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Sistine Chapel before Crowds: Small-Group Vatican Tour with Breakfast prior to Entrance

Highlights
  • 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 
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Sistine Chapel before Crowds: Small-Group Vatican Tour with Breakfast prior to Entrance
From US$ 102.60
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Sistine Chapel before Crowds: Small-Group Vatican Tour with Breakfast prior to Entrance
From US$ 102.58
Overview

The large crowds you’ll find at the Sistine Chapel demonstrate its worldwide popularity. Get the landmark all to yourself on a skip-the-line, priority-entry tour that grants you access to the Vatican an hour before general public. A small group limited to 12 people guarantees an intimate atmosphere as you explore in relative tranquility. Plus, the tour includes breakfast and access to St. Paul’s Basilica via a reserved 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 at 8am, 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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Reviews (10)

1 - 5 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
This is the Vatican tour that you want!

We booked the What A Life early bird tour for our family (2 adults and our 11 daughter) and it was amazing! Our guide, Ana, was AWESOME...so knowledgeable and passionate about her craft. She was so sweet to our daughter too, making her feel special....More

1  Thank Alan H
What a, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Alan, thank you for your 5-star review! Ana really is the BEST, isn’t she??!! She is so versatile, being able to cater the tour to both adults and children just proves how skilled of a guide she is and we are so glad your daughter...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Worth Every Penny

We spent a wonderful morning with Mario who explained everything with gusto. We were a bit hesitant in spending the money, but the tour size was small, no queues and an excellent, knowledgeable guide, we could not recommend this tour enough. Simply excellent.More

1  Thank abwilliams0n
What a, Guest Relations Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Buongiorno! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us on Tripadvisor, Mario is indeed an amazing tour guide! It nice meeting you to our office, just 2 minutes away from the Vatican Museums' entrance. We are happy that you point out the advantages...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing Tour!

Our tour guide Elaine was just amazing, she has so much knowledge and was able to explain everything to us in detail which made our experience so much richer. I really liked the small group and it was well worth the early morning to get...More

3  Thank Nadia H
What a, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Elaine will be so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time in her care, she really is a super star and is so passionate about the Vatican and all her treasures, we will be sure to let her know what a good morning with her...More

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Amazing Breathtaking Tour

What a fantastic tour from start to finish. Amazing tour company who's tours are in small groups. Started off with a sumptuous breakfast at the office which was just around the corner from the Vatican Museum. Our tour guide Anna was amazing, very knowledgeable and...More

2  Thank travel-walli
What a, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

There is nothing we love more than welcoming our guests to our cozy office early morning and we know a freshly brewed coffee, fruit and warm croissants are needed as you come through the door! We are very grateful to everyone for getting up so...More

Reviewed 9 April 2018
Fabulous small group tour of Sistine Chapel with Breakfast first

Mario from What A Life Tours was nothing short of amazing. He is a wealth of information, and is passionate about the Vatican. He worked hard to maximize our experience. I've been on a tour with this agency before and will schedule with them in...More

2  Thank Carol G
WhatALifeToursTeam, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Mario is a gifted guide with many years of experience navigating these world-famous and busy museums and we are so pleased you enjoyed yourself with him. It is not an easy feat guiding folks through the Vatican but Mario does it with such flair and...More

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The tour was 3.5 hours.
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