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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

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USD 296.96
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The Vatican Museums contain one of the world’s most important art collections, and draw crowds to match. On this private tour, you’ll have special access before the venue opens to the public. Linger in the Sistine Chapel, view Renaissance masterpieces, and discover the Vatican’s history. Enjoy priority entry to St. Peter’s Basilica without having to wait in line. Upgrade for even earlier admission including access to the Raphael Rooms. 
  • Beat the crowds and see the Vatican Museums before they open to the public
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off mean you won’t have to navigate on your own
  • Learn all about the Vatican’s artworks and history from your private guide
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica next door
What to Expect
This private tour begins when your guide picks you up directly from your local accommodation. You’ll head to the Vatican Museums, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to enter before the landmark is open to the general public. If you wish, upgrade from standard early-morning admission to a “prime tour” option and be treated like a VIP. You’ll arrive 30 minutes earlier to enjoy priority entry without any lines, and gain access to the Raphael Rooms to admire Raphael's most famous frescoes. Take your time, learning about the many masterpieces on display, as well as the Vatican’s history, from your guide. See the Sistine Chapel in all its splendor without navigating the crowds, and view other artworks by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci. You’ll also visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps. Next, enjoy skip-the-line privileges when you head directly from the galleries to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to go through the main entrance. Your guide will point out highlights within this landmark—the largest church in the world—and fill you in on its history. The tour ends with drop-off back at your accommodation.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered
Centrally located hotels in Rome (within Aurelian Walls)
PRIME Version at 7:20AM
STANDARD Version at 8:10AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Meet and greet service at your hotel/accommodation
  • Professional Licensed Blue Badge Tour Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off via Uber/Taxi (Centrally located only - within Aurelian Walls)
  • Priority Access (before the regular Early Morning Crowd - if Prime Option selected)
  • Private walking tour
  • Raphael Rooms (if Prime option selected)
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter's Basilica with direct access
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Wheelchair partly accessible: the tour is only available if the person in the wheelchair can do 6 flights of stairs without the wheelchair.
  • Please advise if anyone in your group has mobility issues
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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My husband and I did a private tour of the Vatican/St Peter’s Basilica on November 5 and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Our tour guide, Maria, was absolutely wonderful! Maria was very knowledgeable and took the time to go into great detail about the history of the Vatican,
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Response from EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
Responded 2 weeks ago
Ciao, I was so happy while reading this review :-) So many compliments from such a nice persons! I am so glad that you enjoyed touring with me and I’d like to say thank you for being so much interested and curious. I hope to see you again in Rome! Arrivederci!!! Marida
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I had booked this Private tour and I felt it was the best way to experience the Vatican, St Peter's Basilica and the Sistine Chapel especially as I had 60+ parents who were a little slow at walking. Elisa was very patient and offered to take as many breaks as they would like. My
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Response from EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Guest! Thanks for this very nice review. I am always happy to share all that I know about this beautiful city, especially when I am so lucky to meet interested people like you! Your parents were so nice and for me it wasn't a problem to lead the tour at their pace, nor to answer yours and their questions. The early bird tour is one of my favourites because, as you noticed, we entered the Museum before the opening, avoiding all the crowds and having the chance to enjoy all the beauties it offers. Thanks for recommending me and Eyes of Rome. Let me know next time you make it to Rome. Ciao e grazie! Elisa
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TAKE THIS TOUR! We are all so glad that we did!!! My family (6 adults) decided to book this tour to see the wonders of the Vatican and St. Peter's with the help of a guide to give us a better understanding of the art and architecture we were exploring. Our guide, Alessia, did
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Response from EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi guys! I'm really glad you wrote this review. I enjoyed the time spent together as I love touring with people who truly desire to understand what they are visiting. I am very grateful when my clients show enthusiasm and interest. You were amazing. Thanks for choosing Eyes of Rome and for touring with me. Ci vediamo presto! Alessia
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Eyes of Rome offers many tours. The specific tour we enjoyed was (Private PRIME Early Morning Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour +1 Extra Hour - One-way transfer included). Booking was smooth. I chose to add the extra hour in order to see more of the
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Response from EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
Responded 2 weeks ago
Ciao! Many thanks to you or the lovely time spent together!!! The tour was great because you were so interested :-) Believe me, it was a pleasure for me with people like you are, friendly and, at the same time, deeply interested in art and history. Our mission in Eyes of Rome is always try and adapt the tour to guests’ needs and I tried my best to make sure that your curiosity was satisfied. Hope to see you again in the (hopefully near) future :-) Ciao e grazie mille a voi per le belle parole! Fabiana
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We took this tour as the 5th of 6 days of touring with Eyes of Rome in Rome and the adjacent areas. We extend the normal Prime tour in advance by adding St Peter’s Dome (taking the elevator) and Castel Sant'Angelo. The tour was scheduled to last six hours not including lunch.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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