- 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
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.
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).
This is ths only way to see the vatcan museums and sistine chapel. Great experience orchestrated by a knoeledgeable guide. Most do.
Our tour was great, but don't go on Wednesday, as we did. The Pope has an audience in St. Peter's Square on that day, so you spend more time at the Vatican. By the time you get to the Sistine Chapel, it is open to the public. So much for the private, quiet experience in the Sistine Chapel.
This tour was the best time and money spent in Rome. Rachel was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun. We waited for St. Peter and #39;S to open post-tour since we went on Wednesday. Perfect. An incredible experience.
The guide GiGi was fantastic, the whole tour was informative ans worth every penny. Getting up early was worth it to have breakfast in the Vatican and to view most of it without crowds
A great tour - fantastic way to see the Vatican Gardens.
Wonderful tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Exceeded expectations. Absolutely recommend this tour! This is my second five-star experience on this recent trip.
This tour was very well organized and I was very impressed with the tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, and made the tour exciting. Wonderful experience!
Very interesting and informative tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable on the art and history I don't remember her name but she was from Venezuela.
Absolutely fantastic. Our guide Nicolas as wonderful. The breakfast was also very, very good. Worth the money. We had the Vatican to ourselves for the first hour or so. It was great. Nicolas took us to areas that I am sure if you are on your own, you will not find.