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Early Access Vatican Museums Small-Group Tour with St Peter's and Sistine Chapel - Activity Code: 404313

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Start City: Vatican City

Duration: 3 Hour(s) Language: English Hotel Pickup: No

Overview

Itinerary

Tens of thousands of people visit the Vatican Museums each day to see St. Peter's Basilica, masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo and Raphael, and the Sistine Chapel. Get inside the UNESCO-listed complex almost an hour before it opens to the general public on this 3-hour, early-access tour that's limited to just 12 participants. Enter through a reserved doorway to skip the lines, and stay a step ahead of the large crowds on this carefully planned route that ensures you make the most of your time.

Meet and greet your guide opposite the entrance to the Vatican Museums, a collection of galleries filled with classical and Renaissance masterpieces, including the Sistine Chapel frescoes. Walk inside through a reserved door without any waiting. This access is even faster than the priority lines.

Once inside, there are more than 2,000 rooms and nine miles of art, so follow along with your guide who will point out the highlights and explain the story behind each piece. The small-group nature of your tour allows you to remain close to your guide at all times, but a headset is included to make sure you can always hear the commentary clearly.

Stroll through rooms like the Gallery of Maps, with its golden, vaulted ceiling; the Raphael Rooms, painted by Renaissance artist Raphael; and the stunning Sistine Chapel, considered to be the Pope's home chapel, with Michelangelo's Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement. On your early-access tour, you'll find the galleries to be considerably quieter than they would be later in the day.

Finish with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church ever built and one of the holiest and most important sites in Christendom. Get an overview of its long history from your guide, and get an up-close look at the Pietà, one of Michelangelo's earlier sculptures that depict the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion.

Your tour ends inside the basilica. After you've finished exploring with your group, you can stay as long as you want on your own. It's the perfect time to head down into the crypts or climb up to the top of St. Peter's dome (own expense) for uninterrupted views of Rome.

Departure Point

Tour departs near the Vatican Museums entrance.

Departure Time

8:10 am (meet strictly at 7:55 am)

Return Details

Concludes at St Peter's Basilica
Pricing

Inclusions

1. Small-group walking tour
2. Entrance fees
3. Professional guide
4. Guaranteed to skip the lines
5. Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Exclusions

1. Gratuities (optional)
2. Hotel pickup and drop-off
3. Food and drinks, unless specified
Booking Info

Reminder

1. A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
2. Pre-booking this tour enables you to skip the long lines (which can take up to two hours!) to enter the Vatican Museums. Please note, all visitors must pass through metal detectors at the security checkpoint. Please expect to wait 20-30 minutes to clear security.
3. This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.
4. On rare occasions, St Peter's Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you will spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. We will list affected dates as they become available. When possible, your tour guide will notify you if St Peter's Basilica is unexpectedly closed at the start of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued.
5. 5. Wheelchair information: This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible. For your information, Vatican Museums provide wheelchairs free of charge in the main lobby. You can easily pick one up after entrance, before starting your own independent visit. If you are looking for a guided tour with wheelchair access, we recommend booking our private tour so a guide can lead you through the alternate routes.
6. St Peter's Basilica, the grottos and the dome: After the tour, you may visit these attractions on your own. Your tour will end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction!
7. Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom on entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that these items are not taken on this tour.
8. Tours departing Wednesday: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly Papal Audience during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date.

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2. Please bring confirmed a paper or an electronic voucher and valid identity document to designated place on scheduled day.

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