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Early Bird Vatican Tour
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts
from US$ 116
US$ 104.30
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts
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By booking our Early Bird Vatican Tour, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums before the usual opening hours. You'll also go inside St. Peter's Basilica and have a delicious breakfast. 

Gallery of Maps, in the Vatican Museums
Pineapple Courtyard, in the Vatican Museums
Sistine Chapel Vault
Details on the Creation of Adam, by Michaelangelo
Raphael's Rooms in the Vatican Museums
Inside St. Peter's Basilica
Dome of St. Peter's Basilica

Early Bird Vatican Tour

At 7:30 am on Viale Vatican Street in Roma. We'll head straight into Vatican City, without waiting in any queues, through Pineapple Courtyard. Here, we'll have a delicious breakfast buffet to start our day. 

After breakfast, we'll start our guided tour of the Vatican Museums. This tour will take place before the usual opening time for the public, so we'll avoid the large crowds of tourists.

Among its most important rooms, we'll find the famous Gallery of Maps and Raphael's Rooms, which house the famous fresco of The School of Athens. We'll also stop to admire other works of art such as the sculpture of Laocoön and his sons, which is kept in the Museo Pio-Clementino exhibition.

The next item on our tour will be the interior of the Sistine Chapel: the room where the Popes are elected. Your early bird ticket will allow you to appreciate the details on the frescoes, without any crowds behind you. 

We'll have a leisurely look at the paintings on the vault, where the most important ones are The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti. In addition, we'll admire the murals that show the Temptations of Christ by Sandro Boticelli and The Last Supper by Cosimo Rosselli.

Lastly, we'll visit St. Peter's Basilica. Inside this colossal temple, the largest in Christendom, you'll be amazed by the realism of Michelangelo's Pietà. We'll also see some other outstanding masterpieces such as the funerary monument of Gregory XIII and Bernini's baldachin.

The tour will finish at 11:30 am in St. Peter's Square, the perfect place to snap a photo of the imposing Vatican Basilica and its dome. 

Changes to the timetable

In order to ensure security measures against Covid-19, access to St. Peter's Basilica from the Sistine Chapel is temporarily closed, so we won't visit the Basilica during the tour. However, entrance to the Basilica is free of charge. You'll be able to visit the Basilica on your own after the tour, entering from St. Peter's Square.

Hotel pick up

If you'd prefer, you can also book this tour with pick up from your hotel in Rome. This option is available for accommodation located no more than 5 miles (8 kilometres) away from the Vatican Museums. We'll pick you up between 6:30 am and 7:30 am.

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Price

Adults Children between 6 and 12 years old Children under 6 years old
Tour without pick up
US$ 116 US$ 104.30
US$ 80.90
Free
Tour with pick up
US$ 133.60 US$ 121.90
US$ 98.40
Free

Tour without pick up

  • Adults

    US$ 116 US$ 104.30
  • Children between 6 and 12 years old

    US$ 80.90
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

Tour with pick up

  • Adults

    US$ 133.60 US$ 121.90
  • Children between 6 and 12 years old

    US$ 98.40
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

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Covid-19 Measures

It is compulsory to present a Covid vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test or antigen test taken up to 48 hours before the activity. Show more

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

Disinfected radio units will be provided, and headphones will be single-use.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

The transport used will be disinfected before and after each service and deep-cleaned every 24 hours.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit).

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Duration

4 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Hotel pick up (according to your booking)

Car or minibus transfer (according to your booking)

English speaking guide

Early bird access to the Vatican Museums (including the Sistine Chapel)

Entry to St Peter's Basilica (depending on the status of Covid)

Breakfast

10% discount on the official ticket price.

When to book?

You can book up until 36 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible. An accompanying person is required.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

from US$ 116
US$ 104.30
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the service starts

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 48 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Viale Vaticano