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Private Vatican Tours VIP Early Entry Tour

with Sistine Chapel & St. Peter's Basilica

VIP Early Entrance Vatican Private Tour ★★★★★ 5 based on 8 reviews.
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Group size: Private Language: English Duration: 3.5 hrs Start Time: 7:45 AM

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Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor since 2011 with thousands of 5-star reviews, you’re guaranteed to have the experience of a lifetime on your Private Vatican Tour with early entrance. See the Sistine Chapel an hour before its doors open to the general public and get skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica, exploring all the timeless treasures with a top-rated personal guide.

At a Glance: Why You’ll Love Our VIP Tours

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Get VIP treatment with a Vatican private tour, and enter the Vatican Museums without the lines a full hour before gates open for regular admission. Includes continental breakfast at our office.
Follow an enlightening route through the splendors of the Holy See including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael Rooms, Gallery of Maps, and St. Peter’s Basilica, all at the quietest time of day.
Enjoy the undivided attention of a personal guide from What a Life Tours. Your passionate Vatican expert will provide you with all the flexibility and attention that only a private tour experience can.

The Treasures of the Vatican: Vatican VIP Tours

If there’s one thing to wake up early for on your trip to Rome then our Private Vatican Early Entry Tour is precisely it. Private Vatican tours in the early morning are the best way to see this incredible location.

On this VIP-style journey inside the walls of the Holy See, you’ll admire all this before the crowds arrive, and have the opportunity to tailor your tour based on your points of interest and itinerary of choice:

  • The Sistine Chapel
  • Michelangelo’s Masterpiece
  • St. Peter’s Basilica

You’ll skip the line to discover the treasures of the world’s largest and most influential church. Your private guide will be there every step of the way to make sure your experience is a mesmerizing one.

After enjoying a complimentary continental breakfast at our comfortable offices just steps from the entrance to the Vatican Museums, you’ll take advantage of our entry time, one hour before regular ticket-holders are allowed inside. Not only will you be able to navigate corridors and galleries with ease and time to focus on details, you’ll also see the Sistine Chapel with a tiny fraction of the people who will literally “occupy” it later in the day.

Michelangelo & The Sistine Chapel: Private Tours Of Pure Mastery

Sorry Raphael, but any visit to the Vatican is all about Michelangelo. From the omnipresent dome of St. Peter’s to the multi-masterpiece Sistine Chapel, and the spectacular Pietà to the cameo in Raphael’s iconic School of Athens, his mind, brushstrokes, and chisel-work are everywhere. Your guide is a bonafide expert in the affair and will walk you through the extraordinary accomplishments of this Italian master, and true-to-the-word Renaissance man, without masses of other visitors crowding your view.

The most amazing of the Sistine Chapel ceiling panels is the Creation of Adam, depicting God and the first of all men nearly touching fingers, an image that has become an integral part of our understanding of art and the divine. Nonetheless powerful in imagery is Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment, a representation of the second coming at the end of days as good souls are separated from those with less sinless natures, many with symbols of their own martyrdom. The vibrant colors of all of this are no less breathtaking than the backstories provided by your guide.

Feast your eyes on all of these incredible sights in The Sistine Chapel:

  • The Creation of Adam
  • The Last Judgment

Inside St. Peter’s Basilica: Private Guided Tours of a Vast Treasure Trove

The magic of St. Peter’s Basilica is just through a set of skip-the-line doors, also closed to standard attendees who’ll have to take the long way around the world’s smallest country to get inside. Welcome to majesty personified as architecture. This massive work of human endeavor took 120 years to complete involving the greatest engineering and artistic minds of the age, from Michelangelo to Bernini. There were in fact no less than seven architects put to the task by some 20 popes.

Inside you’ll stand agape by the sublime proportions. Your guide will take you to see Michelangelo’s Pietà, a masterpiece the famed Florentine sculptor completed at just 24 years of age, followed by a series of dazzling side chapels including that dedicated to Pope John Paul II. Then it’s on to Bernini’s enormous bronze baldachin, the canopy to the Pope’s private altar above the ancient tomb of St. Peter himself. You’ll also have the chance to discover the secrets of St. Peter’s Square with the optical illusions that Bernini so carefully planned for its visitors.

Still, have questions? Your private guide will satisfy your every curiosity before parting ways.

The Vatican: Private Tours Of An Architectural Wonder

Wave goodbye to the long queues that the Vatican usually attracts with skip-the-line VIP guided tours. A spiritual and religious holy-ground. The Vatican offers much more than your usual tourist experience.

You mustn’t visit Rome without experiencing the magnificence of the Vatican. Explore and gaze in wonder at the beauty of the Vatican. Book your tour now.

While you’re here in Roma, why not discover more architectural feats from the Romans? The Colosseum is one of the most symbolic Roman monuments still standing today, and you can experience it all with our private Colosseum tours.

What you’ll See Along the Way

Intro Outside Vatican
Sistine Chapel
Pinecone Courtyard
Belvedere Apollo
Laocoön and His Sons
Belvedere Torso
Round Room
Greek Cross Hall
Gallery of Candelabra
Gallery of Tapestries
Gallery of Maps
Raphael Rooms
St. Peter's Square
St. Peter's Basilica
Michelangelo's Pietà
Bernini's Baldachin
Continental Breakfast
Private Guide
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Tour Highlights

  • Intro Outside Vatican
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Belvedere Apollo
  • Laocoön and His Sons
  • Belvedere Torso
  • Round Room
  • Greek Cross Hall
  • Gallery of Candelabra
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Raphael Rooms
  • St. Peter’s Square
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Michelangelo’s Pietà
  • Bernini’s Baldachin
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Private Guide


  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Private customizable tour
  • All tickets and reservations
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Fresh pastries
  • Fruit/Bottle of water
  • Early entry Sistine Chapel
  • Early entry Raphael Room
  • Early entry Vatican Museums

Please Note*

The itinerary of this tour may vary depending on how busy the Museums are. On particulary crowded days, the guide may choose to reverse the order of the sights to ensure a more enjoyable visit.

Private Vatican VIP Early Entry Tour

What Our Customers Say…

VIP Early Entrance Vatican Private Tour ★★★★★ 5 based on 8 reviews.
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Fantastic history, art and architecture tour

Fantastic tour of the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Church - spent 3 hours looking up with my jaw on the floor! Tour guide Manuela was top notch - super knowledgeable and lots of historic fun facts kept our small group 100% engaged for 3.5 hours. A must do when in … Vatican City ;)
- Donald Duncan

Worth Every Penny!

Go ahead and book this tour right now! Elaine was our tour guide and absolutely knew her stuff, was passionate about what she was teaching us, and funny. I couldn't imagine doing this tour with all the crowds, so the early morning start was perfect. Getting a guide makes the experience so much more valuable. We had an amazing time!
- Sarah

Awesome Tour!

I highly recommend booking this tour. You do not want to go and visit Vatican without a tour. The agency is very well organized and the staff are very communicative. We had a very knowledgeable and at the same time funny your guide. Mario is an excellent storyteller, answered all of our questions and managed the time perfectly. Book your tour today
- Frank K.

Lucia is fabulous! Great tour with Skip the Line/ what a life tour

Lucia as a fantastic tour guide ! We are both teachers, and we are an appreciative couple when it comes to a really good tour guide who keeps everyone in line so no one gets lost, and meets the needs of all the people in the tour. Highly recommend this tour, and Lucia!
- David K.

Fantastic tour

The score was wonderful! Our tour guide, Tonia, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and fun. She kept all of us, including our young teenage son, engaged throughout the tour. My wifey even remarked after the tour that she felt like giving Tonia a hug because she was so warm and made us feel like part of the family. Highly recommend!
- Sam R.

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