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Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance

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Rome, Italy

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Explore the highlights of the Vatican with significantly fewer people during this 3-hour private tour. Enter the museums a full hour before the crowds with your guide and discover the history and artifacts that kept within its walls. Visit the museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica, with skip-the-line entrance tickets and make the most of your time in Rome.
  • Discover the Vatican city-state on this 3-hour private tour
  • Enter the Vatican an hour before the crowds with an early access ticket
  • See the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with your own private guide
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Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Professional guide for 3 hours
Private tour
Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

V.le Vaticano/Musei Vaticani, 00192 Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Saint Peter's Square, Forum Sancti Petri, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • St. Peter's Basilica is a church and, as such, the Vatican can decide to close it for religious functions without any notice. We are not responsible for unexpected closure of the basilica. When the Basilica of St. Peter is closed for religious functions, you will spend a longer time in the Vatican galleries with your guide.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, not recommended for customers with limited mobility.
  • Personal photography is allowed during this tour, except in the Sistine Chapel
  • If you arrive late you might loose the entrance at the Vatican
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Italy Wonders SRLS

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Vatican with Early Entrance.

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  • "You get an early entry into the Vatican as soon as it opens so no queuing is required, which is wonderful as by 9.00am the queues are down the block." See review
  • "Do not leave the museums without going to the cathedral." See review
  • "The private tour is more expensive and worth every penny!" See review

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Gained knowledge
DeeGee
, Mar 2020
This tour was spectacular. We had Chiara to ourselves and could tailor what we wanted to see. Chiara was informative and interesting- she wove history and facts into stories which helped us to appreciate what we were seeing. I walked away with a greater understanding of artworks and felt I learnt something of history rather than just seeing it. The visual guide of the Sistine chapel was much appreciated and it seemed no other tour group got one of these. A very useful resource! Thoroughly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear DeeGee, Thank you for leaving such a great review! Chiara will be thrilled to read your words! Our team works hard to meet the expectations of our guests and we're happy to read that we've hit the mark with you. Thank you for choosing us and we hope to see you soon again!
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Private guide is true only way to go
abuffum
, Jan 2020
Having a private guide is the only way to see the Vatican. Our guide was so knowledgeable and engaging. We asked so many questions
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your lovely review! next time, please, do not forget to let us know who this knowledgeable and engaging guide was so we can congratulate him!
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Wonderful
sololady77
, Nov 2019
My guide was perfect. Her English was great and her education in art history really enhanced my experience. She also led me back to my hotel and pointed out a good restaurant in the area.
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Cloudia was a wonderful tour guide of the Vatican!
lisamcallahan
, Nov 2019
We took the early morning Vatican tour. Cloudia was early as were we and easy to find. Her knowledge of the Vatican was impressive. As we toured she explained so many facts that we were completely unaware of. I was sure that some of the questions we asked she would not know the answer to but she did. We were raised Catholic. It was my sister and I with my 79 year old Dad. We were worried about my Dad keeping up and navigating stairs. He did skip a few things. Cloudia for saw issues and sent him a different route as he did not want us missing out on anything. She was more than knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating. You will be lucky if you get Cloudia assigned to your tour
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The only way to view the Vatican Museum
204williaml
, Oct 2019
Our guide Valentina was awesome. She was knowledgeable, patient, and she made the trip personal. We would not hesitate to book with her again.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for choosing to experience the Vatican with Early Entrance!
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Vatican with Claudia
parrcatherine863
, Oct 2019
Claudia was delightful and very informative! We have had other tour guides that were good but not as good as Claudia!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you for waking up early to enjoy the Vatican with Claudia!
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Vatican Early Tour
grd6910
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide was Romina, she was very knowledgeable, friendly, well spoken and attentive to our preferences. She was interesting to listen to and a joy to be with. We highly recommend a tour with her!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Sounds like your Vatican with Early Entrance with Romina went beautifully. Thank you for choosing to book with us!
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Highly Recommend!
Voyager574151
, Jun 2019
We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide - Hillary was the best! We are a family of 5 (adult kids) and we ALL loved this tour. Her knowledge of the museums and the history of Vatican City is off the charts. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for this beautiful review, it's wonderful to know your family had a blissful tour experience with Hillary!
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Disappointing guide and tour
Melissa V
, Jun 2019
I will refrain from listing our guide’s name here, but she was highly disappointing. This was a private tour with just my family of four. She made little effort to customize the tour to our interests. In fact, she didn’t even ask our names or where we were from for almost an hour. She was very proud of her 20+ year career as a guide and spend an unusually great amount of time telling us about tour logistics and her relationships with the authorities there at the Vatican. Her style was not a good fit with our family and she didn’t try to match our style at all. She was giving a master class in a art history while we were just trying to understand the basics about how the Vatican is it’s own country. As you can imagine, our teens tuned out after a short time. The other big disappointment had nothing to do with our guide. The description of this tour offers early access ahead of the crowds. This should have been clear that early access simply means you are entering when it opens, not earlier than the standard opening. We met at 7:30am. The Vatican opens at 8:30am. The early access got us in with the earliest guests, but it was just at the standard opening time. When I questioned our guide about this, she had to read the description I showed her to even understand what I was talking about. Then she asked to read the whole thing so she could make sure she delivered whatever it said. She contracts with these tour companies and has no idea what’s being sold to her guests. Overall very frustrating and we were eager to have it end. We met her at 7:30am, entered the museum at 8:30am and she departed at 10:15. Poor value for our money and I would choose a different company and vetted guide next time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi, Melissa! I am very sorry to learn about your experience and that you felt your tour was less than personalized and not engaging to your teens. As you probably already deduced from our reviews, it is an exception as we always aim to provide personalized experiences. As for the Vatican opening times, please note that the Museums open to the general public at 9:00 AM so you did indeed access the Galleries in a privileged setting before their opening to the general public. We have passed your feedback on to the guide as we were able to identify your booking. Thank you for taking the time to let us know about this.
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Amazing sights
Daydream02882976968
, Jun 2019
Organized an efficient. Guide was knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. Noise inside Sistine Chapel surprised me but wasn't surprising given the guards were loudly chatting while standing next to a sign that said "Silence." On an up note, we had the added bonus of catching a Priest and opportunity for confession just before making our exit. I would likely not book this for two people again given the cost.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Please note that the price of this tour is so we can provide you with a more exclusive experience that you cannot have with the regular tours. I am very sorry the Vatican guards were chatting loudly. Thank you for appreciating your experience nevertheless!
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