Private Tour

Vatican Early Morning Private Tour with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica

Art & History
Duration: 3 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH, RU

The Vatican is Italy’s most popular attraction with almost 6.5 million visitors annually. Make the most of your time in Rome with a private early morning Vatican tour with skip the line access. Savor the rich artistic heritage of the Museums and Sistine Chapel enriched with the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica in a thorough and engaging way. All with the personalized attention from your licensed guide and before the general public arrive.

Perfect for:
  • First Timers
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

Journey through the art, history, architecture and culture of the world’s most enigmatic state on this Vatican early entry private tour. With your expert guide on hand sharing the background stories behind the works, you’ll visit the most iconic sights of the Vatican at your own pace. A memorable and intimate experience made even more unforgettable with early access to the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive.


This exclusive experience begins as you walk straight past the long lines at the Vatican. From here, your passionate guide takes you on a journey through the best of the Museums. Using a carefully crafted route, your guide will lead you through quiet galleries full of ancient sculptures, intricate tapestries, medieval maps, and precious relics. As you wander these monumental attractions, you’ll learn about the characters that walked these corridors before you as artists, Cardinals and Popes and the dramas that unfolded here.


See the famous Raphael Rooms where your guide will point out the famous characters modeled in the School of Athens. Visit the Sistine Chapel and understand the techniques Michelangelo used to create these stunning frescoes. Spot the incredible details and private jokes that he painted into the world’s most iconic artwork, getting the most from your time here.


Once you’ve had your fill of the Sistine Chapel, your guide takes you through a no wait-dedicated door gaining direct access to St. Peter’s Basilica. Your guide will walk you through the stunning artworks held inside such as the monumental carved altar and the incredible architecture of Christianity’s most iconic church.


Where does the Vatican Early Entry Private Tour start? Where does it end?

You will meet your guide directly at the Vatican – at an easy to find point near the entrance to the Vatican Museums. Your confirmation email – which you will receive when you book your tour – will have the exact meeting point details. The private walk concludes inside the Basilica where you are welcome to linger after the tour.


  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Belvedere Apollo
  • Laocoön
  • Belvedere Torso
  • Greek Cross Hall
  • Gallery of Candelabra
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Michelangelo’s Pietà
  • Bernini’s Baldachin

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide
  • Tickets & reservation fees for skip the line access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with pre-reserved entry time
  • St. Peter’s Basilica fast track entrance tickets

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • If your group numbers more than 6, the Vatican requires that you rent earphones at the door for 3 Euro/person, paid directly on site (earphones prices may vary slightly without notice)
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

At an easy to find location near the entrance to the Museums. Full details provided upon booking. Upon request, we can arrange a private luxury vehicle for commuting to the Vatican.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request from Monday to Saturday.
  • Vatican Museums Closing Days in 2022: 11 February, 19 March, 18 April, 29 June, 15 August, 1 November, 8 and 26 December.
  • St. Peter’s Basilica is an active church and can be subject to unscheduled last minute closures due to liturgical celebrations or unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs during your visit, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Museums.
  • For safety reasons, all visitors must pass through metal detectors and there is sometimes a line for this.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Requirements starting from August 6, 2021 until further notice:
    All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring and wear a facemask.
    In accordance with government guidelines, during the service all participants must maintain a safety distance of 1 meter from other people.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days before the activity starts, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must bring and present a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.) matching the vaccination or test results.
    Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, read here or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

Good to Know

  • All members of your party must present at the Vatican Museums a valid proof of identification prior to entrance (copies of passports or ID on your phone will be fine).
  • The Vatican has a strict dress code. Men and women must have their shoulders and knees covered at all times. Access to the Museums will be granted only to appropriately dressed visitors (sleeveless and low-cut garments, shorts, mini-skirts and hats are not permitted).
  • You may only carry small handbags inside the Vatican (smaller than 40cm length x 35cm width x 15cm depth). Anything bigger than this, or any umbrellas or camera tripods, must be checked into the Vatican Museums cloakroom at the beginning of the tour. The cloakroom storage is free of charge, but please be aware that it is located approximately 20 minutes walking distance from the conclusion point of the tour. Thus, we recommend traveling light and leave any unnecessary belongings at the hotel.
  • The Vatican Museum reserve the right to deny entrance to any individual not adhering to their entrance rules and restrictions including, but not limited to, providing proper identification and conformance to its dress code.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    Full payment by credit card is required to make a reservation. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

What is the benefit of your Vatican Early Entry Private Tour?

Our Vatican early entry tour allows you to access the Vatican Museums one hour before general opening time, which means you get the advantage of visiting the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrive with a dedicated art historian guide focused just on you.

Does the tour go directly inside without waiting in any line?

As an accredited tour operator, we do not have to wait in the ticket line, but we still may have to wait in a short security line. The skip the line aspect of your booking applies to the line at the ticket desk, not the security controls.

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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