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


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.


  • 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).
  • 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

  • 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
Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

Return Details

St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Voucher info

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


3 hours 45 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 08 Nov 2019 -


If there we 100 star ranking even that wouldn't be enough stars! There are no words to describe how truly amazing our tour guide was! She not only had great knowledge on the history of the vatican but she was just so fun and even offered to take photos for us which was such a bonus! Our family who have visited the Vatican before and remember the huge crowds could not believe how we were the only people in these photos! My husband and I are devout Catholics so to have such an important visit go beyond any of our tour guide expectations was truly a blessing and we are so grateful. Highly recommend!

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Lisa O

This was very special! I had done a tour 3 years ago and swore I’d never go again. It was crowded, hot, and the tour guide was impossible to hear or understand. I decided to try the breakfast this time and have no regrets. I think we were extra fortunate because the tour guide was SPECTACULAR! He is a professor at a university and does this because he enjoys it. His knowledge and insight was beyond my expectations. Being there before the crowds allowed us to actually see things and with this tour guy we understood what we were looking at. He was from the states, so we understood everything he said (another plus). I would do it again (and would love to choose my tour guide, because I’d choose him again). I highly recommend.

Image - 29 Oct 2019 -

Margaret E

This was an excellent tour and I am so glad we took this one. We decided an early morning tour before the crowds came was a good way to go and boy were we right. It was great to have the tour start before it became packed. Our guide was wonderful and the time flew quickly by. I would highly recommend this tour. It wasn't too big of a crowd and breakfast had something for everyone- and was very tasty too.

Image - 24 Oct 2019 -

Audra P

The VIP tour was fantastic. Our tour guide was very knowlegable and presented well! Excellent! The early morning hours were so worth it!

Image - 21 Oct 2019 -


We loved this marvelous tour and our marvelous guide, Giordana. The breakfast was far nicer than we expected. Giordana was a font of knowledge and injected her explanations with a wrt humorous touch.
The Vatican is a definite must-see and it was a pleasure to see it in this way. Thank you Giordana for your generous approach.

User's Picture Gallery


Breakfast was exceptional and tour guide Assunta was amazing!


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


Michael Angelo's Piatro


hot items as well as cold


Breakfast Buffet


The front of the Vatican Museum


Outside St. Peter's Basilica.



Rotates on mercury



Breakfast with a view


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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