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PRIME Early Bird Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica Tour - Transfer included

VIP Vatican Experience - Guaranteed Skip the Line and Beat the Crowds

Category: Must Do
History
Archeology
Art
Religion

Price from: $460

Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)

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We are indeed tour guides but first we are travelers. We understand there might be last minute unforeseen circumstances that might cause a change of plans. When we sat down to write our cancellation policy we decided to think to what Cancellation Policy we would like to have for ourselves for our trips.

Beat the early bird to the worm! Don't miss your opportunity to enter the Vatican Museums with no waiting time at all and secure your access 15 minutes ahead of the usual early bird opening, skipping any possible line. 


With our Early Bird Vatican PRIME access, we get you inside the Museums at 7:45AM, bypassing those already in line - This is just the start of a very VIP experience. You will be able to enjoy the Museum Galleries as they come to life for the day, as well as a comfortable, relaxed, and seated Sistine Chapel explanation. Your guide will stop at the Raphael Rooms, where you will admire Raphael's most famous frescoes. Your tour will finish inside the breathtaking Saint Peter's Basilica, shrine of Christianity and Art. You will marvel at the gentle Pietà by Michelangelo and stop by the venerable tomb of Saint John Paul II, Pope Karol Wojtyla.


Moreover, our PRIME access allows us to schedule your pick up at 7:20AM. This tour is highly recommended for those of you who want to quickly walk through the Museums, avoiding the crowds at all costs and focus the tour on the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica as well as for those of you who are touring wih children. 


Not only will you get a fascinating tour, but you can also enjoy an interactive experience with your passionate tour guide who will animate the history of the magnificent artwork and cater the tour to your personal interests. Your personal storyteller will uncover the legends and mysteries behind the art and enlighten you to the genius of the Renaissance masters expressed through their world-renowned masterpieces.


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Summary
  • Approximately 3 hours
  • Layer 1 Kid-friendly tour
  • Partial access for wheelchairs
  • Private Tour Only
  • Suggested starting time
    07:20AM
  • Not recommended Sunday and Wednesday
  • Included 
    Early Entrance (before the general public) Blue Badge Qualified Guide Admission Tickets | Meet&Greet your Guide at your Hotel/Accommodation Private Tour Transportation to the site (only available for centrally located accommodations)
  • Not Included 
    Return Transportation (available upon request) Private Driver throughout the tour (can be arranged upon request) 
Standard itinerary
Vatican Museums
Raphael Rooms
Sistine Chapel
St. Peter's Basilica
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DOLCE VITA Upgrade

US$168

Our Dolce Vita service upgrade is all about great service and peace of mind, with your relaxation and comfort at heart. Choose this option and take your tours to the next level of comfort and care giving you access to your own dedicated travel agent, your private guide’s personal assistance, drop off at your accommodation, and a more forgiving cancellation and booking amendment policy. More details are available at: https://support.eyesofrome.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005953229-Eyes-of-Rome-s-DOLCE-VITA-Service-Upgrade

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Colosseum

US$140** Please note: Entrance to the site is optional - Admission tickets will be charged separately.

No time to do a full Colosseum tour? Make it quick! Marvel at this epic engineering feat of the ancient Romans, one of the most amazing attractions of the Ancient World, and a highlight of any trip to Rome. Your guide will bring to life the stories of this iconic monument, its famed gladiators and the emperors who made it all happen. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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St.Peter's Dome

US$70** Please note: Price includes 1 extra hour with your guide and admission tickets will be charged separately - €10 for elevator (+320 steps), €8 for stairs only (551 steps).

Climb the most famous Dome in the world designed by Michelangelo and learn its secrets! You can take 320 steps to reach the roof level or you can take the elevator. If you feel you have some energy left you can keep take more steps to reach the dome for an astonishing view of the eternal city.

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Crypt of the Popes

US$40

The Crypt of the Popes, also known as the Vatican Grottos, are positioned just below St. Peter's Basilica and above Constantine’s 4th century basilica. The grottos contain chapels dedicated to various saints and tombs of kings, queens and popes, dating from the 10th century. The holiest place is Peter’s chapel, located immediately above the spot were the Apostle’s tomb was venerated (not parte of the site).

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Castel St. Angelo

US$140** Please note: Admission tickets are not included and will be charged separately.

As you exit St. Peter’s Square, your guide will lead you along a quiet street that follows ‘Il Passetto’, the passageway connecting the Vatican to Castel Sant’ Angelo, the Pope’s fortress. You can opt to visit the castle for breathtaking views of the city or cross over Bernini’s famous bridge of angels for scenic views of the river. A beautiful addition to the Vatican Tour, Castel Sant' Angelo is a great bookend to your day.

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Create your own Tour - Make it a Full Day

US$210

Book your tour and create your personal walking experience by making it a full day, adding 3 extra hours! You can tell us in advance your favorite sites to visit or your personal guide will make suggestions based on your interests and energy level - you set the pace and see what you want to see. Please make a note on your booking if you have specific requests so we can ensure that reservations are made when needed. An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Religious Perspective

US$0

Request for a Tour Guide with strong religious background at no extra cost. Your experience will enrich in spirituality.

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Kid-friendly

US$0

Request a Kid-friendly Tour Guide at no extra cost.

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Smile and Tour

US$0

Request for a funny and entertaining Tour Guide. Your laughs come at no extra cost.

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Request a Wheelchair

US$50

Add a wheelchair for your Vatican Museums visit. Your guide will select the best itinerary for you.

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Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary

US$150

Transform your standard Vatican tour to a unique Jewish experience. Unlock the hidden symbols with a new perspective with your professional tour guide. Enrich your tour by visiting the Hebrew Lapidary containing ancient Jewish grave markers with inscriptions in Hebrew, Greek and Latin. The Lapidary was established in 1910 after it was discovered during the excavation of the Jewish catacomb of Monteverde in Rome.

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Gelato Class

US$350** Please note: Price is up to 4 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

Enjoy a short walk in the city center before heading to your gelato class. Reach a typical roman "gelateria", an artisanal workshop that has recently been renovated. Engage in a funny, entertaining activity and learn how italian people prepare the famous gelato. Make your own ice cream following the traditional Italian techniques and recipes and enjoy it! An extra fee will apply if transportation is requested.

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Handicraft Workshop - Be an Artist for a Day

US$120** Please note: Experience is intended for up to 6 people. For bigger groups please send us an email.

In the picturesque atmosphere of Via dei Coronari, street of the antiques, you will take part in the workshop of an Italian artist. This activity is fun for the whole family!. You will learn how to make a fresco or a mosaic. Choose a subject, prepare the surface with the plaster, the drawing, and you will use your brush to give life to the images; or make your own mosaic with a natural glue (water and flour) and fasten the marble or the glass pieces (tesserae) on a wooden support, creating your small masterpiece. Take home your creation to make your Roman holidays even more memorable!

These optional extras can be selected during check-out.
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    Vatican First-Class: Secluded Gardens & Sistine Chapel
    Exclusive Vatican Museums After Hours VIP Experience
    Vatican Art & Breakfast
    Must Do:

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    Colosseum Special

    Colosseum Special: Undergrounds & Arena
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    Gandolfo Golf Cart Tour
    Etruscan Highlights Of Tarquinia With Private Driver Service
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    Create Your Own Tour
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    Best of Florence Tour
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    Jewish Secrets and Hebrew Lapidary
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    Info about your Early Bird Vatican Museums Tour:

    • Private Tour: This is a private tour – your party only.
    • Tour Time: Approximately 3 hours. Adding optional sites will extend your tour time.
    • Tour Start Time: 7:20AM
    • Tickets: Admission tickets for each participant are included in the total price.
    • Photos: Photos and Video are permitted with the exception of the Sistine Chapel.
    • Children Tour for Free: Children aged 17 and under tour free with paying parents. However reduced tickets are required for children aged between 6 and 17. Kids between 0 and 5 do not require a ticket.
    • Dress Code: Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
    • Design Your Own Experience: Sites visited are based on the pace of our average client. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, you can opt to see fewer sites. With a private guide, your tour is catered to your interests and activity level.
    • Mobility Impaired: This tour involves a fair amount of walking. Please contact us if you are interested in modifying the tour for those who have trouble walking or need a wheelchair.
    • Guide Requests: Eyes of Rome will make every effort to schedule the guide you have requested, however, sometimes it is not possible due to schedule conflicts or time off.
    • Personal ID: You do NOT need a passport to enter the Vatican.
    • Personal Items: Large bags and large umbrellas are NOT allowed in the Museums, and retrieving checked items could effect your enjoyment of the suggested itinerary.