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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

Joe H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Well worth the buy. Have toured Vatican before, but this made it more meaningful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Worth the extra money to,avoid the crowds. Got great information and spectacular photos. Highly recommend


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was one of the most incredible shore excursions I have ever experienced in my 25 years as a travel agent. And, above all, Tiffany was the best tour guide I have ever been with! Her knowledge of the Vatican and her love of the Vatican was amazing. I will be in Rome again in June with my family and plan to do this tour again. Hope we are fortunate and get Tiffany again!

Lyndy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Well worth doing. The food was great and plenty of it. A very knowledgeable guide. So much to see, leave your self time to wander around after the tour finishes.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Absolutely amazing, worth every penny. the breakfast was killer and how many people really get to say they were the 1st and 2nd tourists to step foot in the Vatican? plus being there without the bustling crowds, this tour would have been worth it at twice the price.

Joanna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was fantastic! Nicole was our tour guide and he really made history come alive. Very knowledgeable. Loved having breakfast in the Pine Cone Courtyard. The time is early, but one sees the dome of St Peter's Basilica lit up in the night sky, it's spectacular.

Philippa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tiffany, our tour guide, was outstanding! She made this tour into something really special, with her expert commentary delightful approach and many stories that really brought the whole experience to life. This was the highlight of our time in Rome and something we will never forget. It is a fantastic tour and you will be very lucky indeed if Tiffany is your tour guide!

Gail N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A fantastic experience. Our guide, Tiffany, was outstanding and her knowledge was extraordinary. More than worth the price.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommended tour, Tiffany was an amazing guide. She shared stories, history that we wouldn't have received with other tours. I'd do it again, in a heartbeat!

Robin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was incredible. She knew it all - all the popes, all the Vatican gossip through the centuries, she had us spellbound the entire tour. I would recommend this Tour to anyone wanting to not only see all the sights, but also learn the history behind incredible Vatican gardens, statues, paintings, pope-mobile's, and everything else on the tour.

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