Guided tour

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Activity provider: What a Life Tours

Vatican: Early Entry to Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's

Activity provider: What a Life Tours
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From US$ 103 per person

Skip the ticket lines and explore the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica in a small group with an expert tour guide. Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

What customers loved


  • Enjoy early entrance to St. Peter's Basilica before the crowds
  • Skip the ticket line at the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Explore the Museums with a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy breakfast (coffee and croissants) before the tour departs for the Vatican
Full description
If you are planning a visit to the Vatican and looking for the ultimate VIP experience, this 3.5-hour tour will provide a personalized experience with the guidance of a passionate tour leader. Whether you’re a first-time visitor wanting to hit all the must-sees or a seasoned Vatican connoisseur in search of hidden gems, you guide will ensure that your Vatican adventure leaves memories that will last a lifetime. Your tour group will not exceed 12 participants so that you can benefit from the personal attention of your guide. The Early Morning Vatican Tour makes it possible for you to take in all the highlights and a few lesser known parts of the Vatican’s big 3: the Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. Your expert guide has years of experience and knows this cultural complex intimately, making it possible to find the least crowded spots and the most breathtaking masterpieces.
  • Skip-the-ticket-line access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s
  • Early entrance 1 hour before the crowds
  • Admission and reservation fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the coffee shop at Borgo Pio 136.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Please note:
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
  • The first portion of the itinerary is quite fast-paced. For this reason, it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties.
  • The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica require that all visitors have their knees and shoulders covered.
  • Bags measuring more than 40x35x15 centimeters as well as tripods, large umbrellas, and objects that could be harmful to other visitors or damage works of art in the Museums, are not allowed into the Vatican Museums and must be stored in the cloakroom. Be aware that the cloakroom is a 20-minute walk from the ending point of the tour.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active parish and therefore subject to unforeseen closures for spiritual celebrations. In such cases, if possible, you will be contacted in advance with an alternative tour time or itinerary.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 551 reviews

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Absolutely a must! The meeting point with breakfast was the perfect way to start the day. Our guide, Ahmed was fantastic - he was not only very knowledgeable, but very friendly and funny to be around. The inclusion of St Peters Basilica is the best part of this package as you get early morning entrance before the crowds. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and highly recommend it!

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June 23, 2022

Elaine is the best tour guide! She really enjoys what she does and is quite funny. We did the early morning tour at 7ish and it was all worth it to get in early into St. Peter’s basilica. Tour is priced higher than others on the Vatican website because it’s a smaller group which we liked. The Vatican museums tour part was super crowded as it was already about 930 or so once you do in there. I would recommend this tour … and yes get at least some tour. It’s madness and I like that someone was there to say here… go here … this is the entrance. Saves time and mental energy if you’ve never been to this place.

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June 17, 2022

El tour excelente! Hicimos Basílica De San Pedro, Museos del Vaticano y Capilla Sixtina. Los accesos rápidos en contraste con las largas filas que hacían los otros. Alicia la guía, fue espacial y explicaba muy bien sobre todo a nuestra hija de 9 años. Hicimos cúpula De San Pedro por extra 10 euros por persona. Súper recomendable el Tour

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June 14, 2022

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