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Complete Early Morning Vatican Tour: Small Group with Breakfast in our Office

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US$ 100.33
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Marvel at the glorious Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive on this exclusive 3.5-hour small group Vatican tour. The carefully crafted itinerary covers all the major highlights of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, with fast-track entry to every site visited. Traveling in a small group of 12 people or fewer and with a top rated english speaking guide at the helm, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience at Rome's most fascinating art attraction. Enjoy a complementary breakfast before you embark on your tour. 
  • Have the Sistine Chapel all to yourself on an early-access tour 
  • Enter the Vatican an hour before it opens to the general public
  • Admire art by Michelangelo in relative tranquility 
  • Enter St. Peter's Basilica via a reserved groups-only entrance
What to Expect
Your tour begins at a designated meeting point near the Vatican, where you’ll greet your guide and enjoy a continental breakfast of croissants, coffee, and juice. When the Vatican opens its doors, you’ll be one of the first to enter with a skip-the-line admission ticket. Once inside, head straight to the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes without having to battle crowds. You’ll only have to share the space with a fraction of the visitors who arrive later on. Alongside your guide, admire art in some of the Vatican’s 1,400 rooms and learn little-known information you may otherwise have missed. After you’ve seen the Gallery of Maps and Raphael’s Rooms, enter St. Peter’s Basilica through a reserved groups-only entrance and take a guided tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you’re free to continue exploring the space independently.
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Important Information
Departure Point
What a Life Tours, Via Santamaura, 14B, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Departure Time
7:15 AM
3h 30m
Return Details
St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Small group walking tour of 12 people or fewer
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Early Entry Vatican Museums
  • Early Entry Sistine Chapel
  • Headsets to hear the tour guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Stanze di Raffaello
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • 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.
  • Please plan on being at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the start time.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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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All reviews sistine chapel vatican tour amazing tour worth every penny beat the crowds wonderful morning early access exceptional guide an amazing experience general public his job his knowledge peter s basilica would highly recommend this tour sense of humour waiting in line explained everything
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Reviewed yesterday

Our guide was Elaine! She is fantastic! Very knowledgeable and utilizes the time spent extremely well! Our group chose to spend the most time in the chapel so we got in before a lot of the groups got there. Not as many people which meant...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank mrrl1957
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Met right by the entry to the Vatican Museum. Gates opened. We entered about 10 minutes later. During that time, Mario our guide, explained what we would see in the Sistine Chapel in depth with a numbered map of the ceiling and walls. We went...More

2  Thank Wisti123
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is my second tour of the Vatican, but the first with What A Life. I couldn’t recommend Matteo as a guide more enthusiastically - he truly defines what “skip the line” means for a tour and was extremely strategic and savvy with navigating around...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank yeesumx
Reviewed 3 days ago

My friends and I took an early morning tour with Ana. She provided great insight and background information for all the relevant art work. Definitely worth taking the early morning tour since it can get extremely crowded and if you are short on time and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank saad t
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent tour with Elaine as our guide. She was well organized, witty, and extremely knowledgeable and passionate. She pointed out things that we would have never found or known about. Highly recommend this tour!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rita L
whatalifetours, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Elaine strikes again! She is our go to lady for the Vatican as her passion and knowledge are both so inspiring. Your 5 star review is greatly appreciated and we are so happy you enjoyed your time in our care. Ciao from Rome!

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13 September 2019|
Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, when booking chose the language you speak and they will respond back if a tour with a Spanish speaking guide is available or not. While there they had groups with different speaking guides.
Brendan G
27 July 2019|
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Response from cavalier031 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Brendan, I've answered this question before. Here is the repeat: - Booking was at "What a life tours". Tour name was "Vatican VIP Early Entrance Private Tour" Location: Via Santsmaura 14/B Breakfast was offered as well... More
David K
16 July 2019|
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Response from whatalifetours | Property representative |
Dear David, thank you for your interested in our services. You can absolutely leave your luggage to our office, which is very close to the Vatican Museums' entrance and pick them up later on, our office is open until 7:00... More
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