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Vatican: Small Group Tour with VIP Access and Breakfast

Product ID: 226585
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.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • 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
Full description
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
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• All visitors must pass through airport-style security. During high season the wait at security may be up to 30 minutes.
• In the case of a gallery closure, your guide will take you to another section of the museums instead.
• On rare occasions when St. Peter's Basilica is being prepared for high masses or a special private event 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 should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.
• While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair and stroller access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. We advise clients to contact Walks Customer Service Team to make further arrangements.
• Please wear clothing that covers at least the shoulders and knees for the Sistine Chapel visit.
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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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

The tour was exhausting. In truth, there were many rooms that held little or no interest for me. I was, to be honest, relieved when it was over.

October 12, 2019

Gigi was a fantastic guide

Gigi exhibits vast knowledge and experience and so has the man HUMOR. A fantastic tour of the Vatican. The 4 hours Went fast.

October 7, 2019

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Walks of Italy

Product ID: 226585