• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 129.13 View price calendar

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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

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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

aafayek Saudi Arabia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

the tour was amazaing the guide was very informative and he knows all and every details


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

One of my favorite adventures! If you get the chance do this one for sure. Small group - great guide - so nice to see things before it gets too crowded!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This is a must do trip! Dario the guide had excellent English and excellent knowledge of everything relating to the Vatican Museum, St Peters, the Sistine Chapel and the history of Rome. Being the first group of the day to enter the Vatican was amazing! Having seen the queues outside the day before, going early and having breakfast was not just sensible, but very special. We had the courtyard and corridors to ourselves for quite a while. The breakfast was substantial with plenty of choice. Our group was only about 20 people and although we all spoke English, wearing headphones and being able to hear Dario, who was wearing a microphone, however close or far we were from him, made it very easy and accessible on the tour. No one was pushing or shoving to be at the front, because we could all hear properly. Dario answered everyone's questions and did not rush us.
We went into the Museum/breakfast at about 7am and did not finish the tour until nearly 11 am and we could stay longer if we wished, but without Dario. Fantastic value for money!!! Totally made our holiday.

Denise C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had Gigi as our tour guide he was so awesome, his knowledge was excellent and his ability to tell a story made the Vatican come to life for us. It was so worth the extra cost to do the breakfast tour, the food was very good, best pancakes ever, being ahead of the crowds is priceless. We were a large group and everyone voted Gigi as our best tour guide of our 2 week trip. Gigi rocks!

Pomona T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was great to see the Vatican early in the morning as the sun rises and before the rest of the crowd arrives. The courtyard is beautiful early in the morning while you are having breakfast. Our tour guide was also great and friendly as we tour the museum and even got a quick tour of the catacombs below St. Peter's as bonus when some in our tour group requested for it. :

kay s Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Wonderful tour. Up early and breakfast in Vatican was good. The bus tour around the gardens is informative ...a great experience. Museums and Sistine Chapel are wonderous! Dont miss this one.

Cyn D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Wonderful, a must when in Rome!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Highly recommend this tour! Our tour guide was so personable and informative. And the tour of the gardens was breathtaking!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an amazing tour. Breakfast could have been better. The tour guide was fantastic, so knowledgeable. The gardens were one of the highlights of the tour.

Cindy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was expensive, but worth every penny. We basically had the Vatican to ourselves. We had heard from other traveler's that they did not enjoy the Vatican because of the crowds. Dario was our guide and he was wonderful. He was informative and entertaining.

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