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Early Morning Vatican Small-Group Tour

Highlights
  • Enjoy skip-the-line entry and be one of the first inside the Vatican Museums
  • Learn about Renaissance art from your art historian guide—without the crowds
  • See the Sistine Chapel, the Raphael Rooms, and St. Peter’s Basilica
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Early Morning Vatican Small-Group Tour
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Early Morning Vatican Small-Group Tour
From $86.88
Overview

With over six million visitors per year—and some 30,000 visitors per DAY during high season—the Vatican Museums can get busy. Escape the worst of the crowds on this early-morning Vatican tour which gives you skip-the-line access before most have even finished breakfast. With a professional art historian as your guide, discover the Vatican’s world-class art in a quieter and more focused way.

What to Expect

Meet your guide and small group near the Vatican, then skip the long line and enter the Vatican Museums. Pass through security and don headsets so you can clearly hear your art historian guide: you’ll likely be among the first visitors to the building.

See highlights of the museum’s art treasures, including the rich collection of Roman sculptures, the Gallery of Maps, and the Gallery of Tapestries. Then enjoy Michelangelo’s world-famous Sistine Chapel before the crowds really appear.

Your tour ends with skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica through a special entrance reserved exclusively for official guides and their groups.

Reviews (29)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Vatican with a real Roman

We had the 9.30am tour with a native Roman lady Deborah on a Saturday morning and I have to say she was superb , her knowledge and passion for what she was doing was evident she was both engaging and informing at the same time...More

Thank roamer5678
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile
Grant for president

We had an amazing tour with our guide Grant. It was like beeing on a historical adventure with Indiana Jones. One of the absolutley best guided tours we ever experienced! Thank you Maya Tours and thank you Grant - we give you our warmest recommendations....More

1  Thank Fredrik L
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile
Horrific!!!

Worst experience ever.... we had to wait more than an hour for the tour... then we found out that the small group had 85 pepole in it !! No one could hear the guide... and it was a mess.... total rip off..... no one to...More

Thank dino545
Reviewed September 20, 2018
Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

Gabriel was extremely knowledgeable and took time to give further in-depth descriptions when needed. He was very kind, personable and spoke great English. Would highly recommend and will be taking tours with him in the future.

Thank Freedom786345
Reviewed September 3, 2018
Great Way to Beat the Line, Tour guide was underwhelming!

From the start - we showed up 15 minutes early as asked on our e-mail and our guide only showed up after the start time of our tour. He was quiet and did not speak to us the entire walk to the Vatican and did...More

Thank NorthStar783770
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