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Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

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    Stop At: Vatican Museums, Viale Vaticano, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    This tour allows you to enjoy an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”. All this with absolute calm and peace without being stressed out by huge crowds pushing you around during normal visiting hours. Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists, and only 10% of the usual crowds present; It’s almost like having the place to yourself. This is an exclusive service that only a few tour operator companies are able to offer, so don't waste time, wake up early in the morning and enjoy the Vatican museums at their full splendor!

    After the complimentary pick-up from your accommodation, you will skip the long lines, with your early morning admission ticket, and access directly the metal detector control. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome overlooking the Vatican gardens; the perfect spot to take a great picture! Your private guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations.

    You will visit the Pio Clementine museum, famous for its ancient Greek statuary such as the Laocoon group. You will gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, then, through the Hall of the painted maps, you will enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sistine Chapel, Citta del Vaticano 1, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    Spend at least 10-15 minutes admiring the magnificent frescoes of Michelangelo and the other Renaissance masters.


    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza di San Pietro, 00120 Vatican City Italy

    After visiting the Sistine Chapel, through a special door available only if accompanied by your tour guide, you will reach the largest Catholic church in the world: St. Peter's Basilica. This is where Michelangelo's sculpture "Pieta" is kept and the tombs of the popes including St. John Paul II's and St. Peter the Apostle. 

    The tour ends in St. Peter's square, where you will admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica. 

    At last, the tour guide will take you to the official Vatican gift shop and eventually show you the nearest taxi station or subway for transportation back to your hotel

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Reviewed 16 May 2019

    Since November 2018, I've been in Rome twice. Out of the 10 tours in total, this is the ONLY tour that was disappointing. I had toured the Vatican Museum in November with City Wonders, but I booked a tour again for my friend who joined...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    expl0r0t, Direttore generale at Exploro Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2019

    Good morning, We are sorry to hear about your disappointment. The guide was obliged to skip some parts of the museums, you would need at least one full day to visit all the galleries, and hit exclusively the highlights as you have 3 hours in...More

    Reviewed 19 April 2019

    I had only few days to spend in Rome so I talked to the agency to find the tour that could fit me better. Finally I visited the Vatican museums and Borgese gallery and I had also a private driving tour through the highlights of...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
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    expl0r0t, Direttore generale at Exploro Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2019

    Thank you so much! We hope to see you soon in Rome.

    Reviewed 13 April 2019 via mobile

    Our guide didn’t seem to understand that when we booked the early morning tour that meant we didn’t want to stand outside the Vatican and talk about it. We wanted to go inside. We did try to explain this but she was not receptive. Tour...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank CSull64
    expl0r0t, Direttore generale at Exploro Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2019

    Good morning and thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry for the inconvenience but unfortunately the early morning tour at the Vatican requires a short wait outside the entrance before doors open at 8 am. This is to avoid long waiting lines for...More

    Reviewed 4 April 2018

    Definitely the best choice to see the Vatican with an expert guide. We will see you again next time in Roma.

    Date of experience: March 2018
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    Exploro T, Direttore generale at Exploro Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

    Thank you! We are looking forward to welcoming you back in Rome.

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    19 August 2019|
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    Response from debikayzila |
    Yes, my husband and I took this tour last October. It was very professional and efficiently managed. Pick up was on time. Everyone has to go through security at the Vatican; no one can skip that line. Important everyone is... More
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    • Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel and 2 more
    • Duration: 3h
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    • Hotel Pickup
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