Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group Vatican tour, ensuring you’ll see the incredible artwork with personalized attention from your guide.
- Early-morning Vatican Museums tour with breakfast in Bramante’s Pinecone Courtyard
- Enter the world-famous Vatican before the general public set foot inside
- Enjoy an Italian-American breakfast buffet at the heart of the Vatican Museum complex
- See top Vatican sites like Raphael’s Rooms, Gallery of Maps and the Gallery of Tapestries with a guide
- Visit the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement and then enter St Peter’s Basilica through a fast-track entranceway
- Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures a more personalized experience
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Visiting the Vatican is a must-do experience in Rome, but this tour is totally unique! Beat the crowds and start your tour with a breakfast right in the heart of the Vatican Museum complex.
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What You Can Expect
Sit down outside and dine on an Italian-American breakfast of pastries, meats, cheeses, eggs, and even pancakes – flipped in front of you by a pancake chef! Savor the food with a coffee or fresh orange juice and soak up the peaceful ambiance of the Vatican free from the crowds!
After enjoying your relaxing start to your day, your guide will lead you back inside the Vatican Museum complex for your tour. At this point, members of the public are still not allowed inside, so there will only be a few other pre-booked tour groups exploring the museum alongside your small group of 16 – giving you plenty of space to enjoy the artwork.
The Vatican Museum complex is staggeringly huge, so your guide will show off its best bits on your 2.5-hour tour. Explore the Gallery of Maps to see intricately detailed maps, and gaze at visual illusions aplenty in the Gallery of Tapestries. Marvel at Renaissance frescoes in the interconnecting chambers that comprise Raphael’s Rooms, and then get ready for the glory of the Sistine Chapel.
As the pope’s private place of worship, the Sistine Chapel echoes with a sacred ambiance, made even more special by the incredible artwork that adorns the walls and ceiling. Hear the history and theories of Michelangelo’s famous frescoes from outside, and then head inside to gaze at The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement on your own.
Your Vatican tour finishes with a skip-the-line visit to St Peter’s Basilica – the home of the Catholic Church – where more artistic treats await. Head inside via a reserved entranceway, and admire Michelangelo’s La Pieta sculpture, as well as Bernini’s Baldachino canopy, while hearing their history. You can then stay inside St Peter’s Basilica if you wish, after your tour ends.
Great experience. Worth getting up very early even with the kids to have this special tour. We got lucky with our tour guide who is studying art and anthropology. She made the Vatican come alive for all of us.
Excellent breakfast no problems, hard to beat the crowds at Vatican, but guide did pretty well
Our guide was exemplar! He was enthusiastic, knowledgable and very articulate. I enjoyed everything and would do it a 3rd time! 5 stars to you!
AMAZING! This tour is well worth the money. We got to go into the Vatican museums before the general public and beat the crowds--the tour guide was the best I have ever toured with--knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. The breakfast was good, but the ambiance and the tour itself was definitely worth the price of the tour! Be prepared for lots of walking though!
What a GREAT way to start a vacation. A super breakfast at the Vatican before anyone else is there. A Superior guide that knew all the ins and out of getting around both the Vatican and Rome. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone!!
An experience of a lifetime... Worth every penny. It was a stress free experience. Compared to the line up outside. We were so pleased we chose to have an exclusive breakfast in the courtyards of the Vatican and not have to struggle with large crowds. Like I said, It was worth it and memorable.
The Vatican VIP Experience was the highlight of our visit to Rome. Starting with the wonderful breakfast, small group tour and the expertise of our guide David made this a phenomenal experience -- one which we will always remember. Thank David and Viatour.
Awesome! Excellent breakfast and super duper guide! Very knowledge and informative. Happy to avoid the long lines. Viator made it easy and secure to book tours from the Stares. Great tour!
Must do specially in summer. Go to Vatican nice and early, have a beautiful breakfast and walk with a guide as the place is so big and you can get lost in there. Avoid the heat and the crowd!
United States of America
This tour was exceptional and I would highly recommend it. The breakfast American/English style was great. Beyond this was the early access in fact our group was first of the day and tour of the museums which were all exceptional. Seeing the tremendous number of tourists later in the morning, only validates why this tour was outstanding. I do not think I would have enjoyed the museums and cathedral as much if I had been stuck in these type crowds.