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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.


Customer Reviews

Ann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Manuela was the best tour guide!! She was personable and had great knowledge!

Thank you!!

sarah p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent Tour, enjoyed skipping the lines and the guides knowledge was excellent.

Martin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tiffany was the best tour guide. I did a similar tour two years ago, and I learned a lot more this time around than I did the last time. The breakfast was delicious, who knew the Italians knew how to make pancakes. The beauty and richness of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel were something to behold.

Julie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an amazing tour. We had a wonderful tour guide named Rachel. She was so knowledgeable and made the whole experience something we will never forget. Eating breakfast in the courtyard was a once in a lifetime experience! I would highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Unforgettable experience! It is worth waking up early!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Absolutely the BEST tour we have taken! We were in a small group, only 5 of us! When we walked in it felt like we owned the place : We started with breakfast in the cafeteria - if you choose the garden tour, don't be fooled by the picture. We weren't because I read other reviews. After breakfast we got on a bus to tour the gardens then returned to the museum. By the time we got to the museum it was open to the public and it was a little more crowded but not bad. I'd highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for this type of experience!

Sandy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The guide was very very knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend viator and especially the tour guide we had


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide, Liddy, was absolutely amazing! Probably the best we have ever had. Great sense of history and sense of humor. Paid close attention to the guests needs. Would recommend her to everyone.

Gretchen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great Tour!!! Totally felt like VIP going through the gardens! Our guide... I think her name was Lyndi I could be wrong... was super sweet and knowledgeable! She gave us wonderful insights into Vatican City as it's own country, as well as great commentary throughout the Vatican! Was overall very impressed and would totally recommend the tour!

Thomas C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We enjoyed our tour very much! Our guide was exceptional, He answered all our questions and was great at explaining everything. We learned so much! Thanks - we recommend this tour to all,

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