Rome: VIP Vatican Breakfast with Guided Tour & Sistine Chapel

Rome, Italy
Vatican Breakfast Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica Tour
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Embark on an extraordinary journey at the Vatican with this semi-private morning tour that includes an American-style breakfast inside the Vatican’s Courtyard. You’ll explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public so you can admire famous sights like the Sistine Chapel in a more intimate atmosphere before finishing with skip-the-line access to St Peter’s Basilica through a reserved entrance.
  • Explore the Vatican before members of the general public
  • Enjoy an Italian-American breakfast buffet
  • Visit the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica through a fast-track entrance
  • Enjoy an intimate tour experience with a small group

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.

What's Included

  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica (Introduction)
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Priority Entrance to the Vatican Museums & St Peter's Basilica
  • Gratuities
  • St Peter's Basilica on Wednesday morning

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Tunisi, 4
    Via Tunisi, 4, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    At the bottom of the steps across the street from the Vatican Museums entrance. The steps are located between on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The closest Metro stop is Line A (Ottaviano – Musei Vaticani). Our City Wonders coordinators wear blue City Wonders jacket or polo shirts.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

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

What To Expect

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 Vatican’s 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.

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.

Vatican City

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cortile della Pigna

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sphere within a Sphere

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Vatican Museums

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Gallery of the Maps

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

St. Peter's Basilica

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

St. Peter's Square

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that this tour is only available up to 60 days in advance, due to the nature of the tickets. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment!
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we're happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums. While we endeavour to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
  • On Wednesdays, due to the Papal Audiences, access to St Peter's Basilica is not possible until 1pm
  • * Please note all participant names are required at the time of booking in order to enter the Vatican. If we do not receive the full customers names, we will cancel the booking. Every customer is required to carry a valid ID that matches the name on the ticket, or an entry will be refused. Name changes are not permitted once the booking is confirmed.
  • * Please be advised that this tour option is non-refundable, with no cancellations or date changes allowed due to pre-purchased tickets. It is mandatory to bring a valid ID or Passport for security checks, and entry will not be granted without proper documentation.
  • A dress code is required to enter to the museums. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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      Traveler Tips

      Don't do the normal tour, get this tour with the VIP experience, it' worth the extra and getting up early.
      Worth the extra cost to get in before the hordes.
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      What a great guide!
      Scott_B, Jan 2024
      Our guide was terrific! Not only knowledgeable about everything but so passionate also. Recommending to my daughter who will be in Rome in a few months.
      Very educational description of the Vatican
      Frank, Jan 2024
      Our guide was outstanding. Had a very helpful handout describing the paintings in the Sistine Chapel as well as other visual aids explaining the various areas that we visited.
      Excellent and memorable day
      John_G, Dec 2023
      The Sistine Chapel is the most memorable. Our tour guide gave a very good history throughout the tour
      Breakfast at the Vatican
      Anthony_W, Dec 2023
      Christian was a knowledgeable and pleasant guide. His knowledge of and passion for the Vatican Museum brought it to life. The breakfast was delicious. Truly, the Vatican is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been and this tour brought all the beauty to the surface.
      Amazing experience!
      Eddie_N, Dec 2023
      Great way to beat the crowds and experience the beauty and grandeur of the Vatican! Breakfast was delicious. Being able to truly appreciate Sistine Chapel without the crowd was unforgettable! Thank you Viator for making our day in Vatican City one to remember.
      Great Guide and the Sistine Chapel almost to ourselves!
      Shannon_Q, Dec 2023
      We were lucky enough to get our guide all to ourselves which was a happy surprise. Asund (I'm sure I'm spelling her name wrong), was knowledgeable, helpful and a complete delight. We were also very lucky to see the Sistine Chapel and the rest of the Museums before the big crowds. The breakfast was nice too. Highly recommend!
      Catary_P, Dec 2023
      It is so hard to get a good breakfast experience for an American anywhere in Rome. In Rome you only get Ham and melted cheese sandwiches or pastries and coffee. So the Food was ok at this breakfast. It was cold on a very cold day. We did have eggs, which was great to see as you can't find eggs for breakfast almost anywhere in Rome. The tour was amazing, the guide was knowledgeable. The Vatican was grand and ornate. So much history and so much information.
      Great tour - early morning access recommended
      mab86, Dec 2023
      The tour was excellent. Klaus is a great guide - knowledgeable on the history and able to relate it in a very engaging way. Great way to see the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Thank you!
      Beat the crowds
      Sandra_K, Dec 2023
      This is the way to do the Vatican. We breezed through security & had breakfast before the Vatican opened to the general public. After the museum, Sistene chapel and St Peter’s we we’re finished about noon when the crowds we’re getting thick. St Peter’s is mind blowing and our guide was very informative & kept our group together.
      Loved it!
      Christy_L, Dec 2023
      Loved it! Very filling breakfast, efficient access to the museum and basilica, and our guide Fabio was wonderful. Highly recommend!
      Vatican breakfast
      Brian_P, Nov 2023
      Wonderful expierience, excellent guide. Really moving. We enjoyed the tour and our guide. Everything was breathtaking. Breakfast was better than expected.
      Breakfast at the Vatican beat the crowds
      Ronda_M, Nov 2023
      Tour guide very knowledgeable. Excellent English and easy to understand. Would recommend this tour. Wear good walking shoes. It’s well worth it.
      Breakfast at the Vatican
      Amos_L, Nov 2023
      This tour was q beautiful experience! We started out with breakfast and then toured The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica. Our tour guide (apologies but her name escapes me) was wonderful and very knowledgeable and took care of her group! This tour is a must do when in Rome, Italy!
      Amazing tour
      Cheryl_B, Nov 2023
      We have taken 2 other tours of the Vatican and this was our favorite. The breakfast was really good and being able to tour the museums before the crowds was perfect.
      Amazing grasp and presentation of history
      David_S, Nov 2023
      We enjoyed Marina's explanations and commentary before and during various exhibits and locations throughout the tour. She was extremely well informed and kind in her attitude towards all of us on her tour. As a retired history teacher, I really appreciated her details on different parts of history not easily seen by just looking while touring.
      DAVID_M, Nov 2023
      Well it wasn't my first visit here but I was certain this would bea slower pace and with breakfast too. Our guide was informative, personable, and truly interested in making this a great experiene for all of the mmebers of our group. THe ae is so muh better than others given the time of day we went. In fact I will be signing up for this again when we go next year!
      Great tour
      Jason_D, Nov 2023
      Paula was great!! We enjoyed every minute of the tour. This was the highlight of our trip to Rome. Highly recommend.
      A masterful Vatican tour
      Jayne_S, Nov 2023
      We learned so much from our several hours with Paula. She came equipped with maps, graphs, photos and art that completely enhanced our experience of the Vatican and brought the history to life. Her ability to communicate her deep understanding of the significance of certain pieces was effective and entertaining. In addition, getting there early allowed us to explore the grounds before the crowds arrived. A morning well spent!
      Breakfast at 730 is best time to go to Vatican
      Kathleen_F, Nov 2023
      The breakfast was delightful. Stephania was an excellent guide. Great skipping lines and taking a short cut to St Peters was the best. The sistine chapel also a highlight but even for November the crowds were daunting. We were moved through like a herd of cattle with little time for appreciation of the art / sculpture. Just something I didnt expect.
      Did not deliver what was advertised
      Keith_H, Nov 2023
      Purchased this for a special outing for the wife’s 50th birthday, what particularly appealed was the early access to the museums before the general public which would have made it a more personal relaxed tour, however……….this did not happen. The issues started early, despite arriving on time, was moved group because of late arrivals, not my issue but I still had to move, not the late arrivals! Nonetheless the “new” group proceeded into the Vatican and it is correct that you skip the line and get through the entrance before the public but that is where it ends. Breakfast was served before any tour of the museum and by the time it had finished the gates had opened to the public and the expected crowds entered. The rest of the day was spent battling through the large crowds of general public which was not as advertised as per below: “ explore the Vatican Museums before they open to the general public so you can admire famous sights like the Sistine Chapel in a more intimate atmosphere” Sure you get to enter the basilica skipping the queue, but the majority of the tour was spent battling the throngs of people, which was not what was advertised and not what I based my booking on. The tour guide was exceptional with her knowledge and friendliness but unfortunately the damage was done with the lack of fulfilment regarding what you advertise. Save your money and just buy a skip the line ticket and grab your breakfast from the great cafe across from the entrance. Not good.
      Response from Host, Nov 2023
      Hi Keith_H, Thank you for sharing your feedback about your experience with the Breakfast at the Vatican: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour. We sincerely apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience you encountered during the tour, especially on such a special occasion. We regret that the early access to the museums before the general public did not meet your expectations due to the operational challenges experienced on that day. Your comments about the crowded conditions are duly noted, and we understand the frustration this may have caused. We appreciate your positive remarks about the exceptional knowledge and friendliness of our tour guide. It's disappointing to hear that the overall experience did not live up to the advertised promise. We will review and address the issues you raised to ensure better communication and a more fulfilling experience for our guests in the future. Thank you for choosing City Wonders. It was our pleasure exploring the Vatican with you on a memorable occasion for you & your wife. Sincerely, Edgar J. City Wonders

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