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Skip-the-Line: Early Entrance Vatican Tour

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Overview
Skip the line and beat the queues! Enjoy privileged access to the Vatican by beginning your tour one hour before the museum doors officially open. The tour covers Sistine Chapel (before the crowds!), Vatican Museums, exclusively - all time closed Secret Rooms, and St. Peter's Basilica (if option selected) with your highly professional tour guide.
Highlights
  • Get the Vatican all to yourself on a skip-the-line, priority-access tour
  • Enter the landmark one hour before it opens to the general public 
  • Admire the Sistine Chapel without being jostled by large crowds
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people for an intimate experience 
What to Expect
Greet your guide at a designated meeting point near the Vatican in the early morning. With your priority admission ticket, you’ll enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site an hour before it opens to the general public and head straight to the Sistine Chapel. Admire Michelangelo's iconic frescoes without standing shoulder-to-shoulder with large crowds and discover little-known info from your guide. After ticking off highlights such as the Gallery of Maps and Raphael's Rooms, you’ll continue to St. Peter’s Basilica for a guided tour of the cathedral. Bid your guide farewell here and continue to explore independently if you please.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Main office, Via Vespasiano
Departure Time
7:30 AM
Duration
3h
Inclusions
  • Blue Badge guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Professional guide
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
  • Guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica (if option selected)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Hotel drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • During the Jubilee Year of Mercy 2016 St. Peter's basilica is an active religious centre and is subject to sudden closures for Jubilee ceremonies. The closures might occur without previous notice, we are therefore not responsible for this inconvenience. This does not affect the tour of the Vatican museums
  • To apply Youth fares you need to provide a student ID card
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Our guide was so knowledgeable! We were booked on a small group early morning tour but the other couple did not turn up so it was just my wife, the guide and I for over 3 hours. We learned so much and the guide went at our pace allowing me to take whatever pictures I wanted.
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The Vatican skip the line tour was below average in quality, and it did not meet the stated offering. It was communicated online as though we would receive immediate access to the Vatican, go to the Sistine Chapel for a relatively private tour, and then go around the rest of the
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Our tour guide was the best love the walks of Italy colosseum at night. It was Memory of a lifetime!
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Having time before in the Vatican before all the main tours got in was priceless. We had the best guide and ended up going through the Sistine Chapel twice during our time. It was amazing.
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We had an overall good experience on this tour. There is more to see in the Vatican Museum than you could possibly do in the allotted time. So choices have to be made. Our guide, Daniel was very helpful and informative. He was a little difficult to understand at times,
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By: Italy With Us
Graham D
Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
6642
Best tour we've done
Our guide was so knowledgeable! We were booked on a small group early morning tour but the other couple did not
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LanceCG
Washington DC, District of Columbia
83
Mediocre experience that did not match the website description
The Vatican skip the line tour was below average in quality, and it did not meet the stated offering. It was
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Arati_r
New York City, New York
268
Vatican Private Morning Tour
We had a wonderful time on our tour and i forgot our lovely guides name but she was so patient and asked us what
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douglashF3084LU
Lakeland, Florida
20
Best tour guide ever
Our tour guide was the best love the walks of Italy colosseum at night. It was Memory of a lifetime!
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David K
25
Worst experience since I have been here. This company needs to be shut down
On December 24 2019 my son wife and I arrived the the tour company at the time of 715 am. After waiting for over
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Greg B
10
Vist to Vatican
When visiting Rome we decided to visit the Vatican. We are so happy that our hotel contacted the Eye is Rome tour
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GUSTAVO BARBABOSA
20
Vatican skip line
The best way to get into the Vatican. It’s easy and convenient safe time to the rest also for capilla sixtina
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Robert H
100
Great tour company!!
We used Italywithus for several Rome tours. What a great choice!! We will definitely use them again!
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Tyler R
60
Fantastic tour
Wonderful and informative tour! Was able to meet the guide and start the tour quickly and spend a good bit of time
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KupcakeKat
31
Amazing!!! Worth the money
Having time before in the Vatican before all the main tours got in was priceless. We had the best guide and ended
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