Guided tour

Vatican: Small Group Tour with VIP Access and Breakfast

4.6 / 5

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Vatican: Small Group Tour with VIP Access and Breakfast

From US$ 103.69 per person

Beat the crowds and admire Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece in peace. Enjoy a full buffet breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard, visit the museums, and get special access to St. Peter's Basilica.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Gaze at the paintings adorning the famous Sistine Chapel without the crowds
  • Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard of the Vatican
  • Take a fully guided tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
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Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Start your day at the Vatican early and skip the notoriously long ticket lines by following a special route through the museums that gets you to the Sistine Chapel just as it opens for the day. Arrive with a small group of 15 people or fewer a full hour before most of the crowd does and spend a peaceful half hour soaking up Michelangelo’s masterpiece along with stunning frescoes by other important Renaissance artists. Continue on to the Pinecone Courtyard for a large buffet breakfast including hot and cold dishes, fruit juice, tea, and coffee. Once you’ve eaten your fill, we’ll head back into the museums for a tour of the most famous artifacts, including the Belvedere Torso, the Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoön Group, and the Raphael Rooms, widely considered to be among the most beautifully-frescoed interiors in the world. The last stop of the tour is St. Peter’s Basilica. But instead of heading outside to wait in line, slip through an underground tunnel that takes you directly into the Basilica for a full tour including highlights such as Bernini’s Baldachin, Michelangelo’s Pietá, and more.
  • Early entry to the Sistine Chapel
  • Skip-the-ticket-line entry to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Museums highlights tour
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Professional tour guide
  • Small group (never more than 15 people)
  • Headsets
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

At the green bar (called l'Ottagono) in Piazza del Risorgimento.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • The corridor between St Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel is still closed to the public due to Covid restrictions
  • Your guide will do their best to include the Basilica but the distance between the 2 sites without this access may mean this is not always possible, in which case, your guide will give you a full introduction to the Basilica from the outside
  •  All visitors must pass through airport-style security which may take up to 30 minutes in peak times
  • In the case of a gallery closure, your guide will take you to another section of the museum instead
  • On rare occasions the tour group exit and/or basilica itself can be closed without prior notification. Your guide will still give you an introduction to the church but is unable to provide refunds or discounts
  • Please wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees for the Sistine Chapel visit
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 16 reviews

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Another fantastic tour! Our guide Joanna (big momma J) was wonderful! An amazing experience recommended for anyone. There is a lot of walking but it’s worth it. Breakfast was brilliant, the Sistine chapel for me was a bit meh, with the map room far more impressive. You will be tired at the end but you will never forget it.

October 17, 2021

Super interesting tour. Our guide had given us his extensive specialist knowledge with many interesting details. He brought us closer to the story with his friendly manner. The breakfast right next to the Vatican Museum, was very rich and included everything your heart desires. Would recommend this tour at any time.

September 22, 2021

Laura, la guía, fue un auténtico encanto, con mucha paciencia y explicó muy bien todo. Pero la organización (no ella) decidió hace un mes cambiar el orden de los servicios, es decir, primero se desayuna y después se ve todo de seguido. Al parecer es hacer tiempo para que haya menos gente en la Capilla Sixtina. Para mi pierde el encanto del desayuno, que yo la veía como una parada para cargar pilas. El desayuno fue además de baja calidad (y no apto para veganos), lo que es responsabilidad del Vaticano, no del touroperador. El tour para mi fue agotador. Hicimos el descanso (el desayuno) cuando aún estábamos con las pilas cargadas. Lo veo como un sinsentido. Si es para hacer tiempo para ir a la Capilla Sixtina creo que deberían empezar más tarde, empezar con el recorrido, desayunar y continuar. Mis piernas lo hubieran agradecido.

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September 15, 2019

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