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Early Vatican Semi-Private Tour

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Skip the line and get exclusive access on a 3-hour, small-group tour of the Vatican with an expert guide. Enjoy unobstructed views as you explore the complex free of crowds and noise. See the Vatican Museum's most important works as you visit galleries and art collections, then step into the Sistine Chapel to take in the exquisite paintings on the vaulted ceiling. Follow a special passage into St. Peter’s Basilica, and discover the secrets and sacred places of the world’s largest church.
  • 2-hour, small-group tour of the Vatican
  • Visit the complex before regular opening hours
  • See the Vatican highlights with an experienced guide
  • Avoid long waits and crowds
  • Skip-the-line
  • All entrance fees included
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Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Professional guide for 3 hours
Guaranteed to skip-the-long lines
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Via Vespasiano, 28, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

Meeting place at our office located in Via Vespasiano 28. By Metro, (Line A), get off at Ottaviano. Ottaviano metro stop is only 10 minutes walk to our office. Please note: St. Peter's square is not the Vatican Museums meeting point.

Departure Time

10:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • St Peter's Basilica is a Church and as such the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the Basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.
  • For booking with kids, kindly bring with you a copy of the ID or passport otherwise the kid tickets cannot be provided and the new ticket should be paid directly on site.
  • Please note: if you arrive late you might lose the entrance.
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note that, for disabled visitors with certified invalidity of more than 74%, the Vatican Museums offers free entry that is extended to a companion for visitors who are not self-sufficient. To benefit from this, make sure you mention it at the time of booking so that our staff may handle your request.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Early Vatican Semi-Private 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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Early Vatican Semi-Private Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Early Vatican Semi-Private Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Early Vatican Semi-Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Early Vatican Semi-Private Tour.

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The Vatican Mill
, May 2019
Make up your mind to see the Vatican once and then have done with it. The crowds are horrendous even at this early hour. The bureaucracy involved in even entering the buildings is frustrating to say the least. Viator's guides do their best and are extremely knowledgeable but there is simply so much 'stuff' on view that it is utterly impossible to do any one, single piece of art proper and respectable justice. Our tour lasted from 0730 until 1030. Our guide was so nice that with all the leaky bladders he had in his group needing what Americans call 'the bathroom', that we finished at around 1100. Out of those three hours we were permitted a mere 10 minutes in the Sistine Chapel amidst the most horrendous and disrespectful mob of pushing and shoving crowds, obscuring the vies of others around them with their obsessive photography of every blue bottle ion the place; totally unable to observe the rule of silence in this church. Do NOT bring your kids to witness this show of self-interest and bad manners. I have a much better idea for families - take yourselves out to Casa Andrea and go on the Villa d'Este and the next day, go see the gardens and house, Villa Borghese. Viator do wonderful tours of these gorgeous places. If you must do churches, try San Clemente next the Colosseum or Santa Maria Maggiore up on Via Cavour. Even better - try a cup of tea in Babbingtons' Tea Rooms, foot of the Spanish Steps, a quick visit to Keats' House also Spanish Steps and if peace and reflection is your thing, then out to Pyramidi on the B Line to the Non-Catholic Cemetery and see where Keats and Shelley and a host of other foreign notables lie buried. Have you tried coffee in Cafe Greco in Via Condotti? Put it at the top of your list!
Great tour
, Nov 2018
Small group tour was great! Out guide Gulio was very knowledgeable and passionate about the information he presented. Easy to find the group and tour was wonderful!
Informative, well organized tour...
Maria R
, Jul 2018
Informative, well organized tour. Our guide, Julia, was knowledgeable, spoke English very well and it was obvious she enjoyed giving this tour and presenting the story of the history and art of the Vatican. This would not have been as pleasant a memory if we had waited in the long lines and rented a headset!
Excellent way to see the highlights...
Jon K
, Oct 2017
Excellent way to see the highlights of the Vatican. There are so many amazing things to digest it was very helpful having a knowledgeable guide to point out the highlights. The Vatican is always packed but early morning makes the crowds much more manageable and enjoyable. We only had 8 people in the tour which was fantastic. Highly recommend.
Received so much info while waiting...
Joe M
, Oct 2017
Received so much info while waiting in line for the Vatican to open for the early entry. If you anticipate entering the Sistine Chapel with fewer people in it you may be disappointed. Still a wonderful guide Ressella ? (Scarlet) made for a very enjoyable morning. So much wealth and opulence??
Claudia took us into the Vatican and...
Amanda H
, Oct 2017
Claudia took us into the Vatican and gave us so much information! You can tell she is passionate about this place and wanted to make sure that we were also. The small group was amazing, and the fact that we were in the Sistine Chapel with only a few other people was once in a lifetime. I would highly recommend this tour.
Excellent tour guide, Fe who sure...
patti b
, Sep 2017
Excellent tour guide, Fe who sure knows every little fact about the Vatican! it was all so magnificent and we treasured every minute being there and learning so much from Fe.
Great way to see the vatican museum...
Karen L
, Aug 2017
Great way to see the vatican museum, Sistine chapel and St Peters early before it gets so busy. It would have been a five but lots of problems with the mice and headphones not working well. Some people didn't follow meeting instructions and we had to wait/find them before proceeding.
Excellent tour. As advertised it is...
David B
, Aug 2017
Excellent tour. As advertised it is indeed semi private as a number of other tour companies do go in early, but it certainly avoids the massive queues that can develop. The tour guide, Felicity, was very knowledgeable and the tour was a good three hours, in both the Vatican museum and St Peter's Basilica. Well worth it.
There at the end of July 2017...
William N
, Aug 2017
There at the end of July 2017. Early in AM but still too crowded, which of course is not the Tour's fault. But the impression is you're just another head of cattle in the herd they want to rush through as quickly as possible, making room for their next group. The ear phones all these tours to use are worthless. Combine that with the good but italian-accented English the guide speaks, you pick up maybe 45 of what is being said. The only thing good about the tour is you didn't have to wait in line, but that's about it.

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