Private tour

Rome: Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

Private tour

Rome: Private Early Morning Vatican Tour with Hotel Pickup

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From US$ 267.71 US$ 240.94 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.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Portuguese
Pickup included
Please be ready for pickup at your accommodation 15 minutes before your pickup time.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • 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.
  • Hotel pickup with luxury transportation and English-speaking driver
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Special early-morning admission tickets
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if necessary
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

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

  • Remember that on Wednesday is not possible to enter the Basilica from Sistine Chapel due to the Papal audience. You will see the Basilica from outside
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

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This private tour, guided by Elena, was amazing! We were able to go at our own pace and spend ample time viewing what we wanted. Yes, plenty of time in the Sistine Chapel. Her extensive art history background and Vatican knowledge gave us appreciation for each museum as well as the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's. Our time flew by. I don't often take the time to write reviews. It was a very special experience. I felt compelled to recommend it to others.

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October 7, 2022

Wir hatten die private Führung für einen Sonntag gebucht. Wir bekamen den einen Tag vorher die Nachricht, das Sonntags die Museen geschlossen haben. Daher haben wir die Führung vorverlegt auf Samstag. Leider war so Kurzfrist dann nur noch ein Termin gegen Mittag möglich und die Müssen schlossen um 14:30 Uhr. Das Heist, den Petersdom konnten wir gar nicht machen und in den Museen war es unglaublich voll. Die Führung an sich war sehr gut, aber extrem gehetzt. Also kleiner Tip. Keine Führung für Sonntag buchen - klappt eh nicht und Samstag nur wenn es ganz z früh möglich ist, ansonsten kann man sich das komplett sparen. Dafür sind dann 460 Euro ein bissl teuer....

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January 8, 2023

Abbiamo prenotato il tour mattutino per evitare la massa di gente, purtroppo ci hanno comunicato che non era possibile farlo il mattino presto e ci hanno proposto le 12.30. Visto il costo molto elevato ci è dispiaciuto molto non poter fare ciò per cui avevamo prenotato. Su nostra richiesta ci è stato fatto uno sconto. Nota molto positiva la nostra guida, Elena, è stata bravissima!

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June 18, 2022

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