Pinecone Courtyard at Sunrise
Guided tour in the Sistine Chapel early morning
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Buffet Breakfast at the Vatican
VIP Early Access

VIP Breakfast at the Vatican with Tour of the Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica

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3.45 h.
Mon to Sat

  • Enter into the Vatican before it opens and walk into the Papal courtyard in the silence of the morning to sit down for a beautiful spread of American-style breakfast in the same courtyard where the popes have entertained guests for centuries.
  • After breakfast, wander the galleries before the crowds and enjoy a closer view than the average visitor of the Raphael Rooms, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, Last Judgement and much more. Finish your tour with a visit to the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • With an expert English-speaking art historian as your guide, small groups of no more than 20 people, headsets to ensure you hear everything, and an entrance well before the opening time, we can guarantee a great experience in the Vatican with this tour!

Your Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour

What's Included

  • Guided tour with expert, English-speaking guide
  • Group size limited to 20 people or less
  • Early entrance to the Vatican Museums 
  • All tickets and reservation fees
  • Headsets so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael's Rooms
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • St. Peter's Square

For the first time ever, City Wonders is proud to offer guests the opportunity to enjoy a banquet breakfast at the Vatican Museums before even the cleaners enter! We gain No Wait Access to the Vatican Museums 1 hour and 30 minutes before other groups so you’ll experience the Vatican as few people have ever seen it.

Your expert, English-speaking guide will lead you through quiet corridors to the beautiful Pinecone Courtyard, where you’ll find a banquet fit for the Pope. Savor a delicious American and continental breakfast spread including cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and much more. You can even order a short stack from the Vatican's pancake chef! Your breakfast at the Vatican will be relaxed, giving you plenty of time to sit with a coffee or juice on the courtyard patio, soaking up the peace and quiet of this tiny state in the early morning.

Exclusive Entry to Vatican Museums

After breakfast, you’ll join your guide for a tour of the Vatican Museums. Thanks to our exclusive entry time, you’ll get started early – just after other tour groups are allowed to enter and before general opening time. Inside the Museums already, you’ll have a good head start on everyone else and will stay ahead of the crowds for much of your journey.

As an expert in art history, your guide will be the perfect host for your journey through the Vatican. Using a carefully crafted route, they’ll lead you through all the highlights of the Museums without having to walk the whopping nine miles covered by the Papal palaces. You’ll see ancient sculpture galleries, precious relics and intricate tapestries

The Masterpieces of Sistine Chapel

Of course, we won’t miss out on the big-name sights like the Raphael Rooms, where your guide will point out the famous characters modeled in the School of Athens. We’ll visit the Sistine Chapel too, where you’ll be well prepared for the masterpieces that await. You’ll understand the techniques Michelangelo used to create these stunning frescoes (believe it or not, he didn’t actually lie on his back at all) and spot the incredible details and private jokes that he painted into the world’s most iconic artwork, getting the most from your time here.

Special access means we’ll gain direct entry from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica without having to leave the Museums, walk 20 minutes to St. Peter’s Square and queue up for an hour. With all that extra time to spare, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the Basilica* with your guide. They’ll explain the incredible work that went into the dome here (and how Bernini almost split the Basilica in half), point out incredible artworks within such as Michelangelo’s sculpture ‘Pietà’ and introduce to you what is probably the world’s most impressive altar.

Starting the day with an exclusive breakfast at the Vatican and continuing on in a small group tour through the Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, your Vatican experience will be memorable and intimate. With audio headsets for every guest and only 20 people or less per group, your guide will be easy to hear and interact with, ensuring that you get the very best from this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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