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

Ritesh K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was great. The guide Lindy (I think that and #39;s her name) was really good, very knowledgable and a great communicator. She explained everything in detail and it was very informative. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants a detailed visit of the Vatican. Breakfast was great!

jeanne h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The Vatican garden tour was a nice touch! Our guide was so knowledgeable. She brought the Vatican to life


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Melvyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

excellent tour with a great tour guide will recommend to our friends


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wow ! Just beautiful. Breakfast was very nice, but would have preferred to get in earlier to avoid the crowds. Seve was great and full of info. Well worth it.

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

simply wonderful, the hours flew by, Landy sp? our tour guide was fun, smart, informative, beautiful and kinda, PERFECTO

Mary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Absolutely the best way to see the Vatican, unless the Pope invited you himself! We had breakfast in The Pinecone courtyard , which featured Vatcian milk only produced and sold here the early access to the museums, Sistine Chapel and Basilica. No crowds!! Expensive, but so worth it. Our guide Suzanna, was perfect. She talked and explained just enough, but allowed time to ponder what we were seeing. Perfect tour!

Garry P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour guides met us on time at the designated location.Everything went according to plan except that rain was in the forecast. The breakfast had to be relocated indoors. It did end up raining so that was a good call on their part. The group was small as advertised. No surprises, a good value.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is truly one of those once in a lifetime opportunities. The only criticism is that I wished the tour could have ended at the Vatican Museums as opposed to beginning at the Vatican Museums. If you want access back to the Museums then you have to buy another ticket and start over again.

Robert L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a fantastic experience? Loved the entire tour and breakfast in the pine cone card was so memorable. Highly recommend this tour.

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