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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open

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US$ 529.40 Save US$ 158.80
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You get to be one of 20 people to enjoy the quiet of the morning at the Vatican before the crowds. This experience is only available through TripAdvisor and Viator.
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  • Waking up the Vatican tour only offered on TripAdvisor 
  • Enter the Vatican an hour before anyone else, including standard early access groups
  • Clavigero opens the doors of the Vatican and its galleries to you from a set of 3,000 keys
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
From US$ 370.60
US$ 529.40 Save US$ 158.80
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Waking Up the Vatican: VIP Small-Group Tour Before Museums Open
From US$ 370.57
Overview
This first-of-its-kind experience gets you inside the Vatican Museums a full hour before all other early access and VIP tours. A guide and your small group are the only ones there to follow the clavigero (key keeper) as he unlocks doors and flips on lights to the galleries that attract some 25,000 people a day. Walk the empty halls, passing staff members as they prepare for the day, and be the first to see Raphael’s Rooms and the Gallery of Maps, among other rooms. Another distinct difference from other Vatican tours: Your guide provides commentary inside the Sistine Chapel—a rare perk as talking is usually prohibited. End with breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard as other visitors are just starting to arrive.
What to Expect
This tour takes you to one of the busiest tour locations in the world, and it allows you to follow a Vatican clavigero (key keeper) inside the iconic landmark an hour or more before other early access tours.

Along with 20 people (or fewer), your guide leads you through the main areas of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael's Rooms, and the Gallery of Maps. Be one of the first that day to enter each room right as the clavigero finds the right key and switches on the lights.

Because of the size of your group and the early start time, you can enjoy a quiet walk through religious areas for more spiritual experience. Plus, this is the only Vatican Museums tour where a guide goes inside the Sistine Chapel to provide commentary up close to Michelangelo’s artwork to your group. It's an experience that has never before been offered to the public, and you will only find it through TripAdvisor.

Afterward, head to the Pinecone Courtyard for breakfast, where you will see all the early access groups starting their tours for the day. Once you wrap up your meal, you’ll be able to stay in the museums as long as you like.
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Rome in its splendore

What can one say other than amazing, overwhelming fabulous unbelievable and the list goes on. Only complaint is that restaurants are all in the mood to make money and greatly overcharge which is a pity. sort of knocks the edge of . But Rome has...More

Thank alan639barb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
shameful

£280 to view the vatican early morning. sorry but just goes to show what a rip off the catholic church is, how shameful. disgusting

20  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent way to visit the Vatican. Unique

The best way to visit the Vatican museum and the Chapel . Very small group so unique experience when they open each room for you. We walk with more then 2500 keys. You will have a selection of arts that will be explained . Then...More

12  Thank annedo62
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bravisimo!

This tour was truly an unforgettable experience. As a photographer, artist and student of ancient history, this was truly everything I expected and more. My guide was a scholar of Roman Art History so she made the experience the best 2.5 hour lesson ever! It...More

8  Thank ceurb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Stunning!!

Breathtaking tour!! Alone in the Vatican!! For the early birds! I was not sure what to expect when I booked this tour that exists only for a few days. Once in a lifetime experience. I got to open the doors in Vatican. Our tour guide...More

13  Thank julie l
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sunshine222018
1 June 2018|
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Response from Sheila S |
No because the st peter’s basilica is located at different area. But you can enter it for free.
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Karynblair
1 June 2018|
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Response from Luther O |
Yes there are a lot of stairs because the buildings were originally separate buildings before they became part of the museum
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Osvaldo W
31 May 2018|
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Response from Osvaldo W |
Cuantos dias es el recorridoy qué incluye? Vuelo hotel..
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