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

Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome
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8525

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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Start your day at the Vatican with a lavish buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard, followed by a small-group tour (limited to 16) of the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public. See highlights such as Raphael’s Rooms and the Sistine Chapel before heading inside St Peter’s Basilica though a reserved entranceway to beat any crowds. Alternatively, select the Vatican Gardens breakfast option, limited to 25 people, which, in addition to the Museums tour, includes a coach tour of Vatican City and the gardens, typically closed to the public. No matter which option you choose, you'll see the Vatican's incredible artwork with personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • Breakfast included
  • Exclusive to Viator
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Skip the line
  • Small-group tour

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.

Tour with Pinecone Courtyard breakfast:
Take a seat for your outdoor buffet breakfast, which includes Italian and American items such as pastries, meats, cheese, eggs and pancakes made right in front of you. Sip coffee and fresh orange juice while you enjoy the tranquil setting of a quiet Vatican, before the crowds arrive.

After eating, follow your guide into the Vatican Museums complex, which is still closed to the general public at this point (there will probably be a few other pre-booked tour groups inside with you). In your small group limited to 16 people, let your guide show you the highlights of this vast landmark during your 2.5-hour tour. Visit the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms before making your way to the Sistine Chapel, the pope’s private place of worship where you can gaze in awe at Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgment frescoes.

Finish up inside St Peter’s Basilica, where you’ll hear about the history of the artwork here before your tour ends.

Tour with breakfast and Vatican Gardens:
Enjoy a hearty American breakfast buffet in the Vatican cafeteria, where you can fill up on croissants, muffins, pancakes, fruit, cereal, cookies and made-to-order eggs, accompanied by espresso, American-style coffee and fresh juice.

After breakfast, hop on an open-air coach for a 45-minute tour through the Vatican City State, listening to historical stories and interesting facts from your guide during the ride. Pass by sights very rarely seen by members of the public, such as the Vatican railway station, the Great Jubilee bell, the meditation gardens used by popes since the 1200s and the pope’s private heliport. The Vatican Gardens are only accessible on select guided tours, so this is a unique way to see more of Vatican City than the typical visitor.

When the coach tour ends, your experience continues back at the Vatican Museums, where you’ll follow your historian guide through the galleries’ many artistic masterpieces, finishing up at St Peter’s Basilica (same Vatican Museums tour as described above).
Inclusions
  • 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

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended
  • 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. We will list affected dates as they become available. When possible, your tour guide will notify you if St Peter’s Basilica is unexpectedly closed at the start of the tour. It is beyond our control, so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • If there is bad weather on the day of your tour, your breakfast will be served inside the restaurant, in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • St Peter's Basilica, the grottos and the dome: After the tour, you may visit these attractions on your own. Your tour will end at the front of St Peter's Basilica, which is a very convenient location to leave for lunch, visit the Vatican bookstore, visit the Vatican post office, enter St Peter's Basilica, continue to the grottos below St Peter's or climb to the dome. Your tour guide will be happy to point you in the right direction
  • Tours departing on Wednesdays: There is a possibility that St Peter's Basilica and St Peter's Square will be unavailable due to the weekly 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. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you would prefer that St Peter's Basilica and Square are included, please DO NOT select Wednesday as your travel date
  • Backpacks, tripods and big umbrellas must be left inside a cloakroom when entering the Vatican Museums. To reduce any disruption for your group, we recommend that backpacks are not taken on this tour
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Departure Point

Viale Vaticano


Return Details

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 hours 45 minutes

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Ellen M

Worth the cost. No long line ups. Very good breakfast with a big selection and eat as much as you choose. Very pleasant guide with in depth knowledge. Would highly recommend.

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GARRY S

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

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Charlene D

The tour guide was fabulous, and took very good care of the group. The breakfast was great, and the tour was over the top exceptional. Would recommend this tour to all family and friends.

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Fleur A

This tour was the highlight of our whole 3 weeks in Italy and it was mainly due to our incredible guide, Leecha?. She has a beautiful speaking voice, a gift for telling the tales of history and her passion for the subject was extremely obvious and endearing. Breakfast was in the Vatican cafeteria and the pancakes were delicious. We just loved the access we had to the Vatican Gardens, and our delightful wander through the Vatican Museums. Leecha left us all at the Sistine Chapel where I marveled at the artistry for half an hour or so. As we did the tour on the Wednesday the square was closed until 12:30pm but we timed it so that we exited the Sistine Chapel at this time And went straight into St Peters Basilica and then out into the Square. A fantastic tour, and a must do when in Rome!

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Chuck B

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.

User's Picture Gallery

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Breakfast was exceptional and tour guide Assunta was amazing!

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Pope John Paul - you can pray right here with him.

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Michael Angelo's Piatro

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hot items as well as cold

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Breakfast Buffet

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The front of the Vatican Museum

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Outside St. Peter's Basilica.

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Sculpture

Rotates on mercury

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Vatican

Breakfast with a view

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The Vatican terraces were we had our breakfast.

Notice that there is no one in the picture, this is one of the benefits of this tour.

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