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.