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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off

Highlights
  • Beat the crowds and see the Vatican Museums before they open to the public
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off mean you won’t have to navigate on your own
  • Learn all about the Vatican’s artworks and history from your private guide
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Private Early Bird Vatican and St Peter's Basilica Tour: Hotel Pick-up Drop-off
From US$112.52
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Early Bird Vatican Tour
Early Bird Vatican tour. Children under 6 tour for free. Children aged 6-18 only pay tickets. Meet your guide at your Hotel. Hotel Pick up and drop off included.
US$112.52
Early Bird Vatican Tour PRIME
Upgrade your tour with priority access 15 min. ahead of the usual early bird. Enjoy the Museum Galleries as they first come to life and a relaxed Sistine Chapel explanation while comfortably seated.
US$145.68
Overview

The Vatican Museums contain one of the world’s most important art collections, and draw crowds to match. But on this private tour, you’ll have special access before the venue opens to the public. Linger in the Sistine Chapel, take in the many masterpieces, and learn all about the Vatican’s history from your guide. Then, you’ll have priority entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to wait in line.

What to Expect

Don’t worry about finding your own way through Rome’s bustling streets: this private tour begins when your guide picks you up directly from your local accommodation. Make your way to the Vatican Museums, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to enter before the landmark is open to the general public.

With time on your side, learn about the many masterpieces on display, as well as the Vatican’s history, from your private guide. See the Sistine Chapel in all its splendor without navigating the crowds, and view other artworks by Raphael, Caravaggio, and Da Vinci. You’ll also visit the Belvedere Courtyard, Gallery of Tapestries, and Gallery of Maps.

Next, enjoy skip-the-line privileges when you head directly from the galleries to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to go through the main entrance. Your guide will point out highlights within this landmark—the largest church in the world—and fill you in on its history.

The tour ends when you’re dropped off directly at your accommodation.

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Vatican tour

We recently took the Private Early Bird Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica Tour with Marco Marcini and it was an all-around fabulous experience. Marco met us at our hotel at 7:00 AM, we grabbed a taxi and arrived at the Vatican by 7:15. He timed...More

Thank jrd17033
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you guys very much for the kind review, "just doing my job!" Actually it was a lot of fun for me, and I'm happy to hear that the whole family enjoyed themselves. A big pleasure for me is making sure you didn't end up...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Excellent Tour with Linda

Small private tour for 4 with Linda. She 2as excellent got us through the highlights and early enough before the major crowds rushed in. Definitely worth the value and if possible get Linda every time :-).

Thank Denuel V
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Buongiorno, Thank you guys! It was my pleasure to share what I know with your group and, of course, get you in before the crowds- so you could actually enjoy the tour. I hope to see you again, Linda

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Great tour!

Linda was the best!!! She was very knowledgeable and engaging. If you are going to tour The Vatican this is the way to do it. We skipped the lines and the crowds. Linda is very nice and made the tour educational and fun at the...More

Thank veraisabelle
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Ciao and grazie! You guys were the best, and asked a lot of great questions. Vatican 'edutainment' is my specialty- I always try to balance historical fact with some of the juicier stories that the Vatican holds...I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves. Get in touch the...More

Reviewed 2 days ago
The Best Money You Will Spend

We recently did the Early Bird Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica tour (along w/Colosseum) with Katie. I cannot say enough about the quality of both the tour and our guide. Prompt, professional, and engaging, Katie is a master storyteller who makes her adopted city come...More

Thank atronce
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the kind words! I treat my guests as family and take my job seriously- punctuality, thorough knowledge, and a good mix of facts and stories to keep you awake and engaged are a must. I hope you threw a coin in Trevi...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Karin: best tour guide

Our trip did not start off well because our teen daughter got stomach sickness but Karin helped out. She was great in showing us everything in Vatican and St Peter's. She was so knowledgeable and patient when we had questions. She arranged a private tour...More

Thank Tommy N
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao! I hope your daughter has fully recovered!! It was a pleasure to secure special access to the 'Vatican Zoo'- I love seeing my guests faces when the guard lifts the rope and motions them through. And it's true, there's a great view of Rome...More

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horsekeeper41
8 July 2018|
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Response from John R | Reviewed this property |
Eyes of Rome guided tour. Ask for Fabiana. Fantastic (and probably the best way) to see the Vatican, St Peters and the Sistine Chapel. Also recommend “Ancient Rome” which includes the Colosseum and the Roman Forum!
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ABtraveller99
27 May 2018|
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Response from Dwayne C | Reviewed this property |
Hi. A camera is allowed everywhere except in the Sistine Chapel and any of the crypts. Small backpacks are allowed as well. You will go through security with it.
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Debra Q
9 April 2018|
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Response from Rockitalian | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was five hours that included the pick up time 7:00-12:00
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