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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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Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums
Vatican City
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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 an hour before they’re open to the public. A small group limited to 12 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.
Highlights
  • Gain entrance to the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public 
  • Avoid the long entrance lines, often in excess of three hours 
  • Enjoy the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms in relative tranquility
  • Have a personalized experience in a small group limited to 12 
  • Hear your guide's commentary loud and clear with provided headsets 
  • Spend unlimited time exploring St. Peter's Basilica
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Amazing once-in-a-lifetime sights but not as promised

We booked the early tour at 7:20 a.m. with access to the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before any others. From their website: "This Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets service is perfect for visitors who want to see the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive. With...More

Thank Kathryn P
CityWondersCS, Manager at City Wonders, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear Kathryn P, Many thanks for your review. We have carefully reviewed your message and we are sorry to hear that our Vatican tour didn’t live up to your expectations. At City Wonders we always try to provide the best possible service to our customers...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Informative and inspiring. Could have been several hours longer.

Our guide, Michele, was knowledgeable and approachable, keeping everyone engaged while pacing the group to make sure young and old stayed together. For those who just wanted to listen along, he kept the narrative lively. For those who wanted to ask questions, he was happy...More

Thank kellysR2868ZM
Reviewed 6 days ago
Wonderful tour and Guide!

We had a wonderful time with this tour. It was well worth the money. Our tour group was small, around 15 people, which made it so much easier to stay together and hear our leader Christian. Our tour guide was well informed and patient and...More

Thank Tami Z
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great tour

Our guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. The tour was small so it was easy to ask questions. She was very skillful and navigating us around the lines and taking us to quiet places to sit and talk about what we were seeing. This was...More

Thank Jacqueline S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Vatican tour with Sistine chapel and st Peter's basilica

Titti was our guide. She was really informative and clearly has a passion for her job! We enjoyed the tour thoroughly and learned so much that I believe you only get with a guide!

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No, they’ll send you instructions on how to get to the meeting place and a map for reference. :)
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