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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s provided by City Wonders

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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 25/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 25/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Nobody wants to spend their vacation waiting in line or jostling crowds. Be the first of thousands to visit the Vatican on this early access tour, which allows you to enter the Vatican Museums before they’re open to the public. A small group limited to 10 allows you to enjoy the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms without the annoyance of crowds, and headsets mean you can hear your guide clearly at all times. Skip lines often in excess of three hours, and stay inside St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you wish once the tour concludes.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Via Tunisi, 4
    Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located right next to Caffè Vaticano on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani). Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani Metro A Station: Exit the turnstiles – walk straight to the back end of the station and go to the left side exit. Once you’ve reached the left side exit – exit at V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Exit Station and walk down V.le G. Cesare to street light, cross the street and take left on Via Leone IV. Take right on Via Sebastiano Veniero and go 1 ½ blocks.
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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Highlights
  • Gain entrance to the Vatican Museums before the general public 
  • Avoid the long entrance lines, often in excess of three hours 
  • Have a personalized experience in a small group limited to 10
  • Hear your guide's commentary loud and clear with provided headsets 
What to Expect
This Vatican Museums tour begins at a designated meeting point near the Vatican in the early morning. Head straight inside the Vatican through a special entrance reserved especially for groups. In your small group, remain close to your guide at all times and explore some of the 2,000 rooms in relative tranquility. Admire the golden vaulted ceiling in the Gallery of Maps; stare at Michelangelo's world-famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel; and marvel at enormous frescos in the Raphael Rooms. After your tour of the Vatican Museums, head to St. Peter’s Basilica, and receive an overview of the church from your guide. Then, spend as long as you like exploring the church with relatively few crowds.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Small group of 10 people max
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • St. Peter's Basilica is not accessible due to current regulations
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please bring your own mask on the tour. The wearing of mask is compulsory in order to comply with health & Safety regulations. Our guide will be wearing mask during the tour as well.
  • At the meeting point there will be social distancing taking place. Our guide will organize the group upon your arrival, but we kindly ask yourself to be conscience in taking social distance at all the time from others.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note that access to St. Peter's Basilica is not included until October due to new regulations in the venue.
  • Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women to enter to the venues
  • Only small bags are allowed in the venue
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lakewood E wrote a review Jan. 2021
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The Italian government prohibits entry to non-EU citizens and our cruise was canceled. The last time our last cruise was canceled we received full cash refunds from City Wonders. This time around they re-wrote their terms to where they keep your money ($1,437), offer a
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from CityWondersCS, Manager at Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s
Responded 15 Jan. 2021
Dear lakew00de, Thank you for posting a feedback on Trip Advisor. We are sorry to hear that you are unhappy with our cancellation policy. At City Wonders we have been fair and loyal to our customers despite the devastating impacts of the pandemic and while we did amend our policy (before the pandemic started), we have been trying to accommodate our customers the best we could. Unfortunately nobody expected that the situation will go on for this long, as our agent informed you yesterday when you contacted our customer care line, we are still awaiting to see how the situation will evolve and we asked you to contact us again in April. We live in a very challenging time, we are sorry for everyone affected and our Customer Care Line is available every day to assist. Kindest Regards Chadia City Wonders Team
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James T wrote a review Aug. 2020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
There's so much to see in the Vatican that a guide is a must to tell you what you're looking at. Our guide was fantastic although note that this tour is not early access and does not cover St Peter's Basilica currently due to coronavirus. I'm not sure whether this is reflected
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Martin W wrote a review Aug. 2020
Rome, Italy9 contributions12 helpful votes
Was hosted by the lovely Amil Bello. Warm knowledgeable, charming and funny. Amil was an absolute delight and her colourful storytelling of the historical development of the Vatican and its patronage of the arts (more specifically Pope Julius II) brought pleasure to all in her
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Mallory_Mueller wrote a review Jul. 2020
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Our tour guide was great, however it was poorly advertised. It appears to include St. Peter's Basilica, but it doesn't during the summer.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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AndrewAndEve wrote a review Apr. 2020
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We had a great time with our tour guide. It was great to have such a small group and the ear pieces that we got to use really helped us to be able to hear everything she was saying. What was so tough was that we accidently went to Italy in August, THEIR BUSIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR
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Date of experience: August 2019
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