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

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Overview

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 Travelers Choose 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.
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.

Itinerary

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).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Admission Ticket Included
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Vatican Museums
Admission Ticket Included
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La Pieta
Admission Ticket Free
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St. Peter's Basilica
Admission Ticket Included
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City Wonders
Admission Ticket Free
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Vatican City
Admission Ticket Included
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Baldacchino di San Pietro, di Bernini
Admission Ticket Free
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City Wonders
Admission Ticket Free
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Stanze di Raffaello
Admission Ticket Free
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Sphere within a Sphere
Admission Ticket Free
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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CheryleO833
, Nov 2019
The breakfast was great. Apart from that we did not get to see any of the museum apart from a few corridors with tapestries of maps. The Sistine Chapel was just as crowded as usual so not sure how they say the crowd was less that early in the morning it wasn't. We then had to leave after the Sistine chapel as we could not go back into the museum and if we wanted to see the other parts of the attraction we had to line up outside for hours and pay again to get in! The guide was knowledgeable and her tour was good however we saw very, very little of anything in the museum. Very disappointing and I would not recommend this tour.It was also expensive.
star-5
The Vatican through different eyes ... Not to be missed
Ash B
, Nov 2019
Fabulous experience to see the Vatican from behind the barriers and before the crowds. The breakfast was basic and maybe a little too long but ... the tour was worth every penny and lasted longer than we thought ... you could spend days and days and never touch half of the pieces and history covered. Dress respectfully ... it is a privilege to be there ... good shoes and water plus take in the Coppola as well ... train for it ... lots of steps and can be hot but worth it. Chad our guide was phenomenal!!!
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Vicki R
, Nov 2019
Very much enjoyed the tour, especially that we got to be there before the big crowds. Breakfast was very good as well. Amazing history and art, loved it!
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Overpriced, false advertising
Tourist542843
, Nov 2019
Supposedly this tour gets you into the Sistine Chapel ahead of the crowds. We were there on a different tour in May. No improvement in elbow room nor volume chatter the second time on this premium tour. The woman was an amazing guide and we had a little more space in the museum this time. Also we only had about 15 minutes in the chapel. Its agood tour if you only want to see the museum,but that was NOT why I went back to Rome. I didnt expect to be the only one in the Sistine Chapel, but the crowd was ridiculous, and they didnt keep it quiet at all. Also, a few hooligans took pictures in the holiest chapel where it is forbidden. The breakfast was okay, nothing special about the location.
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Our guide was amazing!
tanaa05
, Nov 2019
If there we 100 star ranking even that wouldn't be enough stars! There are no words to describe how truly amazing our tour guide was! She not only had great knowledge on the history of the vatican but she was just so fun and even offered to take photos for us which was such a bonus! Our family who have visited the Vatican before and remember the huge crowds could not believe how we were the only people in these photos! My husband and I are devout Catholics so to have such an important visit go beyond any of our tour guide expectations was truly a blessing and we are so grateful. Highly recommend!
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Slightly Misleading
Jill S
, Nov 2019
I don't know why we didn't start at the Sistine Chapel. We had a decent breakfast and then scurried through some small museums. By the time we finished breakfast the museums were open to the public so we didn't really gain early access. The guide was excellent. She had lots of information which inhanced our viewing of the Sistine Chapel.
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AMAZING!!!
Global738989
, Nov 2019
This was very special! I had done a tour 3 years ago and swore I’d never go again. It was crowded, hot, and the tour guide was impossible to hear or understand. I decided to try the breakfast this time and have no regrets. I think we were extra fortunate because the tour guide was SPECTACULAR! He is a professor at a university and does this because he enjoys it. His knowledge and insight was beyond my expectations. Being there before the crowds allowed us to actually see things and with this tour guy we understood what we were looking at. He was from the states, so we understood everything he said (another plus). I would do it again (and would love to choose my tour guide, because I’d choose him again). I highly recommend.
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Perfect choice
jamesayoung59
, Oct 2019
This was a fantastic trip around the grounds of the Vatican that are not open to the public. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and communicated very well with the group. The Sistine Chapel was pretty crowded but that was to be expected. Directions to the the meeting area were perfect. All in all would definitely recommend this tour.
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Fantastic, informative tour experience
RIS57
, Oct 2019
While the breakfast was nothing to salivate over, the tour was extremely informative and less crowded than other tours. The meeting place instructions were very confusing and due to the darkness many attendees were unsure where to meet. I had to walk up and down the long flight of stairs before having to walk up the same flight of stairs to begin the tour. Alessandra (Alex) was well versed in Vatican history and her demeanor warm and friendly.
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Breakfast at the Vatican
mickyandray1
, Oct 2019
This was an excellent tour and I am so glad we took this one. We decided an early morning tour before the crowds came was a good way to go and boy were we right. It was great to have the tour start before it became packed. Our guide was wonderful and the time flew quickly by. I would highly recommend this tour. It wasn't too big of a crowd and breakfast had something for everyone- and was very tasty too.

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