Private tour

Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

From US$ 266.64 per person

Beat the crowds by visiting the Vatican first thing in the morning with this tour of one of Rome's most popular attractions. You'll get picked up from your hotel and head straight to the Vatican, with VIP skip-the-line tickets and a private tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Hungarian
Pickup included
Pick up will be from the Cruise Shuttle Bus Terminal. It is last stop of the free port shuttle bus. Your guide will wait for you just outside of the terminal exit holding a sign with your name on it.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Vatican early in the morning, before the crowds
  • Relax with free pick-up in luxury transportation from your Rome hotel
  • Skip the lines with special early-morning tickets
  • Listen to a private tour guide, who will show you the best of the Vatican
Full description
This tour allows you to enjoy an infinite number of masterpieces like Michelangelo’s “Pietà” and Raphael’s “School of Athens”. All this with absolute calm and peace without being stressed out by huge crowds pushing you around during normal visiting hours. Imagine walking through these magnificently adorned halls without the noise of hundreds of bustling tourists, and only 10% of the usual crowds present; It’s almost like having the place to yourself. This is an exclusive service that only a few tour operator companies are able to offer so don't waste time and enjoy the Vatican museums at their full splendor. After the complimentary pick-up from your accommodation, you will skip the long lines, with your early morning admission ticket, and access directly the metal detector control. The tour will begin in a gorgeous panoramic terrace that offers a stunning view of St. Peter’s dome overlooking the Vatican gardens; a great spot for a family picture. Your private guide will then walk you through all the highlights of the museums which include masterpieces and artifacts from different cultures and civilizations. You will visit the Pio Clementine museum, you will gasp at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, then, through the Hall of the painted maps, you will enter the Sistine Chapel whose impact in history, religion and visual arts has no equal in the world. The tour ends in St. Peter's square, where you will admire Bernini's colonnade and the stunning façade of the basilica. At last, the tour guide will take you to the official Vatican gift shop and eventually show you the nearest taxi station or subway for transportation back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup with luxury transportation and English-speaking driver
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Special early-morning admission tickets
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • 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 ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Food
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • Please remember to inform us if a member of your party needs wheelchair access
  • The tour is free of charge for children under the age of 6
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The private tour in the morning before the official opening times was the highlight of our trip to Rome. Pick up at 7:30 am at the hotel was reliable. Our German-speaking guide Sebastian led us very professionally through the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. With lots of detailed knowledge and anecdotes, Sebastian made the tour a great experience that we will always remember.

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October 14, 2019

Perfect excursion.

Perfect excursion. Everything, as it seemed to us. Personal transfer from the hotel. Alessio, who meets us, passed the baton to our guide, Marina Muravyeva. She so easily led us along the planned route that it was imperceptible that there were a lot of people around. Marina somehow very deftly led us so that sometimes there were practically no one around. The accompaniment itself is very capacious information, but at the same time unobtrusive. Marina understood our mood very well, it is always nice to be on the same wavelength with a person. All this, combined with her youth, attractiveness, charm, left a lasting impression of the tour. Thank you for the high level of service!

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May 4, 2019

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