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  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 11/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Our number 1 priority is for our customers to feel 100% safe during their experience with us. This is why we have implemented: -reduced group sizes, -enforce social distancing - masks are mandatory for both customers and guides - guides bring hand sanitizer with them for our customers
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Updated 11/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
The wait times for the Vatican Museums are a testament to its status as one of the world’s most well-known monuments. Beat the crowds and enter the Vatican before it officially opens to the public on this early access tour, guaranteed to save you hours of waiting. Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms in a relatively crowd-free environment, and hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset. Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is also included.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
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    Vatican City
    Stop: 30 minutes
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    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 40 minutes
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  • 6
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
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Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public 
  • Beat hours-long lines with priority, early-bird admission
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
  • Hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset 
What to Expect
Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups. Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes. Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
Inclusions
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Maximum group size of 14
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A specific 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 fair amount of walking is involved, and there will be stairs between different levels. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly recommend considering a private tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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AmyF0712 wrote a review Aug 2020
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My tour guide, Frank was brilliant! He was a fascinating wealth of knowledge and was really entertaining throughout the tour. I didn’t know what to expect from the Vatican and came away with a whole new perspective on the place after the tour. We were so privileged to have been
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from The Roman G, Owner at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded Aug 14, 2020
Hello Amy! Thank you so much for your feedback! I am so happy that you enjoyed your tour. Hopefully we will see you again soon!
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Katja T wrote a review Aug 2020
Lausanne, Switzerland3 contributions4 helpful votes
A really wonderful tour! We enjoyed it so much! Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained very well! We were very happy to have this opportunity! Can only recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from The Roman G, Owner at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded Aug 14, 2020
Hi 682katiat Thank you for your 5 star review! I am happy to hear that you really enjoyed your Vatican tour. When you come again check us out in our other destinations around Europe. See you soon! Brandon
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EileenP16 wrote a review Jul 2020
Orlando, Florida75 contributions69 helpful votes
I am also writing to update a previous review (which I believe was not published due to it's scathing nature!) but I want to say that this company has done a complete turn around. Not only did I receive a refund for the above tour and two others that I had booked and then had to
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from The Roman G, Public Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded Jul 27, 2020
Ciao Eileen, Thank you for taking the time to post this review! Our customer satisfaction, as well as our reputation are of the utmost importance to us. As you noted, the pandemic has hit our sector hard and fast and we are striving to do the best we can, under the challenging circumstances. We are very much looking forward to showing you why our tours are consistently rated 5-stars! Thanks again for your support! Laura
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Muttluvr4 wrote a review Jan 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina29 contributions64 helpful votes
We did not get to see St. Peter's Basilica due to a 'surprise' visit by the Pope. Pretended it was a surprise at 10:00. But it wasn't. On a Colliseum tour earlier that week some people we met said their tour operator would not offer tickets until 1:00 due to a planned papal
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded Jan 25, 2020
Hello Muttluvr4, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is noted that there had been aspects of your tour which had given you cause for disappointment or inconvenience, which is most regrettable, and for this we would like to extend our sincere apologies. We would appreciate if you could contact our Dedicated Customer Service Team by calling +1 888 290 5595 to speak with a Customer Service Representative about your recent experience; alternatively, email me directly at marco@thetourguy.com. We would love to make things right if you give us another chance. Thank you, Marco
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R. Hal B wrote a review Jan 2020
York, Pennsylvania15 contributions18 helpful votes
We'd rate this one of the lower of the 10+ tours we've done around Europe. Got into all the sites, but despite it being the second week of January it was packed with hundreds in the Sistine Chapel. Raffy, our tour guide, tried hard, but between the sound equipment and her
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from marcorH8824MK, Guest Relations Manager at Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Responded Jan 15, 2020
Dear Rhalb, We can only apologize that on this occasion we didn’t meet our standard and thank you for telling us, we always want to hear feedback, good or bad. Your business means a lot to us, so if you ever have additional feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at marco@thetourguy.com or call our Dedicated Customer Service team at +1 888 290 5595. Again, thank you for your feedback! Best regards, Marco
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