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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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Sistine Chapel
Vatican Museums
St. Peter's Basilica
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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.

  • 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 
  • Enter St. Peter's Basilica via a reserved groups-only entrance
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Highly Recommended!

We took this tour with Guiliano. It rained while we were in the lineup and he rushed around to buy ponchos and umbrellas for us which was greatly appreciated. He was super knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The early access was great as...More

2  Thank Kyle S
Reviewed 1 week ago
A Must Do Tour

what can i say about this tour, it was amazing well with the extra money to do the early access being able to enter the museums before the big crowds adds to the experience. The breakfast is nice in the office before travelling the coffee...More

2  Thank DanniMcisaac
Reviewed 1 week ago
Mario, historian extraordinaire!

Two days ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to be a part of a tour lead by Mario. He amazed us with his knowledge of the Vatican, art, The Sistine Chapel and St Peters. We highly recommend Mario as a guide. Thank you...More

4  Thank Meredith M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Very Special tour of the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica

We had an amazing experience with What a Life Tours. We had a small group with teenage boys and our guide had the whole group captivated with his very personal and very knowledgeable anecdotes about life in the Vatican and the life of the artists....More

1  Thank PenLewin
What a, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review of your Vatican tour with Patrick, he will be pleased his company was enjoyed by all including your boys! Patrick has spent many a season taking groups through the museums so really is an expert and the perfect...More

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile
AMAZING Early Vatican Tour with Mario!

Yesterday my husband and I were blown away by our tour of the Vatican. Mario, our tour guide, was engaging, hilarious, passionate and extremely knowledgeable about the Vatican and it’s history. Breakfast and drinks beforehand were delicious and all of the staff at What a...More

Thank Christine W
What a, Front Office Manager at What a Life Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 July 2018

It was an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity of welcoming you and your partner to our offices Christine and you chose really well going for the Early Access Vatican tour enjoying a light breakfast with us before heading off with our magnificent Mario,...More

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Response from DanniMcisaac | Reviewed this property |
yes it includes Vatican museums, Sistine chapel and st Peters Basilica
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9 July 2018|
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Response from abwilliams0n | Reviewed this property |
We took a taxi to the meeting point, the hotel booked this for us and the cost was less than 10euros
22 May 2018|
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Response from Carol G | Reviewed this property |
The tour was 3.5 hours.
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