• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 126.89 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

Adam F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We had a lovely morning taking in the sights of the wonderful Vatican Museum...the time of the year we were there mid July is extremely tourist heavy so this early tour is a must if you don't want to lose your mind standing in line. Very clear and informative tour guide - spoke great English and made our time very enjoyable!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

When in Rome, this is a must see and do adventure. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided insight and colorful description with meaning without going to far to be a college lecture course. She pointed out the most meaningful and highlight items that are going to be memories that are going to last a long time. Getting in early was helpful in being ahead of the crowds of people that followed us. Not sure the breakfast was worth it but we were one of the first groups to enter. When we were leaving we could not believe the thousands of people in line. The wake up the Vatican early timing was a smart move on our part

Don W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018



Jennifer United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

We visited the Vatican on a tour through Viator 2 years ago and came back with my son this year and wanted to add a little extra to the tour since we had been through the Vatican already. This tour was amazing... I can't speak more highly of it. You get to eat at the Vatican, the food is sourced from the Vatican farm blessed eggs, Ha. The food was excellent. The tour of the garden is a must, it's beautiful, you even get to see where the Pope lives. He was about to get in his car when we were there so we had to keep moving for security purposes. Don't do the normal tour, get this tour with the VIP experience, it' worth the extra and getting up early. They don't rush you either so you get to spend more time in each place you visit.

Daria D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

My fiancé and I traveled to Italy and this was the first tour we had booked for our trip. It was absolutely amazing and held the rest up to a high standard. Our tour guide from City Wonders was phenomenal! I don't remember her name but she said she is from Venezuela and the tour we took was on July 17, 2018 (I really want to give her the credit she deserves!)
She was full of information and interesting and funny to listen to throughout the whole tour. She also gave us a huge tip by recommending we save our earpieces from this tour for any future ones we may do in Italy, because the ones we got this day were better than others. (They were! On some excursions they gave out one piece earpieces or ones that barely stayed in your ear. We ended up keeping these throughout our whole trip.)
Thank you City Wonders and thank you to our awesome tour guide for a great time!

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was awesome. Breakfast on the Vatican grounds was excellent, with plenty of options. The museum and Sistine Chapel were incredible. But the best part of the tour was the amazing tour guide. She knew everything and was full of incredible information. I wish I could remember her name to give her props for how good she made this tour.

Amber C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It's three years later and I still look back on this experience quite fondly. It was amazing to get to enter early, eat a little something and get to tour the Vatican and Peter's Basilica unencumbered. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone as a once in a lifetime experience.

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Nice tour of the Vatican. We started early with breakfast in a cafeteria style setting. We then took a tour of the gardens which are beautiful, you can take pictures but you don't ever stop and get out of the vehicle. We then toured the museums/Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Those areas are very crowded. Wish the tour could have reversed the order and toured the museums/chapel first without the crowds, garden tour afterwards. But despite the crowds, it's beautiful and we enjoyed every minute.

Annette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This is the only way to see the Vatican! Our guide was so upbeat and informative. We enjoyed the day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I highly recommend this tour. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable! It was a great tour that was perfect for our family of 8.

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