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Marvel over one of the world’s greatest collections of Renaissance art without the crowds, on an 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.
  • 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
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This early-morning tour visits the Vatican when temperatures are lower and crowds are less.
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Via Germanico, 16 , Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Departure Point: Maya Tours Address: We are at Via Germanico 16 - (almost at the corner of Via Leone IV) 00192 Roma

11:30 AM
St. Peter's Basilica , Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

The tour guide will leave you at the priority entrance to St. Peter's Basilica. In the event of a closure, you will be left in St. Peter's SquareThe tour will end at the exit of the Vatican Museums

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Ticket includes: The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour, you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Knees & Shoulders MUST be covered for both men & women to enter the Sistine Chapel!
  • Please note that on the day of your visit certain areas of the monument/attraction can be closed due to either religious events or national holidays.
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure this could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • Cancellations, changes or issues due to weather, security and events held by the monument are beyond our control and are directly decided by their administration team. These issues will be reviewed by us and dealt with on an individual basis but are the responsibility of the monument.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependent on the monument/attraction’s administration offices availability and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Students booking a reduced ticket must have a photo ID; you must bring a photo ID to be allowed into the monument.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Exclusive Semi-Private Vatican Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Our tour guide as very clear and...
Eliza G
, Apr 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.
Our guide was excellent. What we saw...
Louise C
, Oct 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. Louise
Be advised you will still be waiting...
, Oct 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,
Absolutely amazing, the lady who led...
david G
, Sep 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.
Took this skip the line tour in...
, Aug 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.
The Museum is so vast, it would have...
Deborah D
, Aug 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.
This tour met at 8am. We had to walk...
, Aug 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.
A small group so Eugene our guide...
Sylvia S
, Apr 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.
Mido was a fabulous guide and all...
, 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.

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