With our early bird Vatican tour, you can enter before the doors are opened to the general public, to enjoy works of art by Michelangelo, Raphael and many others – without the crowds!
Availability: Monday – Saturday (except Wednesdays)
Group Size: Maximum of 25 (see our Semi-Private Option for a smaller group size)
Meeting Point: Via Leone IV, close to Vatican Museums entrance (full details sent with confirmation email)
Departure Time: 7.30am
Check In Closes: 15 minutes prior to departure time
Duration: 4 Hours
What’s Included: Skip the line early entry tickets to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, expert guide who speaks fluent English, headsets that enable you to explore your surroundings without missing anything.
The Vatican is an amazing place to visit, but in the summertime the enjoyment of its many masterpieces can be diminished somewhat by overcrowding. On average, 20,000 people per day file through the doors to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. This is why we introduced our Early Bird Vatican Tour: as an accredited partner of the Vatican Museums we can give you exclusive access before anyone else.
You’ll be brought into the Sistine Chapel one hour before the doors are opened to the general public. Your tour guide will make a beeline for the Sistine Chapel, so that you can enjoy this greatest treasure of the Vatican in peace and quiet. You’ll gasp in awe at the achievements of Michelangelo 5 centuries ago – as stunning today as they were the day he finished. Silence is observed at all times in the Sistine Chapel, but don’t worry, the guide will explain the paintings to you before entering, with the aid of your own individual copy of the artwork.
After the visit to the Sistine Chapel, the tour continues on the usual route through several of the most interesting and beautiful galleries of the Vatican Museums, the beautiful Pinecourt Garden, the Galleries of the Maps and Tapestries, the Belvedere sculpture garden, the room of the Greek Muses; covering many more of the treasures and masterpieces that the Vatican holds in its enormous museum collection! Leaving the museums, you’ll enter St. Peters Basilica, without waiting in any lines.
Standing beneath Michelangelo’s great dome, you cannot help but feel somewhat humbled by the expansive surroundings. The Basilica features several chapels and contain numerous statues and mosaic works. Your guide will point out the most important, before leaving you with time to look around by yourself. The Pietà, one of Michelangelo’s most well-known religious sculptures, is among the highlights of this part of your visit.
Unfortunately, due to unavoidable stairways in the Vatican, we cannot accommodate guests with mobility impairments or strollers on this tour. Please send us an email and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.
*Must be aged under 18 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.
**Must be aged under 13 on the day of the tour and must have a photographic ID to present to the tour coordinator.