Exclusive Early Access Vatican Semi Private Tour | with Private Option


3 hours 30 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket

Overview

Get Exclusive Early access into the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's amazing frescoes one whole hour before the general public! Together with a truly small group of only 6 participants max, or in your very own private group, you will be able to avoid the big crowds and quietly enjoy this wonderful masterpiece. The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly. This tour guarantees not only early entrance but also the personalized and intimate feel that is only possible with our truly small group size, or in your very own private group. We believe that having an intimate experience makes ALL the difference!
After the Sistine Chapel, your tour continues through the vastness of the Museums, with the greatest highlights of the Papal art collection, the Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of Tapestries, the Pinecone Courtyard, and many more, ending with the incredible Saint Peter's Basilica.

Description

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Viale Vaticano, 00165 Vatican City Italy

In this Exclusive Early Access to the Vatican you will enter the museums an hour prior to the general public, so you can enjoy much lighter crowds, and be granted immediate entry to the Sistine Chapel!
The Vatican Museums is on everyone’s Rome itinerary so you can imagine it gets quite full, quite quickly.
The best way to get the most of this popular site is to enter early and to see it either in our Semi-Private Group of ONLY 6 people MAX, or in your very own Private Group.
Enjoy a thorough explanation of the incredible masterpiece that is the Sistine Chapel and learn all about it from your professional expert guide before you actually enter the chapel. As it is a holy place, it is strictly forbidden to speak inside. That is why we guarantee you will learn all about it before you enter. Then, once inside, you will have time to take it all in and admire the breathtaking beauty of this world famous site in contemplative silence.


Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

With the luxury of our truly small group size of 6 people max, or in the personalized intimacy of your very own private group, you will be guaranteed to get the very most out of your Vatican experience. This way you can easily navigate through the countless masterpieces with an expert guide, ask all the questions you wish, and have the guarantee of a personalized experience. We trust this makes ALL the difference!

Walk through the heavily decorated Gallery of the Candelabras and enjoy the trompe l’oeil in the Gallery of the Tapestries. After you learn about the impressive Gallery of the Maps, continue to the exquisite Raphael Rooms. With your professional expert tour guide, you will be sure to see all the highlights as well as hidden gems! You will not only learn the fantastic history of the powerful Popes but will also delight in the bits of gossip and other little-known stories about life in Vatican City.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

Your comprehensive Vatican tour concludes with VIP entrance directly into St. Peter’s Basilica without standing in the long lines. Walking through the Basilica, you will learn all about the secrets of the magnificent and ornate decorations, sculptures, altars and chapels. Visit Michelangelo’s Pieta and walk down the main nave to admire the dome he designed that sits on top of the largest Catholic church in the world.

NOTE: The passage between the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica is currently closed due to covid-19 physical distancing measures. This means that in order to enter the Church your tour will need to go around the Vatican State walls. we will do our best to include a tour of the Basilica, but this may not always be possible due to the distance between the sites and the security line. In the event, this would not be possible, our guides will ensure a complete orientation of the Basilica so that you will collect the information prior to your visit.

Duration: 45 minutes

Inclusions

  • Tour in a Safe and Semi Private Group of MAX 6 PEOPLE GUARANTEED
  • Enjoy Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public
  • Skip the long ticket lines
  • Learn from a Professional Local Expert Guide
  • Private Option of this tour is Available!
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Occasionally the basilica may be closed due to last minute private events outside of the tour operators control and often without notice. In these uncommon circumstances the tour will operate as usual and the time spent inside the basilica will be made up elsewhere on the tour.
  • 2022 NEWS: Thanks to a very special and profound partnership with the Vatican Museums for 2022, we are proud to offer clients a very unique and exclusive 8AM first entry into the Museums’ doors, guaranteed to be reserved only to a handful of other collaborating tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and one hour before the general public. We are proud to be able to serve such impressive and extraordinary experience and share it with our clients.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Vatican management maintains the right to delay the opening of the Sistine Chapel for religious reasons, in this case the guide will modify the itinerary and extend your visit of the museums to ensure you make the most of your time before access to the Sistine Chapel is permitted.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note St Peter's Basilica is closed on most Wednesday's. If you book during a day in which the Basilica is closed, your tour of the Vatican Museums will be extended to compensate the closure
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • This tour operates within current local COVID-19 protocol. We are not responsible for any persons who do not adhere to regulations, and in said circumstances will result in loss of the tour without refund.

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Operates

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

Bill_W
May 2022

Very good and knowledgeable guide. Well organized. They finish the tour in St. Peter's which allows you to continue to explore for 5 minutes or hours. Luca's knowledge and humor added to the success of the tour.

Carey_S
May 2022

Definitely book this! We got there at 7:30 and were broken into our private group and allowed early access before everyone else in line. This allowed us to see most of the Vatican relatively alone - we did have to wait in a line to get into Dt Peters but it moved really fast and it was 4x the len...

Sharon_M
May 2022

This was a wonderful tour. We decided to do the early access with a small group of people and it was well worth it. We were able to get into the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Square well before the general public, very little waiting. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. T...

Shawn_R
May 2022

Early access doesn’t mean it won’t be crowded. Very crowded, couldn’t pause to take it in. It’s truly an amazing place, and we traveled so far. We had less than 10 minutes to see the Sistine Chapel.

Elizabeth_C
May 2022

ELLA gave a fantastic tour! You could tell loves her job and is very knowledgeable and engaged about everything she showed us. And the semi private option worked out great. There were just 6 of us and it was manageable and still very personal. Highly recommend!

Stephanie G
May 2022

Ella was a wonderful tour guide during our trip to the Vatican and basilica! She is very knowledgeable and we had a great time soaking in everything she talked about.

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