Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
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Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel

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About this activity
Your tour starts in the morning at the Vatican Museums, where you'll meet your guide before the complex opens to the general public. Follow your guide to either the Pinecone Courtyard or the Vatican cafeteria (depending on the tour option chosen at the time of booking) to begin your experience with a buffet of pastries, coffee and other items. After breakfast, head with your guide on your VIP tour of the Vatican’s many famed sights, from the Gallery of Tapestries to the Renaissance art of Raphael’s Rooms to the Sistine Chapel.

Your tour finishes with skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved doorway. Learn about the artwork like Bernini’s Baldacchino canopy and Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture before saying goodbye to your guide when your tour ends (you may continue to stay at St Peter’s Basilica, if you wish).

See the Itinerary for more information about the two tour options.
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  • Professional guide
  • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
  • 2.5-hour tour of the Vatican Museums
  • Small-group walking tour
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Sistine Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican Museums
  • Entry/Admission - St. Peter's Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Vatican City
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter to the museums. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
  • On rare occasions, St Peter’s Basilica closes without notice. If this happens, you will spend a full 3 hours touring the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • If there is bad weather on the day of your tour, your breakfast will be served inside the restaurant, in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • On Wednesday, Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the Papal Audience, during which access to St Peter's Basilica is closed. As an alternative, you will be offered an extended itinerary within the Vatican Museums, which still includes the Sistine Chapel and Raphael's Rooms.
  • Only small bags are allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Zorka M
5 | 2019-10-01

Great experience. Wonderful guide which gave detailed explanation of everything we visited. The breakfast was excellent as well. We were a group of 13 people and every single one enjoyed it.

4 | 2019-09-27

The visit to the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel was awesome. Even though we entered earlier than everyone by the time we were done with breakfast and went to the Sistine Chapel the place was full. Regardless of that it was an experience of a lifetime and would do it again.

5 | 2019-09-27

Our tour guide was awesome. Having breakfast at the Vatican - how cool!? It was perfect to be with a max of like 20 people to a group and maybe 500 total in the buildings when something like 40k go through the Vatican daily. It made it much easier to enjoy and love the whole tour. Worth waking up early for!

George S
5 | 2019-09-16

What an amazing experience. Our tour guide was excellent! Didn’t ramble on about anything, always kept us interested and moved through everything quickly enough as a 3 hour tour can take it out of you! If you’re in Rome I highly recommend this tour as you get a lot out of it!

Kathleen R
4 | 2019-09-16

This was a bucket list trip for my 95 year old mother. Unfortunately, despite having traveled all the way from the United States to see the Vatican, there was a last minute special event and we were unable to to go into St. Peter's. We did enjoy the breakfast with it's hot and cold options, coffee, cappuccino, etc, and our guide was fantastic, giving us insight that we never would have had on our own. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Godfrey L
5 | 2019-09-13

Marina our guide was excellent. Marina was very informative and entertaining. The early session is a must.

thomas n
5 | 2019-09-06

Tour guide was knowledgeable and professional. very kind. i would highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants a thorough tour

Kayla W
5 | 2019-08-21

Breakfast was amazing

5 | 2019-08-20

The experience was awesome. We had breakfast at the Vatican and then toured early before it was opened at 10. When we came out, we saw the line to get in and it was about a 3 hour wait in the hot sun. So glad we did this.

Randall C
5 | 2019-08-12

Our guide Stella was just lovely, showing everyone kindness and taking us on a wonderful, relatively intimate tour of the Vatican Museums before they could get crowded. The breakfast was also quite good. And the art, of course, is magnifico. My two children, 12 and 17, enjoyed it as much as their parents. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

5 | 2019-08-09

If you are thinking about booking this tour, stop thinking and book. We were literally the first people to walk into the Vatican. We never waited in line and had the opportunity to focus on the experience rather than being distracted from long lines and crowds. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and really helped bring everything to life.

Sunita K
5 | 2019-08-06

My Family and I just came back from Italy. Our Guide was Wonderful. The breakfast was nice and we had time to hit the restrooms before we started the tour. The Vatican is huge and if you don't have a guide, it's like walking blind. After our tour ended, we saw the crazy lines to get in and thanked our lucky stars we booked an early access. Worth every penny.

Doreen C
5 | 2019-08-05

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and articulate. Even though the weather was warm, she held our interest by pointing out some less known facts and her sense of humor. I would highly recommend.

Rachel T
5 | 2019-08-05

Went with the family. 9,11 and 12 year old. Well worth it to avoid the crowds the heat and lines. Must see if you go to Rome. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us a lot of interesting facts that kept us entertained and made the tour go quickly. Loved it :)

Leah G
5 | 2019-08-02

The food was great, the guide was awesome, no lines, and was an overall amazing experience! I reccomend it and I felt like it was well worth the money when I saw the huge lines as I left.

cheryl r
3 | 2019-07-26

Our guide was amazing. I am however not impressed that the "early access" did not happen at all. There were 1000's of people in the venue when we arrived. Could have save a lot of money if we just bought skip the line tickets. They should mention there is not water available throughout the tour. Also, i would prefer the bus ride conclude the experience. It did not feel "VIP" The breakfast was good. There was a nice variety of food options including eggs, pancakes, fruit, sausage and bacon.

Joanne D
5 | 2019-07-26

We took this tour as it said early access to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, however, by the time we got to both they were over full of visitors and trying to stay with the guide was difficult. The view of the Sistine Chapel was not what I had paid for as we shared the space with hundreds of other people’s and did not have the space that this tour promised. Overall the advertising did not meet the reality. However our guide was amazing and informative and obviously knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.

Deborah M
5 | 2019-07-22

Monica was our guide and she was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We only had about 18 people in our group and Monica did a great job of keeping us all together and explaining things. The first stop was breakfast which was pretty good.There were lots of pastries and pancakes, but we chose eggs, meat, fruit and yogurt. We don't normally eat as many carbs as we have been here in Italy. While we were waiting in lines to enter the different sections, Monica was very good about telling us interesting facts to keep us engaged. We went quickly through the Vatican Museums where you could easily spend an entire day and not see it all. Then Monica explained that the reason we went so quickly was because Vladimir Putin was in town and sections could be closed at any moment and she wanted to make sure we saw it all. She was very good at adjusting her plans to accommodate this. Before entering the Sistine Chapel, she explained what to look for because she is not allowed to talk in the headsets while in there. Finally, at St. Peter's Basilica, she took us through, showing us famous works of art and important aspects of the basilica. As she finished our tour, she told us other things we might want to experience before we leave.

Phuong N
5 | 2019-07-10

This is a great tour if you wanted to access the Vatican and Sistine Chapel before the rush. It is still quite busy with other tour groups but if you see how busy it can otherwise get then you're paying for the ease of it all. From a pricing point of view it's a bit on the expensive side I thought because the breakfast was your standard continental buffet and whilst it sounds like you're with exclusive tour groups, it is still opened to general public if you line up early enough.

5 | 2019-07-03

The guide was excellent. He gave us enough time to examine and gave us great information. The tour gave us a better understanding of the art and symbols of the art

Ana Laura D
4 | 2019-07-03

I am a little bit disappointed with this tour. I was expecting to be in the Vatican early and before the crowd. We enter without the line which was very good and went directly to the breakfasts area. The breakfast was good and varied but in my opinion took much time and by the time we enter the museum there was many people already. The guide (Manuela) was very knowledgeable but the museum's tour was rushed. Then we passed to the Sixtine chapelle and after to S. Peter basilica. I understand the place is huge and the tour time was limited. We could stay at the Basílica longer but after that we couldn't go back to the museum. It was around 10:30 am when the tour finished and we thought that having the tickets we could go back and continue the museum visit on our own but that was not possible... Once you leave the Sixtine chapelle your done. I just would like to be warned about that.

Tammy S
5 | 2019-07-03

Monica was our guide and so very good! She didn't completely overwhelm with too much information. Although, personally, I geek out over those details. Every step and turn is fabulous and it is fantastic to get through most of it before the general public is allowed in. Highly, highly recommend!!! If I ever make it back to Rome I would take this tour again.

Robert P
5 | 2019-07-03

We missed our tour start time. The location is difficult to find so leave very early. They adjusted us to a new tour with Christian and he was terrific! Very knowledgeable and personable. His art background and sense of humor made the tour memorable!

Khushbu K
5 | 2019-07-03

Breakfast was good - we even got milk from the Pope's real farm. We were the first people to walk into the Vatican that day and the peace you feel just walking into the Pinecone courtyard is surreal. I can't recommend the tour enough.

San Jose U
5 | 2019-07-03

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour with Gigi. He is so knowledgeable about history and architecture. Thanks for a wonderful time.

Justine P
5 | 2019-07-03

Loved this experience. It was made even better by the fact that the guide Chad, was very knowledgeable and informative demonstrating a real passion, making the experience really memorable .

5 | 2019-04-26

This was the best guide of tours I have had the pleasure of attending. The Breakfast options for this tour was fantastic Gaz

Chuck B
5 | 2018-10-22

Delved deep into each panel on the ceiling. Spoke very clear English, hope you get Dave if you're from the US. Osteen we got Italian guides who were hard to understand. Ina earlya afternoona ...... add a to every word. A bit tough trying to stay with the group because of the crowd so stay close to the leader.

Benjamin C
5 | 2018-10-03

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 | 2018-09-24

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

5 | 2018-09-19

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.

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