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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

Jacqueline A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great day. We were a group of 5 with one of us having already been to the vatican on our own on a previous trip. I wouldn't want to do this tour on my own. Just the stories and the background on the history of the vatican and the sistine chapel alone were worth the price. To know what you are seeing and hear it from an art historian who is passionate about the topic was amazing. The weather wasn't the greatest and we were pretty cold outside at the breakfast but the pictures and the ability to be in the gardens at sunrise what there was of it was an awesome experience. Getting up so early and getting there was also a trick after a night of wine and food was also a bit of a trick but well worth it.

Sally G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was truly worth every penny we paid for the experience. The food for breakfast was great and plenty of it. The guide was so knowledgeable and pointed out a number of things we wouldn't have seen without being on a tour. The highlight was of course the Sistine Chapel which, because we were early, wasn't busy and we were able to spend 30 minutes in.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was AMAZING! Breakfast was good, enough to get you thru the day. The museums were wonderful and our guide was very very knowledgeable. I believe his name is Zev, I could be very wrong but I know it was only 3 letters lol. Anyway he was GREAT!

Sharilyn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The breakfast and garden tour of the Vatican was awesome! Our tour guide Tiffany was also so incredible in the amount of knowledge she had about the Vatican. I loved seeing the gardens at beautiful! The tour was so informational I would highly recommend it. Also getting to the Vatican early made for a few quiet moments before the crowds. Take advantage of it if you can!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We loved the tour and tour guide. The time of tour was not clear on the confirmation note. We ended up being an hour early for a very early tour. Breakfast great! small group even better.

Stacy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was truly an awesome experience. I didn't realize until we passed the Vatican the day before the immense number of people standing in line by mid morning. This group of 14 met about 6:35 and were the first ones to walk through the lobby entrance about ten minutes later. We had a nice breakfast on a beautiful morning and the sites themselves were not crowded until we reached St. Peter's at the end but that was about 10:30 AM. The guide was so knowledgeable. It was a great experience and totally worth the money and early arrival time.

Michelle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and the group size was just right. Breakfast was very good and the tour of the gardens was absolutely stunning. I've done the Vatican museum tour before so the addition of the breakfast and gardens was great!

Haryadi B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It's a great experience to have breakfast at a cafeteria, enjoy the tour to Vatican garden and beautiful of Sistine Chapel with our guide Lindy, who was extremely knowledgeable guide.

Geoffrey Marshall Barbados

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome tour! The breakfast was very enjoyable and then the tour of the Vatican gardens was a great experience as not many people get a chance to see this part of Vatican City. Our guide Rachel, who is an archaeologist, was extremely knowledgeable and she enthusiastically shared her knowledge as she expertly navigated us through the throngs of people in the museums. The highlight of my trip to Rome was spending those quiet moments inside the Sistine Chapel.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a male guide, extremely knowledgeable and kept things very interesting. It was great to get in before the crowds. This was my second time visiting the Vatican. The first time I went was unguided and so incredibly crowded. I found this experience far more valuable. I highly recommend it!

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