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This Vatican Museums tour begins at a designated meeting point near the Vatican in the early morning. Head straight inside the Vatican through a special entrance reserved especially for groups.

In your small group, remain close to your guide at all times and explore some of the 2,000 rooms in relative tranquility. Admire the golden vaulted ceiling in the Gallery of Maps; stare at Michelangelo's world-famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel; and marvel at enormous frescos in the Raphael Rooms.

After your tour of the Vatican Museums, head to St. Peter’s Basilica, and receive an overview of the church from your guide. Then, spend as long as you like exploring the church with relatively few crowds.

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Nobody wants to spend their vacation waiting in line or jostling crowds. Be the first of thousands to visit the Vatican on this early access tour, which allows you to enter the Vatican Museums an hour before they’re open to the public. A small group limited to 12 allows you to enjoy the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms without the annoyance of crowds, and headsets mean you can hear your guide clearly at all times. Skip lines often in excess of three hours, and stay inside St. Peter’s Basilica for as long as you wish once the tour concludes.
  • Gain entrance to the Vatican Museums an hour before the general public 
  • Avoid the long entrance lines, often in excess of three hours 
  • Enjoy the Sistine Chapel and Raphael Rooms in relative tranquility
  • Have a personalized experience in a small group limited to 12 
  • Hear your guide's commentary loud and clear with provided headsets 
  • Spend unlimited time exploring St. Peter's Basilica
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Just OK

I would not call this early access as our access this was by far was the most crowded of our entire visit. Wall to wall people and tour groups. The audio boxes from city wonders were the worst we had in Rome. There was lots...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
A memorable experience!

We booked our tickets through headout.com and City Wonders was the service provider. Well organised from the time of tour meeting point through to guiding the group through the Vatican security area and providing very knowledgeable information, this tour is highly recommended!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Worth it!

The early morning wake up call is so worth it - didn’t wait at all, simply walked round - it got very busy by around 9am but had already seen everything once so not too bad. Tour guide was great and knowledgable, making sure everyone...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Outstanding tour with Marina

Marina was very informative, enthusiastic and looked after us the whole way through the tour. Highly recommended!!!

Thank Rochelle B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Early Access Tour

Book this tour! We arrived for our tour at 8.10am. There was already a large queue forming outside. We went straight in with our small group. Our guide Loralei was excellent, an art historian with fantastic knowledge and happy to answer questions, she made this...More

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9 August 2018|
Response from saaaaamg | Reviewed this property |
No, they’ll send you instructions on how to get to the meeting place and a map for reference. :)
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Response from Debbie T | Reviewed this property |
buy your tickets online before you go
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