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Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel provided by The Roman Guy

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel

Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
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About
The wait times for the Vatican Museums are a testament to its status as one of the world’s most well-known monuments. Beat the crowds and enter the Vatican before it officially opens to the public on this early access tour, guaranteed to save you hours of waiting. Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms in a relatively crowd-free environment, and hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset. Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is also included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public 
  • Beat hours-long lines with priority, early-bird admission
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
  • Hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset 
What to expect
  • Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups. Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes. Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Enter the Vatican Museums before it opens to the general public 
  • Beat hours-long lines with priority, early-bird admission
  • Explore the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms with far less crowds
  • Hear your guide's commentary clearly through a headset 
What to expect
  • Your Vatican tour begins in the early morning. Greet your guide at a designated meeting point, and enter the Vatican through an entrance reserved specially for priority access groups. Feel like you have the place to yourself as you visit highlights such as Raphael's Rooms, the Gallery of Maps, and the Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo's world-famous frescoes. Listen to the history of the Vatican and its numerous Popes before heading into St. Peter’s Basilica for a small-group tour. After bidding your guide farewell, you can continue exploring the church independently if you wish.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 24338P1
Call +6037-7240250
Important information
Inclusions
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Maximum group size of 14
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A specific 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.
  • A fair amount of walking is involved, and there will be stairs between different levels. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly recommend considering a private tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • Early access to the Vatican Museums
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Headsets for groups of 6 or more
  • Maximum group size of 14
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesdays
Departure details
  • Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Saint Peter's Square, Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A specific 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.
  • A fair amount of walking is involved, and there will be stairs between different levels. If you have any doubts about your mobility, we strongly recommend considering a private tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please contact The Tour Guy to book a wheelchair accessible tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 2 Nov 2020
A note from Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour with Sistine Chapel
Our number 1 priority is for our customers to feel 100% safe during their experience with us. This is why we have implemented: -reduced group sizes, -enforce social distancing - masks are mandatory for both customers and guides - guides bring hand sanitizer with them for our customers
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Viale Vaticano, 100
    Viale Vaticano, 100, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
    Between Hotel Alimandi and Caffé Vaticano, at the top of the big staircase (Viale Vaticano, 100). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Roman Guy.” We highly recommend that you arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time of your tour to ensure a prompt start.   •  Subway/Metro - Take the Metro line A (the red line) and get off at either the “Cipro” or “Ottaviano” stop. The meeting point is on Viale Vaticano which is a 10-minute walk from each of the metro stops.  •  Walking - From St. Peter’s Square, take via di Porta Angelica and follow the Vatican walls (on your left-hand side) closely until you reach Piazza del Risorgimento. Turn left and continue following the Vatican walls until you reach Viale Vaticano. Turn left onto Viale Vaticano and cross over to the other side of the street. Walk up the street and you’ll find our meeting point about 100 feet away. BEWARE! This is at least a 15-minute walk.  •  Taxi - It is very important that you tell the driver “Caffè Vaticano” or Musei Vaticani. Our meeting point is a few feet away. Make sure you check for us on the other side of the street just in case your driver drops you off opposite the caffè.  •  Use your smartphone! - Type the words ‘Caffè Vaticano’ into your phone’s navigation system and the directions will bring you just a few feet away from the top of the staircase! Dates: Daily except Sunday ad Wednesday Return point: The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays).
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vatican City
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Sistine Chapel
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Vatican Museums
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Saint Peter's Square
    Piazza San Pietro, Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
    The tour will end at St. Peter's Basilica (except on Wednesdays when we finish inside the Vatican Museums).
    See address & details
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5.0
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Kate S
8 contributions
Wonderful
Maria was a knowledgeable tour guide. She provided us with lots on insight to the museums and chapel. We loved her humor and honesty.
Written 2 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Roman G
Dear Kate, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a great review! We strive to always offer the best guides and service and we are delighted to hear that you had an amazing experience with Maria on our Privileged Entrance Vatican Tour. We hope to welcome you again soon on one of our tours! Thanks The Tour Guy Team
Written 15 November 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nick M
1 contribution
Well worth the booking
Aug 2021
The tour was lovely and informative. Our guide, Laura S., was wonderful, not only because she was knowledgeable but also because she was hospitable and kind throughout the tour of the Vatican museums and St. Peter's Basilica. It was supposed to be a 3 hour early access tour but ended up at 4 due to delays, but we truly didn't mind. Laura was a brisk guide to the extent permitted by the Vatican's own rules due to Covid restrictions, so we never felt like our time was being wasted in a queue. She was great!

The only 2 things to be aware of: First, we were unsure when the actual start time of the tour was because The Roman Guy's webpage stated 7:30 AM for the tour, but our voucher stated 8:30 AM. We got there an hour too early because it wasn't clear which one was correct. The voucher is correct. Check your email!

Second, bring a full bottle of water with you. There is a lot of walking and not so many opportunities to quench your thirst. On a hot summer day, you're going to need it!
Written 4 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Roman G
Ciao Nick! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review and for your feedback! We're glad Laura took good care of you with both knowledge and hospitality! We're glad you made it and we've done our best to make the start time clearer for everyone! And yes, always check the time on your voucher! Thanks for the tips and for joining us. We hope to welcome you again soon!
Written 11 August 2021
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Allen L
3 contributions
All Alone Tours
Jul 2021
Even with COVID restrictions this tour was amazing. Our second time in the museum, Sistine Chapel and St.Peters and our guide, Cristiana Ventura, was very detailed and through showing us things we didn't see on previous tours. Have to admit having the Sistine Chapel to ourselves, basically, was really exciting.
Written 19 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sherrell B
1 contribution
A wonderful experience that I highly recommend.
Jul 2021
A wonderful experience. It was almost as good as being there in person. Not only did I get to see all the amazing painting, sculptures & architecture, but the guide also gave me background stories that were fascinating. I highly recommend this experience & look forward to doing more tours myself.
Written 6 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Matt
2 contributions
Great experience at The Vatican!
Jun 2021 • Solo
I had an excellent tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica with Raffa in June 2021. Booking and communication was excellent prior to the tour and I learned so much! Worth the money. - Matt from Chicago.
Written 10 June 2021
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AmyF0712
1 contribution
Outstanding tour guide and customer service!
Aug 2020 • Solo
My tour guide, Frank was brilliant! He was a fascinating wealth of knowledge and was really entertaining throughout the tour. I didn’t know what to expect from the Vatican and came away with a whole new perspective on the place after the tour. We were so privileged to have been in the Vatican when it was so quiet, just after COVID and couldn’t have asked for a better guide. It felt really special. The Roman Guy’s customer service overall is outstanding. I had also booked a Colosseum tour with them too but because of reasons outside of their control with COVID they had to cancel it because of low numbers and they handled it so well. I can really recommend them as a tour company!
Written 14 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Roman G
Hello Amy! Thank you so much for your feedback! I am so happy that you enjoyed your tour. Hopefully we will see you again soon!
Written 14 August 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Katja T
Lausanne, Switzerland3 contributions
A truly amazing experience
Aug 2020 • Friends
A really wonderful tour! We enjoyed it so much! Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained very well! We were very happy to have this opportunity! Can only recommend!
Written 8 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Roman G
Hi 682katiat Thank you for your 5 star review! I am happy to hear that you really enjoyed your Vatican tour. When you come again check us out in our other destinations around Europe. See you soon! Brandon
Written 14 August 2020
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EileenP16
Orlando, FL80 contributions
A Positive Update!
May 2020
I am also writing to update a previous review (which I believe was not published due to it's scathing nature!) but I want to say that this company has done a complete turn around. Not only did I receive a refund for the above tour and two others that I had booked and then had to cancel when my flights and cruise were cancelled, but I will happily book with this company again. I sincerely hope that it will be next summer but it will happen as soon as we can safely travel to Italy.

I have heard that the actual tours are wonderful. I am basing my review on the reputation that made me book the tours in the first place and the integrity that was shown by a struggling company to do right by its customers.
Written 23 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Roman G
Ciao Eileen, Thank you for taking the time to post this review! Our customer satisfaction, as well as our reputation are of the utmost importance to us. As you noted, the pandemic has hit our sector hard and fast and we are striving to do the best we can, under the challenging circumstances. We are very much looking forward to showing you why our tours are consistently rated 5-stars! Thanks again for your support! Laura
Written 27 July 2020
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Muttluvr4
Charlotte, NC29 contributions
Pick a different Tour operator
Nov 2019
We did not get to see St. Peter's Basilica due to a 'surprise' visit by the Pope. Pretended it was a surprise at 10:00. But it wasn't. On a Colliseum tour earlier that week some people we met said their tour operator would not offer tickets until 1:00 due to a planned papal activity. We walked around the same space A LOT to take up the tour time. The guide was knowledgeable and we could hear fine. But feel like they knew we would only see the Sistine Chapel well ahead of time.

I will say the time spent in the Sistine Chapel was nice, it was early and was not too crowded.

I would rate this as the lowest tour I have taken with Trip Advisor.
Written 24 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello Muttluvr4, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It is noted that there had been aspects of your tour which had given you cause for disappointment or inconvenience, which is most regrettable, and for this we would like to extend our sincere apologies. We would appreciate if you could contact our Dedicated Customer Service Team by calling +1 888 290 5595 to speak with a Customer Service Representative about your recent experience; alternatively, email me directly at marco@thetourguy.com. We would love to make things right if you give us another chance. Thank you, Marco
Written 25 January 2020
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R. Hal B
York, PA15 contributions
OK, but not great
Jan 2020
We'd rate this one of the lower of the 10+ tours we've done around Europe. Got into all the sites, but despite it being the second week of January it was packed with hundreds in the Sistine Chapel. Raffy, our tour guide, tried hard, but between the sound equipment and her accent, She seemed to have lesser command of the topic areas than our tourguide by the same company the next day at the Colosseum, who was excellent. I had trouble following her commentary and several other members were very lost. You do get in and around much more quickly, so the entrance worked. We got to all the sites.
Written 12 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Rhalb, We can only apologize that on this occasion we didn’t meet our standard and thank you for telling us, we always want to hear feedback, good or bad. Your business means a lot to us, so if you ever have additional feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at marco@thetourguy.com or call our Dedicated Customer Service team at +1 888 290 5595. Again, thank you for your feedback! Best regards, Marco
Written 15 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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