guided tour
skip the line
2,5 hours
This tour route is completely barrier-free!


Adult: 55€
Student: 50€
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 accredited by the Holy See 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.

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*The student price is only valid for students younger than 26.
The tour starts every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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
  • Privileged entrance 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 Museum Tour"

We made our way towards the Vatican museum ticket office and luckily bumped into a very nice Spanish guy who suggested this company. Maya tours were absolutely brilliant. Our tour guide was Lebanese and was very knowledgable and funny. He made sure all the 20 people in our tour got the best out of the visit and his explanation of the history behind how the Vatican came to be and Michael Angelo’s Sistine chapel made us appreciate what we were looking at so much more than if we had just bought a ticket. The tour lasted about two and a half hours. Definately recommend this company.

gbugs67, Gen 2017

"Worth every cent for Vatican Tour"

Our family of eight visited the Vatican during late December. The lines were hours long and we decided to join a Maya Tour. It was worth the cost in every way: we skipped the horrific lines and learned a great deal from our guide Deborah. The headsets allowed us to hear Deborah while looking somewhat independently during the tour. The tour group was huge — at least fifty, but Deborah was knowledgable and kept the tour interesting and snappy to young and old alike for several hours. Comments directed at a family accused of being gypsy pickpockets were a shock and the accuracy of the accusations is unknown. You might say this set the tone for theft and taking whatever one pleased as we learned about the history of the Vatican. Watch your pockets, indeed!

smbAlbany_NY, Dec 2017

"Excellent tour of the Collosseum, Palatino and Roman Forum "

We started under a “meteorological bomb” aka lots of rain, but our guide Diego, had so much information and was so full of energy that we stick to it and did not regret it. Booking a tour is 100% worth it as you skipped all the lines, you are given a headphones and can hear the guide perfectly , even if you fall a bit behind or look at other things while listening.
I am 100% convinced that we got much more with being with a guide _ as an historian I usually do the reading myself and/or take the audio guide, but this skipping the line make the extra $ worth.

lefaucheu, May 2017

"Best guided tour that i ever had!"

In a few words, we had the luck to find a guide very passionate about his job. A person with tons of information about cultures, religion, history and arts. His name is Ribal Abighanem. He explained, in detail, every single piece of art or history that we’ve meet along the Vatican tour. It was really a celebration of culture!

Daniel C, May 2017