Enjoy a VIP experience at the Vatican with this morning tour that includes breakfast on site. You’ll explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public so you can admire famous sights like the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms in a more intimate atmosphere before finishing with skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance. When booking, select from two options: breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard with a Vatican tour limited to 16 people or breakfast in the Vatican cafeteria with a Vatican tour plus a coach tour of surrounding Vatican City and the Vatican gardens, limited to 25 people.


  • Early-morning Vatican Museums tour with breakfast
  • Explore the Vatican before members of the general public set foot inside
  • Enjoy an Italian-American breakfast buffet in the Pinecone Courtyard or Vatican cafeteria
  • See top Vatican sights like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries with a guide
  • Enter the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment, and visit St Peter’s Basilica through a fast-track entrance
  • Tour Vatican City and the Vatican Gardens on an exclusive coach tour, if option selected when booking
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 or 25 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Visiting the Vatican is a must-do experience in Rome, and this tour is a unique way to do it. Beat the crowds and start your tour with a breakfast right in the heart of the Vatican Museums complex.

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What You Can Expect

Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

Enjoy breakfast at the Pinecone Courtyard inside the Vatican Museum complex

In the early morning, meet your guide at the Vatican Museums before the site opens to the public. Depending on the option selected when booking, you’ll be escorted to either the Pinecone Courtyard or the Vatican cafeteria for breakfast, followed by your exclusive tour of the Vatican’s many iconic attractions, from the Sistine Chapel to the Gallery of Maps to the Renaissance artwork inside Raphael’s Rooms.

Both tour options end at St Peter’s Basilica, which you have access to via a VIP entrance. Inside, prepare to be wowed by art like Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture and Bernini’s Baldacchino canopy. When your tour ends and you say goodbye to your guide, you are welcome to stay inside St Peter’s Basilica.

See the Itinerary section below for details about the two tour options.


Tour with Pinecone Courtyard breakfast:
Take a seat for your outdoor buffet breakfast, which includes Italian and American items such as pastries, meats, cheese, eggs and pancakes made right in front of you. Sip coffee and fresh orange juice while you enjoy the tranquil setting of a quiet Vatican, before the crowds arrive.

After eating, follow your guide into the Vatican Museums complex, which is still closed to the general public at this point (there will probably be a few other pre-booked tour groups inside with you). In your small group limited to 16 people, let your guide show you the highlights of this vast landmark during your 2.5-hour tour. Visit the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms before making your way to the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private place of worship where you can gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment frescoes.

Finish up inside St Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll hear about the history of the artwork here before your tour ends.

Tour with breakfast and Vatican Gardens:
Enjoy a hearty American breakfast buffet in the Vatican cafeteria, where you can fill up on croissants, muffins, pancakes, fruit, cereal, cookies and made-to-order eggs, accompanied by espresso, American-style coffee and fresh juice.

After breakfast, hop on an open-air coach for a 45-minute tour through the Vatican City State, listening to historical stories and interesting facts from your guide during the ride. Pass by sights very rarely seen by members of the public, such as the Vatican railway station, the Great Jubilee bell, the meditation gardens used by popes since the 1200s and the pope’s private heliport. The Vatican Gardens are only accessible on select guided tours, so this is a unique way to see more of Vatican City than the typical visitor.

When the coach tour ends, your experience continues back at the Vatican Museums, where you’ll follow your historian guide through the galleries’ many artistic masterpieces, finishing up at St Peter’s Basilica (same Vatican Museums tour as described above).

Customer Reviews

Joseph D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide, Rachel, was simply the best ever.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Lindy was amazing! You have got to take this tour!

We started with a delicious breakfast with freshly-made dollar pancakes and a wonderful spread of pastries, meats, cheeses and milk made specifically for the Vatican. We proceeded to tour the Vatican gardens on a open-air mini-bus before entering the Vatican Museums, through the Sistine Chapel and finishing off at St. Peter's Basilica.

Our tour guide Lindy was full of information and knowledge and she delivered it with humor and made the artwork and collection come alive. Lindy gave us the backstory behind the artwork, the personality of Michelangelo and his interactions with the Popes that made history come alive.

Richard M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent time for a tour, Rachel, our guide was informative, entrain ini and very approachable. Our breakfast was delicious and a terrific start for an amazing tour.
Cannot speak highly enough, everything was done so well, except clear instructions on where to meet, but we got there!!!
Best way to see the most marvellous site in the world!

Aina G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Very good.Tour was great

Steven P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Was just fabulous the early start was so worth it to miss the crowds

Nicholas M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The breakfast was great, the tour guide was very knowledgeable.

Edward T United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

What an amazing way to experience Vatican City and the Vatican Museums. Our guide Lynde was an amazing host and engaged and informed us during the 5 hour tour. We started with an excellent breakfast and then got on a bus that toured Vatican City and all the places you normally do not get to see!!
We moved on to the Vatican Museum and bypassed all the crowds getting in. We learned so much listening to our guide throughout the visit.
Money well spent. I give it my highest rating as it made our visit to the Vatican very special!!!

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Even though it was pouring rain, Rachel was outstanding. Eating breakfast at the Vatican was really nice. Food tasty, plentiful and all very pleasant. Back scenes tour of Vatican Museum outstanding, she knew so many interesting facts and stories. Rachel made it all come alive for us. Definitely would recommend this tour to anyone!

Latham W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an amazing opportunity. The breakfast was wonderful and the setting beyond our expectations, which were high. The museum tours were also quite informative and interesting. The only downside was that there wasn't much time for the Sistine Chapel, and when we finally arrived--around 10:30 AM--it was quite packed. This was our second Vatican tour, the first in 1970. We saw so much more this time. It was a worthwhile experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great early morning breakfast in the Vatican courtyard followed by a very informative tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel before the tourist hordes arrived. Special thanks to our excellent guide, Rachael, who was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Her explanations gave us a real insight into the immense history of the Vatican. This tour is a must do!

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