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

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

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, enjoy priority entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica next door, without having to wait in line.

What to Expect
This private tour begins when your guide picks you up directly from your local accommodation. You’ll head to the Vatican Museums, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to enter before the landmark is open to the general public.

Take your time, learning about the many masterpieces on display, as well as the Vatican’s history, from your 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 with drop-off back at your accommodation.
Reviews (158)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Private Vatican Tour - best of our trip - Karin Libri

Karin was a great tour guide and knew the history behind all of rooms, artwork, church, etc. She picked us up early and we thoroughly enjoyed the day with her. She gave us a preview of the Sistine Chapel so we knew what we were...More

Thank FirsttimeItalian
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was outstandingly immersed by Luisa in the history of Vatican and Rome during my two days private tour (including early bird and no lines entrances) of Vatican and St Peter's Basilica and then Colosseum and the Roman Forum, and on the second day ancient...More

Thank Mariana P
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Buongiorno and grazie for your feedback. So happy to read you enjoyed your tours! It was a pleasure to lead you and share with you my passion for Art and History :) A presto Luisa

Reviewed 1 week ago
Private tour is best!

Stefania was spectacular! We were spoiled with two days of private attention during our Vatican & Ancient Rome tours. We were in awe with her depth of knowledge and ability to paint a picture of the history we were experiencing. Seeing the Vatican early, with...More

2  Thank Sunshine816168
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ciao guys! I love giving private tours (Eyes of Rome's only option) EXACTLY for the reasons you mentioned- being able to customize the tour(s) to what the group wants and needs. Coffee, gelato and other snacks are often a great addition to a tour, and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fabulous Private Vatican & St. Peter's Basilica Visit with Fabina

Fabiana greeted us at our apartment and we instantly knew we were going to have a fabulous morning. Her personality and knowledge of Rome before we got to the Vatican was a confirmation that we were going to enjoy this beautiful city. Once we arrived...More

2  Thank mjandtom
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Buongiorno! I am certainly thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your tour! I agree- the private tour is the best way to experience a place. Go at your pace, see what you want, and skip the things you may have already seen. Thanks for coming,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
The only way to see the Vatican!

Giuliano was an amazing tour guide. He meet us at our apartment and took us to the Vatican where we walked straight past the long winding lines of people and began our tour of the museum and the Sistine Chapel and then the Basilica. Giuliano...More

Thank Marcy W
EyesofRomeTeam, Storyteller at Eyes of Rome, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Buongiorno! Thank you for joining me on the tour, and for taking the time to leave this review- I really appreciate it! It's true, I love Rome and its history...and sharing these things with my guests gives me great job satisfaction. Thanks again, and I...More

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7 September 2018|
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Response from jordines1121 | Reviewed this property |
Most tour guide provide headsets. The tour we picked was only the three of us family members and Linda our tour guide without headsets. I found it better and more personal when explaining about the history at the Vatican... More
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Response from RogerDW56 | Reviewed this property |
Pal6860’s description of the Vatican tour is spot-on. Our recent Viking cruise ended in Rome where we stayed a few extra days on our own. We used Viator to arrange transport from the cruise terminal to Hotel Abruzzi (near... More
7 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!