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Skip the Line: Vatican Experience Small Group Tour

  • Avoid entrance lines of up to four hours on a Vatican Museums tour in Rome
  • View Vatican’s Sistine Chapel and other must-sees, plus St. Peter’s Church
  • Learn about the art and treasures from a guide, via crystal-clear headsets
Skip the Line: Vatican Experience Small Group Tour
From US$ 87.26
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Skip the line and travel to the worlds smallest Sovereign State and understand why it is still one of the most influential and powerful in the world.
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8:30 AM
Visit the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums and St Peter's Basilica with our morning tour starting at 8:30am. Running every day except on Wednesdays and Sundays.
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7:30 AM
Early Morning Vatican Tour with entrance before general public. Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the tour start. Group moves on time.
From US$ 102.18
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Visiting Rome’s must-sees can often involve long waits that erode your valuable vacation time. This small-group tour provides fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums, where lines can leave you waiting up to four hours. See highlights, including the Raphael Rooms and Sistine Chapel, and walk directly into St. Peter’s Basilica, all without the bustle of a large group. Plus, wear a headset to hear your guide clearly. A choice of departure times allows for a flexible schedule. Group size is limited to 12 for a more intimate experience.
What to Expect
Book your preferred option and greet your guide near the Vatican. Bypass lines of up to four hours with your skip-the-line tickets, wasting none of your precious sightseeing time.

Once inside, don your headsets and stay close to your guide, as you view the highlights of the collections, gathered by generations of cardinals and popes.

Experience must-sees, such as Bramante’s Belvedere courtyard, the Laocoon sculpture, the Raphael Rooms, the Hall of Tapestries and Gallery of Maps, and the sarcophagi of Emperor Constantine’s family. Hear the stories behind each artwork and build a picture of the 2,000 years of history the museums encapsulate.

Next, enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s frescoes, including The Last Judgment, before enjoying direct entry into St. Peter’s Basilica. Admire the interior, including Bernini's altar canopy, Baldachin, with important background provided by your guide.

Your tour ends here, leaving you to explore independently, if you wish.
Reviews (143)
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Reviewed 9 January 2019
Knowledgeable and friendly guide, but definitely no tour to bring along small children

Vatican is extremely crowded beginning of the year, despite what we were told by our contact at Radisson, who booked the Roma experience tour for us on the 2nd January. We brought along our baby daughter (13 months) who is usually doing well in populated...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Iulia_from_Romania
Reviewed 24 October 2018
The only way to see the Vatican

my party of three was joined by two others and off we went. The meeting location was perfectly described, the location was easy to find and our guide ( i believe her name was Katrina??) was lovely. She was able to provide tons of information,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank traveloftenpals
G T, Manager at Roma Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2018

Dear traveloftenpals, Good to hear you had such a nice time with our guide inside the many galleries of the Vatican Museums complex! I believe your guide's name might be Katia, but, anyway, the important thing is that you all had a pleasant experience -...More

Reviewed 19 October 2018
Fascinating visit, worth getting up (very) early

The tour was fine, though other than early access to Sistine Chapel and getting a bit ahead of the crowds, we felt we could have managed fine without our guide to be honest, even though we were the only ones as the other guests didn’t...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Julia M
G T, Direttore generale at Roma Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2018

Dear Julia M, Thanks for your review of our Early Morning Vatican Experience Tour - we are happy to hear you had a good time inside the Vatican Museums and that you appreciated the plus of entering an hour before the general public! Feel free...More

Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Our Guide Grace, was a knowledgeable Art Historian & entertaining guide for our Vatican tour. We went on the early morning tour & still the crowds are like ‘people soup’! But Grace made it entertaining with fun facts & negotiated the crowds with skill. Feel...More

Thank Lisa O
G T, Manager at Roma Experience Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2018

Dear Lisa O, Thanks for your compliments to our guide Grace - it is a pleasure to know she managed to deliver a very good service, despite the Vatican being rather crowded at times! We will make sure she receives your compliments and we invite...More

Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile
Awesome short and entertaining experience.

This tour has one very important perk - it’s quick, in two hours we saw what we wanted and had one fun and knowledgeable tour guide at our service. Highly recommend if you value time.

Thank Stanislav S
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4 November 2018|
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Response from Jesse W | Reviewed this property |
There were just 4 in our group but I believe the max size of groups is between 12 - 15.
10 August 2018|
Response from Jesse W | Reviewed this property |
I would allow at least 2 - 3 hours, but it all depends on the size of your group, your tour guide and what you wish to see. You can always discuss this with your tour guide beforehand. Advertised start times were 7.30am... More
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