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

Enjoy a VIP experience at the Vatican with this semi-private 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.
  • 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
  • Enjoy an intimate tour experience with a small group of no more than 10 people

Why Travelers Choose 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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Professional English-speaking guide
Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
2.5-hour tour of the Vatican Museums
Semi-private groups of 10 people or fewer
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Early priority entrance to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
St Peter's Basilica is not included until further notice

Departure Point

Viale Vaticano, Roma RM, Italy

At the bottom of the wide steps across the street from the entrance of the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue City Wonders/Guideman polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is on line A (red line): Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani. Arriving from Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani metro A station: When you step off the metro, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked V.le Giulio Cesare (to your right). Leave the station and walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3 ½ blocks, crossing three junctions (1. Via Vespiano 2. Via Leona IV and 3. Via Santamaura) before getting to Via Tunisi, the fourth junction. Turn left down Via Tunisi and walk straight for a block. In front of you will be a set of wide steps with a handrail running down the center. Your meeting point is at the BOTTOM of these steps. In total, the walk from the metro station to the meeting point should take around 10 – 15 minutes. Arriving from St. Peter's Square: Facing St. Peter's Basilica from the center of piazza (near the obelisk), turn right (north) and exit the piazza through the columns. Follow the Vatican walls (which will always be on your left side) all the way around to the entrance of the Vatican Museums (the entrance is on the left as you go uphill on Viale Vaticano.) This walk should take around 15 – 20 minutes.

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vatican City
Enjoy a VIP experience at the Vatican with this semi-private 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.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vatican Museums
Your tour starts in the morning at the Vatican Museums, where you'll meet your guide before the complex opens to the general public.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sphere within a Sphere
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.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chiaramonti Museum
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.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sistine Chapel
Raphael’s frescoes are said by many to rival the beauty of the Sistine Chapel. Of course we won’t forget that highlight, as we visit Michelangelo’s world-famous ‘Last Judgment’ and ‘The Creation of Adam’ in the Sistine Chapel.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
St. Peter's Basilica
Please note: St. Peter's Basilica is not included in the tour until further notice due to venue restrictions. 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).
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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, St 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
  • Please note: St Peter's Basilica is not included in the tour until further notice due to venue restrictions.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Vatican VIP Experience: Exclusive Breakfast at the Vatican with Early Access to Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.

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  • "Don't do the normal tour, get this tour with the VIP experience, it' worth the extra and getting up early." See review
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We really enjoyed out...
Jessica_W
, Nov 2021
We really enjoyed out tour. The breakfast was worth it and our tour guide (Doriana) was engaging and knowledgeable. She was fantastic. The early tour meant we didn’t have a lot of crowds.
star-5
The tour and the guide...
Lara_M
, Nov 2021
The tour and the guide were fantastic. The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The only slight disappointment was the breakfast. The staff at the restaurant were not so friendly and the food was average.
star-5
Our tour guide was...
Naomi_O
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable . Made our trip to the Vatican one to remember . The breakfast was excellent and there was plenty to eat. Overall it was a very enjoyable trip
star-5
Fantastic experience!
Rachel_K
, Oct 2021
Great tour! Informative guide has been doing Vatican tours for 20 years and is a pro at art history - she provided great information and answered all of our questions! The meet up location was easy to find, and the museums were not crowded since we had early access. The breakfast was very good and had a variety of food - eggs, potatoes, cooked meats, cold cuts, bread, and pasties. We had a small group of about 10 people which was perfect! Would definitely take tours with this group again!
star-5
Great experience
Linda_N
, Sep 2021
Very good and informative! Nice to be there before it gets too crowded. The breakfast was very good too!
star-5
Vatican Museum tour with Sev……
Candice_D
, Sep 2021
Sev, our tour guide was fantastic! He is extremely knowledgeable and his presentation includes historical facts along with laughter. We were on a small-group (there were only 6 on this tour) Vatican Museum tour that began at 8:30 on 16 September 2021.
star-5
Five Stars
Angela_T
, Sep 2021
Alessandra was an amazing guide. The entire experience was wonderful! She is extremely familiar with the content of which she speaks and passes that passion on to her group. The Vatican Museum is astonishingly beautiful.
star-5
cool experience
Mark_S
, Aug 2021
our tour guide. i dont remembe her name off hand but she was extremely knowledgeable. SHe had a lot of enthusiam for her job. the breakfast in the morning was phenomenal. many choices. plenty of food for anyone w a healhy appetite. the tour was very extensive and thorough. plenty of opportunities for pictures.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very well led tour.
Benham_V
, Jul 2021
Alexandra was a great tour guide. The tour was from more of a historical/secular point of view than I was expecting, but it was not disrespectful in any way to the Church. I would be thrilled to use this tour company again and Alexandra as well.
star-1
Double the cost and guide never showed
Amit_B
, Jul 2021
If you enjoy paying a premium to have your time wasted book this tour. First, you can book the early 7:30 tour before the crowds arrive at the Vatican for less than half the cost. This is exactly the same tour, and includes breakfast. Want to know how I found out? The tour guide never showed up. We were left waiting outside, they never replied to messages, did not pick up their phone. And now, days later, have yet to respond. I can not recommend against booking this more strongly.
2 travelers found this review helpful

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