taking an early morning VIP access tour, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the most famous and awe-inspiring works of art and architecture in the world, such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and the stunning frescoes in the Raphael Rooms. You’ll also be able to explore the vast collection of ancient sculptures, tapestries, and paintings that make up the Vatican Museums.

Overall, an early morning VIP access tour of the Vatican Museums is an excellent way to avoid the crowds and have a more intimate and immersive experience. With a knowledgeable tour guide and plenty of time and space to explore, you’re sure to have a memorable visit to this historic and breathtaking location.

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Primary Tour Activity

This tour includes VIP early access to the museum before regular ticket holders.

A guided tour of the Vatican Museums

During the guided tour, you will be taken inside the museums to view the Candelabra, Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps.

A description or an overview of the Sistine Chapel

Accompanied by an experienced guide who can provide insights into the cultural and theological context of the Sistine Chapel’s renowned masterpieces, you will have the opportunity to explore the nearly empty corridors and marvel at the beauty of the chapel.

Discover St. Peter's Basilica

Once the early morning tour concludes, you are free to continue exploring St. Peter’s Basilica on your own. Please note that guided tours are not offered at this location.

Tour Details

The Early Access VIP Small-Group Tour offers a truly unforgettable opportunity to explore some of the most iconic landmarks in the Vatican City. This exclusive tour allows you to discover the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica before they even open to the general public.

Ideal for those who prefer a more peaceful and tranquil visit to these famous landmarks, the early morning tour offers a unique chance to see the Vatican in a serene setting, away from the usual crowds. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating history and art of the Vatican.

To start off your day, the tour includes a special breakfast next door to the tour office, ensuring that you are energized and ready to embark on this unforgettable journey. After breakfast, you will make your way to the Vatican, where you will have early access to explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica before they open to the public.

During the tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the historical and cultural significance of the Vatican’s treasures, from the intricate tapestries to the breathtaking works of art adorning the walls of the Sistine Chapel. You will have ample time to admire these masterpieces and take in the breathtaking beauty of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Overall, the Early Access VIP Small-Group Tour provides an exclusive and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to discover the Vatican’s cultural treasures in a peaceful and intimate setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the usual crowds.

With small groups of no more than 22 people, you will have the opportunity to explore the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in a truly personalized and intimate way.

Accompanied by an expert guide, you will be able to discover the fascinating history and art of the Vatican Museums as you stroll through the serene hallways. From the magnificent Last Judgment to the breathtaking frescoes on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and Raphael’s stunning works of art, you will have a chance to see some of the most celebrated masterpieces in history up close.

You will also have the opportunity to admire an extensive collection of Roman, Etruscan, Egyptian, and Renaissance antiquities that are on display at the Vatican Museums. With classical statues that have inspired Renaissance artists, you will be amazed by the intricate details and artistic expressions of these ancient treasures.

After the guided tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, you will have free time to explore St. Peter’s Square at your leisure. With its stunning architecture and rich history, the square offers a perfect opportunity to reflect on the beauty and grandeur of the Vatican City.

TOUR DURATION

3 hours

MEETING TIME

Participant should reach the meeting point 25 minutes prior.

MEETING POINT

Via Germanico, 40, 00192 Roma RM

TOUR GUIDE

Expert English, Italian, and Spanish Spoken Guide (By default Italian Guide)

STARTING TIME

9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Choose any time slot).

Everyday except Sunday.

What is included
  • Admission ticket
  • Before-hours exclusive entrance to the Vatican
  • Guaranteed Skip The Lines entry
  • Exclusive Breakfast (Only 7:30 AM Tour)
  • Guided tour to Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
What is not included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food/Beverage
  • Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica
Tour Highlights

Experience a small-group trip to the Vatican Museums, which includes a delightful morning breakfast.

To avoid the crowds, it is recommended to arrive at the Vatican early.

Enjoy exclusive access to the Vatican Museums.

Gain a deeper understanding of the Vatican Museums with the assistance of a knowledgeable tour guide.

Avoid the crowds and discover the breathtaking masterpieces of Michelangelo and Bernini.

Experience the renowned Renaissance frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms during the early morning exploration.

Following the tour, you have the freedom to wander and admire the beauty of St. Peter's Basilica for as much time as you desire.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for free entry tickets to the Vatican? Where can I obtain free entry tickets for visitors with disabilities?

Visitors with disabilities who have a verified invalidity of over 74% are granted free admission to the Vatican Museums. In addition, visitors who require assistance are allowed to bring a companion who can also enter for free. These free entry tickets can be obtained directly at the special permissions and/or reception desks in the museum hall, provided that a valid invalidity certificate is presented. If necessary, priority skip-the-line entry is given to the companion of a visitor with a disability.

For those who need a wheelchair, a free wheelchair can be obtained from the Museum cloakroom upon presentation of a valid ID and a deposit.

Entering sites or museums can be a challenge for people with disabilities, and many may not be aware of the available accommodations. The staff at the Vatican Museums are sensitive to the needs of visitors with disabilities, and free tours have been designed specifically for Blind and Deaf visitors upon request. However, visitors with disabilities are not able to tour the Vatican Gardens.

It was mentioned that a complimentary breakfast is included in your 7:30 am visit to the Vatican. Can you clarify what this entails?

At 7:30 am, our Vatican City tour began with an Italian breakfast served at our office before entering the Vatican Museum. The cost of the breakfast is included in the tour price and offers a wide variety of options including baked goods, fresh fruit juice, and freshly brewed coffee.

What sights can I anticipate witnessing during the Vatican City morning tour?

Most of our Vatican morning tour packages include visits to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. You can select whether to join a guided tour by visiting our “Choose Your Tour” page. All of our tours come with an expert guide. Specifically, this tour covers the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.

Please note that the St. Peter’s Basilica Guided Tour is not included in the ticket price.

What is the maximum group size for the Vatican morning tour?

Each group typically has a maximum of 22 participants for the tour.

Where is the morning breakfast for this tour available?

The free breakfast will be provided adjacent to our office located at the Vatican.

What languages are Vatican morning tours available in?

The morning tour is specifically offered in English and will be guided by a knowledgeable and professional tour guide.

Can I explore St. Peter's Basilica on my own after the Vatican morning tour concludes?

Certainly, at the conclusion of our Vatican morning tour, you are free to explore St. Peter’s Basilica on your own. The basilica’s entrance, conveniently located near the end of our tour, provides access to the grottoes, Vatican Post Office, and the option to climb the Dome. While our guide will be happy to offer directions, please note that this part of the visit will not be guided.

Please be aware that St. Peter’s Basilica is closed on specific religious holidays, including Easter, December 24 and 31. Additionally, the basilica may close unexpectedly for religious activities, in which case a visit to the Vatican Library will be substituted.

Typically, visitors can walk directly from the Sistine Chapel to the basilica through another door. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this door has been temporarily blocked, and entry to the basilica is through a separate entrance. While group tours were not previously allowed to enter the basilica from the interior, this restriction has been lifted, and guided tours are now permitted to continue in the basilica until further notice.

Am I allowed to bring bags with me?

You may bring a small bag with essential items during your visit, but please refrain from carrying large bags or luggage as they are not allowed inside the attraction.

Who is eligible for a discount?

Children aged below 6 years are eligible for free admission to the Museum, while young tourists aged between 6 and 18 years can receive a discount on the total price. Valid proof of age, such as a passport, must be presented.

Students under the age of 25 can also avail themselves of the discounts by presenting a valid Student ID and legal documents like a passport or driving license to verify their eligibility.

Do visitors need to adhere to a dress code?

Visitors are advised to wear clothing that covers their shoulders, arms, and lower legs. Clothing such as shorts, short pants, short skirts, sleeveless tops, and garments that expose the shoulders are not permitted for both men and women.

Is the tour suitable for children?

This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 6. Children aged between 6 and 18 can participate in the tour but must be accompanied by an adult.

I have difficulty walking. Is it possible for me to visit this place?

If you have any mobility issues, please contact us for private access. However, please note that the sites are not wheelchair accessible, so unfortunately, visitors who require wheelchairs will not be able to visit this place.

Can I cancel this tour?

This tour cannot be canceled and is non-refundable. However, visitors can request a change in the tour time and date by informing us at least 48 hours before the scheduled date. The change will be subject to availability, and only one change is permitted for the tour time and date.

Will I be able to get a refund for my ticket if I arrive late or fail to show up for the tour?

It’s recommended that you arrive at the tour meeting location 25 minutes early. It is the customer’s responsibility to be punctual. Unfortunately, if you arrive late or fail to show up, we will be unable to accommodate you as we will already be at the tour destination with other participants. Additionally, please note that the Vatican tour ticket is non-refundable, and cannot be cancelled. Therefore, if you miss the tour, you will not receive a refund for your ticket.

What Covid 19 travel must-haves should a traveler keep in mind while on the tour?

We at “Explore Italy Today” strive to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information.

As per the latest COVID-19 regulations, tourists are not required to present a vaccination certificate, test certificate, or “Green Pass” to enter the Colosseum or other places like restaurants, museums, and historical sites.

Please note that wearing a mask is mandatory when visiting the Colosseum. Failure to comply with this rule will result in denial of entry. Additionally, your temperature will be checked at the entrance, and entry will be refused if it exceeds 37.5C (99.5F).

While in the open-air areas of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, the mask requirement may be relaxed. However, a mask must be worn when entering the Roman Forum area.

Please refer to the Covid-19 Travel Notice for the latest travel updates during the pandemic.

Is it possible to arrange transportation from my hotel to the tour meeting point?

You have several options for transportation to the meeting point, including hotel pick-up for an additional fee. To arrange for hotel transportation, simply select the option during the tour booking process, and we will make the necessary arrangements for you.

If I want to cancel my tour, whom should I contact?

To cancel a trip, please get in touch with us by dialing +39 081 188 16603 or +39 327 742 0062.

Our customer service team is available from Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Prior to canceling your tour, kindly review the other frequently asked questions regarding cancellations for this tour, as well as the Cancellation & Refund Policy of “Explore Italy Today”.

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