guided tour
skip the line
3 hours
This tour route is completely barrier-free!


Adult: 65€
Student: 45€
Must present a Student Card
Child: 45€
for Children of age 6 - 16
Children of age 0 - 5 FREE

Tour Description

By joining our Early Morning Semi-Private Tour, you will enter the Vatican Museums 60 minutes before opening time. This will give you a head start to see the amazing galleries, art treasures, sculptures, paintings, tapestries and architecture without the crowds.

The Vatican Museums, with more than 1400 galleries, are some of the most important and largest museums in the world. Because of their fame, during high season they can welcome more than 30,000 visitors per day. This unfortunately can lead to huge lines and hours of waiting. The same occurs at St. Peter’s Basilica, which has a different entrance to the Vatican Museums.

Thanks to the Early Morning Semi-Private Tour, you will not only see the museums without the crowds in a small group of maximum 13 people, but you will also avoid wasting valuable time waiting in a queue by skipping both these long lines.

Our tour guides are licensed and have many years of experience. They will help you discover and enjoy the Vatican’s fascinating history and beautiful works of art. Our guides follow a perfectly planned route, that will show you the highlights of the museums, such as the Gallery of the Candelabra where you can admire the rich collection of Roman sculptures, the Raphael Rooms and of course Michelangelo’s remarkable Sistine Chapel in its entirety.

After the tour, we will bring you into St. Peter’s Basilica through a special exit, exclusively for official guides and their groups.

It is worth getting up early for this special opportunity, with the tour starting at 8 A.M.



  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Muses
  • Round Room
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Sobieski Room
  • Raphael Rooms
  • Borgia Apartments
  • Collection of Modern Religious Art
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
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What's Included

  • Admission Ticket
  • Reservation Fee
  • Skip-the-line access to the Vatican Museums
  • Privileged entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Fully licensed tour guide
  • Headsets (from 6 pax)


  • Skip the lines to enter the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Enter the museums a full hour before the general public, giving you valuable time to enjoy the museums before the crowds
  • Continue the tour inside St. Peter’s Basilica without queuing
  • Small group of max. 13 people

Available Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish


"Vatican Early Tour"

We were there just for 4 days but if was amazingly beautiful and specially very informative. Roberto Notarmasi is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and fun, he knew exactly what were the most important things that we have to know before leaving .. thanks to Maya tours and Robert.

ZoeTahalia Placentia, California, Dec 2017

"The highlight of our trip to Italy. Everything and more than we expected"

My wife did her homework and booked the early tour as we had been told the Vatican was the worst one for long lines and huge crowds. We met our tour guide Alfredo Noia and went straight in. He was one of the best guides we have ever had. His knowledge of History and Art was amazing. We started off in Vatican city the center of Rome (the smallest state in Europe) and is ruled by the Pope. Only 1000 people live within those walls. It was declared independent from Italy on 11th February 1929. We started off in the Chiaramonti Museum (sculptures and portraits), Gallery of Maps (maps painted in Fresco on the walls) and the Pio Clementino Museum (Important Greek works). Each one special in it’s own right. Then we went into the Sistine Chapel and to say we were blown away is an understatement. I would go back to Rome just to experience this again. Michaelangelo was and still is one of the worlds greatest artists. The Sistine Chapel ceiling is breathtaking and the stories behind it are so interesting. We then visited the St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peters Square. Amazing, too many incredible paintings, sculptures and buildings to take in. You could spend a week here and still not take it all in. Fun note we sent postcards from the Vatican with the Vatican postmark. Very cool. Rome’s most MUSTSEE tour.

David R Jacksonville, Florida Dec 2017

"Roberto was the best!"

I used their website to buy tickets and got to the office at the time that was stated on my email. Initially it was only my brother and I waiting for the early morning group tour. 2 more people joined and off we went. It really felt like a private tour which was nice. This is my second time to the Vatican and let’s just say I learnt so much more on this tour than my first. Roberto was perhaps one of the best guides I’ve ever had for anything. He was super informative and personable. Took time to show us things which before I breezed past on my first visit. Told us what to look out for in the Basilica. I was able to ask him questions without feeling shy. My brother really enjoyed it too. Thank you Roberto and Maya Tours for your professionalism. I recommend this company for the early tour. Other companies seem to have 20+ people on each tour whereas this was a lot more smaller. I was grateful I wasn’t part of a big group. By the time we left the Vatican the lines outside were huge. I would pay the extra $$ to go in early and skip the crowd.

prinzess26, Jan 2018