• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 127.43 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

Breakfast at the Vatican

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Yes, you have to get up early to get there but it was so worth it. The early access was great. No Lines!!! Breakfast was ok but when you think about where you are, you are really there for the food? No. Our guide, Doriana, was impressively intelligent and funny. I never do tours but am go glad I did this one. I would recommend to anyone. Not having to wait in lines and being given pearls of wisdom was heavenly. By the time we were done, 3 hours and 40 minutes later, Vatican City was packed. If I ever visit Rome again, I would take this adventure again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

This tour was amazing! And the breakfast wasn't bad either. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the Vatican and the art. He was very good. He explained things so very well. Just a wonderful experience. To see the Pieta was incredible! It was a great tour with a great guide!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

We booked this tour for our final day in Rome, and it did not disappoint! The breakfast was very good and our guide Manuella was superb! She was so knowledgeable about all of the subject matter and quite entertaining! She knew exactly where to guide us and tell us where to stand, that she was able to strategize our experience so that we gained the most from it! Sure, you don't have time to see everything at the Vatican Museum, but it would take you over a year to do so! This is for the highlights and we came away feeling that we got the
royal treatment! We would definately recommend this tour!

Benjamin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

Breakfast was delicious with a wide selection of continental fare.Tour guide was pleasant, funny and knowledgeableGroup size was not too big - around 25 peopleTour length was just right so that you don't get fatigued with museums and galleries and you can do another activity in the afternoon.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

This tour was great. The breakfast was very good. The tour guide was the best tour guide I have had in the last 50 years that I have traveled. His name was Gigi. He was extremely informative. He was a younger man but it seemed as though he lived during the entire time, since the inception of the Vatican. He knew all the names in every painting. He made the Map Room so enjoyable with his knowledge and wit. His explanation of how the tapestries were made and the characters was great. could go on and on, but I would bore you. Hopefully when you take this tour, you to will be as fascinated as I was. Ask for Gigi.........................................Alan R

Marcia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Our guide Mareena—-was awesome. Breakfast was amazing. I wish we could of had some free time in St. Peter’s before she “let us go”


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Always a good idea to get out early ahead of the crowds. Skipping the lines saves hours. Our guide, Gia, was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the Vatican, it’s architecture and art.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Our tour guide was Estefania. She was very professional, and new her history all questions were answered in detailed. The tour was very well organized as well.

Sandra V United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

A once in a lifetime experience. We took this tour for my wife's 50th birthday. We had breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard before the crowds were let in. It was simply beautiful. One of the most memorable experiences of our lives.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Really enjoyed this tour. Met some other solo travelers. Guide Becky was wonderful too

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