Private Early Bird Vatican Tour

3 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket


Are you planning your once in a life time Vatican experience? This is hands down the best Vatican Tour!
Our early bird tour options will allow you to enjoy the Vatican treasure before the crowd!
After hotel pickup, travel to the Vatican. Enjoy a fascinating tour and an interactive experience with a passionate tour guide who will animate the history of the magnificent artwork and cater to your personal interests.
During your visit, see one of the world’s finest collections of sculptures, carvings, frescoes, and paintings.
The main attractions included in the tour will be the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica ( not available on Wednesday morning due to the Papal Audience).
Don't waste your time, choose our Prime option and be among the first lucky ones to enter the Museums!


  • Private Walking Tour
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Tickets to the Vatican Museums
  • VIP Early access one hour before the opening to the general public
  • Visit to the Sistine Chapel
  • Shortcut to St. Peter's Basilica
  • LUXURY OPTION - Meet and greet with the guide at your accommodation (if centrally located)
  • LUXURY OPTION - Private hotel pick-up and drop-off service (from/to centrally located locations)
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

With our Prime Tour, we get you inside the Museums before the regular Early Morning crowds, bypassing those already waiting in line for the Vatican doors to open - You'll really feel like the Popes Special Guest as you stroll right past everyone who has a Standard Early Morning Vatican Tour.

Watch the Vatican Museum Galleries slowly come to life before their day starts.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Cortile della Pigna, Vatican City Italy

The Courtyard of the “Pigna”, created from the 16th century area of the “Belvedere”

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

The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. It is known throughout the world both for being the place where the conclave and other official ceremonies of the Pope are held (in the past also some papal coronations), and for being decorated with one of the most famous and celebrated works of art of artistic civilization the frescoes by Michelangelo.

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The largest Basilica in the world is also home to worldwide masterpieces like the famous Pietà by Michelangelo! it even houses an underground crypt for Popes, of which can be visited ( not available on Wednesday morning due to the Papal Audience)
The Basilica has a big influence from Michelangelo and you can see his art work throughout. The Basilica was originally built above the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, where the Pope visits every Christmas or Easter Time.

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary depending on the availability and decisions of the monument/attraction's administration offices on the booking day and may be subject to last-minute changes
  • Please inform us in the event of mobility issues or other disabilities
  • In the case of visitors using wheelchairs and mobility scooters, please note that the Museums are partially accessible, and the Basilica won't be included
  • St. Peter's Basilica is not included on Wednesday due to the Papal Audience
  • St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel are subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we're happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums. While we endeavor to inform our guests ahead of time about any planned disruptions to the opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts
  • A current valid passport or ID document is required on the day of the tour for children under 18 years old as proof of their age
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Please review the confirmation message that we send one day prior to the tour date, which confirms the final details of the service
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
May 2022

Fantastic, knowledgeable, and personal guide through the Vatican. It was a really superb experience, with the added perk of skipping the public line.

April 2022

The tour was marvelous. We were picked up on time. The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The only way to see the Vatican

April 2022

Katie’s insights to the wonders that we were experiencing made this is most enjoyable experience. Well done!

May 2022

Maria was AWESOME! She spoke beautiful English and was very knowledgeable. Our family of four loved this private tour and being able to get in early before the crowds let us see so much more. We would definitely do it again.

April 2022

Seeing the Vatican Museum with a guide is a MUST. The private guided early morning tour made it absolutely come alive. . It is still crowded in the morning but you can really see things as compared to later. I have been to the Vatican several times and our guide was the the most knowledgeable and...

April 2022

Our excellent guide Manuela made this early bird private tour an unforgettable experience with a lot of very precious informations and historical backgrounds. Highly recommended

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