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VIP Private Vatican Tour – 8am

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3 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people



Experience the Magic of the Vatican

Welcome to Vatican City – the world’s smallest country with a big impact. It’s an incredible place overflowing with art, history, and culture across its 108 acres. As the heart of the Catholic Church, the Vatican is home to the Holy See and the Pope’s residence, where ancient traditions such as the papal conclave take place.

While exploring the city-state, if open, consider the opportunity to visit St. Peter’s Basilica, a significant church in Christendom that showcases Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring dome, and make sure to include a visit to the renowned Sistine Chapel for a complete Vatican experience. You won’t believe your eyes as you take in the largest canvas ever painted by human hands. Michelangelo’s stunning frescoes cover the ceiling and walls, and it’s truly a sight to behold. These masterpieces, along with the extensive art collection of the Vatican Museums, offer a glimpse into the rich history of the Church and the incredible talents of artists across generations.

So don’t wait any longer – book your tour today and immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of the Vatican.

Tour Description

Get ready to explore the smallest country in the world with a private guide all to yourself! The Vatican is home to an incredible collection of Greco-Roman Art and Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring “Agony & Ecstasy” in the Sistine Chapel. From St. Peter’s Basilica to the Sistine Chapel, this remarkable destination is sure to leave you thoroughly impressed. Our 8:00 am start time gets you through the gates before they open to the general public. Enjoy two delightful hours exploring the museum and an additional hour in St. Peter’s Basilica, all before the throngs of visitors descend upon the scene. With this tour, you’ll be one step ahead, leaving the crowds to play catch-up while you revel in the Vatican’s wonders! So, hop on board and join us as we explore Vatican City – where the size may be small, but the “wow” factor is larger than life!

Kindly book this tour 2 months in advance

Advantages of Choosing a Private Tour

  • Smooth entry: Skip long lines and enjoy more exploration time.
  • Expert guides: Highly qualified and experienced to provide insightful tours.
  • Customized tour: Tailored to your interests for an engaging and memorable visit.
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Witness the exquisite craftsmanship of intricate tapestries, meticulously woven in Brussels in 1531, based on the visionary sketches of the legendary artist, Raphael.


Admire the mesmerizing collection of 32 frescoed maps adorning the walls of this gallery, masterfully created between 1580 and 1583. These cartographic marvels are based on the ingenious drawings of the renowned cosmographer Ignazio Dante.


Unearth the timeless masterpieces of Greco-Roman sculptures from antiquity, carefully preserved within this awe-inspiring collection. Admire revered treasures such as Michelangelo's beloved ‘The Belvedere Torso and the Greek God Apollo’ from 320 B.C., and the enthralling marble statue of the Laocoon Group, a magnificent representation of ancient artistry.


Gaze upon the 1,800-year-old bronze statue of Hercules and marvel at the colossal 13-meter wide porphyry basin, originally from Nero's house, housed within a room bearing a striking resemblance to the iconic Pantheon.


Discover a treasure trove of masterpieces in this section, featuring exquisite paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael, and Giotto. And don't miss the rare opportunity to behold the sole work of Leonardo da Vinci on display here.


Experience the transcendent beauty of the Sistine Chapel, a testament to the unparalleled genius of Michelangelo. Allow yourself to be captivated by the awe-inspiring masterpieces that adorn its hallowed walls, each a shining example of the artist's divine talent.


In fulfilment of Christ's words to his apostle Peter, "You will be the rock on which I shall build my church," the world's grandest cathedral now majestically stands upon the tomb of St. Peter, bearing witness to the enduring legacy of faith and devotion.


*Please note that our itinerary may change due to closed areas or unforeseen circumstances. St. Peter's Basilica may be closed on certain days for liturgical celebrations, but the Sistine Chapel remains open as part of the Vatican Museum. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility

  • 1- Customized tour tailored to your preferences.
  • 2- Headsets provided for groups larger than 6 people
  • 3- Skip-the-line early morning tickets for a hassle-free experience.
  • 4- Engaging, well-groomed guides to enhance your tour.
  • 5-The option for the guide to meet you at your hotel upon request.
  • 1- Transportation costs to and from the tour's meeting point.
  • 2- Water or lunch during the tour.
  • 3- Tips or gratuity for the guide.

3 hours


Tour's Location

Where does the tour start and end?
The tour commences at the entrance of the Vatican museum. Address: 101 Viale Vaticano or in your Hotel on request.
It concludes in front of the Basilica. After the tour, you may spend more time inside the Basilica, but re-entry to the Sistine Chapel and the Museum is not permitted.
How many people can join this tour?
The tour requires a minimum of 1 person per booking to be conducted.
The tour/activity is designed to accommodate up 8 people, but you can write to us at if you are a larger group.
How do I get to the Vatican?
Take the Metro Line A to either the Cipro or Ottaviano station.
Alternatively, use Bus 492.
You can also take a taxi directly to the entrance of the Vatican Museum.
What should I wear?
Comfortable shoes, such as sneakers with cushioned insoles, are highly recommended for walking.
Both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees when visiting the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Men may wear respectful shorts that extend below the knees.
What should I bring?
A pair of binoculars and a bottle of water could be useful during your visit.
Feel free to bring your camera, but remember to turn off the flash in certain rooms.
If rain is expected, opt for a compact, foldable umbrella without sharp ends. Larger hotel umbrellas will need to be checked into the museum's cloakroom, requiring a 1 km walk to retrieve them.
Strollers are permitted in the museum, but the Basilica requires them to be left in the cloakroom.
Medium-sized backpacks are allowed; however, large ones will need to be checked into the cloakroom, necessitating a long walk to retrieve them later.
What is not allowed?
Items such as large backpacks, pocket knives, glass bottles, wine openers, large tripods, and big bags are not allowed. They must be checked into the cloakroom.
Photography is allowed in most areas, but flash is prohibited. Taking photos inside the Sistine Chapel is strictly forbidden.
Visitors are required to remove their hats when entering holy sites.
Is the tour physically demanding?
The Vatican tour covers a walking distance of approximately 2.3 kms, requiring a fair amount of physical exertion.
There is a separate route for the physically challenged. The itinerary is slightly abridged as they cannot as there are a few stairs to navigate. Please send us an email: if you have a physically challenged person on the tour.
Participants should ideally possess a moderate level of physical fitness.
The tour may not be suitable for those who have difficulty climbing and descending stairs.
Be sure to have a meal or a snack before the tour, as it is quite lengthy. You can also bring a snack in your pocket to enjoy during the tour.
We recommend you to book 2 months in advance
Know before you go
The Sistine Chapel is part of the museum, not the Basilica.
On Wednesdays, the Basilica remains closed until noon due to the Papal Audience.
If you wish to climb the dome, you can do so independently for an additional fee.
In rare circumstances, the Basilica may be closed without prior notice. If this occurs, an extended tour of the museum and a detailed description of the Basilica will be provided.
Refunds will not be granted in the event of church closure.
What is the cancellation policy?
For a full refund, tours must be cancelled at least 96 hours prior to the scheduled start time.
If a tour is cancelled between 72 and 24 hours before the tour, only the balance amount will be refunded, and the ticket fee will be retained.
No refund will be issued for tours cancelled within 24 hours or less of the scheduled start time.
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